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Wolves Weekly Press Notes for Oct. 28 Right wing Shane Harper. Photo: Ross Dettman/Chicago Wolves
28 October 2013

Wolves Weekly Press Notes for Oct. 28

THIS WEEK:

Fri., Nov. 1*
at Oklahoma City Barons
Cox Convention Center
7 p.m.

Sat., Nov. 2*
at Oklahoma City Barons
Cox Convention Center
7 p.m.

*U-Too

GAMES WILL BE TELECAST LIVE ON THE U-TOO OR WCIU
Log on to chicagowolves.com for broadcast schedule, or to watch or listen to the action live online

ADIOS, AMIGOS!

Starting Friday, the Wolves embark on a six-game road trip (the team won’t return to the Allstate Arena until Nov. 16, when they host Grand Rapids); two of Chicago’s three wins this season have come on enemy ice and the team has posted a 2-1-0-1 road record this year.

WOLVES HEADLINES

--- David Shields: Shared the team lead with 2 assists and 3 points in three games last week ... Recorded 2 points (G, A) at Iowa on Thursday which marked his first AHL multiple-point outing in his 114th league game ... He also dished out an assist against Grand Rapids on Saturday, which marked the first time in his AHL career he posted points in back-to-back tilts ... Shares first among Chicago defensemen and third overall on the squad with 4 points (2G, 2A) in nine games this season ... Accrued 5 assists and 41 penalty minutes in 59 AHL games with Peoria last season

--- Shane Harper: Accumulated 2 assists, 3 points, and a +3 plus/minus rating in three games last week, which marked his first points of the season ... Skated in each of Chicago’s last four outings after appearing in just one of the team’s first five games ... Bagged five goals, five assists, and 10 points in 48 AHL matchups with the Adirondack Phantoms during the 2012-13 campaign

--- Corey Locke: Collected 2 points (G, A) against Grand Rapids on Saturday, which marked his second multiple-point outing of the season ... Paces Chicago with 7 points (3G, 4A) in eight games this year and has tallied points in five of his eight tilts ... Began the 2012-13 campaign with TPS Turku of the Finnish Elite League, where he collected 12 assists and 17 points in 37 tilts before moving to Germany ... Accrued 7 points (G, 6A) in 16 outings with Berlin of the German League

--- Chris Porter: Dished out two assists at Iowa on Thursday, his first multiple-point outing of the season ... Shares first on the Wolves with 4 helpers and third overall with 4 points in seven games this season ... Earned six assists and eight points in 29 NHL outings with St. Louis last season ... Also accrued seven goals and 10 points in 12 AHL games with Peoria

WOLF TRACKS

--- The Wolves posted a 3-5-0-1 record and .389 winning percentage during the month of October, which marks their third-lowest winning percentage during the first month of the season in franchise history; the 2002-03 squad (1-4-1-1, .286 winning percentage in October) and the 2009-10 team (3-6-0-1, .350) both went on to win more than 43 games and make the playoffs in their respective seasons.

--- Goaltender Matt Climie stopped his sixth AHL penalty shot on six attempts Saturday; it also marked the 32nd penalty shot taken against the Wolves in club history and Chicago netminders have stopped 22 of them.

--- Chicago surrendered a season-high three power-play goals to Charlotte on Sunday after allowing just four man-advantage markers in its first eight outings of the year; the Wolves share 10th in the AHL with an 84.4% efficiency rating on the penalty kill this season (38 of 45).

--- Only four skaters have appeared in all nine of Chicago’s games this season; right wing Ty Rattie is the only forward, while defensemen Evan Oberg, Brent Regner, and David Shields have also achieved the feat.

--- The Wolves have found the back of the net on just four of their 43 power-play chances this season; Chicago’s 9.3 conversion rate on the man-advantage holds 28th in the AHL.

FRIENDS AND FOES

--- When the Wolves and Oklahoma City Barons battle on Friday and Saturday, it will mark the first time Chicago head coach JOHN ANDERSON and Oklahoma City head coach TODD NELSON face each other as head coaches; NELSON served as ANDERSON’s assistant with the Wolves from 2006-08 and the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers from 2008-10; the duo won the Calder Cup championship together in Chicago in 2008.

WOLVES REWIND (0-2-0-1)

Sunday, Oct. 27
Charlotte 5, (at) Chicago 0
--- The Wolves were shut out by goaltender John Muse and the Charlotte Checkers 5-0 at the Allstate Arena
--- Chicago netminder Jake Allen thwarted 27 of 32 shots

Saturday, Oct. 26
Grand Rapids 3, (at) Chicago 2
--- The Wolves dropped their third straight home contest, this time by a 3-2 count to Grand Rapids at the Allstate Arena
--- Center Corey Locke and defenseman Brent Regner dented the net for Chicago
--- Goaltender Matt Climie kicked out 23 of 26 shots

Thursday, Oct. 24
(at) Iowa 5, Chicago 4 (SO)
--- The Wolves and Iowa Wild needed a shootout to break their 4-4 deadlock and it was Iowa which earned the extra point and a 5-4 victory at Wells Fargo Arena
--- Five Chicago skaters notched multiple points, led by defenseman David Shields and forwards Shane Harper and Keith Aucoin, who tallied a goal and an assist in the contest
--- Goaltender Jake Allen stopped 27 of 31 shots in regulation and overtime and two of six shootout attempts



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