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Tuch, Theodore, Pulkkinen Star In Wolves' Opening Weekend

Vegas' AHL affiliate's top players racked up some points in Chicago's first two games

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

As the Golden Knights opened their season on Friday in Dallas, Vegas' AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, also started their 2017-18 season in Texas against the Texas Stars.

Although the Wolves lost 6-5 to the Stars on Friday and again by an identical score on Saturday, there were several notable performances by players that could get called up to Vegas.

Here are three things to know about the Chicago Wolves' opening weekend.

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1. Alex Tuch was a beast

Throughout training camp with the Golden Knights, Tuch was a beast. In every game he played, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound right wing looked like a future power forward in the NHL.

Tuch hung in Vegas' camp until the very end, and is likely to see some time in the NHL this season.

If this weekend is any indication, Tuch already may be too good for the AHL. He notched a hat trick on Saturday by scoring in all three periods, and added an assist.

Only three players in the AHL have more points than Tuch's 4.


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2. Oh yeah, two of the three scorers ahead of Tuch are also Wolves

Defenseman Shea Theodore and forward Teemu Pulkkinen, along with Tuch, were in Golden Knights' camp all the way until the final cuts.

And while Tuch's at trick was the singular best performance of the weekend, both Theodore and Pulkkinen have more points than Tuch.

Pulkkinen, who scored a pair of preseason goals for Vegas, scored in the Wolves' season opener and added a pair of assists in each game.

Theodore had a goal and two assist in the season opener and two goals in Chicago's second game. While no other AHL defenseman is on the league's top 20 in scoring, Theodore is tied for first in scoring overall.

He's tied for the league scoring lead with Pulkkinen and Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit Red Wings) left wing Turner Elson.


3. The Wolves weren't entirely shut out

After losing 6-5 to Texas in regulation on Friday, the Wolves' Saturday meeting with the Stars was an absolute barn burner.

Trailing 4-2 entering the third period, Chicago scored three straight times, including goals from Tyler Wong and Tomas Hyka.

Although the Stars tied it with 3:22 remaining in the third period and won in overtime, Chicago left with one points.

The Wolves enter this weekend with a record of 0-1-1-0, opening their home schedule against the Ontario Reign (LA Kings) on Saturday.

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