Over two seasons and 107 games with the Peoria Rivermen, David Shields didn’t score a goal.
The 22-year-old defenseman from Rochester, N.Y., has three goals — on only nine shots — in his first 14 games with the Wolves. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder also has four assists and is tied for second on the team with seven points. He had all of nine points with the Rivermen.
“Honestly, I can’t think of a good explanation as to why I am scoring goals now,” said Shields, who was selected 168th overall by the St. Louis Blues in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. “I am doing the same thing I’ve been doing. I don’t know, but it’s coming to me this year, which is a good thing.
“The more you play, the more confidence you gain. Coming out of the preseason, I felt good.”
Shields is no stranger to producing points.
When he played for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League, he scored 13 goals and had 46 points in 129 games of his final two seasons from 2009-2011.
“I want to be more of a two-way player and be able to create offense off my defense,” said Shields, who’s played a lot with Taylor Chorney on the back line. “That definitely will help my future.”
LOOKING BACK: Entering Friday’s road game against the Milwaukee Admirals, the Wolves are 7-6-0-1 and in fourth place in the AHL’s Midwest Division. The Wolves have won three in a row — all on the road — including Wednesday’s 3-1 win over the Iowa Wild. Shields had a goal and an assist in the 2-1 victory over the Charlotte Checkers that started the streak. “We stole a couple there,” Shields said of the trip to North Carolina. “Those were big wins. We’ve started to build some momentum. The next thing is to get on a roll.”
UP NEXT: The Wolves return home Saturday to take on the Grand Rapids Griffins, which is first in the Midwest Division.