23 April 2012

Weekly Press Notes for April 23

Photo: Darren Abate/pressphotointl.com
THIS WEEK:

WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS


Tue., April 24

vs. San Antonio Rampage
Allstate Arena
7 p.m.

Wed., April 25*
vs. San Antonio Rampage
Allstate Arena
7 p.m.

Fri., April 27*
vs. San Antonio Rampage
Allstate Arena
7:30 p.m.

*If necessary

POSTSEASON GAMES WILL BE TELECAST LIVE ON COMCAST NETWORK 100 ON XFINITY TV FROM COMCAST

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PROCESS OF ELIMINATION


The Wolves return home for Game 3 on Tuesday, but face elimination after dropping the opening two games of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in San Antonio; Chicago has posted a 15-10 all-time mark when facing elimination in the playoffs, which includes an 8-6 mark on home ice.


WOLVES HEADLINES


--- Darren Haydar: Shares the team lead with 3 assists and 4 points during the postseason ... His two-assist effort in Game 1 moved him into sole possession of first place on the AHL’s all-time postseason assist list ... Ranks first all-time in AHL postseason scoring with 60 goals, 79 assists, and 139 points in 107 career Calder Cup outings ... Ranked first on Chicago with 36 assists and second with 57 points in 70 games during the regular season ... Shared second on the squad with 21 goals

--- Kevin Doell: Shares the team lead with 2 goals and 4 points during the playoffs, which includes his first career multiple-goal postseason outing in Game 2 ... Appeared in 51 career Calder Cup playoff matchups with Chicago in 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2012 notching 11 goals, 22 points and 57 penalty minutes ... Tallied 6 assists, 7 points, and a +4 plus/minus rating in 17 games this season while he missed 58 contests due to injury

--- Mark Mancari: Dished out 3 assists in two postseason games, which included his ninth multiple-point playoff contest in Game 2 (2A) ... Collected 9 goals, 17 assists, and 26 points in 26 career Calder Cup playoff games ... Ranked first on the team and shared eighth in the AHL with 30 goals and paced Chicago with 58 points in 69 contests this season ... Paced the AHL and matched a franchise record with 10 game-winners

--- Brad Hunt: Accrued an assist in each of his first two games and shares the team lead with a +2 plus/minus rating during his Calder Cup debut ... Posted 4 helpers and 5 points in 14 regular-season games after being signed to an Amateur Tryout Contract (ATO) on March 14 ... Led Bemidji State University with 21 assists and ranked third on the team with 26 points in 38 games during his senior campaign this year before signing with the Wolves


WOLF TRACKS


--- The 2012 Western Conference Quarterfinals marks just the ninth time in their 42 postseason series they have dropped the first two games of a series; Chicago has posted a 2-6 mark in those series, with the last series win coming in 2002 when it came back to beat Syracuse 4-games-to-3 in the Conference Semifinals en route to its 2002 Calder Cup title.

--- Chicago has accrued a 24-14 mark (.632) all-time in Game 3 of a postseason series and Tuesday’s Game 3 at the Allstate Arena will be the franchise’s first Game 3 at home since the 2004 West Division Finals.

--- All six of the games between San Antonio and Chicago during the regular season and playoffs have been decided by one goal with the Rampage winning all six meetings.

--- Eleven of the Wolves last 16 postseason tilts have been decided by one goal dating back to the 2010 Calder Cup playoffs; Chicago has accrued a 4-7 mark in those games, which includes four overtime defeats

--- Left wing Nicklas Jensen tallied two power-play goals in his Calder Cup playoff debut on Thursday, one game after he posted a hat trick in the Wolves regular-season finale; the 19-year-old forward scored four goals in six regular-season games with the Wolves after being assigned by Vancouver on April 6.


POWER AND MIGHT


--- Nine of the 16 goals scored by both teams in the first two games of the series have been scored on the power play; Chicago has bagged four man-advantage markers on 10 opportunities, while it has allowed five Rampage power-play goals in nine chances.


CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS REWIND (0-2)


Saturday, April 21
(at) San Antonio 4, Chicago 3
--- The Wolves bagged two goals in the third period, but couldn’t find the equalizer as they fell 4-3 to the San Antonio Rampage in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals at the AT&T Center.
--- Center Kevin Doell scored twice and right wings Darren Haydar (G, A) and Mark Mancari (2A) notched two points for Chicago
--- Goaltender Matt Climie recorded 20 saves in 33:34 of action while Eddie Lack kicked out all seven shots he faced in 25:25 of relief duty in CLIMIE’s loss

Thursday, April 19
(at) San Antonio 5, Chicago 4 (OT)
--- The Wolves surrendered the final three goals, including the game-winner 14:16 into overtime, as they dropped Game 1 to San Antonio at the AT&T Center
--- Forwards Nicklas Jensen (2G), Bill Sweatt, and Tim Miller lit the lamp for Chicago
--- Goaltender Eddie Lackthwarted 32 of 37 shots in regulation and overtime