Tale of the Tape: Game 1 of Western Conference Quarterfinals| EMAIL | PRINT
There’s nothing better in sports than playoff hockey — and there’s nothing the Chicago Wolves love more than winning championships. The hunt for the franchise’s fifth league title begins tonight in Rochester.
No. 2 Chicago Wolves (0-0) at No. 7 Rochester Americans (0-0)
6:05 p.m. Friday
Blue Cross Arena
TV: U-Too 26.2, XFinity 248 and 360, RCN 35, WOW 170
|3.14 (T6th)||Goals per game (AHL rank)||2.84 (17th)|
|2.51 (4th)||Goals allowed per game (rank)||2.86 (16th)|
|12.6 (30th)||Power-play percentage (rank)||19.8 (10th)|
|85.6 (4th)||Penalty kill percentage (rank)||83.1 (12th)|
The Wolves and the Americans are two of the three current AHL franchises that have won multiple Calder Cups. Rochester, which has been a part of the league since its inception in 1936, owns six Calder Cups and last won in 1996. The Wolves joined the AHL in 2001 and has captured two Calder Cups.
This is the third year in a row Rochester has been the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference. In each of the previous two seasons, the Amerks were swept by Toronto. Rochester hasn’t won a postseason game since 2010 and a series since 2005.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Wolves goaltender Jake Allen
The 23-year-old Allen became the second player in 29 years to lead the league in wins (33), goals-against average (2.03) and save percentage (.929). He won the Aldege “Baz” Bastien award as the AHL’s most outstanding goaltender.
Americans center Luke Adam