IceHogs split 7–2 games in San Jose


Weekly scores

Friday, Oct. 13 — Rockford 7, San Jose 2

Dave Gust scored twice as Drew Commesso earned his first professional victory, stopping 34 San Jose shots. Forward Joey Anderson added three assists on the night. Rockford also received goals from Anders Bjork, Mike Hardman, Michal Teply, Ryder Rolston and Bryce Kindopp.

Rolston, Nolan Allan, Ethan Del Mastro, Jalen Luypen and Antti Saarela made their regular season AHL debuts in Friday night’s victory.

Saturday, Oct. 14 — San Jose 7, Rockford 2

San Jose returned the 7–2 favor on Rockford behind two goals from forward Ryan Carpenter. Carpenter spent three years in the Blackhawks organization. Goaltender Jaxson Stauber surrendered the seven goals while being barraged by 49 shots.

Anderson recorded his fourth point on the weekend after he scored his first of the season early in the second period. Brett Seney scored two minutes later and that would be all the IceHogs could muster on the night.

High on the Hog

Commesso earning the victory on opening night is an excellent start for the former second-round pick out of the U.S. National Team Development Program and Boston University. Commesso also added an assist on the second Gust goal.

Rolston scored his first AHL goal, set up by Luypen’s first AHL point.

Gust played an excellent game on opening night after being a late cut by the Blackhawks in training camp. The 29-year-old Orland Park, Illinois, native will bring a ton of respect and leadership to a young Rockford squad.

Upcoming week

The IceHogs welcome the Chicago Wolves to Rockford for their first home game of the season on Saturday. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. CDT.

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