That would be "Happy Birthday," auf Deutsch... and those greetings go to the father of your "Game Time" Prospect Department, my dad, Gerhardt (Gary) Michael Weidler, who is 73 years young today. Love you very much, Dad.
|G Jordan Binnington reassigned by St. Louis (NHL) from Chicago (AHL) to Kalamazoo (ECHL).
ALLEN, RATTIE SHINE IN WOLVES' HOME OPENER
Rosemont, Ill.---The Chicago Wolves turned their 20th home opener into an ideal Welcome Home party for veteran coach John Anderson as they earned a 3-1 victory over San Antonio on Saturday night at Allstate Arena.
Forwards Corey Locke, Ty Rattie and Mark Mancari delivered goals for the Wolves (2-1-0-0) while goaltender Jake Allen stopped 30 shots. Anderson, coaching his first home game since the Wolves captured the Calder Cup on June 10, 2008, received a loud ovation from the 9,824 in attendance as he walked along the boards toward the Wolves bench 10 minutes before the opening puck drop.
Rattie, a rookie right wing, gave the Wolves a 2-0 lead at 6:59 of the second period. Evan Oberg blasted a shot from the left point and Rattie, skating 10 feet in front of the crease, lifted his stick between his waist and knees and deflected the puck past Grumet-Morris for his first goal as a professional. Oberg and center Pat Cannone picked up assists.
LINK to scoresheet at TheAHL dot com.
PAW PRINTS: Allen remains near the top of the AHL's goalie leaderboard with a 1.00 GAA, 97.3 save percentage (73 shots, 71 saves) and both of the Wolves' wins ... RW prospect Tyler Shattock dropped the gloves with Rampage rookie Jonathan Racine, and did not fare all that well; see 1:47 of the highlight reel above ... Sergei Andronov was scratched for the Wolves' home opener, as were fellow prospects Cody Beach, Yannick Veilleux, Sebastian Wännström, Cade Fairchild and Brett Ponich ... Beach, Fairchild, Ponich and Wännström have yet to see regular-season game action for the Wolves, while Veilleux has not played since the season opener on Oct. 4 in San Antonio.
This week's "Trending Up" feature, and the latest "On The Horizon" feature, focusing on the upcoming schedule for all the Blues' prospects, will be posted later this afternoon.
There will also be an open Game Day Thread at 3:00 Central Time for the second game of the Wolves' weekend homestand vs. San Antonio. The Wolves do not have a free radio feed, but I should be able to get a link to San Antonio's feed, and I will post the link to AHL Live for those who feel inclined to pay seven bucks to "live-stream" the game.