The Chicago Wolves got a boost to their lineup this past week with the addition of Andrew Ebbett and continued their hot-run as of late, picking up four of a possible six points, including franchise win number 500, and have closed within five points of first place in the Midwest Division, with two games in-hand .Weekly Results
Wednesday, February 20: Chicago Wolves 4 Abbotsford Heat 3 (SO) Saturday, February 23: Chicago Wolves 3 Peoria Rivermen 0 Sunday, February 24: Rockford IceHogs 2 Chicago Wolves 1Ty-Bits
-Wolves captain, Darren Haydar, picked up two goals and an assist in Wednesday’s win over Abbotsford, while Canucks prospect, Billy Sweatt, scored once and added two helpers.
-Andrew Ebbett, who reassigned to the Wolves from the Canucks on Tuesday, picked up an assist in his first game back with Chicago.
-The Wolves scored on all three shootout attempts on Wednesday and are now 3-3 in shootouts this season .
-With the shutout win over Peoria on Saturday night, the 500th win in franchise history, the Wolves became the second fastest team in the history of the AHL to hit the 500 plateau.
-Darren Haydar picked up three points (1-2-3) for the second consecutive game, while Andrew Ebbett extended his points streak to five games with a goal and assist.
-Kevin Connauton picked up two assists in the win over Peoria, his third multi-point game in his last four outings.
-Prior to the game, the Wolves assigned Canucks prospect goaltender, Joe Canatta, to the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL.
-Matt Climie recorded his career-high fourth shutout of the season on Saturday, stopping 38 shots in net, while the line of Darren Archibald (7), Nathan Longpre (2) and Michael Davies (7) combined for 16 of the Wolves 34 shots on goal.
-Kevin Connauton picked up two assists on Sunday, making it back-to-back games with two helpers.
-Darren Haydar scored the lone-goal for the Wolves in Sunday’s loss to Rockford and Andrew Ebbett picked up an assist, extending his point-streak to six games.
-FIGHT! Kevin Connauton dropped the gloves with IceHogs forward Kyle Beach on Sunday afternoon. Derek Jory’s new haircut called the fight a draw.
-Sunday’s loss snapped the Wolves streak of five straight games of registering at least a point. Wolf of the Week
Without question, Wolves captain Darren Haydar was the best Wolf on the ice in all three games this past week. The veteran picked up seven points (4-3-7) in three games, was a plus-3 and registered nine shots on goal. Haydar scored in the shootout in Wednesday’s win over Abbotsford and also notched the game-winner against Peoria. The Milton, Ontario, native now has 40 points (17-23-40) in 45 games this season, and has amassed 26 points (13-13-26) in his last 21 games.
Coming Up… Friday, March 1 vs. Texas Stars
The Wolves head to the Lone Star State to kick-off a four game roadie that will see them stop in the Live Music Capital of the World on Friday night for a tilt against the top team in the AHL, the Texas Stars (Dallas Stars, 33-13-4-4). The teams split a two-game series in Chicago back in January that saw the Wolves prevail with a 4-1 win before dropping a 6-4 decision just two days later. The Wolves will return to Austin for rematch with the Stars on March 5.
Saturday, March 2 vs. San Antonio Rampage
Stop two on the road swing has the Wolves traveling to the Alamo City to take on the San Antonio Rampage (Florida Panthers, 24-25-1-4). The Wolves have picked up three of a possible four points against the Rampage this season, winning 6-5 back in October, while dropping a 5-4 decision in a shootout on February 17, both games were in Chicago.