ROSEMONT, Ill. – After ending a postseason losing streak that had reached 10 games, the Rochester Americans face a new challenge tonight when they meet the Chicago Wolves here in Game Three of their best-of-five American Hockey League Calder Cup playoff series (TWC, 8 p.m.).
The Amerks will be trying to win their first road playoff game since a 6-1 victory over Abbotsford in 2010. That win gave Rochester a 3-1 series lead, but they lost the next three and were eliminated.
Beating the Wolves here won’t be easy. Chicago went 25-8-3-2 at All-State Arena during the regular season. That included a 6-2 win over the Amerks on Feb. 28 here. Rochester won the other meeting, 4-1, at Blue Cross Arena.
Rochester blew a 3-1 lead and lost the series opener to the Wolves, 4-3, in overtime before coming back for a 3-2 win.
Chicago’s lineup will be bolstered by the return of forward Adam Cracknell from the St. Louis Blues. Since their last game, the Amerks signed goalie Garrett Bartus to a professional tryout contract. Bartus played this season for the Evansville Icemen of the ECHL where he was 8-9-3-3 with a 3.30 goals-against average, a .902 save percentage and one shutout. Game Four in the series will be Friday night at 8:30 p.m. here.