As far as Chicago Wolves fans are concerned, the season ended Friday night in Toronto. Tired, sweaty, bearded players bucked up after the dispiriting Game 4 loss, skated through the postgame handshake line and headed to the locker room in Ricoh Coliseum to shed their Wolves jerseys for the final time as a unit.
TORONTO --- It’s not impossible to erase a 3-0 deficit and win a seven-game series. It happened last month in the National Hockey League when Los Angeles spotted San Jose the first three games and then swept the next four. It happened last year in the American Hockey League when Wilkes-Barre/Scranton swept Providence after dropping the first three in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
First, it’s important to salute the people in the airline industry and elsewhere who tried their darnedest to help the Wolves get where they needed to go in time for Game 3 tonight at Ricoh Coliseum.
There’s no way to get around the results or to pretend they don’t exist. The Toronto Marlies came into Allstate Arena last weekend and took the first two games of the Western Conference Semifinals.
The Chicago Wolves open the Western Conference Semifinals against Toronto with Game 1 on Friday night and Game 2 on Saturday night at Allstate Arena. We open with this seemingly mundane paragraph because it gives away where Wolves assistant coach Scott Allen will sleep on Friday night: In the team’s locker room at Allstate Arena.
It’s one of the trickier questions in sports. And, really, life itself. How do you learn to hold on to those moments when you win and make them a part of your essence, yet teach yourself to discard those moments when you lose so they don’t cling to your being?
When you walk into the Chicago Wolves’ locker room at their Hoffman Estates practice facility, you can never predict what style of music will be blaring in the strength and conditioning room.
John Anderson has several strengths as a coach. One of them is his willingness not to mince words.