A pair of big wins for the Chicago Wolves this past week, who picked up four of a possible six points, has them closing the gap on first overall in the Midwest Division, just seven points back of Grand Rapids with three games in hand.
Tuesday, February 5th: Chicago Wolves 4 Peoria Rivermen 3 (OT)
Friday, February 8th: Chicago Wolves 3 Hamilton Bulldogs 0
Saturday, February 9th: Toronto Marlies 4 Chicago Wolves 2
-Bill Sweatt went end-to-end and netted the overtime winner against the Rivermen on Tuesday, the second OT winner of his AHL career, the last coming on February 15, 2012 against the Grand Rapids Griffins.
-Wolves captain, Darren Haydar, recorded his eighth career hat trick on Tuesday morning, bumping him up to 26th on the AHL all-time goals list with 284.
-Tuesday was the final school day game of the season for the Wolves, who finish 2-1 in the early games, including 2-0 on home ice. 9,202 screaming young fans were on hand to watch some Wolves hockey.
-Fight! Darren Archibald scrapped with Peoria rookie Cody Beach on Tuesday.
-Joe Cannata improved his season record to 5-3-0, making 20 saves in the victory. The Wakefield, Massachusetts, native now has a 2.21 GAA and a .921 SV% on the year.
-Matt Climie made 23 saves for his third shutout of the season in the Wolves 3-0 win over Hamilton on Friday.
-Kevin Connauton netted his first goal in 30 games, scoring his third of the year on Friday night.
-FIGHTS! Jim Vandermeer, Guillaume Desbiens and Eric Kattelus all dropped the mitts for the Wolves on Friday and all were one goal short of the Gordie Howe Hat Trick as all three had one assist.
-Sweatt scored his seventh career goal against Toronto on Saturday. The Elburn, Illinois, native has eight points (7-1-8) and a staggering four game-winning goals against the Marlies in 11 games.
-With the loss in Toronto, the Wolves snapped a streak of eight straight wins in the Province of Ontario.
Wolf of the Week
Darren Haydar continues his sensational play since December with three goals and two assists in three games this past week. The AHL veteran has 26 points (12-14) in the last 23 games and now finds himself on top of the Wolves scoring race with 32 points (12-20-32) in 39 games this season to go along with 96 shots on goal and a plus-9 rating.
Thursday, February 14 vs. Charlotte Checkers
The Wolves play host to the Charlotte Checkers (Carolina Hurricanes, 28-16-2-3) in a Valentine’s Day clash at Allstate Arena. This marks game three-of-four on the year between the two clubs, the teams are even in the season series thus far, each winning once in Charlotte.
Saturday, February 16 vs. Lake Erie Monsters
The Lake Erie Monsters (Colorado Avalanche, 24-17-2-5) make a visit to Chicago on Saturday for the second-of-four meetings on the year. The Wolves won the only other meeting thus far, a 3-2 win back on December 15 in Lake Erie. Brett Sterling scored twice and Andrew Ebbett posted a goal and two assists in the victory.
Sunday, February 17 vs. San Antonio
The Wolves host the team that knocked them out of the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs, as the San Antonio Rampage (Florida Panthers, 21-23-0-4) will find themselves in Chicago on Sunday for the second-of-four meetings on the year. Jordan Schroeder scored the game-winner as the Wolves were 6-5 winners over the Rampage on October 27 in Chicago.
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