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HomeIce HockeySunday pocket book: Terry retains piling up factors | TheAHL.com

Sunday pocket book: Terry retains piling up factors | TheAHL.com


Patrick Williams, TheAHL.com Options Author


The years have piled up rapidly for Chicago Wolves ahead Chris Terry, and so have the factors.

The Fifteenth-year professional grew to become the twenty sixth participant in AHL historical past to achieve the 700-point mark final Sunday when he recorded two assists in a 5-0 win over the Rockford IceHogs, serving to the Wolves put an finish to a six-game winless slide.

By means of 766 regular-season video games within the AHL, Terry now has 702 factors (295 objectives, 406 assists); earlier this season he handed AHL Corridor of Fame members Don Biggs and Dave Creighton on the league’s profession scoring listing. Terry has additionally logged 152 NHL video games in his profession.

However placing up factors will not be what drives the five-time AHL All-Star, notably at this stage of his profession. Whereas the early going has been a attempting one, Terry got here to Chicago seeking to win his first Calder Cup.

There have been some encouraging indicators these days for the Wolves, who started the season 1-6-1-1. Since then, they’ve obtained ahead Vasily Ponomarev and defensemen Domenick Fensore, Griffin Mendel and Ronan Seeley on mortgage from the Carolina Hurricanes, and have received two of their final three outings. They took a 5-1 victory in Milwaukee final evening within the opener of a home-and-home set with the Admirals.

It’s a begin, maybe, and extra like what Terry signed up for after assessing his choices again in July. From his days across the league and the various connections that he has, he felt assured that coming to Chicago could possibly be a very good profession transfer. With the Wolves going with out an NHL affiliate this season, Terry discovered the set-up intriguing.

“It’s one thing that I had by no means seen in my time within the league,” Terry stated. “It grew to become a spot that I used to be very considering and really curious to see how it might go. I’m positive there are guys with a chip on their shoulder. I’m not going to take a seat right here and doubt that.”

With a gaggle of gamers pulled from all kinds of backgrounds, Terry has favored how the workforce got here collectively rapidly regardless of the dropping document. Some are top-tier veterans like him. Others are working to determine themselves as AHL regulars or gamers who wanted a profession reset. Nonetheless others got here to Chicago simply to get a foothold on the professional degree.

“With our document, it hasn’t at all times been enjoyable,” Terry acknowledged. “However on the identical time, it’s been enjoyable as a gaggle to work out of this gap we’ve dug ourselves. The place I’m in my profession, I’d actually like to compete for a Calder Cup.”

Terry had his spouse and son available final Sunday at Allstate Area as he clocked his 700th level.

“As I become older, I cherish these moments much more to spend it with them and simply take a look at how lengthy we’ve been enjoying this recreation and being on this league,” he stated. “I cherish these moments with my son across the rink. These are the moments that I need him to recollect, and I need to keep in mind, too.”


The Lehigh Valley Phantoms had circled this street journey on their calendar: A swing by means of Laval and Belleville this weekend adopted by a cease in Toronto on Tuesday. Their first prolonged journey of the season, and an opportunity for a number of recent faces to bond away from house.

The journey has been a productive one thus far, with the Phantoms capturing a 3-2 win over the Rocket on Friday adopted by an 8-1 romp over the Senators final evening.

Defenseman Ronnie Attard and ahead Tanner Laczynski every offered a pair of objectives at Belleville. Phantoms head coach Ian Laperriere will probably be relying on established gamers like Attard and Laczynski to take a membership nonetheless in its formative levels by means of the opening months of the season.

“Ups and downs,” Laperriere smiled whereas describing his membership’s first month. “However that’s why we’re right here. You could know what you have got within the group.”

After going through the Marlies, the Phantoms will face two extra powerful assessments as Windfall and Rochester go to PPL Heart subsequent weekend.


It was an journey for the Abbotsford Canucks, however they made it.

After taking a 2-0 lead at Henderson yesterday afternoon, the Canucks noticed the Silver Knights rally with two objectives to power additional time. Then Abbotsford needed to kill off a Henderson energy play in OT. However they survived, and Tristen Nielsen’s shootout winner gave the Canucks a two-game sweep of their go to to Nevada and a five-game successful streak.

