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One season after being named to the NHL’s all-rookie team, goalie Jake Allen made the most of his time in Chicago. Blocked in St. Louis, he won the AHL’s goalie triple crown by leading the league in wins (33), save percentage (.928) and goals-against average (2.03) while leading the Wolves to the Midwest Division title and the second spot in the Western Conference. “I just wanted to come back to the American league and play as much as I could. I think I did that,” Allen said. “I played over 60 games this year, which is huge for my development. … ]]> Tue, 20 May 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Wolves lose three in free agency ]]>

The Wolves have had several free-agent defections since the market opened. Defenseman and captain Taylor Chorney signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday. Chorney, the ninth captain in team history, spent one season with the Wolves. In 69 games, he had five goals and 20 assists. Also Tuesday, forward Adam Cracknell signed with the Los Angeles Kings, and Alexandre Bolduc joined the Arizona Coyotes organization. Meanwhile, defenseman Brent Regner re-signed with the parent-club Blues after playing 63 games with the Wolves last season. The Blues also added forward Phil McRae on a two-way deal. What a … ]]> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 12:09:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Wolves swept out of playoffs ]]>

TORONTO — Drew MacIntyre stopped all 30 shots he faced, and the Toronto Marlies blanked the Wolves 4-0 on Friday to complete a four-game sweep of their American Hockey League second-round playoff series. Greg McKegg scored in the first period, Carter Ashton in the second and Peter Holland and Kor- binian Holzer (empty net) in the third for the Marlies, who handed the Wolves their first postseason sweep since the Calder Cup finals in 2005. ‘‘We didn’t have the lead once in the whole series,’’ Wolves coach John Anderson said. ‘‘That’s it in a nutshell. We looked nervous at the start … ]]> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 06:23:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ Wolves struggle from start in loss to Marlies ]]> Lead story image

Coach John Anderson said the Wolves made “four or five horrendous errors” in the first period Saturday. Those mistakes were too much to overcome, and his team is two losses away from elimination. Three first-period goals put the Toronto Marlies ahead for good in their 4-2 victory in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinal series. Shane Harper and Dmitrij Jaskin scored in the third for the Wolves, but despite a desperate late rally they couldn’t beat Drew MacIntyre (22 saves) for the equalizer. The visitors hold 2-0 advantage with the next three games in the best-of-seven series in Toronto. … ]]> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 07:06:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ Penalty-killing woes prove fatal for Wolves in Game 1 loss to Marlies ]]> Lead story image

The Toronto Marlies were playing for the first time since May 1. That didn’t stop them from getting ahead of the Wolves and their struggling penalty kill. The Marlies scored the first three goals and beat the Wolves 5-2 Friday at Allstate Arena in Game 1 of the teams’ best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal. Christian Hanson and Michael Davies scored for the Wolves and Jake Allen had 30 saves. But it wasn’t enough for the Wolves to avoid their second loss in four home playoff games. Game 2 is Saturday night, and the Wolves will be hoping to get off to … ]]> Sat, 10 May 2014 00:34:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ Wolves advance to Western Conference semifinal, close out Rochester ]]> Lead story image

John Anderson said the Wolves expected to beat the Rochester Americans in their first-round series. They just might not have expected it to be as difficult as it was. After falling behind by a goal in the second period, the Wolves scored three unanswered goals to beat the Americans 4-2 on Sunday at Allstate Arena and win the best-of-five series 3-2. Dmitrij Jaskin’s power-play goal with 26.8 seconds left in the second held up as the game-winner. The Wolves will open their best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal Friday at home against the Toronto Marlies. Getting to that point was probably tougher … ]]> Sun, 04 May 2014 21:55:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Wolves face ‘do or die’ after blowout Game 4 loss ]]>

As Jake Allen met the media outside the dressing room after the Wolves’ 7-2 loss Friday night to the Rochester Americans, chairman Don Levin walked by and patted Allen on the shoulder. Levin didn’t stop or say anything to his goalie, but his small gesture reminded Allen that Friday’s game was over and there is more hockey to be played. And for the Wolves to win Sunday’s Game 5 and advance to the Western Conference semifinals against Toronto, they’ll have to let go of what happened. That was already Allen’s focus late Friday night. “It’s a new game. That’s all … ]]> Sat, 03 May 2014 16:54:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Back from the Blues, Adam Cracknell scores twice to lead Wolves ]]> Lead story image

Last week, Adam Cracknell was trying to end one Chicago team’s playoff run. Now he’s trying to extend another’s. Reassigned Wednesday after the St. Louis Blues were ousted by the Blackhawks, Cracknell scored twice Thursday in the Wolves’ 4-0 victory over the Rochester Americans in Game 3. The Wolves, who have a 2-1 lead in the series, scored three power-play goals and are a victory away from winning their first playoff series since 2010. They can clinch Friday and would face the Toronto Marlies in the second round. They’re in that position thanks to Cracknell’s two goals in the first … ]]> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 06:41:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Wolves rout Admirals to win Midwest Division ]]>

