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Wolves This Week: Feb. 11 - Feb. 17, 2013

by Tyson Giuriato / Vancouver Canucks
A bruised and battered Chicago Wolves squad keep finding ways to pick up points.

The Wolves picked up four of a possible six points this past week, winning once and losing twice in extra –time, and have now registered at least a point in 12 of their last 16 games. The Wolves remain in second place in the Midwest Division with a record of 24-16-4-3, good for 55 points, seven points back of the Grand Rapids Griffins for first place with two games in-hand.

Weekly Results

Thursday, February 14th: Charlotte Checkers 4 Chicago Wolves 3 (OT)
Saturday, February 16th: Chicago Wolves 3 Lake Erie Monsters 1
Sunday, February 17th: San Antonio Rampage 5 Chicago Wolves 4 (SO)


-Wolves captain, Darren Haydar, sent Thursday’s game to overtime with a power-play marker with 1:50 left, his 13th goal of the season.

-Derek Joslin picked up an assist on Thursday night, which snapped an eight-game pointless drought.

-The last time a Canucks AHL affiliate played on Valentine’s Day was back in 2009 when the Manitoba Moose bested the Hartford Wolf Pack 4-1. Current Wolves forward, Guillaume Desbiens, scored for the Moose and Alex Bolduc fought current Canucks forward Dale Weise, who was a member of the Wolf Pack, just four seconds into the game .

-Kevin Connauton had two assists on Saturday night, giving him six points (1-5-6) in six games. It was also his first multi-point game since October 14th, the second game of the season.

-Bill Sweatt continued his goal-every-two-games pace for the month of February, scoring on Saturday night to give him four goals in eight games this month.

-Andrew Gordon left the game at the midway point of the second period after getting hit from behind by Monsters forward Geoff Walker.

-Anton Rodin underwent minor surgery to repair a hernia and is expected to miss two weeks.

-Prior to Sunday’s game the Wolves recalled Alex Mallet from the Kalamazoo Wings. The Canucks prospect picked up his first AHL point (assist) in the loss.

-Kevin Connauton picked up two assists on Sunday, making it back-to-back games with two helpers.

-Stefan Schneider had a goal and an assist on Sunday, his first multi-point game of the season and fourth of his AHL career.

-On Sunday, Nathan Longpre scored his first goal since October 19th, snapping a stretch of 27-games without a goal.

-The Wolves are now 2-3 in shootouts this season and haven’t won one since October 19th in Abbotsford when Zack Kassian scored the winner .

Wolf of the Week

It has been an interesting season for Canucks prospect, Kevin Connauton. The Edmonton, Alberta, native went through an 11-game pointless streak that saw him go the entire month of October without registering a point, but, has turned it up as of late. Connauton grabbed up five points (0-5-5) this week, picking up points in all three games. The six-foot-two defenseman has eight points (1-7-8) in his last seven games, giving him 17 points (3-14-17) in 43 games this season.

Coming Up…

Wednesday, February 20 vs. Abbotsford Heat
The Wolves play host to the Abbotsford Heat (Calgary Flames, 26-19-3-4) on Wednesday night in the eighth and final meeting of the year between the two teams. The Wolves have taken five-of-seven games against the Heat this season. The Wolves have only giving up 12 goals in seven games against the Heat thus far.

Saturday, February 23 vs. Peoria Rivermen
After six straight games against non-division opponents, the Wolves get back to divisional-play on Saturday night in a road-game against the Peoria Rivermen (St. Louis Blues, 22-21-4-3). The Wolves are 3-4-1 against the Rivermen this season as this marks game 9-of-10 on the season between the divisional counterparts. The Wolves are 0-2-1 in Peoria this season.

Sunday, February 24 vs. Rockford IceHogs
Expect some heavy-hitting and maybe a couple brouhaha’s in this one as the Wolves play host to arch-rival, the Rockford IceHogs (Chicago Blackhawks, 24-25-1-1). This is game 8-of-12 between the two clubs, the Wolves have taken 5-of-7 so far this season.
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