The Chicago Wolves earned a split and three of a possible four points in last week’s home-and-home set with Midwest Division rival Rockford, skating to an overtime loss on Friday at the MetroCentre before capturing a 4-1 win on Saturday at Allstate Arena to close out January. Following Tuesday’s School-Day Game against Rochester, the Wolves travel to Charlotte for a back-to-back against the Checkers in the team’s only road games of the month. After playing the first half of the club’s home schedule spread out over 115 days, the second half will be played in the span of just 68 days with a season-high seven home tilts in both February and March and another six in April.
Chicago has posted a 11-3-0-0 all-time record in morning games, including a 7-2-0-0 mark at Allstate Arena. The Wolves’ only School-Day Game losses at home came Jan. 12, 2011, versus Texas, and earlier this season --- Dec. 17 --- when they were topped by Adirondack.
The Chicago Wolves started last week on a high note with road wins against Midwest Division rivals Rockford and Grand Rapids but were swept in their trip to Texas to enter the American Hockey League All-Star break on a two-game losing streak. The team will look to turn it around with a home-and-home against the IceHogs on Friday and Saturday, a squad it is 3-4-0-1 against this season. Rockford holds the points lead in the standings for the Illinois Lottery Cup, which was won by the Wolves in 2013-14. After seeing each other five times in January, Chicago and Rockford will meet just twice the rest of the season: March 15 at Allstate Arena and April 17 at the MetroCentre.