Tale of the Tape: April 10

The Wolves look to move within striking distance of a postseason berth tonight as their magic number hovers at six. If Chicago can collect three wins this weekend it will be on its way to the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs regardless of other teams’ results.


Friday, April 10, 7 p.m.
Bradley Center

Team Record:
Last Game: 2-6 L vs. Grand Rapids (April 8)
2014-15 Season Series: 4-4-2-0
Last Meeting: 2-3 Road OT Loss (March 28)
Team Record: 37-26-6-1
Last Game: 7-3 W vs. Lake Erie (April 7)
2014-15 Season Series: 6-2-2-0
Last Meeting: 3-2 Home OT Win (March 28)


  • The Wolves look to move within striking distance of a postseason berth tonight as their magic number hovers at six. If Chicago can collect three wins this weekend it will be on its way to the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs regardless of other teams’ results.

  • The Chicago Wolves rebounded from a 6-2 loss to the Texas Stars on Saturday with a 7-3 triumph over the Lake Erie Monsters on Tuesday. Tonight the team visits Milwaukee looking to extend its season-high five-game road win streak. It is Chicago’s penultimate regular-season road game and the opening tilt of this weekend’s three-in-three set.

  • Chicago has posted an 8-3-1-0 record (.708 points percentage) when playing three games in three days this season, including a sweep in its most recent effort March 27-29.  They play two more — Friday/Saturday/Sunday this week and next — to close out the regular season, facing Milwaukee once in both sets.

  • The Wolves need just one point in their final two tilts against the Admirals this season to secure the Amtrak Rivalry Trophy. With a 14-10 points lead in head-to-head matchups, Chicago requires any kind of win or non-regulation loss to capture its sixth title in seven seasons.

By The Numbers

7– Goals scored by the Wolves on Tuesday. It was the team’s fourth time notching 5+ at home this season but the first since Dec. 22. It tied the team’s highest output at Allstate Arena this year (Oct. 18 vs. Lake Erie).

5 – Goals scored in the third period by the Wolves on Tuesday. Chicago has not tallied five goals in a frame since Nov. 1, 2013 (second period at Oklahoma City), and has not done so at home since Jan. 5, 2011 (2nd period vs. Toronto).

2 – Consecutive seasons with 30-goal scorers for the Wolves: TY RATTIE (31) in 2013-14 and SHANE HARPER (30) in 2014-15. It is the first time since 2006-07 (Darren Haydar, Brett Sterling) and 2007-08 (Jason Krog, Sterling) that they have had back-to-back years with players hiting that plateau.

Follow The Action

Tonight’s game begins at 7 p.m. and can be seen on WCIU The U (channel 26). The game can also be streamed on

Those away from a TV or computer can follow @Chicago_Wolves or @ChiWolvesLive on Twitter for live in-game play-by-play.

Player Spotlight

15 JeremyWelsh

#15 Jeremy Welsh

After his last performance against Milwaukee on March 28, Jeremy Welsh has earned the name “Admiral killer” based on his total production against the team to the north this season. 

In his 10 appearances against the Admirals, Welsh has racked up eight goals and and five assists for an average of 1.3 points per game. While plus-minus rating can be skewed, he’s a +10 in those games — just to bolster his stats. The center had a great ending to the month of March, totaling four goals and three assists in the final four games during the Wolves’ recent seven-game winning streak. He’s also coming off a two-goal and three-point performance against Lake Erie on Tuesday.

When Welsh plays well, it has typically correlated into good vibes for the team. The Wolves are 20-3-3-1 when he’s tallied a point and 11-1-2-1 when he’s found the back of the net. Numbers don’t lie.

Kevin Fiala

#12 Kevin Fiala
Left Wing

The Milwaukee rookie sensation has experienced success as well as struggles in his first 32 professional games. 

The adjustment from the Swedish Hockey League led to some adjustments out of the gate, recording one assist in his first five games. But it wasn’t long before he erupted for six goals and five assists in his first full month — 11 February games — with a total of 11 goals and nine assists on the season. The Wolves are the only team from the Midwest Division that Fiala has yet to tally a point against, going all three meetings without one.

Fiala is still adjusting to his new league, but he, like his teammates, know every game counts now and the Admirals will be coming hungry tonight at home in search of a much-needed win to keep their playoff hopes alive.

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