The thrills began in the season opener on Oct. 13 when goaltender Eddie Lack spearheaded a 1-0 shootout victory over Rockford in front of 14,505 raucous fans. Not only did it set the tone for a 4-0-0 start, the second-best in franchise history, but set the tone for the Wolves to draw more than 300,000 fans to Allstate Arena this season.
Though season-ending injuries cost the Wolves three players --- including Lack --- during the opening quarter of the season, the team maintained second place in the Midwest Division most of the year and finished with a winning record at home.
Brett Sterling, despite missing 23 games due to an injury, provided his usual theatrics when he produced a hat trick in the first period on Jan. 11 at Abbotsford. Sterling, who moved into second place on the Wolves’ all-time goals list, earned another hat trick in the third period on March 29 against Lake Erie at Allstate Arena.
Darren Haydar jumped into third place on the team’s all-time points list as he led the Wolves in scoring for the year. His strong season included a hat trick during the School-Day win over Peoria on Feb. 5, which was the seventh hat trick of his career. Haydar also was recognized as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for his exploits Feb. 18-24, when his 4 goals and 3 assists meant he had a hand in all seven of the team’s goals.
Goaltender Matt Climie etched his name in the Wolves record books on multiple occasions this season. He set the mark for consecutive scoreless minutes when he went 173 minutes and 57 seconds without allowing a goal --- a run that began on Jan. 11 at Abbotsford and concluded in the waning moments of a Jan. 16 home win over Texas.
Climie also set the franchise record with five shutouts on the road and tied Wendell Young’s mark of six shutouts in a season.
Hopefully these are among the memories that will tide everyone over until the Wolves launch their 20th season in October. In the meantime, keep an eye out for some exciting news and we’ll enjoy more hockey together soon.
Thank you again for all of your support.
THE CHICAGO WOLVES