UTICA, N.Y. – It’s a fact that a few Slap Shot scenes were filmed at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.
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 didn’t enter Game 2 with a plan to turn their Western Conference Quarterfinals against Utica into a test of physical will.
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.
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.