Wolf Prowl - March 17th, 2012

Patrick Johnston
March 17 2012 02:58PM


Baumer's boys need to rebound on their coming road trip
(Photo: Chris Jerina/AHL in Photos)

Weekly Wrap

A 3-1 win last Saturday in Charlotte was followed by a 4-0 Sunday loss to those same Checkers. Sunday's loss let Charlotte back on top of the division.

Wednesday was a  very frustrating loss for the Crimson and Gold, as they fired 39 shots in a 3-1 loss to Peoria.

Read past the jump for more!

Standouts

Saturday's win was paced by goals from Darren Haydar, Byron Bitz and Andrew Gordon's game winner. Mike Duco grabbed 3 assists on Saturday, while Haydar added an assist on Bitz's goal. The powerplay showed a brief sign of life - Haydar and Bitz's goals both came on the mad advantage.

Eddie Lack made 42 saves on Sunday.

Mark Mancari got the only goal on Wednesday.

Lowlights

The attack continues to struggle, and especially the young kids. Jordan Schroeder, about whom we'd been speaking so positively, has just a goal and 3 assists in his last dozen games.

Steve Reinprecht hasn't scored a goal since the end of January, a stretch of 16 games. He's got just 6 assists in that time as well.

Lineup Notes

The Wolves signed Ridge Meadows native Brad Hunt to an amateur tryout contract on Wednesday. The 24-year-old Hunt, a defenceman, had a stellar college career for Bemidji State, recording 112 points in 150 games over his 4 years in the WCHA. He made his debut in Wednesday night's game. He took Kevin Connauton's spot in the lineup.

Connauton is listed as day-to-day with some sort of minor leg injury. After Wednesday's game, he was seen in civvies, a bit hobbled, but no crutches or cast. Expect him to sit out this weekend as well.

The Hunting Ahead

Tonight's St Patrick's Day tilt is away at Lake Erie. After the game, the Wolves cross the border and head up to Toronto to take on the Marlies. They head back to Ohio for another game against Lake Erie on Wednesday.

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Patrick Johnston is a Vancouver journalist. In addition to regular contributions here at Canucks Army, his work has appeared in The Province, Hockey Now and on the CBC. Check out his blog and other writing at http://johnstonwrites.wordpress.com or follow him on twitter: @risingaction
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