Welcome to Wolves Insider: the report presented by Power Crunch that gives you a taste of all Chicago Wolves developments as the organization enjoys its 27th season.
TIME TO GET BACK TO WORK
There’s nothing better than getting a season off to a great start. Everyone in the room feels good when you’re winning every game and scoring goals by the netful. The possibilities seem endless. What’s not to like?
But winning all the time and leading the league in scoring also can mask weaknesses. After all, there’s no such thing as a perfect team — though the scoreboard sometimes can provide that impression even when it doesn’t necessarily align with the videotape or the coaches’ feedback.
Which brings us to the Chicago Wolves’ current state: While still leading the American Hockey League’s Central Division and still ranking second among all AHL teams in winning percentage (8-2-0-1; .773), the Wolves are putting in a stiff week of work after suffering a 4-3 shootout loss and a 3-1 loss to the Cleveland Monsters last weekend.
(It’s also fair to mention the Wolves lost three of their top four point producers — center Seth Jarvis (7G, 4A), center Rem Pitlick (8G, 2A) and defenseman Jeremy Davies (9A) — to other leagues in the days leading up to the Cleveland matchups.)
“Even when we were winning games, I don’t think our effort was there for 60 minutes,” said head coach Ryan Warsofsky. “I think it comes and go. I think guys need to figure out you have to be in better shape. I think we need to show a little desperation in our hockey games — individually and as a team. You watch that bench for Cleveland (on Saturday); there’s a blocked shot and they’re erupting.
“I say it a lot in a non-COVID year, too. There’s a lot worse things we could be doing in life right now — and sometimes we take it for granted. And that’s what’s frustrating. It’s up to myself to make sure they understand that.”
CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
The Chicago Wolves are blessed to have so many successful and hard-working women working for their organization. To celebrate their abilities and to share their voices, the Wolves put the spotlight on them this week.
In addition to sharing individual videos on Twitter to coincide with International Women’s Day, play-by-play broadcaster Jason Shaver hosted conversations with senior director of program development Stefanie Evans, client services coordinator Hailey Kaufman, senior vice president of operations Courtney Mahoney and senior director of ticket retention and services Jackie Schroeder that can be heard on this week’s podcast episode here.
ST. PATRICK’s PINT PACKS
Do you like Wolves hockey? How about beer? And collectible pint glasses? If you answered yes to at least two of these questions, then you definitely want to get in on the Wolves’ St. Patrick’s Pint Packs. From now through St. Patrick’s Day, anyone who buys a ticket through this offer gets a beer at a 2021-22 Wolves home game as well as a Wolves St. Patrick’s Day Pint Glass.
But we only have so many glasses, so make sure you don’t miss out!
THE WOLVES FAN GALLERY — with a st. pat’s twist!
Fans can’t attend Wolves home games this season, but that doesn’t mean their smiling faces can’t be inside the Wolves Training Facility for every game! How do fans get inside the building? By joining the Chicago Wolves Fan Gallery, presented by Hefty, with a purchase of their own personalized cutout for just $50.
If you purchase now, your cutout will feature a St. Patrick’s Day-inspired border that’s green and laden with shamrocks. Each cutout will “attend” the rest of our home games. Then, at the end of the season, each cutout will be autographed and sent to you as a permanent souvenir of the 2020-21 season. To learn how to purchase a cutout and submit your picture, click here.
This rookie forward from Germany (who can speak four languages) earned his first professional goal in North America when he scored during Saturday’s game against Cleveland. The 21-year-old Germany native has been playing professionally in Sweden since he was 18 and owns 22 goals and 23 assists there.
After winning each of his first four professional starts, this rookie goaltender was released from his AHL contract with the Wolves on March 6 — so he could sign a two-year entry-level NHL deal with the Carolina Hurricanes. The 21-year-old Whistler, British Columbia native owns a 4-1-0 record with a team-best 2.43 goals-against average and .935 save percentage.
After spending the first three weeks of this season with the Nashville Predators (and recordng his first NHL point), the Harvard University graduate joined the Wolves and produced two assists in his first three games as a center who excels at both ends of the ice.
SATURDAY, MARCH 6: CLEVELAND 3, (AT) CHICAGO 1
- The Monsters scored two goals in the opening 13 minutes and the Wolves couldn’t catch up in the back half of a two-game set in Hoffman Estates.
- Rookie forward Dominik Bokk recorded his first professional goal in North America — set up by center Sean Malone and forward Lukas Craggs — to pull the Wolves within 2-1 in the second.
- Goaltender Beck Warm stopped 31 of 34 shots.
FRIDAY, MARCH 5: CLEVELAND 4, (AT) CHICAGO 3 (SO)
- Despite outshooting the visiting Monsters 39-24, the Wolves had to rally from a 3-1 deficit just to earn a point as Cleveland’s Justin Scott scored the lone goal in the shootout.
- Defensemen Max Lajoie and Frederic Allard scored their first goals for the Wolves while rookie center Ryan Suzuki tied the game in the third and rookie Phil Tomasino handed out two assists.
- Goaltender Antoine Bibeau made 20 saves in regulation and overtime and 2 of 3 in the shootout.
|Saturday, March 13||at Iowa||7 p.m.||Wells Fargo Arena||AHLTV|
|Sunday, March 14||at Iowa||3 p.m.||Wells Fargo Arena||AHLTV|
|Friday, March 19||at Grand Rapids||5 p.m.||Van Andel Arena||AHLTV|
|Tuesday, March 23||at Grand Rapids||6 p.m.||Van Andel Arena||AHLTV|
|Saturday, March 27||vs. Rockford||7 p.m.||Wolves Training Facility||AHLTV|