Rockford sweeps both from Manitoba for fourth straight victory


Weekly results

Saturday, Nov. 4 — Rockford 4, Manitoba 3

The Rockford IceHogs flew up to Manitoba for the fist game of a back-to-back and held on late for a 4–3 victory. Goaltender Jaxson Stauber was solid in net, stopping 33 of the 36 shots in net.

Michal Teply opened up the scoring at the 15:30 mark of the first period when he buried a one-timer behind former IceHogs goaltender Collin Delia. The goal gave Teply his third on the early season with assists from Filip Roos and Mike Hardman. Manitoba answered back a few minutes later to tie the game at 1–1.

With the score 1–1, Anders Bjork scored his second of the season off a 2-on-1 rush that ended with Bjork going top shelf on Delia.

Manitoba would score the only goal of the second period when Brad Lambert fired his fifth goal of the season behind Stauber. Midway through the third frame, Cole Guttman scored his first goal of the year to take back the lead at 3–2. Roos would score into the empty net to extend the lead to 4–2 before the Moose scored a meaningless goal with eight seconds left on the clock.

Sunday, Nov. 5 — Rockford 4, Manitoba 1

Drew Commesso continued his hot ways, stopping 26 shots for his third win on the season. After Sunday’s game,  the former second-round pick possesses a .936 save percentage through four AHL games.

The IceHogs would score twice in the first frame when Andrew Perrott and Brett Seney both beat goaltender Oskari Salminen to give the visitors a 2–0 lead going into the first intermission. Perrott scored in his season debut when his shot worked its way through a screen and behind Salminen.

Daniel Torersson would draw the Moose to within one goal at the 3:08 mark in the second period and would be the only blemish on Commesso’s night. Joey Anderson answered on the power play after an excellent pass from behind the net from Seney, who found Anderson in front of the next for his fifth goal this season.

Antti Saarela scored at the 2:27 mark in the third period and the IceHogs would shut the door the rest of the way for their 4–1 victory and two-game sweep in Manitoba.

High on the Hog

  • Goaltender Drew Commesso continues to shine this early season. The Norwell, Massachusetts, native is displaying the professional game is not too much for him early on this season.
  • Joey Anderson scored his fifth goal of the season on only his 18th shot. The former third-round pick in 2016 is firing on all cylinders with his second stint with the IceHogs.
  • The IceHogs sit a top the Central Division standings with at 5–2–0 record.

Upcoming week

Rockford plays its first midweek game this season as the Texas Stars visit the BMO Center for a 10:30 a.m. puck drop on School Day. The Iowa Wild skate into Rockford on Friday for a 7 p.m. CST contest before the IceHogs hit the road for their in-state rival matchup in Chicago with a 3 p.m. CST puck drop against the Wolves.

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