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Wolves Weekly: It’s Been Awhile…

The Wolves will be back in action this coming weekend. Over the COVID-19 break, there was still plenty to discuss. Let’s dive in.

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Happy New Year Wolves fans! It’s been too long since I’ve checked in with all of you. Last time you read anything I wrote about the Wolves, they swept the Stars in a three-game set down in Texas. Since then, the Wolves won another three straight games in a three-in-three, and then have been shutdown due to COVID-19.

The Wolves had two of their games rescheduled due to a COVID-19 outbreak within their locker room and another three games postponed due to Rockford’s COVID-19 outbreak. Due to the series of postponements, the Wolves haven’t played a hockey game since December 18. However, at the time, they were (and still are) the hottest team in hockey. The Wolves are riding a 12-game winning streak and haven’t lost in regulation in 13 games. Their last loss came on November 20 at the hands of the Rockford IceHogs in a shootout.

Now, the Wolves are primed to continue their incredible run. The Wolves have three games in three days this coming weekend. Those games are at Rockford, vs Iowa, and vs Cleveland, respectively. Before their upcoming set of games, let’s get caught up a bit on the happenings in the world of Wolves hockey.

Josh Leivo Wins Player of the Month

For the second time in the 2021-22 season, the Chicago Wolves have a player named AHL Player of the Month. Captain Andrew Poturalski won the honor back in October and now, Josh Leivo wins the award for the month of December. Although the Wolves only played six games, Leivo recorded four goals and 10 assists in that time frame.

The Wolves are the AHL version of a dream team this season. They’re loaded with talent and have played well together despite many new faces compared to last season’s team. Although the scoring ranks have been dominated by Poturalski, C.J. Smith, and Stefan Noesen, Leivo is one to watch. He has only suited up in 15 games for the Wolves and has only five points less than Noesen, who has skated in eight more games. If Leivo can continue his hot streak, he might be in the same breath as Poturalski and Smith in the AHL scoring ranks.

Season Extended

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak that is not only impacting the AHL, but also the NHL, the league extended the regular season through the end of April to make up for the postponements.

The Wolves felt the impact of these postponements, having five games moved as a part of the recent holiday postponements.

The schedule shift now means the Wolves will be playing a lot of games in less time. When looking at the schedule, there are a few instances where the team will play five games in roughly seven days. Now is the time that the Wolves’ depth will be challenged.

REMINDER: Cook County Policy

If you’re going to venture to the Allstate Arena, be alert that the stadium is now observing the policy put in place by Cook County regarding vaccination status.

As noted, this is temporary depending on the state of the pandemic, but fans must show proof of vaccination and wear masks at all times unless actively eating or drinking. The measure is to make Allstate Arena a safe place for everyone amidst the COVID-19 surge.

Shoutout Wolves Social Team

This last point is purely for fun. I was scrolling through Tik Tok when I came across one of the Wolves’ posts. Little did I think the second tweet used in the video would be mine (ha!). This is my little thank you and shoutout to the Wolves social media team for the bump.

What’s On Tap Next?

The Wolves will resume games for the first time in roughly three weeks this weekend. On Friday, the Wolves venture to Rockford to take on the IceHogs. After that, they return home for games on Saturday and Sunday against the Iowa Wild and Cleveland Monsters, respectively.

Our Wolves coverage will be back on schedule in the new year. We hope everyone had a safe and healthy set of holidays with their loved ones. Now that the Wolves are back, it’s time for some high level hockey in Chicago.

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Work as an accountant by day. Huge Chicago sports fan. Played college football and only wish I could skate well enough to play hockey. Twitter: @rnldluce Instagram: @rnldluce

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