IceHogs take five points over three games for second straight week


Weekly results

Wednesday, Nov. 22 — Rockford 6, Manitoba 2

The Rockford IceHogs jumped out to a dominating 6–0 lead and never looked back on their way to a 6–2 victory over the visiting Manitoba Moose. Rockford scored three goals each in the first two periods, five of them while 5-on-5 hockey.

Cole Guttman got the scoring started after defeating former Blackhawks goaltender Collin Delia midway through the first period of action. Only 19 seconds later, David Gust beat Delia with his fourth goal of the season as Manitoba’s heads were left spinning.

With five minutes left in the opening frame, Ryder Rolston scored his third goal of the season on the power play to give the IceHogs a 3–0 lead at the end of the period.

Gust scored his second of the game at the 1:19 mark of the second period to continue the onslaught on Delia. Andrew Perrot and Colton Dach assisted on the play.

Rolston would not let Gust upstage him when he fired home his second of the game at the 2:27 mark. The goal looked to be a great opportunity to switch up for the Moose in net but head coach Mark Morrison stuck with Delia as he would give up all six goals on 25 IceHogs shots for the game.

Brett Seney would end the scoring for the IceHogs on the evening with his sixth goal of the season, assisted by Perrot and Guttman.

Jaxson Stauber stopped 27 of the 29 shots he faced on the evening on his way to his fourth victory on the season.

Friday, Nov. 24 — Rockford 2, Milwaukee 1 in overtime

Gust and Colton Dach would each score to give the IceHogs a 2–1 victory in overtime at home against the Milwaukee Admirals. Dach’s fifth goal of the season gave Rockford the lead at the 0:29 mark of the third period and was the first tally of the game for either team. Milwaukee would tie the game at the 11:45 mark when Keaton Thompson scored his first of the season after beating Drew Commesso. Gust’s goal in overtime at the 3:55 mark would end the game when Milwaukee netminder Yaroslav Askarov surrendered the goal.

Commesso would continue his hot streak stopping 32 shots for the victory.

Saturday, Nov. 25 — Milwaukee 3, Rockford 2 in overtime

Milwaukee would fight back and earn their overtime victory the next night in Wisconsin with a 3–2 victory. Each team looked sluggish after a long, tough game the evening before.

Just called up from the Indy Fuel, Ryan Gagnier scored his first AHL goal at the 12:37 mark of the second period. Gagnier’s goal on Troy Grosenick was assisted by Louis Crevier and Marcel Marcel.

Milwaukee would tie the game up after a Bryce Kindopp tripping penalty a minute later to tie the game at 1–1 after two periods of action.

Zach Jordan scored his first goal of the season after his shot beat a floundering Grosenick in net.

Milwaukee would finish off the night with a goal in the third period and one in overtime for their 3–2 victory. Stauber would stop 29 shots in the overtime loss.

High on the hog

  • On Nov. 23, the Chicago Blackhawks called up Guttman and Joey Anderson to the parent club. Both forwards were off to a great start in Rockford and the call-ups were definitely earned. In the NHL, both can be seen as a fill-in for bottom-six roles, with Anderson always playing at a breakneck speed.
  • Commesso continued his hot start, and not to sound like a broken record, is showing an excellent adjustment to the professional game. Commesso’s athletic ability is sneaky good and his positioning has grown substantially since my viewing in the USHL prior to being drafted. Blackhawks fans should be very excited about his hot start.
  • Rockford is currently in second place in the Central Division with 20 points, only trailing the Texas Stars by one point. With a 9–5–2 record, the Hogs are showing fans a great product on the ice.

Upcoming week

Rockford hits the ice in Manitoba for a Friday-Sunday matchup with the division rival Moose. Friday’s puck drop is scheduled to drop at 7 p.m. CST followed by Sunday’s start of 2 p.m. CST.

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