The Wolves travel to Des Moines to face the Iowa Wild tonight as the teams head into the stretch run of their season series. Chicago has had success at Wells Fargo Arena, never dropping a regulation decision there against the Wild and with their last regulation loss in the building coming on Oct. 31, 2008, to then-tenant the Iowa Chops.
The Chicago Wolves dropped their lone game last week as they were topped 5-1 by Grand Rapids on Saturday. The team is just past the midway point of their Midwest Division slate this season and are 9-9-3-0 (.500), with 19 of their final 40 games coming against intra-division rivals. Two of those tilts will come this week as they host Lake Erie and Rockford following a quick trip to Iowa tomorrow to face the Wild. The Wolves will need to pick up some points against the ultra-competitive Midwest if they hope to maintain their playoff positioning, no small task as four of the five teams in the division are currently in the top eight in the Western Conference (Rockford 3rd, Milwaukee 6th, Grand Rapids 7th, Chicago 8th).
Grand Rapids, Mich. – John Anderson’s 1,000th regular-season game as the Chicago Wolves’ head coach did not live up to the occasion as the Grand Rapids Griffins claimed a 5-1 victory Saturday night at Van Andel Arena.
Right wing Ty Rattie has been selected to represent the Chicago Wolves at the 2015 American Hockey League All-Star Classic presented by Turning Stone Resort Casino. The forward is one of 46 players chosen and will suit up for the Western Conference at the event on Jan. 25-26 in Utica, N.Y.
The Chicago Wolves made the transition from 2014 to 2015 last week, collecting a 1-1-1-0 record and three of a possible six points. The team is nestled in second place in the Midwest Division, six points behind division-leading Rockford with Grand Rapids and Milwaukee creeping up in third and fourth places, respectively. The Wolves will look to stave off the Griffins in their lone tilt this week as they travel Saturday to Van Andel Arena, where they are undefeated in two tries this season. Chicago is 3-0-1-0 overall against Grand Rapids in 2014-15, but the lone loss came in the teams’ last meeting (Dec. 30).