Wolves Roundup: Feb. 26-March 4, 2018
HANG ‘EM HIGH
This week is a busy week for the Chicago Wolves with four games from Tuesday to Sunday. That stretch
includes a 3-in-3 with three games against Central Division rivals.
Before their 3-in-3 begins on the Friday, the Wolves need to take care of business on Tuesday, March 6, against
the San Antonio Rampage at AT&T Center. Chicago is on the hunt for its seventh consecutive victory over the
Rampage on enemy ice. The Wolves are also looking to take the series finale to tie the season series and avoid
losing the series against San Antonio for the first time in six seasons.
Additionally, the Wolves also are looking for their four consecutive victory on the road that would mark their
longest road win streak of the 2017-18 season. With their current three wins — against Manitoba (Feb. 25), San
Antonio (March 2) and Texas (March 3) — they matched their previous season best set from Dec. 9-15 with wins
over Cleveland (Dec. 9), Rockford (Deb. 12) and Grand Rapids (Dec. 15). Interestingly, both three-game road win
streaks have included 3-0 victories. In December, Chicago blanked Cleveland and Michael Leighton earned his
milestone 50th career AHL win. In March,
Saturday, March 3
Chicago 4, (at) Texas 1
• Chicago earned its fourth consecutive victory with its second straight win over Texas.
• Center Brandon Pirri netted two goals while Jason Garrison and Stefan Matteau added empty-netters to ensure the victory.
• Goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo made 24 saves en route to the victory.
Friday, March 2
Chicago 3, (at) San Antonio 0
• The Wolves shut out the Rampage for their first win of the season series.
• Goaltender Oscar Dansk stopped 28 shots for his first career AHL shutout.
• Forward T.J. Tynan and defensemen Jake Bischoff and Jason Garrison scored the goals.
Tuesday, Feb. 27
(at) Chicago 4, Texas 3 (SO)
• Chicago won its 15th of 16 games on home ice with its first shootout victory of the season.
• The team’s top scorer, T.J. Tynan, delivered the winning shootout goal while netminder Oscar Dansk stopped former Wolves captain Brent Regner’s attempt to clinch the victory.
• Center Brandon Pirri scored in regulation and the shootout while Bryce Gervais and Keegan Kolesar accounted for Chicago’s other two goals in regulation.
• In the crease, Dansk made 20 saves during 65 minutes of game action and stopped two of three attempts
in the shootout
Tuesday, March 6 at San Antonio^ AT&T Center 7 p.m.
Friday, March 9 at Milwaukee* UWM Panther Arena 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 10 vs. Manitoba# Allstate Arena 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 11 vs. Rockford* Allstate Arena 3 p.m.
Saturday, March 17 vs. Rockford# Allstate Arena 7 p.m.
All times Central
^AHL Live only
*The U Too
The Sweden native backstopped
the Chicago Wolves for two of
their three victories last week.
The day before he turned 24 —
Tuesday — Dansk made 20 saves
through 65 minutes and stopped
two Texas Stars in the shootout
to help the Wolves record their
first shootout win of the season. On Friday, Dansk
earned the first AHL shutout of his career with a 28-
save performance against the San Antonio Rampage.
In those two contests, Dansk compiled a 1.44 goals-
against average and .941 save percentage.
The 33-year-old veteran collected
two goals — both empty-netters
— to mark his first points in back-
to-back games since Jan. 3 and
5. Garrison also posted a +2 plus/
minus rating and seven shots on
goal through three games. Prior
to the addition of Philip Holm,
Garrison was Chicago’s top-scoring defenseman. In
points scored while skating with the Wolves, Garrison
still leads the pack (6-18—24).
The Toronto native continues
to pace the Chicago Wolves
in points per game with a 1.02
clip. Last week, the 26-year-old
collected three goals and two
assists for five points in three
games. He also finished with a
+1 plus/minus rating and 12 shots
on goal. Now leading the Wolves with 23 goals, Pirri
broke into the league’s top 10 for goal-scoring. He
resides in the No. 6 spot with five other skaters.
The 26-year-old Illinois native
registered four points last week
with one goal and three assists.
He also finished the week with
a +4 plus/minus rating. Tynan
moved into the No. 7 spot — tied
with Tucson’s Dylan Strome — on
the AHL scoring leaderboard. He’s
one point shy of his first career 50-point season.