Barons notebook: Taylor Chorney comes up big on offense

BY ED GODFREY, Staff Writer, egodfrey@opubco.com Published: March 13, 2012
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Taylor Chorney couldn't remember the last time he scored two goals in a game.

“I did it in college once,” said Chorney, who played college hockey at North Dakota from 2005 to 2008. “One of them was an empty-netter, so I don't know if that even counts. It's been a long time for sure. A lot of times for d-men it's luck, but it still definitely feels good.”

Barons coach Todd Nelson said the team usually wins when a defenseman scores.

“Anytime you get a defenseman to score it's a big plus for your hockey team,” Nelson said. “You don't expect them to score. They are there to defend but it's nice to have goal support from the back end.”

It was the first time in a dozen games that a defenseman had scored for the Barons.

ROY DEBUTS FOR BARONS

Olivier Roy earned his first start for the Barons in goal. He had 36 saves on 38 shots.

“I thought he played well. I thought he played very solid for us,” Nelson said. “He had to make some big saves for us. Rockford put a lot of pucks on net and he was there for us.”

Roy had two previous American Hockey League starts for Springfield in the 2009-10 season.

Barons goalie Yann Danis has not dressed in five games because of an injury.

PAAJARVI EXTENDS STREAK

Barons left wing Magnus Paajarvi extended his point-scoring streak to six games and his assist streak to five games on Tuesday night.

UP NEXT

The Barons concluded a three-game homestand Tuesday night and now play three games in Texas.

Oklahoma City faces the Texas Stars Friday and Saturday nights in Cedar Park, Texas. On Sunday, the Barons play at Houston.

The Barons return home March 23 to open three-game homestand against Texas and Grand Rapids.



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