Saturday, March 26, 12:30 p.m. Wells Fargo Arena
The Chicago Wolves face their tightest turnaround of the season as they’re back on the ice less than 15 hours after wrapping up Friday night’s 3-2 victory against the Iowa Wild.
Why the uncustomary afternoon start? The Indoor Football League’s Iowa Barnstormers are hosting the Billings Wolves at 8 p.m. — hence the Wolves doubleheader — and Wells Fargo Arena needs to be turned over in time for the game.
The Wolves have the chance to wrap up their second Friday-Saturday sweep in as many weeks over the same time. After failing to beat the same opponent on back-to-back days all season, Chicago knocked off Rockford last Friday and Saturday.
The Wolves earned this weekend’s sweep opportunity by rallying for three third-period goals Friday night. That gives the Wolves 14 third- period goals against Iowa this season, which is particularly remarkable considering Chicago owns just 8 goals in the first and second periods combined against the Wild.
By The Numbers
1,106: The Wolves rank second among AHL’s Western Conference teams in penalty minutes with 1,106 as Rockford (1,136) flew past Chicago with 61 PIMs Friday night. It’s a far cry from last season when Chicago ranked 11th in the conference and 24th in the AHL with 1,076 PIMs.
.923: The Wolves’ all-time winning percentage at Wells Fargo Arena. Chicago has yet to lose in regulation at Iowa, compiling a 11-0-1-1 record over three seasons.
6: The Wolves earned their sixth win of the season when trailing after two periods — and their first since Feb. 5 at Iowa.