ROSEMONT, Ill. The Chicago Wolves have the worst record in the Western Conference and one of the poorest marks in the IHL. That, however, didn't deter the defending champs from beating the league's best players in the IHL All-Star Game Monday night.
The Wolves' 4-0 victory at Allstate Arena was the first-ever shutout recorded in IHL All-Star Game history. Steve Larouche was named the game's MVP, tallying three points for Chicago. Three Wolves goalies combined on the blanking, including Rick DiPietro, whose 10 goals helped him earn the Rising Star Award for a first-time player.
Utah captain John Purves was the only member of the Grizzlies invited. He recorded a couple of shots and participated in the IHL skills challenge prior to the game as well.