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Wolves This Week: Mar. 13 - Mar. 20

by Tyson Giuriato / Vancouver Canucks
Three games, three losses and a crazy brawl

It was a tough week for the Chicago Wolves as they dropped all three games and only picked up one of a possible six points. The Wolves sit in seventh place in the Western Conference with a record of 29-21-5-4, good for 67 points.

Weekly Results

Wednesday, March 13: Grand Rapids Griffins 3 Chicago Wolves 2 (OT)
Friday, March 15: Rockford IceHogs 4 Chicago Wolves 3
Sunday, March 17: Rockford IceHogs 2 Chicago Wolves 1

-Nicklas Jensen notched his first goal of the season, a power-play marker, on Wednesday and followed that up with another power-play tally on Friday night.

-Jordan Schroeder grabbed a goal and an assist on Wednesday, his first game back with the Wolves since being sent-down by the Canucks earlier in the week.

-The Wolves surrendered two goals in the final 29 seconds of the second period on Wednesday and gave up the overtime-winner just 18 seconds into the extra frame.

-Canucks 2009 fourth-round selection, Jeremy Price, made his professional-debut on Friday night after signing an amateur try-out contract with the Wolves after his NCAA career came to an end earlier in the week. Price picked up his first career point, an assist, on Sunday.

-The Wolves wore their special St. Patrick’s Day jerseys on Saturday night in front of 13,510 fans at Allstate Arena.

-Goaltender Joe Cannata, made his 10th start in goal on the season for the Wolves on Friday, and now has a goals-against-average of 2.37 and a save-percentage of .918 on the year.

-The Wolves and IceHogs combined for 142 penalty-minutes in the final four seconds of the game on Sunday after a massive brawl erupted that ended up with Wolves defenseman, Jim Vandermeer, fighting former Canucks tough-guy, Wade Brookbank, in the Rockford bench.

-Mistaken identity? Nicklas Jensen was giving a double-minor for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct for his actions in the brawl. Only problem? He was on the bench and was nowhere near the brawl! Meanwhile, Vandermeer didn’t receive a penalty for his actions…

Wolf of the Week

Fresh off a stint with the Canucks, speedster Jordan Schroeder was red-hot this past week after re-joining the Wolves earlier in the week. Schroeder scored the first-goal of the game in his return on Wednesday and then set-up Nicklas Jensen with a nifty pass later in the game to grab two points in his return. The Prior Lake, Minnesota, native, grabbed assists in both Friday night and Sunday afternoons games to give him four points on the week. The Canucks 2009 first-round draft pick has registered 23 points (10-13-23) in 33 games with the Wolves this season.

Coming Up…

Friday, March 22 vs. Toronto Marlies
The Wolves host the Toronto Marlies (Toronto Maple Leafs, 34-20-2-4) on Friday in the two team’s second and final meeting of the season. The Marlies doubled-up the Wolves by a score of 4-2 back on February 9th in Toronto.

Saturday, March 23 vs. Peoria Rivermen
The tenth and final meeting of the year between the Wolves and division rivals, the Peoria Rivermen (St. Louis Blues, 27-28-4-3) goes down on Saturday night in Peoria. The Wolves are 4-4-1 against the Rivermen this season, including a 3-0 shutout victory in their last meeting on February 23rd.

Sunday, March 24 vs. Milwaukee Admirals
The Wolves finish off a three-game-in-three-days weekend by hosting the Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville Predators, 30-24-3-3) on Sunday afternoon. This marks meeting 9-of-12 on the season between the Midwest Division rivals, with the Wolves struggling to gain points against the Admirals this season, going 2-5-1 thus far.
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