While home-ice advantage gives the Comets a leg up, the Wolves have been very comfortable in enemy barns during 2014-15. Chicago is the only playoff team in the league with more wins on the road than at home during the regular season. Away from Rosemont this year, the team averaged 0.95 more goals per game and allowed 0.27 fewer.
At some point in February, Chicago Wolves general manager Wendell Young determined he needed a few veterans to solidify the team’s roster and increase its chances of getting to the playoffs – and winning once there.
The Chicago Wolves opened the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs last week, earning a 1-1 split at Allstate Arena in their best-of-five Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Utica Comets. The team now travels to New York for the remainder of the series, facing off against their top-ranked opponent Wednesday and Friday with the series-deciding tilt slated for Saturday if necessary. The Wolves are 6-1 in conference quarterfinal/division semifinal series when splitting the first two games, including a 3-0 mark when starting at home and 4-1 record in best-of-five rounds. Chicago has never lost a CQF/DSF series during head coach JOHN ANDERSON’s AHL tenure (7-0).
The Chicago Wolves didn’t enter Game 2 with a plan to turn their Western Conference Quarterfinals against Utica into a test of physical will.
The Chicago Wolves and Utica Comets provided an entertaining Game 1 of their Western Conference Quarterfinals on Wednesday, extending the tilt into a second overtime before the Comets’ Bobby Sanguinetti ended it at 83:10. The defenseman’s tally gave the Comets a 1-0 series lead in the best-of-five opening round after the top-ranked squad was forced to the extra session by a feisty Wolves team that rallied from two goals down in the third period, tying the game with 1.0 left on the clock.
It’s tempting for any sports fan to witness a gut-wrenching loss -- such as the Chicago Wolves’ loss to the Utica Comets in two overtimes on Wednesday night – and conclude there’s no way a team can come back.