Rookie Ty Rattie scored twice in the first period to help the Chicago Wolves earn a 5-2 victory over Hamilton Wednesday afternoon.
Before a school-day crowd of 8,712 at Allstate Arena, the Wolves (13-12-0-2) also got goals from forwards Mark Mancari, Pat Cannone and Dmitrij Jaskin while Corey Locke, Brent Regner and Cade Fairchild registered two assists apiece.
"I think we played a solid game all-around," said Wolves head coach John Anderson. "Things went well for us even when we scored on ourselves."
Hamilton (12-13-0-3) scored the game's first goal at 10:47 of the first period without touching the puck. With the Wolves possessing the puck in the offensive zone, the officials called a delayed penalty on the Bulldogs. Wolves goaltender Jake Allen left the ice to give Chicago an extra attacker, but a Wolves pass banked off the extra attacker's skate and eased 140 feet down the ice into the unattended goal. Defenseman Morgan Ellis received credit for the tally.
The Wolves answered quickly on the power play as Rattie scored his team-leading 10th goal on a one-timer set up by Jaskin and Corey Locke at 11:43.
Rattie gave Chicago a 2-1 lead with 56 seconds left in the first. Locke gained possession of the puck in the neutral zone and fed it to Fairchild along the near boards. Fairchild delivered a perfect pass to Rattie slashing to the net and tipping it past Hamilton's Dustin Tokarski.
Hamilton made it 2-2 at 5:45 of the second on Jarred Tinordi's first goal of the year.
The Wolves regained the lead on Mancari's goal from the doorstep at 8:28. Cannone increased the margin at 14:55 when Regner and Fairchild passed the puck up the ice quickly and found Cannone a step ahead of Hamilton's defensemen at the blue line for a breakaway.
Jaskin made it 5-2 at 17:19 when he retrieved the puck in the corner and rifled a backhand off Tokarski's skate into the net.
Allen (11-7-2) stopped 18 of 19 shots to pick up the win. Tokarski (9-7-1) posted 19 saves in the first two periods and took the loss. Backup Mike Condon made 8 saves in the third.
The Wolves host defending Calder Cup champion Grand Rapids at 7 p.m. Saturday, and Milwaukee at 4 p.m. Sunday.