By Jim Hagerty
The Rockford IceHogs kept their playoff hopes alive Saturday, skating past the Iowa Wild 3-2 in front of a sellout crowd at the BMO Harris Bank Center.
Iowa started the scoring 5:31 into the first period on a goal by Brady Brassart. That’s how the first would end, sending Rockford (34-30-5-4, 77 points) into the lockerroom down 1-0.
It was all Rockford in the second, as Pierre-Marc Bouchard found the back of the net 25 seconds after the opening faceoff. Brandon Mashinter, on assists from Marthieu Brisebois and Adam Clendening, scored at the 1:15 mark. Brisebois notched his third of the year to close out the scoring for the ‘Hogs 7:41 into the second.
Iowa’s Jamie MacQueen cut the lead to one in the third, but the Wild couldn’t tie the game with the extra attacker.
The IceHogs travel to Chicago Sunday to face the Wolves. The puck drops at 3 p.m.
Rockford returns home next Friday, April. 18, against Chicago. The IceHogs close out the regular season Saturday, April 19, against the Charlotte Checkers at the BMO Harris Bank Center.
For detailed analysis of this week’s games, see Todd Reicher’s column, “Tales from the Trough,” in the print and digital edition of The Rock River Times.