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"Game Time" PROSPECT SUNDAY for November 30, 2014

The old saying goes, "no man is an island." Except, of course, Blues' prospect Santeri Saari. See why in the slightly-hilarious translation linked below in the "Transactions" box. Also, Ty Rattie still leads the AHL in goals, but Cody Beach has been passed for the penalty minute lead by an ex-Ivy Leaguer in the Pittsburgh organ-I-zation. And Niklas Lundström continues to tear it up with the Alaska Aces. Welcome to another edition of "Prospect Sunday."

"And starting on defense... number six, Jani Hakanpää."  Photo by
"And starting on defense... number six, Jani Hakanpää." Photo by
Ross Dettman/CHI Wolves

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TRANSACTIONS

Date Link Details
. 11-25-14 LINK D SANTERI SAARI recalled by Jokerit Helsinki (KHL) from loan to Bofors IK Karlskoga (Allsvenskan).

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INJURY REPORT

Date Link Details
. 10-19-14 LINK D JOEL EDMUNDSON (back); return date indefinite.

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Chicago

WOLVES GAME RECAPS

Nov. 23, 2014 -- WOLVES 0 vs Rockford 3 (box score)

Nov. 26, 2014 -- WOLVES 1 at Milwaukee 4 (box score)

Nov. 28, 2014 -- WOLVES 4 at Rockford 3 -- OT (box score)

Nov. 29, 2014 -- WOLVES 2 vs Rockford 1 (box score)

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Nov. 23, 2014

Wolves fall to Rockford

ROSEMONT, IL --- Rockford left wing Garret Ross scored the first two goals and the Chicago Wolves could not find the net during a 3-0 loss in Illinois Lottery Cup action Sunday afternoon before 11,431 fans at Allstate Arena.
IceHogs goaltender Mac Carruth earned his first American Hockey League shutout as he notched 23 saves in a battle of the Midwest Division’s best teams. Goaltender Matt Climie stopped 23 of 25 shots for the Wolves (11-5-3-0) as both teams played their third game in 48 hours.
"I think both teams were trying, but sometimes you hit the wall a little bit," said Wolves head coach John Anderson. "Your thought process goes. You don’t see the ice as well. You panic with the puck a little bit – all those things that (don’t happen) when you’re fresh."

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Nov. 26, 2014

Wolves Can't Catch Up In Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE, WI --- The Chicago Wolves dug a two-goal hole and couldn’t escape during a 4-1 loss to the Milwaukee Admirals Wednesday night in an Amtrak Rivalry game at Bradley Center.
Left wing Dmitrij Jaskin delivered the lone goal for the Wolves (11-6-3-0), but not until Chicago trailed 2-0. Goaltender Matt Climie (5-4-2) rejected 20 of 23 shots, which included several top-flight saves, as the Wolves lost for the fourth time in five games.

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Nov. 28, 2014

Late OT goal boosts Wolves over IceHogs

ROCKFORD, IL --- Defenseman Brent Regner scored the game-winning goal with 11 seconds remaining in overtime to cap the Chicago Wolves’ thrilling 4-3 win over the Rockford IceHogs in an Illinois Lottery Cup matchup Friday night at the MetroCentre.
Center Colin Fraser tied the game with 1:06 left in regulation and right wings Ty Rattie and Shane Harper added tallies as the Wolves (12-6-3-0) earned two points in the Midwest Division battle.
Goaltender Matt Climie (6-4-2) snapped his four-game losing streak while making a season-high 37 saves through regulation and overtime, including 18 in the third period.
The Wolves broke a five-game streak of surrendering the first two goals as Rattie gave the visitors the early lead 1:49 into the game. Defenseman David Shields pinched in and threaded a pass to the crashing forward, who tapped it past IceHogs goaltender Scott Darling for the 1-0 advantage.

