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.
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.