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02 March 2009

WOLVES WEEKLY PRESS NOTES FOR MARCH 2

Sat., March 7
at Houston Aeros (29-23-1-8)
Toyota Center
7:30 p.m.

Sun., March 8
vs. Peoria Rivermen (29-29-1-1)
Allstate Arena
5 p.m.

CONNECT FOUR

Chicago has posted wins in four straight matchups - one shy of matching a season-high - to move into a tie for second place in the West Division with 69 points (33-27-2-1); the Wolves are deadlocked with the Rockford IceHogs, and lead the fourth-place Houston Aeros by two points, with both teams holding two games in hand.

WOLVES HEADLINES

--- Ondrej Pavelec: Surrendered one or fewer goals in five straight outings ... Allowed just six goals in his last six starts ... Posted his third shutout of the season and the seventh of his pro career with a 27 save performance on Feb. 27 at Iowa ... Amassed a 15-12-1 record in 28 appearances this season ... Ranks fourth in the AHL with a 2.28 goals-against average and holds fifth in the league with a .923 save percentage ... Has held opponents to one or fewer goals 11 times this season and has surrendered two or fewer goals in 19 of his 28 contests

--- Spencer Machacek: Recorded eight goals in the last 14 games and ranks first among team rookies and second on the Wolves with 18 markers in 60 contests this year ... Amassed 14 points in 13 games during the month of February, which shared the team lead and includes collecting 10 points (5G, 5A) during a career-high seven-game point streak from Feb. 7 to Feb. 18 ... Ranks third on Chicago and 16th among league rookies with 37 points and ranks fourth on the club with a +12 plus/minus rating ... Shares the team lead and is tied for first among AHL rookies with 10 power-play markers

--- Jeff Hamilton: Shared the team lead with 14 points (5G, 9A) in 13 outings during the month of February ... Leads the team and shares 11th in the AHL with 37 assists ... Paces the team and shares 13th in the league with 53 points in 50 games ... Shares fourth in the AHL with 31 power-play points ... Shares third on the squad with 16 goals and nine power-play tallies

--- Clay Wilson: Posted three points (G, 2A) during a three-game point streak from Feb. 21 to Feb. 27, which matched a season-high ... Shares third among AHL defensemen with 11 goals, and ranks fourth on Chicago and is tied for ninth among league blueliners with 32 points in 54 outings this season ... Shares fourth on the Wolves with 21 assists, 12 of which have come while on the power play ... Registered 12 points (3G, 9A) in 21 games with Chicago, after being acquired in a trade on Jan. 14 and 20 points (8G, 12A) in 33 tilts with the Syracuse Crunch

--- Mike Hamilton: Netted the first multiple-goal outing of his AHL career on Feb. 27 at Iowa ... Registered eight points (3G, 5A) in 32 outings this season, five of which came in 17 matchups with the Houston Aeros, prior to being signed by Chicago on Jan. 31 ... Skated in 22 ECHL outings with Las Vegas this season, accruing 12 points (6G, 6A)

WOLF TRACKS

--- Chicago ranks sixth in the AHL with an average of 2.67 goals-against per game this season, which includes holding opponents to two or fewer goals in eight of its last nine outings; the Wolves have posted a 27-5-2-0 record (.824) when allowing two or fewer tallies this season.

--- The Wolves will play their final three-games-in-three-days set this weekend; after this weekend, Chicago will play just one game away from the Allstate Arena during the month of March.

--- The Wolves have thwarted 31 of their opponents' last 32 man-advantage opportunities, which includes being perfect on the penalty kill in five of their last six games; Chicago ranks 20th in the league with an 81.6 percent efficiency rating on the penalty kill (266 of 326).

--- Chicago shares second in the AHL with 11 short-handed goals, which includes center Matt Anderson's second shortie on Sunday; forwards Joey Crabb and Jordan LaVallee have each recorded three short-handed tallies, which shares fourth in the league.

--- The Wolves were held without a power-play marker for just the second time in eight games on Sunday; Chicago ranks 23rd in the league with a 15.1 percent efficiency rating on the man-advantage (52 of 344).

BOOSTER SEAT

--- The Wolf Pack Booster Club will hold their 15th annual Player Appreciation Banquet at the Wyndham Hotel O'Hare on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Tickets are $75 for members and $90 for non-members, with proceeds benefiting Children's Memorial Hospital. To purchase tickets, visit chicagowolfpack.com.

WOLVES REWIND (2-0-0-0)

Sun., March 1
(at) Chicago 2, Quad City 1
--- The Wolves used a two-goal second period and 39 saves from goaltender Ondrej Pavelec to slip by the Quad City Flames, 2-1, at the Allstate Arena Sunday night
--- Center Matt Anderson and left wing Jordan LaVallee lit the lamp for Chicago

Fri., Feb. 27
Chicago 4, (at) Iowa 0
--- Wolves goaltender Ondrej Pavelec turned aside all 27 shots he faced to earn his third shutout of the season, a 4-0 victory over the Iowa Chops at Wells Fargo Arena Friday night
--- Left wing Mike Hamilton led the way with two goals, while right wings Spencer Machacek and Jeff Hamilton also dented the net



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