By this point, you know the Chicago Wolves revealed their commemorative St. Patrick’s Day jerseys during Wednesday’s 2-1 overtime triumph over Utica. As you’re contemplating a bid on these unique jerseys, you might not be quite as certain how this charitable endeavor directly benefits everyone in the Chicago area. Take a moment to meet Maurice Snell and Jamie Smith: two young men from Chicago diagnosed with autism at an early age. They’re representative of the work done by Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago, an organization that operates 21 programs and serves 38,000 people annually.
The Utica Comets shoot into Rosemont for the first time this season and just the second time since joining the league in 2013-14 for tilts on Wednesday and Saturday. The roster features six former Wolves: Alex Friesen, Nicklas Jensen, Darren Archibald, Alexandre Grenier, John Negrin, and Peter Andersson.
The Chicago Wolves salvaged one point from the weekend, getting swept in two games in Lake Erie but taking the Monsters to overtime on Friday. The team returns to Allstate Arena this week for the first three games of a tough four-game homestand against Utica (twice) and Rockford, the Western Conference’s No. 3 and 4 teams, respectively. Chicago will need to earn some points if it hopes to climb back into the playoff race, dropping to the No. 10 seed over the weekend. The Wolves are in a five-team battle for the final two spots as Hamilton, Texas, Adirondack, Chicago, and Toronto (Nos. 7-11) are all separated by just two points. The Wolves have the third-best points percentage and the most home games remaining of those five teams, but face difficult competition.