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"Game Time" PROSPECT SUNDAY for January 4, 2015

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Welcome to the first "Prospect Sunday" of 2015. The Chicägö Wölves almost doubled their umlaut total with this week's assignment of Magnus Pääjärvi from the Blues. PRV's not talking, but from the looks of this picture, he's not thrilled about being back in the AHL. All three prospects participating in the World Juniors have been pretty good... but thanks for nothing, Denmark.

The Wolves have now exceeded their umlaut quota for the year... Photo by
The Wolves have now exceeded their umlaut quota for the year... Photo by
Ross Dettman/CHI Wolves

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TRANSACTIONS

Date Link Details
. 12-29-14 LINK D PETTERI LINDBOHM assigned to Chicago (AHL) from St. Louis (NHL).
. 12-30-14 LINK LW MAGNUS PÄÄJÄRVI assigned to Chicago (AHL) from St. Louis (NHL).
. 01-02-15 LINK C RYAN TESINK placed on reserve by Alaska (ECHL).

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INJURY REPORT

Date Link Details
. 10-19-14 LINK D JOEL EDMUNDSON (back); return date indefinite.
. 01-02-15 LINK C ROBBIE FABBRI (ankle); return date indefinite.

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WORLD JUNIOR UPDATE

2015 World Junior WJC logo

CANADA: Center Robbie Fabbri scored twice in Canada's opener vs. Slovakia on Boxing Day -- including the game-winner -- and racked up six points (2 G, 4 A) in five games before being knocked out of the tournament with a high ankle sprain (see above) vs. Denmark on Jan. 2. Team Canada gets a rematch against the Slovaks in the late semifinal game today.

FINLAND: The defending champions managed just one win at this year's tournament, a 2-0 whitewashing of Germany on New Year's Eve, before falling 6-3 to powerhouse Sweden on Jan. 2. Ville Husso got the shutout victory, and was 1-1-1 in the tournament with a solid 2.29 GAA and 92.3 save percentage.

RUSSIA: Ivan Barbashev (spelled "Barbashyov" in Russian fashion for this tournament) staked the Russians to an early lead in their 3-2 win over team USA on Jan. 2, eliminating the Americans. The Blues' second-round pick is second in the Russian scoring parade with a 2-3-5 line (even, 2 PM, 2 PPG) in five games. Russia will face off against unbeaten Sweden in the first of two semifinal games today.

LINK to World Junior Championship website.

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Chicago

WOLVES GAME RECAPS

Dec. 28, 2014 -- WOLVES 2 at Rockford 4 (box score)

Dec. 30, 2014 -- WOLVES 1 vs Grand Rapids 2 OT (box score)

Jan. 2, 2015 -- WOLVES 3 vs Hamilton 2 OT (box score)

Jan. 3, 2015 -- WOLVES 0 vs Rockford 3 (box score)

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Dec. 28, 2014

Wolves' streak snapped in Rockford

ROCKFORD, IL --- The Chicago Wolves saw their three-game win streak come to a jarring halt Sunday evening as the Rockford IceHogs potted three second-period goals en route to a 4-2 Illinois Lottery Cup win at the MetroCentre.
Center Colin Fraser and defenseman Mathieu Brodeur scored as the Wolves (17-12-3-0) put up a fight with two tallies in the third period, but the visitors were unable to dig themselves out of the four-goal hole.

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Dec. 30, 2014

Wolves foiled in overtime by Grand Rapids

ROSEMONT, IL --- The Chicago Wolves forced overtime with a third-period goal, but Grand Rapids defenseman Ryan Sproul scored 2:43 into extra time to send the Wolves to a 2-1 defeat Tuesday night at Allstate Arena.
Forward Jeremy Welsh scored his fourth goal in the last four games for the Wolves (17-12-4-0) while goaltender Matt Climie rejected 29 of 31 shots during Chicago’s final game of 2014.
"I thought we played solid," said Wolves head coach John Anderson. "We didn't give up a ton of chances and neither did they. (Climie) was really strong all night."

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Jan. 2, 2015

Regner's overtime tally lifts Wolves

ROSEMONT, IL --- Defenseman Brent Regner scored with 42.6 seconds left in overtime to boost the Chicago Wolves to a 3-2 triumph over the Hamilton Bulldogs on Friday night at Allstate Arena.
Forward Shane Harper and defenseman Jake Chelios posted the first two goals for the Wolves (18-12-4-0), who host Rockford on Saturday night. Matt Climie stopped 33 shots to earn the win.
"(Climie) held us in there on a 5-on-3 that was sensational," said Wolves head coach John Anderson. "I thought we took the play to them in overtime. It was a great move (by Regner). You wouldn't think a defenseman would have that much savvy."

