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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 … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:34:34 -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 … ]]> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 02:31:44 -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 … ]]> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 02:26:12 -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 … ]]> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 02:12:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jaskin called up by Blues before Wolves lose in OT ]]> Lead story image

The Wolves won’t miss the Texas Stars. They’ll miss Dmitrij Jaskin. Mike Hedden’s goal 35 seconds into overtime gave the conference-leading Stars a 3-2 win over the Wolves on Sunday. The Stars completed a four-game season sweep, with Sunday’s point the only one earned by the Wolves (35-19-5-2) on the same day they lost Jaskin to a call-up from the St. Louis Blues. Over the four games, the Stars outscored the Wolves 12-4. On Saturday, they ended the Wolves’ 17-game home points streak with a 3-0 win. On Sunday, they capitalized on a turnover behind the Wolves’ net to tie … ]]> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 20:25:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Flat start by Wolves spells end to home points streak ]]>

The Wolves’ home points streak was going to be snapped eventually. It’s not surprising the Texas Stars would end it. Taylor Peters, Taylor Vause and Brendan Ranford scored and Jack Campbell made 24 saves in the Stars’ 3-0 victory Saturday night at Allstate Arena, ending the Wolves’ 17-game home points streak. The West Division leading Stars (37-17-3-5) improved to 3-0 against the Wolves (35-19-4-2) and have outscored them 9-2 in the ­process. “They played a little better than us, a little smarter than us,” Wolves coach John Anderson said. “That’s it. It’s a step back, but sometimes you’ve got to … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:49:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ Wolves push record home points streak to 17 with 4-0 victory over Wild ]]> Lead story image

The Wolves knew they would have to weather a strong start Sunday by the Iowa Wild. They did, and they made some team history with a 4-0 victory at Allstate Arena. Facing a team coming off a 9-1 loss Friday at Milwaukee and trying to avoid a fifth consecutive defeat, the streaking Wolves left little doubt they would prolong the Wild’s woes. Jake Allen made 29 saves for his fourth shutout, tying for the AHL lead with his 25th victory. Adam Cracknell had two goals, and Keith Aucoin and Ty Rattie also scored for the Wolves, who won their fourth … ]]> Sun, 02 Mar 2014 22:58:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Wolves win easy, breathe easy after Blues’ big trade ]]> Lead story image

February was memorable for the Wolves and they ended the month in style. Now they hope to get through March intact. Boosted by a four-goal second period, the Wolves beat the Rochester Americans 6-2 on Friday night. Shane Harper scored the first of his two goals during the second period and Alexandre Bolduc, Christian Hanson and Mark Cundari also connected during the middle 20 minutes. Harper and Sebastian Wannstrom added third-period goals and Jake Allen ended the night with 22 saves to tie for the league lead with 24 wins, helping the Wolves (32-17-4-2) win their third in a row … ]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 06:18:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ Streaking Wolves shut out Heat 2-0 ]]> Lead story image

The Wolves are gaining confidence with every game. And after their 2-0 victory Sunday against the Abbotsford Heat at Allstate Arena, they should be flush with self-belief. The result extended the Wolves’ home points streak to 15 games, gave them points in 10 of their last 11 games overall and completed a weekend sweep of the Heat, which is tied for the lead the Western Conference. ‘‘It shows the rest of the league that we’re for real and we’re ready to come to play,’’ said defenseman Evan Oberg, whose power-play goal at 9:27 of the first period gave the Wolves … ]]> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 23:34:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ Surging Wolves earn statement win over visiting Abbotsford ]]>

The Wolves want to be the Abbotsford Heat. They want to lead the Western Conference and build some of the American Hockey League’s longest streaks. Except for a few minutes Saturday, the Wolves looked even better than that. Adam Cracknell, Alexandre Bolduc, Evan Oberg and Shane Harper scored before Ty Rattie tallied an empty-netter to clinch a 5-3 victory for the Wolves (30-17-4-2), who extended their home point streak to 14 and stayed one point behind Grand Rapids for the Midwest Division lead. Matt Climie made 34 saves and won for the first time since Feb. 1. Abbotsford entered the … ]]> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 06:53:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Wolves one point out of division lead after win over Admirals ]]> Lead story image

Cody Beach and the Wolves aren’t going to lie. They look pretty closely at the standings, and right now, they should like what they see. Jani Hakanpaa’s goal with 16:22 left in the third period was the difference in the Wolves’ 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Admirals on Sunday. Beach and Michael Davies also scored, and Jake Allen made 17 saves for the Wolves, who extended their point streak to eight games and now are within one point of Midwest Division-leading Grand Rapids, which was idle. One reason the Wolves (29-16-4-2) are in this position is their success against Milwaukee. Though … ]]> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 06:30:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Wolves lose three players but gain gritty point ]]>

Despite being down three skaters, the Wolves were less than a minute away from forcing a shootout with the Milwaukee Admirals. Thanks to some bad luck, they didn’t get there. The Admirals’ Austin Watson scored with 21.1 seconds left in overtime when his backhanded centering pass went off Wolves defenseman Taylor Chorney’s skate and past goalie Matt Climie, giving Milwaukee a 3-2 win Saturday night. The Wolves extended their point streak to seven games and pulled to within three of first-place Grand Rapids in the Midwest Division. They did that playing much of the game with a short bench. Defenseman … ]]> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:00:17 -0500