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Tale of the Tape: Game 3 of Western Conference Quarterfinals

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.

Wednesday, April 29, 6 p.m.
Utica Memorial Auditorium

UTI
Regular Season Record:47-20-7-2
Game 1:3-2 W (2OT) at Chicago (April 22)
Game 2:1-2 L at Chicago (April 24)
2014-15 Postseason Series: 1-1
CHI
Team Record: 40-29-6-1
Game 1: 2-3 L (2OT) vs. Utica (April 22)
Game 2: 2-1 W at Chicago (April 24)
2014-15 Postseason Series: 1-1

Storylines

  • 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.

  • The Chicago Wolves evened up their series with the Utica Comets on Friday, taking Game 2 by a 2-1 score to knot the Western Conference Quarterfinals 1-1 after the first week of postseason play. It was a crucial victory for the team to avoid a 0-2 deficit ahead of hitting the road.

  • With both teams fighting to continue their seasons, Game 3 will put one on the brink of advancing and the other facing Game 4 elimination. The Wolves are 6-1 in conference quarterfinals/division semifinals when splitting the first two games of the series, including a 3-0 mark when starting at home and a 4-1 record in best-of-five rounds.

  • The Wolves put head coach JOHN ANDERSON’s spotless record on the line in Utica. The bench boss had led Chicago to victory in all seven conference quarterfinals/division semifinals since joining the AHL.


By The Numbers

9-4– The Wolves’ all-time record in Game 3 of conference quarterfinals/division semifinals series. This includes a 5-2 mark at home and 4-2 on the road.

6-1 – The Wolves’ record in Game 3 of conference quarterfinals/division semifinals series since 2004. The lone blemish came in 2010 against Milwaukee, with Chicago winning the series in seven games.

8-1 – The Wolves’ all-time record in conference quarterfinals/division semifinals series when winning Game 3. They are 2-2 when losing Game 3.


Follow The Action

Tonight’s game begins at 6 p.m. and can be heard for free or watched for a small fee on www.ahllive.com.

Those away from a computer can check back here for intermission updates or follow @Chicago_Wolves or @ChiWolvesLive on Twitter for live in-game play-by-play.


Player Spotlight

8 TyRattie

#8 Ty Rattie
Right Wing

Before getting called up by St. Louis on April 1, Rattie was riding a five-game point streak with four goals and six assists during that span.

Rattie was returned on loan on Monday and will slide right back onto the line with Jeremy Welsh and Adam Cracknell, which was on fire before his departure to the NHL. In the three games they played together, Rattie totaled two goals and five assists, Welsh had three goals and three assists, and Cracknell racked up four goals. Their power-play unit — that also included defensemen Colton Parayko and Brendan Bell — accounted for three goals in four attempts on March 29 against Iowa. 

A spark in the offense isn’t a need for the Wolves, but any added spark that helps more is always welcome. Rattie finished March that way and  spark on the power play can definitely bring that final piece the Wolves offense has been missing as of late.

Sven Baertschi

#47 Sven Baertschi
Left Wing

Just as the Wolves have gotten Rattie back from the NHL, the Comets have received a top-tier player back as well after Vancover was elimited from the playoffs.

Sven Baertschi has played for four different professional teams this season. The 22-year-old started with Calgary’s (NHL) affiliate, Adirondack, totaling eight goals and 25 assists over the course of 36 games. He spent November with Calgary for 15 games earning four assists. He was then traded to Vancouver (NHL) at the beginning of March and sent immediately to Utica, tallying seven goals and eight assists in 15 games for a point-per-game average. Baertschi appeared in three regular-season and two postseason stints with the Canucks, with his two goals coming on April 11 against Edmonton (NHL).

Baertschi has once again racked up his frequent flyer miles, making the trip back to Utica to rejoin the Comets for Game 3 and beyond.