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.
The Chicago Wolves completed their 21st regular season last week and turn their attention to the opening round of the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs and their opponent, the top-ranked Utica Comets.
This is not a familiar spot for the Chicago Wolves. Accustomed to winning division titles and earning home-ice advantages, the Wolves find themselves with the Western Conference’s No. 8 seed for the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs.
It’s no small thing to be tabbed as the Chicago Wolves starting goaltender for Game 1 of the playoffs.
The Chicago Wolves closed out their 21st regular season last week and turn their attention to the postseason after learning their fate Sunday evening. Locked into the No. 8 position, the Wolves will face the top-ranked Utica Comets in the first round. The teams kick off the series this week with home games Wednesday and Friday in Rosemont. The Comets are one of four teams to earn 100 points this season (Manchester, Hershey, Grand Rapids) and are led by Jacob Markstrom, one of the top goaltenders in the American Hockey League. The Wolves are 2-2-0-0 against the Comets this season with a 1-1-0-0 record both at home and on the road. Each squad earned a shutout and a one-goal win against the other. Utica holds a slight edge in the season series in goals (9-8) and points (5-4), as one of its losses to Chicago came in overtime.
The Chicago Wolves open the 2015 Calder Cup playoffs with a best-of-five series against the Utica Comets. The teams start their Western Conference Quarterfinals series at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Allstate Arena.
ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Chicago Wolves concluded the regular season with a 5-2 loss to the Toronto Marlies on Sunday afternoon at Allstate Arena.