30 May 2007

Wolves Weekly Press Notes for May 29

POSTSEASON WOLVES HEADLINERS

--- DARREN HAYDAR: Led the AHL in goals (10) and points (24) and shared first in
assists (14) at the conclusion of the conference finals ... Recorded 146 points this season (122 regular-season, 24 postseason), four shy of the highest combined total in AHL history ... Named the 2007 Regular-Season AHL MVP after leading the league with a     career-high 122 points and a career-best 81 assists, while sharing fourth with a career-best 41 goals

--- JASON KROG: Netted at least one point in 13 of the squads' 15 postseason tilts, which includes sharing first in the AHL with 14 assists at the end of the conference finals ... Ranked second in the league after the squad was eliminated from postseason contention with 19 points ... Tallied at least one point in 54 of his 59 outings in a Wolves uniform, which includes sharing fifth in the AHL with a career-high 54 assists and seventh with a career-high 80 points in just 44 regular-season tilts

--- BRETT STERLING: Shared first among AHL rookies and sixth overall at the conclusion of the conference finals with seven goals ... Ranked third on the Wolves with 12 points in 15 games during his playoff debut ... Named the 2007 Regular-Season AHL Rookie of the Year after potting a league-high 55 goals, the fourth-highest single-season output in club history ... Notched a league-best 21 power-play markers, the most by a Chicago player in eight years ... Led AHL rookies and ranked fourth overall with 97 points in 77 tilts

--- FRED BRATHWAITE: Appeared in five Calder Cup Playoff matchups, leading AHL
goaltenders with a 1.62 goals-against average and a .944 save percentage ... Accrued a 1-3 record in the Western Conference Final despite allowing just seven goals in four starts ... Posted a 22-13-5 record with a 2.74 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage in 40 outings during the regular season

--- NIKO DIMITRAKOS: Ranked third on Chicago with seven assists and fourth with 10 points in 15 postseason tilts ... Racked up 14 points (4G, 10A) in 17 regular season tilts with the Wolves after being loaned by the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers on March 1 ... Accrued a career-high 19 goals and posted 42 points in 62 AHL tilts this season, 45 of which came with the Philadelphia Phantoms

--- JORDAN LaVALLEE: Netted seven goals in his postseason debut, tied for the most among AHL rookies and sixth overall when the Wolves were eliminated ...  Ranked sixth on the squad with eight points in 14 playoff contests ... Collected 16 goals and 34 points in 79 regular-season matchups

For final postseason team statistics, click here

WOLF TRACKS

--- The Wolves were held to five goals in the last four games of the Western
Conference Final against Hamilton after netting five in Game 1 of the series.

--- Chicago finished the postseason with an average of 3.40 goals per game, second-best in the AHL after pacing the league with an average of 4.14 markers per contest during the regular season.

--- Despite being eliminated by Hamilton in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final, the Wolves staved off elimination in Game 4 and are 12-9 all-time (.571) when facing elimination in the postseason.

--- Chicago finished the playoffs allowing an average of 2.40 goals per game, fifth-fewest in the AHL, after giving up an average of 3.15 tallies per matchup during the regular season.

--- The Wolves held opponents to two or fewer goals in nine of their 15 postseason tilts, posting a 8-1 record in those contests.

--- Eight of Chicago's 15 playoff games were decided by one goal (4-4), which includes four of the five Western Conference Final matchups; Hamilton earned a two-goal victory in Game 5 (3-1) after adding an empty-net tally with 61 seconds remaining in regulation.

THE KILLERS

The Wolves held opponents without a power play goal in nine of their 15 playoff tilts, which includes surrendering just three man-advantage markers in the five-game Western Conference Final (34 of 37); Chicago finished the postseason with a 89.1 efficiency rating on the penalty kill (90 of 101), third-best in the AHL.

WOLVES REWIND (1-2)

Sat., May 26                                               
(at) Hamilton 3, Chicago 1
--- The Hamilton Bulldogs earned a 4-games-to-1 series victory with a 3-1 win over the Wolves in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final at Copps Coliseum
--- Defenseman TREVOR BYRNE was the only Chicago player to light the lamp
--- Goaltender FRED BRATHWAITE accrued 21 saves on 23 shots

Fri., May 25                                               
Chicago 1, (at) Hamilton 0
--- Netminder FRED BRATHWAITE posted saves on all 37 shots he faced as the Wolves earned a 1-0 victory at Copps Coliseum in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final to cut the Hamilton Bulldogs' series lead to 3-games-to-1
--- Right wing NIKO DIMITRAKOS lit the lamp at the 12:39 mark of the second period

Wed., May 23                                               
(at) Hamilton 2, Chicago 1
--- Chicago grabbed an early lead before surrendering two second-period goals en route to falling behind, 3-games-to-0, in the Western Conference Final with a 2-1 loss to the Hamilton Bulldogs in Game 3.
--- Rookie JORDAN LaVALLEE netted Chicago's only goal
--- Goaltender FRED BRATHWAITE posted 23 saves on 25 shots