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.

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Due to unexpected logistical and technical issues, this week’s Calder Cup Playoff games between the Chicago Wolves and the Utica Comets in New York will not be broadcast on The U-Too.

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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.

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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).

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The Chicago Wolves announced Monday that right wing Ty Rattie and goaltender Niklas Lundstrom have rejoined the team ahead of Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in Utica on Wednesday.

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The Chicago Wolves announced Sunday that Jake Chelios and Gergo Nagy have been added to the roster while Zach PochiroRyan Tesink, and Dmitrii Sergeev were recalled andSamuel BlaisJaedon Descheneau, and Chandler Yakimowicz were released. 

CHELIOS and NAGY were recalled from loan to Kalamazoo (ECHL). Forwards POCHIRO and TESINK and defenseman SERGEEV were recalled from loan by St. Louis (NHL). Forwards BLAIS, DESCHENEAU, and YAKIMOWICZ were released from their Amateur Tryout contracts (ATO). 

CHELIOS, 24, contributed three points (G, 2A) in eight regular-season games and two points (G, A) in four postseason tilts for the K-Wings, who were eliminated from the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Saturday. The defenseman registered 15 points (G, 14A), 32 penalty minutes, and a -7 plus/minus rating in 41 games with the Wolves this season. 

The Bloomfield Hills, Mich., native is in his first full season as a professional after a four-year career at Michigan State University. He made a brief appearance in the pro ranks at the end of last year, posting one assist in four games for the Wolves and two points (G, A) in seven games with Toledo (ECHL). 

NAGY, 25, ranked as the K-Wings’ second-leading scorer this season with 54 points (18G, 36A), 26 penalty minutes, and a +6 plus/minus rating in 56 games. He carried that momentum into the postseason with five points (2G, 3A) in five contests. The forward skated in six games with the Wolves early this season, handing out two assists. 

The Dunaujvaros, Hungary, native was held scoreless in two games with Chicago last season, his AHL debut. He spent a majority of 2013-14 with Quad City (CHL), posting 54 points (20G, 34A) in 64 games during his first season playing pro North American hockey. 

POCHIRO, 20, recently completed his third season with Prince George in the WHL. In addition to the 147 points (61G, 86A) and 297 penalty minutes he has accrued in 169 regular-season games, he has contributed six points (4G, 2A) in five postseason matchups. He spent time with the Wolves late last season and during training camp and has skated in 17 ECHL games, posting four assists, with Kalamazoo (2013-14) and Alaska (2014-15). 

The Las Vegas, Nevada, native was selected by the St. Louis Blues with their third selection, 112th overall, in the fourth round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. 

TESINK, 21, skated in his first pro season this year with Alaska (ECHL), posting 11 points (2G, 9A) in 36 games. Prior to that he spent four seasons in the QMJHL with Saint John (2010-13) and Blainville-Boisbriand (2012-14), recording 152 points (51G, 101A) in 183 regular-season games and 32 points (18G, 14A) in 54 postseason games. He also has spent time with the Wolves, both late last season and 2014 training camp. 

The Saint John, New Brunswick, native was selected by the St. Louis Blues with their seventh selection, 162nd overall, in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. 

BLAIS, 18, enjoyed a career year with Victoriaville (QMJHL), posting 82 points (34G, 48A) in 61 games and another five (2G, 3A) in four playoff games. In total he has registered 96 points (38G, 58A) in 86 regular-season QMJHL games spanning two seasons (2013-15) and six points (2G, 4A) in eight postseason tilts. 

The Montmagny, Quebec, native was selected by the St. Louis Blues with their ninth selection, 176th overall, in the sixth round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. 

DESCHENEAU, 20, is coming off his fourth WHL season, all of which he spent with Kootenay. He has compiled 271 points (111G, 160A) and 158 penalty minutes in 263 career WHL games spanning four seasons. In addition he tallied 31 points (15G, 16A) and 12 penalty minutes in 29 postseason tilts. 

The Edmonton, Alberta, native was selected by the St. Louis Blues with their seventh selection, 124th overall, in the fifth round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. 

SERGEEV, 19, joins the team following his second OHL season with Kitchener, during which he more than tripled his offensive production. He has recorded 37 points (7G, 30A) in 103 regular-season games and two assists in six playoff games with the Rangers. 

The Chelyabinsk, Russia, native was signed by the St. Louis Blues as a free agent on Sept. 28, 2014. 

YAKIMOWICZ, 19, completed his second OHL season with London, having produced 40 points (16G, 24A) and 140 penalty minutes in 96 games. He appeared in 19 postseason contests, recording four points (3G, A). Prior to joining the OHL, he trained with the United Stats National Development Team. 

The Kingston, Pennsylvania, native was selected by the St. Louis Blues with their eighth selection, 172nd overall, in the sixth round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

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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.

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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.

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24 April 2015

Week In Pictures

This week in pictures features photos from the final two games of the regualr season against Milwaukee and Toronto, and Game 1 of the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs Western Conference Quarterfinals against Utica.

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ROSEMONT, Ill. – Jeremy Welsh’s second-period goal stood up as the game-winner as the Chicago Wolves evened their Western Conference Quarterfinals with a 2-1 victory over Utica on Friday night at Allstate Arena.

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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.

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