On Jan. 18, the Wolves were 13 points behind the Grand Rapids Griffins for the Midwest Division lead. Today, they are Midwest Division champions. Ty Rattie and Eric Selleck scored twice, Sebastian Wannstrom added a short-handed goal and Jake Allen made 20 saves for his league-leading seventh shutout to give the Wolves a 6-0 victory Saturday over the Milwaukee Admirals (39-24-6-7) in the regular-season finale. Combined with the Griffins’ 4-3 shootout loss to the Lake Erie Monsters, the Wolves (45-21-5-5) won their second division title in three years and clinched the ninth first-place finish in team history, beating out the … ]]> Wed, 21 May 2014 06:22:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Wolves make Teuvo Teravainen, IceHogs pay for penalty ]]> Lead story image

The hype has passed. Now Teuvo Teravainen is just glad to play. When Teravainen made his Blackhawks debut March 25, every shift was charted, and every touch of the puck led to a flood of tweets as the touted prospect tried to make his mark. But after playing his third game March 30, Teravainen was scratched four times before getting reassigned Thursday to the Rockford IceHogs. Teravainen, 19, is getting regular ice time for the IceHogs (34-31-5-4), who lost 4-2 on Sunday to the Wolves and are two points behind the Oklahoma City Barons for the final Western Conference playoff … ]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:33:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ Wolves’ hopes for division title take hit ]]> Lead story image

A division championship for the Wolves is less likely after their 4-3 shootout loss Sunday to the Iowa Wild. The Wolves (40-20-5-5, 90 points) earned one point to move six points behind the Grand Rapids Griffins (45-21-2-4, 96 points) for the Midwest ­Division lead with two games in hand. Dylan Labbe scored the lone goal of the shootout in the sixth round. The Wolves couldn’t maintain the momentum from their playoff-clinching victory Saturday night, perhaps suffering from a letdown on their way to losing to the last-place Wild (27-33-6-4, 64 points). “It’s very possible. It’s human nature, but it’s not … ]]> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 20:26:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Defenseman Jake Chelios gets Wolves tryout ]]>

The Wolves signed a player with a familiar last name. Defenseman Jake Chelios, a son of Hockey Hall of Famer and former Blackhawks star Chris Chelios, signed a professional-tryout agreement with the Wolves on Friday. Jake, 23, appeared in seven games for Toledo of the ECHL this season after turning pro. He played four seasons at Michigan State. “I’m very excited,” Chelios said. “Obviously the last couple weeks I’ve been on a few different teams with Michigan State and then Toledo and now I’m here for the next few days, but it’s awesome.” When Jake plays his first game for … ]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:31:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Shutout-shootout loss for Wolves ]]> Lead story image

The Wolves did everything but score. And that will hurt their chances to win the Midwest Division. Jake Allen had 22 saves for his league-leading sixth shutout, but Patrick Cehlin scored the winner in the shootout to give the Milwaukee Admirals a 1-0 victory Tuesday at Allstate Arena. Admirals goalie Scott Darling stopped 36 shots and five of six in the shootout, handing the Wolves (39-20-5-4) their second consecutive loss. The Wolves picked up a point, lowered their playoff magic number to two and could clinch Wednesday, but they’re five points behind the division-leading Grand Rapids Griffins. They’re also one … ]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 23:47:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Back-to-back comeback wins for Wolves  ]]>

The Wolves probably should stop falling behind. It’s tougher to pick up points that way. Luckily for them, it has worked out the last two games. After coming back from a three-goal deficit in the third period, the Wolves earned a 5-4 shootout victory Saturday over the Lake Erie Monsters. Shane Harper and Pat Cannone scored in the shootout, Matt Climie stopped five of six shots and the Wolves (39-19-5-3) stayed four points behind the division-leading Grand Rapids Griffins while extending their points streak to six games. They trailed 4-1 5:13 into the third period after Lake Erie’s Michael Schumacher … ]]> Thu, 01 May 2014 07:26:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Late rally helps Wolves secure shootout win over Monsters ]]> Lead story image

The Wolves’ all-star goalie didn’t have one of his best nights. Their defense was a bit ragged and they fell behind by two goals late in the third period. They still managed to win. Ty Rattie and Adam Cracknell scored in a shootout and Jake Allen stopped all four attempts, and the Wolves rallied to beat the Lake Erie Monsters 6-5. The Wolves (38-19-5-3) pulled to within four points of idle Grand Rapids for the division lead, and avoided their second regulation home loss since Dec. 7. “I like our poise. Going into the playoffs, because God knows what can … ]]> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 10:41:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ Violence mars Wolves’ win IceHogs ]]> Lead story image

There were brawls, major penalties and one player crawling on his hands and knees to fight another. The violence returned in the second period of the Wolves’ 6-0 victory Friday over the Rockford IceHogs. The teams combined for 64 penalty minutes, six major penalties and two game misconducts to Rockford’s Bobby Shea. Oh, by the way, the teams play each other again Saturday. The first incident came with 6:13 left in the second period when the IceHogs’ Pat Mullane roughed up Ty Rattie by the Wolves’ bench, drawing the attention of Wolves forward Eric Selleck. Selleck and Mullane fought before … ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:18:26 -0500