Career firsts were had, droughts were ended and streaks were snapped.
Alex Friesen and Darren Archibald did something they have never done before, as the Chicago Wolves split a pair of games this past weekend and remain in second place in the Midwest Division with 47 points, nine points out of first place with three games in-hand.
Friday, February 1st: Chicago Wolves 5 Milwaukee Admirals 2
Saturday, February 2nd: Peoria Rivermen 5 Chicago Wolves 3
-Canucks prospect and Wolves rookie Alex Friesen netted his first professional goal on Friday.
-Veteran, Guillaume Desbiens, recorded the Gordie Howe hat trick against Milwaukee, the fourth of his career and his first since February 25, 2011 while playing for the Manitoba Moose.
-Joe Cannata extended his “I don’t allow more than two goals in the AHL” streak to seven games, stopping 40 shots for the win on Friday.
-Darren Archibald picked up his first two assists of his AHL career against the Admirals, ending a 39 game AHL assist drought.
-Stefan Schneider grabbed his first assist of the season on Friday; it was his 11th game of the season.
-The Wolves are now 5-6-1 on Friday nights this season.
-Anton Rodin snapped a 17 game goalless drought with his second goal of the season on Saturday.
-Peter Andersson picked up one assist on Saturday, giving the big defenseman five assists in the last six games.
-Kevin Connauton snapped an 11-game pointless drought, grabbing one assist in the loss to Peoria.
-Joe Cannata’s “I don’t allow more than two goals in the AHL” streak was snapped on Saturday after allowing four goals in the loss. Saturday was the fifth straight game Cannata has started and sixth game in a row he has appeared in.
-The Wolves dropped to 7-4-3 in Saturday games this season.
Wolf of the Week
Since the departure of Zack Kassian, Wolves winger, Darren Archibald, has taken over the role as the team’s primary power-forward. Archibald grabbed three points (0-3-3) in two games this past week, while posting a plus-1 rating with three shots-on-goal. The native of Newmarket, Ontario, now has nine points (6-3-9) in 21 games this season with Chicago.
Tuesday, February 5 vs. Peoria Rivermen: After dropping a 5-3 decision to Peoria on Saturday, the Wolves will seek for some revenge as they battle the Rivermen (St. Louis, 20-19-3-2) on Tuesday night at Allstate Arena in Chicago. This will be battle 8-of-10 between the division rivals, the Rivermen have taken five-of-seven games thus far.
Friday, February 8 vs. Hamilton Bulldogs: The Wolves travel north of the border on Friday for a tilt against the Hamilton Bulldogs (Montreal, 14-23-1-5). This marks the second and final meeting between the clubs, Darren Archibald scored twice in a 4-3 Wolves win back on December 13, 2012 in the previous meeting.
Saturday, February 9 vs. Toronto Marlies: The Wolves travel West from Hamilton to Toronto on Saturday as they face-off against the Marlies (Toronto, 24-14-2-2). This is the first-of-two meetings on the year between the Wolves and Marlies, Chicago won both games last season by one-goal.
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