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Nov. 29, 2014

Wolves ride Climie and power plays past Rockford

ROSEMONT, IL --- Building on their victorious rally Friday night at Rockford, the Chicago Wolves produced a pair of power-play goals and knocked off the IceHogs 2-1 Saturday night in an Illinois Lottery Cup game at Allstate Arena.
Right wings Ty Rattie and Shane Harper scored the goals for the Wolves (13-6-3-0) as they pulled within 3 points of Rockford for first in the Midwest Division.
Goaltender Matt Climie stopped 27 shots to earn his 62nd win in a Chicago uniform and pass Kari Lehtonen for second place on the franchise’s all-time win list.
"I thought we came out right from the start (Friday) and we played a pretty strong game and we continued on tonight," said Wolves head coach John Anderson. "It was really satisfying to see guys listening and taking pride in what we’re doing."

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PAW PRINTS: The Wolves were a very solid 15 of 16 (93.8%) on the penalty kill in the four games this week ... RW Sebastian Wännström has been a healthy scratch for six consecutive games; an assignment to Alaska may be in the near future; stay tuned...

Wolves' 2014-15 Scoring and Penalty Statistics

Wolves' 2014-15 Goaltending Statistics

Chicago

DATE ... OPPONENT TIME VENUE
12-03-14 at LAKE ERIE 7:00 PM EST Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
12-05-14 at LAKE ERIE 7:30 PM EST Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH

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ACES GAME RECAPS

Nov. 28, 2014 -- ACES 3 vs Idaho 2 (box score)

Nov. 29, 2014 -- ACES 2 vs Idaho 1 (box score)

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Nov. 28, 2014

The Beat Goes On

ANCHORAGE, AK --- Defenseman Colten Hayes scored a goal, added an assist, and goaltender Niklas Lundström made 29 saves to lift the Alaska Aces to a 3-2 victory over the Idaho Steelheads, before 4,843 boisterous fans at Sullivan Arena on Friday night.
The Aces shook off a 12-day layoff to earn their fourth straight win (4-1-0 in five games) and second in three meetings this season with Idaho, who entered one point off the top record in the league. Bryan Cameron earned the game winning goal and added an assist, returning from injury in his first game since Oct. 25.

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Nov. 29, 2014

A Big Catch

ANCHORAGE, AK --- Chris Francis had the eventual game winning goal and an assist, while Niklas Lundström made 27 saves to lift the Alaska Aces to their fifth straight victory, 2-1 over the Pacific Division leading Idaho Steelheads before 4,047 fans at Sullivan Arena on Saturday.
The win was the Aces’ sixth in the last seven games, moving them into a tie for fifth place in the Pacific Division with Utah and Stockton, while closing the gap to six points behind second place, shared by three teams. The Aces have not allowed more than two goals per game in the win streak, while Lundstrom (7-6-0) improved his goals against average to 1.40 and save percentage to .945 during the streak, playing in every minute.

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ACES IN THE HOLE:

Lundstrom Aces military sweaterNiklas Lundström seems to have figured it out in recent weeks ... after starting the season 1-4-0-0 with a 4.16 goals-against average and 85.0 save percentage in October, Lundström has won six of eight starts in November -- including his last five consecutive starts -- and has posted a 2.09 GAA and 92.2% saves rate in November to pull the Aces back to within one game of .500 at 8-9-0-0 ... For the season, Lundström has started 13 of Alaska's 17 games (705 minutes played), and has allowed 34 goals on 320 shots for a 2.89 GAA, 89.4% saves rate, and a 7-6-0-0 record.

Aces' 2014-15 Scoring and Penalty Statistics

Aces' 2014-15 Goaltending Statistics

Alaska

DATE ... OPPONENT TIME VENUE
12-04-14 at STOCKTON 7:30 PM PST Stockton Arena, Stockton, CA
12-05-14 at STOCKTON 7:30 PM PST Stockton Arena, Stockton, CA
12-06-14 at STOCKTON 7:30 PM PST Stockton Arena, Stockton, CA

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COMING UP:

This week's "Trending Up" feature at 2:00 PM CDT, and the latest "On The Horizon" feature, focusing on the upcoming schedule for all the Blues' prospects -- and featuring new graphics and updated prospect scoring stats -- at 3:00 PM CDT.