UTICA, N.Y. – It’s a fact that a few Slap Shot scenes were filmed at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.
While home-ice advantage gives the Comets a leg up, the Wolves have been very comfortable in enemy barns during 2014-15. Chicago is the only playoff team in the league with more wins on the road than at home during the regular season. Away from Rosemont this year, the team averaged 0.95 more goals per game and allowed 0.27 fewer.
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 opened the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs last week, earning a 1-1 split at Allstate Arena in their best-of-five Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Utica Comets. The team now travels to New York for the remainder of the series, facing off against their top-ranked opponent Wednesday and Friday with the series-deciding tilt slated for Saturday if necessary. The Wolves are 6-1 in conference quarterfinal/division semifinal series when splitting the first two games, including a 3-0 mark when starting at home and 4-1 record in best-of-five rounds. Chicago has never lost a CQF/DSF series during head coach JOHN ANDERSON’s AHL tenure (7-0).