After dropping their first two games of the week at home, the Chicago Wolves bounced back on Sunday evening with a 5-1 win over the Iowa Wild in Des Moines. They host Grand Rapids tonight in the last game on the American Hockey League slate before the league-wide three-day holiday break. Tonight’s contest is the first of four straight Midwest Division matchups. With four of the five teams (Chicago, Grand Rapids, Lake Erie, and Milwaukee) separated by just two points, this stretch of games could influence the standings dramatically. So far this season, the Wolves are 7-6-2-0 (.533) against their own division after going 26-11-2-5 (.670) within it last season.
The Chicago Wolves snapped out of their scoring slump with a six-goal outburst on Tuesday --- their lone game last week --- while skating to a 6-2 victory. The win broke a season-high three-game winless streak and the team will look to keep the momentum going as they return to Allstate Arena for the first home games of December. This week’s slate includes the first of two School-Day Games this season as Chicago hosts Adirondack on Wednesday. The Wolves are 11-2-0-0 all-time in morning games and 7-1-0-0 on home ice since playing their first School-Day contest in 2009-10.
The Chicago Wolves play just one game this week before facing seven days of rest and will try to snap their current three-game skid, the squad’s longest winless streak and tied for longest road winless streak of the season. The last time the Wolves suffered three consecutive regulation losses to begin a month was in 2009-10, when they kicked off October with an 0-3-0-0 record, and the last time they did so in December came in 2007-08 when they started the month 0-4-0-0. Despite the setback, the Wolves still rank second in the Midwest Division and in the top 10 in the American Hockey League.
The Chicago Wolves ended November on a high note after dropping Wednesday’s game in Milwaukee, closing out the month with consecutive wins against league-leading Rockford in a home-and-home Illinois Lottery Cup feature Friday and Saturday and boosting their monthly record to 9-5-1-0 (.633); the team heads out on a four-game road trip this week that will bring them to Lake Erie and San Antonio for the first time this season to visit the Monsters (three-game point streak) and Rampage (nine-game point streak).
The Chicago Wolves sputtered on offense last week as they were held to five goals in four games and collected three of a possible eight points, suffering 3-0 shutouts on both Tuesday in Adirondack and Sunday versus Rockford; the squad will look to turn it around and avenge the losses with three Midwest Division matchups this week, including a home-and-home against division-leading Rockford, but will have to do so against two of the stingiest teams in the league with the IceHogs’ 2.06 goals-against average (tied for 1st in the AHL) and the Milwaukee Admirals’ 2.16 (3rd).
The Chicago Wolves close out their franchise-record-tying nine-game road trip this week, visiting Adirondack today and Midwest Division rival Milwaukee on Friday before returning to Allstate Arena on Saturday and Sunday for their first home games since Nov. 1 (5-1 W vs. MIL); the Wolves head into the final two games with a 5-2-0-0 record during this season’s circus trip, ensuring a winning mark on the trek and tying last year’s win total (5-1-0-0) from the annual outing.
The Chicago Wolves posted their first three-win week from Nov. 3-9, picking up victories in Grand Rapids on Wednesday (3-1) and Iowa on Saturday (4-2) and Sunday (5-1) to give the team its first winning streak of more than two games this season; the triumphs moved the Wolves’ 2014-15 record to 8-2-2-0, good for second in the Midwest Division and the club’s best start since 2008-09 when it accrued a 8-2-1-1 mark in its first 12 games.
The Chicago Wolves embarked on their first “three-in-three” of the season last week, collecting wins on Friday (6-5 OT in Grand Rapids) and Saturday (5-1 vs. Milwaukee) before getting tripped up on Sunday (4-1 in Milwaukee); Sunday’s contest marked the first game of the team’s annual circus road trip, nicknamed for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey act that takes over Allstate Arena each November, which runs for nine games (tying a franchise record) and 20 days this season.
After starting the season strong with a 3-0-1-0 record, the Chicago Wolves suffered their first regulation loss and first string of consecutive losses this weekend against Milwaukee (3-2 OT) and Rockford (4-3) to push their overall mark to 3-1-2-0 and 2-1-1-0 in the Midwest Division; a strong intra-division record (26-11-2-5) last season helped the Wolves claim the Midwest title and they will look to bounce back and gain ground with their first “three-in-three” starting on Friday, continuing a string of eight consecutive games against division rivals.
The Chicago Wolves kicked off their Midwest Division schedule with dominant wins over the Lake Erie Monsters on Friday (4-0) and Saturday (7-2), remaining unbeaten in regulation with a 3-0-1-0 record and 7 points, good for second in the league; the only team with more points than Chicago is its Midwest Division rival and next opponent, the Milwaukee Admirals, who have collected a perfect 4-0-0-0 record to start their season.
The Chicago Wolves earned three of a possible four points during their weekend doubleheader against Charlotte at Allstate Arena, improving their record in home openers to 13-6-1-1 (.667) and 5-1-1-0 (.786) when opening the season at home; on Friday and Saturday the team will host its newest Midwest Division opponent, the Lake Erie Monsters, who the Wolves went 3-0-1-0 against last season when they were members of the North Division.