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Wolves this week: November 19 - November 25, 2012

by Tyson Giuriato / Vancouver Canucks

A Schroedian Spin-o-rama highlighted the week for the Chicago Wolves, who picked up three of a possible six points and now sit in second place in the AHL’s Midwest Division.

Tuesday, November 20th – Chicago Wolves 5 Milwaukee Admirals 3

Anton Rodin, Brett Sterling and Mark Matheson paced the Chicago Wolves with three points apiece Tuesday night in a 5-3 win on home ice over the Milwaukee Admirals.

Sterling netted his team-leading fifth and sixth goals of the season and added one assist, while Matheson registered a goal and two assists and Rodin grabbed three assists for the Wolves, who snapped a three-game losing streak.

Andrew Gordon and Jordan Schroeder also scored for the Wolves, Chris Tanev picked up two assists and Eddie Lack made 23 saves in his seventh win of the season.


-Zack Kassian snapped a four-game pointless drought by adding an assist on Matheson’s goal, Nathan Longpre also picked up an assist in the game.
-Tuesday night marked the fourth time in his career that Matheson has recorded three points in a game.
-The three points for Rodin was a career-high for the forward, who came into the game with two points on the season.
-This was the fourth straight game on home-ice that Gordon has scored a goal.
-Matheson and Tanev led the way for the Wolves in the plus/minus department, both finishing plus-3.
-Bill Sweatt and Sterling both finished with a team-high five shots on goal.
-Both teams finished the night 1-for-3 on the power play.
-Three Stars: 1. CHI, Sterling. 2. CHI, Rodin. 3. CHI, Matheson.

Friday, November 23th – Grand Rapids Griffins 4 Chicago Wolves 3

The Chicago Wolves could not capitalize on six power play chances Friday night, dropping a 4-3 decision to the Grand Rapids Griffins in a battle for first-place in the Midwest Division.

Defensemen Mark Matheson and Chris Tanev tallied goals while Anton Rodin notched his first score of the season for the Wolves, who never led in the game.

The Wolves came back from 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 deficits throughout the game, but Griffins winger Tomas Tatar scored his second goal of the game with just over two minutes to go, beating Wolves goaltender Eddie Lack, who finished with 25 saves in the losing effort.


-Zack Kassian, Andrew Ebbett, Brett Sterling, Nathan Longpre and Matheson picked up assists for the Wolves.
-With the goal and assist, Matheson had registered five points (2-3-5) in the last two games.
-Alex Friesen missed a chance for his first professional goal, shooting wide on a penalty shot early in the second period.
-The game featured two fights: Tim Miller went with Brennan Evans and Steve Pinizzotto squared off with Brendan Smith.
-The Griffins outshot the Wolves 29-28 on the night.
-Matheson led the way for the Wolves with four shots.
-Three Stars: 1. GR, Tatar. 2. GR, Chad Billins. 3. GR, Mitch Callahan.

Saturday, November 24th – Milwaukee Admirals 4 Chicago Wolves 3 (Shootout)

Zack Kassian gave the Chicago Wolves the lead with 3:29 left in the game only to see the Milwaukee Admirals even things up 46-seconds later and win the game 4-3 in a shootout Saturday night at Allstate Arena.

Brad Hunt and Jordan Schroeder also tallied goals for the Wolves; for Schroeder, it was his sixth goal of the season which moves him into the team-lead with Brett Sterling.

The teams were tied 1-1 after one period, 2-2 after two periods and deadlocked at 3-3 after regulation and overtime.

Kassian was the only one of six Wolves shooter to get the puck past Admirals goaltender Magnus Hellberg in the shootout, while Austin Watson and former Vancouver Giants defenseman Jonathan Blum beat Eddie Lack, who finished with 29 saves on the night.


-This is the fourth consecutive defeat the Wolves have lost by one-goal.
-Kassian, Darren Haydar (2x), Andrew Gordon, Steve Pinizzotto and Andrew Ebbett picked up assists for the Wolves.
-Gordon now has points in six straight games on home-ice.
-Kassian is now on a three game point-streak (1-3-4).
-The Wolves went 1-for-1 on the power play, while the Admirals were 0-for-2.
-Pinizzotto, Haydar and Kassian led the way for the Wolves with three shots each.
-Haydar, Ebbett and Kassian all finished a team-high plus-1.
-Prior to the game the Wolves announced the loss of defenseman Patrick Mullen, who will join forward Taylor Matson on the sidelines for the rest of the season after having surgery.
-Three Stars: 1. MIL, Watson. 2. CHI, Kassian. 3. CHI, Schroeder.


With just under six minutes to go in the second period of Tuesday night’s 5-3 win, Chris Tanev hit Jordan Schroeder with a pass in the slot. Schroeder proceeded to take a back-handed spin-o-rama shot that beat Admirals goaltender Jeremy Smith. The ‘Schroedian Spin-o-rama’ was a thing of beauty.


The Wolves will host arch-rivals, the Rockford IceHogs (Chicago 9-8-0-1), on Wednesday night at Allstate Arena; the Wolves have taken all three of the previous games against the IceHogs. On Friday night the Wolves travel to Milwaukee for another tilt against the Admirals (Nashville, 8-8-1-1), it’ll be the fourth time in eight games the two teams have met and the teams have each won one game. The very next night the Wolves return home for another big divisional matchup, this time against the Peoria Rivermen (St. Louis. 6-9-2-1), marking the fifth time the two teams will do battle, the Rivermen have taken three of four against the Wolves.

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