Wolves burn Marlies for five first-period goals en route to 8-1 rout

Brett Sterling, with two, Andre Deveaux, Joey Crabb, Kevin Doell, Brian Fahey, Derek MacKenzie and Troy Milam scored for Chicago (32-15-1-4), which improved its road record to an AHL-best 22-5-0-1. Jeff Corey replied for the Marlies (19-26-2-3), who have lost four of their last five.

In front of an announced crowd of 2,201, Corey opened the scoring at 5:10 of the first period when he redirected a shot from the blue-line past Wolves goalie Fred Brathwaite.

Deveaux tied the game at the 10:28 mark of the first, and exactly one minute later, Crabb gave Chicago its first lead with his fifth goal of the year.

The Wolves went up 3-1 on Doell’s short-handed goal at 14:19, then chased Toronto goalie Jean-Francois Racine from the net after Fahey’s goal at 17:12.

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Sterling beat new Marlies goalie Justin Pogge at 18:29 to close out the first period scoring.

The Wolves’ onslaught didn’t stop there, as Sterling’s second of the game and 42nd of the season beat Pogge at 1:29 of the second period. MacKenzie made it 7-1 at 9:43 of the third period, and Milam finished the scoring at 13:04.

Toronto was 0-for-4 on the power play, while Chicago was 2-for-6 with the man advantage.

Brathwaite (16-7-3) made 39 stops for Chicago, while Racine stopped 15 of 19 shots and fell to 9-12-3 on the season.