In light of this NHL lockout—which seems like it may never end—I will start covering the Chicago Wolves on a weekly basis for the remainder of the season.
For a recap of how they've done so far, please check out Carol Schram's update from Nov. 27. At that point in time, the Wolves weren't looking pretty, sitting 11th in the conference.
Between Nov. 27 and the beginning of the week, the Wolves went 1-2-0-0, losing against the Rockford IceHogs and the Milwaukee Admirals before defeating the Peoria Rivermen at home to kick off December.
The Wolves played just two games in the week of Dec. 3-9, picking up one win and one loss. As of Dec. 9, The Wolves remain 11th in the West with a 10-9-2-1 record.
Fri, Dec. 7: Grand Rapids @ Chicago
The Wolves suited up against the Detroit Red Wings' farm team at home Friday. The Griffins are currently the No. 2 team in the West, with Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist leading the team offensively.
Adam Almquist opened the scoring with his third goal of the season in the second period, and Joakim Andersson scored early in the third before Tatar teamed up with Nyquist to put the Wolves to bed. The night finished in a 3-0 win, with the Griffins out-shooting the Wolves 37-20.
One bright spot for the Wolves Friday was the performance of Matt Climie, who filled in for an injured Eddie Lack. Climie stopped 34 of the Griffins' 37 shots, earning him the second star of the game.
For those wondering, Lack has been struggling with a "minor hip flexor injury", and shouldn't be sidelined for long.
Sat, Dec. 8: Chicago @ Rockford
On Saturday, the Wolves had a chance for revenge against the IceHogs (Chicago Blackhawks' farm team), who defeated them 4-2 on Nov. 28.
The Wolves started strong, out-shooting the IceHogs 15-9 in the first. Rockford goaltender Carter Hutton kept the team in the game by stopping all 15 shots, while Kyle Beach put the IceHogs on top 1-0 with just over a minute left in the period.
Andrew Ebbett, Kevin Connauton and Darren Haydar teamed up on the power-play to tie the game early in the second. The remainder of the period was a rough one, with 48 of the game's 84 penalty minutes being doled out in the middle frame.
The two teams reminded NHL fans that the lockout may put a halt on hockey, but the rivalries burn on.
Haydar netted his first goal of the season in the third to win the game for the Wolves. Matt Climie had another strong performance, stopping 23 of the 24 shots he faced. Darren Haydar and Andrew Ebbett picked up the first two stars of the game, while the IceHogs net-minder secured the third.
After a few days off, Chicago suits up again Thursday against the Hamilton Bulldogs, and again on Saturday against the Lake Erie Monsters. Be sure to check back in with the second edition of the Wolves' weekly update to see how they fared.
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