30 April 2007

Wolves Weekly Press Notes for April 30

Fri., May 4    
vs. Iowa Stars    
Allstate Arena    
7:30 p.m.

Sun., May 6    
at Iowa Stars    
Wells Fargo Arena    
5:00 p.m.

Tue., May 8    
at Iowa Stars    
Wells Fargo Arena    
7:00 p.m.

Thu., May 10*    
at Iowa Stars    
Wells Fargo Arena    
7:00 p.m.

Sat., May 12*    
vs. Iowa Stars    
Allstate Arena    
7:00 p.m.

Mon., May 14*    
vs. Iowa Stars    
Allstate Arena    
7:00 p.m.

*If necessary

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WOLVES HEADLINERS

--- MICHAEL GARNETT: Registered 103 saves on 110 shots in the West Division Semifinal and shares first in the AHL with four wins ... Ranks first in the league with a 1.67 goals-against average and second with a .936 save percentage ... Accrued a perfect 6-0 career record in the Calder Cup playoffs, which includes registering a 1.51 goals-against average and a .957 save percentage in two games during Chicago's run to the 2005 Calder Cup Finals

--- DARREN HAYDAR: Paced Chicago with four goals and seven points during the West Division Semifinal ... Notched a marker in each first round matchup and shares third in the league with four goals and seventh with seven points ... Paced the AHL with a career-most 122 points and a career-best 81 assists and tied for third in the league with a career-high 41 goals during the regular season

--- BRETT STERLING: Netted two of Chicago's four game-winning goals in the West
Division, which shares the lead in the AHL ... Potted three goals in the first round, second-most on the club and one shy of tying a franchise record for playoff goals by a rookie (Derek MacKenzie, 2002) ... Posted an AHL-best 55 goals during the regular-season and ranked fourth overall with 97 points in 77 tilts

--- BRIAN FAHEY: Recorded the series-clinching, overtime-winner in Game 4, his first career Calder Cup Playoff marker ... Shares second on the squad with a +4 plus/minus rating and fourth with two points ... Matched a professional career high with 11 goals and registered AHL career-bests with 18 assists and 29 points in 75 outings during the regular season

--- JASON KROG: Dished out an assist in each matchup during the first round and leads the squad with four helpers ... Posted a point in 45 of his 48 tilts as a member of the Wolves including 44 regular-season outings ... Ranked fifth in the AHL during the regular season with a career-high 54 assists and shared seventh with a career-most 80 points despite spending over two months in the NHL

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ROUND TWO!

The Wolves, who swept the Milwaukee Admirals (4-games-to-0) in the West Division Semifinal, have now advanced past the first round of the postseason 10 times in 12 playoff years.  Chicago has notched a 5-4 mark in round two of the
postseason, continuing on to the league finals each time it has advanced past the second round.

STAR GAZING

Chicago matched up against the Iowa Stars 10 times during the regular
season, notching a 6-2-1-1 record, which includes a 3-1-1-0 mark on home ice.  The Wolves outscored the Stars, 48-29 this year.

WOLF TRACKS

--- The Wolves, who will open the West Division Final at the Allstate Arena,
have recorded a 16-1 record in playoff series that begin at home.  

--- Chicago has posted a 16-14 mark in Game 1 of a playoff series, which includes defeating Milwaukee, 3-2, in the first contest of the West Division Semifinal; the squad has notched a 13-4 record in the first game of a series that begins at the Allstate Arena.

--- Chicago held Milwaukee to just seven goals during the four-game West Division Semifinal, never allowing more than two markers; the squad's 1.75 goals allowed per game are the fewest in the AHL.

--- Five of Milwaukee's seven makers came during the third period; the Wolves did not allow a goal in the opening 40 minutes of a contest in the first three matchups.

--- The Wolves rank second in the AHL on the penalty kill at 95.0 percent after holding Milwaukee to just one power-play goal in 20 chances.

--- Chicago earned the Game 4 victory over Milwaukee despite trailing, 2-1, after the second period; the squad did not post a win during the regular season when trailing its opponent entering the third period (0-17-1-0).

WOLVES REWIND (2-0)

Wed., April 25                                  
Chicago 3, (at) Milwaukee 2 (OT)
--- The Wolves overcame a 2-1 second-period deficit then used an overtime goal from defenseman BRIAN FAHEY to earn a 3-2 victory over the Milwaukee Admirals at the Bradley Center to sweep the West Division Semifinal, 4-games-to-0
--- Forwards COLIN STUART and DARREN HAYDAR posted regulation goals
--- Netminder MICHAEL GARNETT registered 28 saves on 30 shots

Tue., April 24                                            
Chicago 3, (at) Milwaukee 2
--- Chicago jumped out to a 2-0 lead for the third straight game and then held off a late attack from the Milwaukee Admirals before coming away with a 3-2 victory in Game 3 of the West Division Semifinal
--- Right wing DARREN HAYDAR (G, A) and MARK POPOVIC (2A) both notched multiple points
--- Goaltender MICHAEL GARNETT posted 26 saves on 28 shots