Serving to to prepared the ground was goaltender Nikita Tolopilo, who had 31 saves. The undrafted 23-year-old Belarusian caught the dad or mum Vancouver Canucks’ consideration and signed a two-year entry-level take care of them final March after two seasons with Södertälje SK of Sweden’s second-division HockeyAllsvenskan circuit.

Tolopilo is an intriguing prospect; standing 6-foot-6 and 229 kilos, he had league-leading totals in video games (45) and wins (28) final season whereas additionally producing a .910 save proportion and a 2.10 goals-against common. He made 41 saves in his AHL debut Oct. 14 at Laval.


Dustin Wolf returned to the Calgary Wranglers this week after a quick recall to the dad or mum Flames and made 20 saves in a 5-4 shootout win at Ontario on Friday evening. Wolf stopped all three makes an attempt within the shootout because the Wranglers received their fifth consecutive recreation.

Wolf performed one recreation for the Flames on recall, a 4-1 loss at Ottawa on Nov. 11. The reigning AHL MVP and two-time goaltender of the 12 months has a .913 save proportion in seven AHL contests this season.

Going right into a rematch this afternoon at Ontario, the Wranglers have a league-best document of 11-1-1-0.


A uncommon journey to the West Coast suited the Charlotte Checkers nicely. They went 3-1-0-0 on their first spin by means of the Pacific Division since 2016-17, ending it with a 1-0 win at San Diego on Friday evening.

With Spencer Knight and Mack Guzda unavailable, a chance opened up in internet for Ludovic Waeber. The 27-year-old veteran of Switzerland’s Nationwide League, made 21 saves on Friday to earn his first AHL shutout; he’s 4-0-0 with a 1.97 GAA and a .923 save proportion for the Checkers. Waeber signed a one-year take care of the dad or mum Florida Panthers within the offseason.

The Checkers will now settle in at house for a six-game homestand that opens Monday towards Cleveland.


All in all, Laval did greater than survive this week.

The Rocket pulled out three wins in a demanding stretch of 5 video games in seven days. The week started with back-to-back wins in Manitoba earlier than they returned house and rallied from a four-goal deficit to defeat Belleville, 6-4, on Wednesday.

Six of a doable 10 factors is a productive week, particularly when you find yourself lacking main goal-scorer Lias Andersson; the Rocket introduced Saturday that he will probably be out six to eight weeks with a lower-body harm. Up entrance, Emil Heineman and Gabriel Bourque have additionally been out with long-term accidents whereas Philippe Maillet and Mitchell Stephens exited Friday’s recreation towards Lehigh Valley and didn’t play final evening at Utica.

The Rocket go to Rochester for a back-to-back set beginning on Wednesday.


Rockford rookie ahead Colton Dach pocketed his first profession hat trick and added the decisive shootout objective to assist the IceHogs to a 4-3 street win towards Iowa final evening. An evening earlier, he picked up his first professional objective in a 5-4 loss to Milwaukee.

Dach, 20, went to the Chicago Blackhawks as a second-round choice within the 2021 NHL Draft. However a shoulder harm sustained final winter whereas representing Canada on the IIHF World Junior Championship restricted him to 23 regular-season video games within the Western Hockey League cut up between Kelowna and Seattle in 2022-23. He put in a powerful end as Seattle went to the Memorial Cup last, producing 14 factors (three objectives, 11 assists) in 19 WHL playoff video games, however then got here one other setback this fall, a right-ankle harm in coaching camp with Chicago.

Dach made his professional debut on Nov. 4 and now has six factors (4 objectives, two assists) by means of seven appearances.


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins headed house from final Saturday evening after securing back-to-back wins towards the Bruins.

Friday evening’s 4-2 victory featured Alex Nedeljkovic turning into the primary goaltender in AHL historical past to attain twice in his profession. Nedeljkovic, who signed as a free agent with Pittsburgh through the offseason, had joined Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on a conditioning mortgage and was seeing his first recreation motion since an Oct. 24 begin vs. Dallas. He additionally made 17 saves, carrying a shutout into the ultimate three minutes of the sport.

The Penguins accomplished the sweep final evening with a 2-1 win, as Joel Blomqvist, a 2020 second-round choose of Pittsburgh’s, made 30 saves. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has factors in six of its previous seven contests (4-1-2-0).

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