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Wolves This Week: Jan. 14 - 20, 2013

by Tyson Giuriato / Vancouver Canucks

The Wolfpack are on the move up the AHL standings.

After grabbing four of a possible six points this past week against South Division teams, the Chicago Wolves (19-13-3-2) have now won five-of-six and sit in second place in the Midwest Division, seven points back of first-place Grand Rapids, with two games in-hand.

Weekly Results
Wednesday, January 16th: Chicago Wolves 4 Texas Stars 1
Friday, January 18th: Texas Stars 6 Chicago Wolves 4
Saturday, January 19th: Chicago Wolves 3 Houston Aeros 1

-Brett Sterling scored two goals in Wednesday night’s victory over Texas, moving him into second place on the Wolves all-time goal leaderboard with 158. On Thursday, Sterling was named to the Western Conference Team for the 2013 AHL All-Star Classic, the lone Wolves player to be named.

-Also on Wednesday, goaltender Matt Climie broke the Wolves all-time shutout streak after playing 173:57 of shutout hockey.

-Canucks prospect Stefan Schneider netted his first AHL goal of the season in the 4-1 victory of Texas.

-Wolves captain, Darren Haydar, bagged two goals and two assists in Friday night’s 6-4 loss to Texas.

-Canucks prospect Bill Sweatt scored twice in the Wolves’ 3-1 win on Saturday, marking his first multi-goal game since April 7th, 2012 and sixth of his career.

-With a goal and an assist on Saturday, Andrew Gordon now finds himself on a three-game point streak and has registered nine points in his last seven games.

-Guillaume Desbiens dropped the gloves with Houston’s Jake Dowell on Saturday, which was the first fight for the Wolves since December 30, 2012.

-The Wolves moved to 7-3-3 on the year on Saturday night’s with the victory over Houston.

-After picking up the loss in relief of Climie on Friday night, Canucks prospect, Joe Cannata, started his second game of the season for the Wolves on Saturday, stopping 21 shots for the victory to improve to 2-1 on the year with a 1.84 GAA and .904 SV%.

Wolf of the Week

Although he only played in two-of-three games this week, Andrew Gordon was able to grab four points after posting a goal and an assist in Friday’s loss and Saturday’s win. Gordon missed Wednesday’s game against Texas as he was participating in the Canucks training camp in Vancouver. The six-foot forward has racked up 19 points (11-8-19) in 33 games on the year, including five points in his last three games. The Halifax, Nova Scotia, native had a whopping eight shots-on-goal against Houston, matching a career high that hasn’t happened since December 31, 2010, while he was a member of the Hershey Bears.

Coming Up…
Wednesday, Jan. 23rd vs. Peoria Rivermen: The Wolves hit the road to face-off against Midwest Division rivals, the Peoria Rivermen, on Wednesday. This will be the sixth time this season the two teams will do battle, the Rivermen have taken three-of-five so far, including both games played in Peoria.
Friday, Jan. 25th vs. Rockford IceHogs: On Friday, the Wolves travel to Rockford to take on their arch-rivals, the IceHogs (Chicago, 20-18-1-1). This marks game 7-of-12 against the IceHogs this season, with the Wolves winning four-of-six thus far, including two-of-three in Rockford.
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