The goaltending depth in the Vancouver Canucks organization has never been better.
Despite scoring only two goals this past week, the Chicago Wolves, behind great goaltending from Joe Cannata, were able to grab two-of-four points and have now won six of the past eight games. The Wolves enter the AHL All-Star break with a record of 20-14-3-2, good for 45 points, which has them in second place in the Midwest Division, seven points back of Grand Rapids for first place, with two games in hand.
Wednesday, January 23: Peoria Rivermen 2 Chicago Wolves 0
Friday, January 25: Chicago Wolves 2 Rockford IceHogs 1
-Bill Sweatt led all Wolves skaters with six shots on goal in the 2-0 loss to Peoria on Wednesday.
-Andrew Gordon dropped the gloves with Rivermen defenseman, David Shields, on Wednesday, the first fight for Gordon since March 26, 2010, and the fifth of his AHL career.
-Wednesday’s 8:00 am start was the earliest of the season for the Wolves, marking the second-of-three ‘school day’ games the Wolves will play this season.
-Wednesday was the first shutout the Wolves have suffered since March 11, 2012 against Charlotte.
-Wednesday also marked the first time Joe Cannata has started an AHL game on the road.
-Captain Darren Haydar scored both goals for the Wolves on Friday, his second multi-goal game in seven days.
-Canucks prospect Peter Andersson grabbed two assists in the 2-1 win over Rockford, giving him four assists in the last four games. The rookie defenseman was also plus-2 with three shots on goal and named Second Star of the game.
-The Wolves improved to 5-2 against the IceHogs on the season with the victory on Friday.
-Joe Cannata has never given up more than two goals in six AHL appearances in his career.
Wolf of the Week
With regular goaltenders Matt Climie and Eddie Lack out with injuries, Canucks prospect Joe Cannata has taken advantage of some extra playing time. In two starts this past week, the 23-year-old went 1-1-0 with a 1.52 GAA and a .954 SV%, stopping 62-of-65 shots faced. The native of Wakefield, Massachusetts, is now 3-2-0 on the season with a 1.70 GAA and a .932 SV%.
Friday, February 1st vs. Milwaukee Admirals
The Wolves travel to Milwaukee to officially kick-off the second half of the season with a tilt against the Admirals (Nashville, 19-17-3-3). The Wolves have struggled against their Amtrak Rivalry counterparts, going 1-3-1 against the Admirals this season. This will be meeting 6-of-12 on the year between the two clubs.
Saturday, February 2nd vs. Peoria Rivermen
The Wolves will look to revenge there 2-0 loss this past week to the Peoria Rivermen (St. Louis, 19-19-3-2), in a rematch at Allstate Arena on Saturday. The Wolves are 1-3-2 against the Rivermen this season, including 1-1-1 in Chicago. This will be game 7-of-10 between the Midwest Division rivals.
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