The Chicago Wolves collected a win on Sunday against Milwaukee to rebound from a 5-0 loss to Grand Rapids on Saturday, the team’s largest margin of defeat this season, and salvage a weekend split. The Midwest Division competition continues as the Wolves travel to Cleveland for a two-game set against the Lake Erie Monsters. As Chicago attempts to regain its playoff spot (one point behind No. 8 Texas with one game in hand), the Monsters are four points behind the Wolves with one game in hand but host Milwaukee on Wednesday. The postseason race remains tight as just five points separates Nos. 7-11 in the Western Conference (Hamilton, Texas, Chicago, Adirondack, and Toronto, respectively).
After wrapping up the season series with San Antonio last week, the Chicago Wolves will complete another tonight as they close out their eight-game slate against Grand Rapids. The Wolves have earned nine of a possible 14 points thus far while the Griffins have captured seven.
At several points during every Chicago Wolves season, general manager Wendell Young offers his thoughts on the team with his "State of the Pack" insights. When he answered questions in November, the Wolves ranked among the top handful of teams in the Western Conference. At this juncture, the Wolves are holding on to the eighth and final playoff spot -- but there's little difference between the fifth and 10th teams and plenty of time to become re-established as a primary threat to capture the Calder Cup.