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Wolves this week: November 26 - December 2, 2012

by Tyson Giuriato / Vancouver Canucks

Third period letdowns continue to haunt the Chicago Wolves, who picked up two of a possible six points and now sit in third place in the AHL’s Midwest Division.

Wednesday, November 28th –Rockford IceHogs 4 Chicago Wolves 2

Zack Kassian and Jordan Schroeder each scored, but the Chicago Wolves could not hang on to a two-goal lead, losing 4-2 to the Rockford IceHogs Wednesday night.

Kassian scored his sixth of the season just over a minute into the game to give the Wolves a 1-0 lead after 20-minutes.

Schroeder netted his seventh goal of the season with less than seven minutes left in the second period to put the Wolves up by a pair. Rockford pulled within a goal just over one minute later and then scored three times in the final period, including an empty-net goal with 33-seconds left to seal the victory, 4-2.


New Faces: Joe Cannata was called up from the Kalamazoo Wings and backed up Matt Clime, who made 38 saves in the loss. Cannata was joined by Darren Archibald, who made his season-debut for the Wolves after being called up from the K-Wings on Monday. Jeremie Blain was called up from Idaho of the ECHL and made his AHL-debut for the Wolves.

Shot Clock: Finals shots were 42-37 in favor of the IceHogs. Kassian and Kevin Connauton led the way for the Wolves with five shots apiece.

Going Streaking: Kassian extended his points-streak to four games (2-3-5) with the goal.

Back to Back: Schroeder’s goal was his second in as many games and third in the last four games.

Helping Hands: Connauton, Andrew Ebbett, Darren Haydar and Brett Sterling grabbed assists for the Wolves.

Special Team Blues: The Wolves went 0-for-5 on the man-advantage while also surrendering two power play goals against.

Fight Night: The game featured three fights: Archibald went with Shawn Lalonde just 1:40 into the game, Kassian squared off with Kyle Beach later in the first period and Zach Misckovic took on Phillipe Paradis in the second period.

Friday, November 30th –Milwaukee Admirals 3 Chicago Wolves 2

Bill Sweatt and Darren Archibald tallied goals for the Chicago Wolves, who suffered yet another third period collapse, allowing two goals in the final 85-seconds of the game to lose 3-2 to the Milwaukee Admirals Friday night.

Sweatt gave the Wolves a 1-0 lead with his fourth of the season just 2:21 into the game, while Archibald gave the Wolves a 2-1 lead with 5:30 to go in the third period.

Third period letdowns have been a common occurrence for the Wolves this season, but none have been as big and quick as this one.

With the goaltender pulled for the extra-attacker the Admirals evened the score in what looked like a game headed to overtime. Just 65-seconds later the Admirals found the back of the net again, taking the lead for the first time all game and grabbing the vital two points with the 3-2 win.


No Support: The Wolves failed to score more than two goals in any of goaltender Matt Climie’s first six starts this season.

Making an Impact: Archibald’s third period goal was his first of the season in just his second game since being promoted from the Kalamazoo Wings.

Helping Hands: Anton Rodin (x2), Jordan Schroeder and Kevin Connauton picked up assists for the Wolves.

Shot Clock: Climie made 30 saves for the Wolves, who were outshot 33-21 in the game.
Amtrak Rivalry: Milwaukee now owns the season-series with a record of 3-1.

On the Brightside
: One positive the Wolves could take out of this game was the play of the special teams, as the power play went 1-for-2 and the penalty kill was a perfect 4-for-4.

Flashback: The last time the Wolves played on November 30 was in 2010 in a 2-1 shootout win against the Manitoba Moose. Current Wolves defenseman Kevin Connauton scored for the Moose on a goal assisted by current Wolves assistant coach Nolan Baumgartner. Former Canucks and Moose forward Jason Krog scored for the Wolves set-up by current Wolves captain Darren Haydar, who also had the shootout-winning goal. Get all that?

Saturday, December 1st –Chicago Wolves 3 Peoria Rivermen 1

Tim Miller, Michael Davies and Darren Archibald all scored their second goal of the season as the Chicago Wolves snapped a four-game losing streak, winning 3-1 over the Peoria Rivermen on Saturday night.

After a scoreless first period, the Rivermen jumped out to a 1-0 lead early in the middle stanza but the Wolves battled back, goals by Miller and Davies at the midway point of the period gave the Wolves a 2-1 lead after 40-minutes.

In the final period, a period in which the Wolves have been outscored 31-15 in this season, the Wolves buckled down and avoided the common final-period collapse they have been accustomed to. Archibald added some insurance with his second goal in as many games with just under four-minutes remaining to give the Wolves a 3-1 win.


Missing Links: Head Coach Scott Arniel scratched Zack Kassian and Jordan Schroeder for the game. The two forwards were joined by goaltender Eddie Lack, forward Steve Pinizzotto and defenseman Kevin Connauton – all out with minor injuries – as notable players not playing.

Arch2two: Since getting the call to join the Wolves earlier in the week, Archibald has two goals, 10 shots on goal and a fight in three games.

Shot Clock: The Wolves outshot the Rivermen by a count of 32-25, goaltender Matt Climie made 24 saves in the Chicago net and Anton Rodin led all Wolves skaters with five shots.

Helping Hands: Guillaume Desbiens, Brad Hunt, Andrew Ebbett, Jeremie Blain, Nathan Longpre and Mark Matheson all grabbed assists for the Wolves.


The Wolves enjoy a nice five-day break before getting back at it with a division-tilt against the Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit, 11-6-1-1) on Friday night in Chicago. The following the night the Wolves hit the road for matchup against the Rockford IceHogs (Chicago, 12-9-0-1).

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