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Jan. 3, 2015

Rockford spoils Sopel's night

ROSEMONT, IL --- On a night when the Chicago Wolves celebrated Brent Sopel’s 1,000 professional games with a pregame ceremony, the Rockford IceHogs scored a pair of second-period goals to spark a 3-0 win Saturday night in an Illinois Lottery Cup game at Allstate Arena.
The Wolves (18-13-4-0) launched 18 shots in the third period in their bid to close the gap, but they could not solve veteran Rockford goaltender Michael Leighton.
"It's a 60-minute game. You have to look at it in its entirety," said Wolves head coach John Anderson. "They won two periods, we won one. I like their chances better than ours."

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PAW PRINTS:

Despite a four-game goalless streak, and just two goals in his last 13 games, Ty Rattie remains in third place on the league's goal-scoring leaderboard with 15 goals, four behind leader Teemu Pulkkinen of Grand Rapids and three back of Nick Shore of Manchester ... Cody Beach still leads the league in penalty time served with 136 minutes, 14 ahead of Binghamton's Darren Kramer ... The Wolves are one of just four teams -- all in the Western Conference -- who have yet to require a shootout to decide the winner this season. The others are Utica, Hamilton, and defending champion Texas.

Wolves' 2014-15 Scoring and Penalty Statistics

Wolves' 2014-15 Goaltending Statistics

Chicago

DATE ... OPPONENT TIME VENUE
01-10-15 at GRAND RAPIDS 7:00 PM EST Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI

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ACES GAME RECAPS

Dec. 31, 2014 -- ACES 4 vs Utah 3 OT (box score)

Jan. 2, 2015 -- ACES 2 vs Utah 3 OT (box score)

Jan. 3, 2015 -- ACES 4 vs Utah 1 (box score)

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Dec. 31, 2014

That's A Resolution

ANCHORAGE, AK --- Ryan Walters scored two goals and the game-winner with 1:34 left in sudden death, lifting the Alaska Aces to a 4-3 overtime victory over the Utah Grizzlies before 5,467 fans at Sullivan Arena on Wednesday night.
The Aces improved their home record streak to 8-0-1 in the last nine games, ending 2014 with their first overtime victory at Sullivan Arena since November 16, 2012 (5-4 win vs. Colorado). Brendan Connolly added a goal and assist while the Aces held off Utah’s third period rally, who overcame a 3-1 deficit.

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Jan. 2, 2015

One Goal (Game) In Mind

ANCHORAGE, AK --- Alex Krushelnyski scored two goals, including the game winner at 2:38 to help the Utah Grizzlies sneak by the Alaska Aces, 3-2 in overtime - also the third straight one-goal game between the teams - before 4,599 fans at Sullivan Arena on Friday.
Ryan Walters and Tim Coffman netted Alaska’s goals, including Coffman’s equalizer with 3:05 left in regulation to help the Aces extend an unbeaten streak (in regulation) at home to 8-0-2 in the last ten games. The streak was last accomplished in 2010-11, when Alaska went unbeaten in regulation in 11 games at home under head coach Brent Thompson.

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Jan. 3, 2015

Penalty Kill Shot

ANCHORAGE, AK --- Ryan Walters scored two shorthanded goals and Olivier Archambault added two of his own, all in the third period to lift the Alaska Aces to a 4-1 comeback victory over the Utah Grizzlies before 4,369 fans at Sullivan Arena on Saturday.
Alaska’s win ended their six game homestand at 4-0-2, extending a streak of 9-0-2 in the last 11 home games which matches the previous 11-game run at The Sully with a point from 2010-11 (10-0-1), led by head coach Brent Thompson. Niklas Lundström made 20 saves while Corey Syvret fashioned two assists on the blueline.

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ACES IN THE HOLE:

After appearing in the first 17 games for the Aces, Ryan Tesink has played in just two games since Dec. 1 ... Lundström has started 23 of the 29 games Alaska has played this season.

Aces' 2014-15 Scoring and Penalty Statistics

Aces' 2014-15 Goaltending Statistics

Alaska

DATE ... OPPONENT TIME VENUE
01-07-15 at UTAH 7:00 PM MST Maverik Center, Valley City, UT
01-09-15 at IDAHO 7:10 PM MST CenturyLink Arena, Boise, ID
01-10-15 at IDAHO 7:10 PM MST CenturyLink Arena, Boise, ID

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COMING UP:

This week's "Trending Up" feature at 2:00 PM CST, and the January 2015 Prospect Stats Update at 3:00 PM CST.