Ty Rattie (left) celebrates with Corey Locke after scoring a first-period goal. | Ross Dettman/Wolves
Updated: January 1, 2014 6:16AM
Something about playing the IceHogs brings out the best in Taylor Chorney.
The starting defenseman tied his career high with two goals in Friday’s 7-1 win over rival Rockford at Allstate Arena. The other time he posted two scores in a game happened March 12, 2012, when he was with the Oklahoma City Barons.
The opponent? The IceHogs.
“We’ve been working all week on getting more pucks to the net,” said Chorney, who now has three goals on the season. “Coach [John Anderson] kept harping on it, get pucks on the net, get pucks on the net.”
During their recent three-game winless streak, the Wolves totaled four goals. They scored their fourth goal less than 23 minutes into Friday’s game and finished with a season-high seven. The Wolves, who last scored seven goals on April 13, 2012, scored their first five goals on 10 shots.
Left winger Dmitrij Jaskin also registered two goals, while defenseman Cade Fairchild led the Wolves with three assists. Five players had goals.
“Keep it simple,” Jaskin said of Friday’s offensive game plan. “Just shoot. Every shot we [took] was dangerous.”
Home hadn’t been too sweet to the Wolves (10-8-0-2) before Friday. They came into the Midwest Division matchup with two wins in eight games at Allstate Arena, including a 5-3 loss to the IceHogs (11-11-1-0) on Oct. 18.
Then, less than two minutes into game, Wolves defender Joel Edmundson was ejected for a game misconduct penalty.
But things turned for better soon after that.
Chorney scored in the fourth minute of the game, and Ty Rattie and Shane Harper each tallied scores by the 9:41 mark of the first period, both on power plays. Harper’s goal gave IceHogs starting goalie Kent Simpson the rest of the night off.
“Hope we didn’t waste them all,” Anderson said.
Anderson was pleased to see the power play, which has been a source of frustration early this season, go 3-for-8. It was the most man-up goals this season, and an area the Wolves worked on during their Friday morning skate.
“We stripped it down,” Chorney said. “We were trying to be too fancy, and we said enough is enough. We wanted to get shots to the net. We wanted to keep shooting and shooting, and things opened up.”