Wolves Wednesday: Lake Erie Are A Bunch of Life Ruiners

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The Chicago Wolves were, once again, on an awesome winning streak, but Lake Erie came from behind to beat the Wolves at home, ending the Wolves’ 5-game winning streak and destroying their chance to lead the Midwest Division for the first time this season. Thanks a lot, Lake Erie.

Friday, January 13th vs Milwaukee — Before we get to the depressing part of this week’s Wolves Wednesday, we’ll talk about the 2-1 victory the Wolves got against Milwaukee. It was their fifth straight win!

The Wolves won this game with two goals in the middle frame. Michael Davies (with a goal and an assist) and Bill Sweatt scored for Chicago. The Wolves tied Charlotte for first place in the Midwest Division after this game. The first 20 minutes were scoreless, but the Wolves decided to start scoring early on in the second frame — 57 seconds in, precisely. Davies slammed the puck into the net from a rebound off of Admirals goaltender Jeremy Smith. Milwaukee tied the game on the powerplay at 6:19 of the second period with a puck that deflected off of Michael Latta’s stick and trickled over the goal line. Chicago answered the goal with just 1:01 left in the second period when Davies fed Sweatt who sent the puck past Smith top-shelf.

Game Notes:
– Climie stopped 32 of 33 shots, picked up his 6th win out of 7 starts
– Smith also made 32 saves
– Milwaukee was 1 for 3 on the powerplay
– Chicago was 0 for 4 on the powerplay

Saturday, January 14th vs Lake Erie — The Chicago Wolves made it to the midseason point, but unfortunately for them, it came with a 5-3 loss to Lake Erie, who just happened to end their 4-game losing streak. Michael Davies and Jordan Schroeder posted one goal and one assist each.

The Wolves assumed control of the game early on with Schroeder’s ninth goal of the year that came 74 seconds into the first period. Yann Sauve picked up an assist on Schroeder’s goal that flew past Monsters goalie Trever Cann. Evan Brophey tied the game at the 8:28 mark of the first period, but the Wolves struck twice more in the second period. Steve Reinprecht scored on a short-handed breakaway to give the Wolves the 3-1 lead. Lake Erie responded in the third period with goals from Ryan Stoa and Patrick Bordeleau to tie the game. Luke Walker’s rebound then gave the Monsters the advantage. And, to add insult to injury, Hugh Jessiman (not to be confused with Hugh Jackman) scored on an empty net with 30 seconds left in the game.

Game Notes:
– Eddie Lack made 26 saves for the Wolves
– Trever Cann saved 29 shots for the win
– Lake Erie was 0 for 4 on the powerplay
– Chicago was 0 for 3 on the powerplay

Wolves Players of the Week
The best of the best! The cream of the crop! The — okay, you get the idea.

Michael Davies — Michael Davies was ahead of the game with his 3 goals and 5 points this past week, which also was his first bit of action since December 16th. He accumulated 3 goals, six points, and a +6 plus/minus rating in 16 games this season. Four for you, Davies. You go, Davies!

Jordan Schroeder — Sharing the spotlight with Davies, Schroeder got himself 3 assists and now ranks second with 4 points in three games last week. He notched his fourth multiple-point outing of the year on Saturday when he grabbed himself a goal and an assist against Lake Erie. He shares fourth place with 9 goals, and third place with 20 points in 38 games this season.

Steve Reinprecht — Despite seeing his 4-game point streak get snapped on Friday, he tallied six points (G, 5A) from January 6th-11th. He currently shares second place on the team with 16 assists, and third place with 20 points in 27 games this season. He accumulated five multiple-point outings in his last 11 games and happened to collect 10 assists and 14 points during that span.

Fan Reminders:
The Wolves are hosting an electronic recycling drive, presented by ARCOA, at their home games on January 18th and 21st. For every pound of electronics collected, ARCOA will donate $1 to Chicago Wolves Charities related to cancer research. See the Chicago Wolves website for more details.

UPCOMING GAMES

January 18th, 2012 — At Home vs Texas (7pm)

January 20th, 2012 — At Rockford vs IceHogs (7pm)

January 21st, 2012 — At Home vs Rockford (7pm)

January 24th, 2012 — At Abbotsford vs Heat (9pm)

January 25th, 2012 — At Abbotsford vs Heat (9pm)

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