- The IceHogs must win Saturday to keep their Calder Cup playoff chances alive.
By Jim Hagerty
The IceHogs’ 2014 playoff chances took another blow Friday, as Rockford fell to the Milwaukee Admirals 4-1 at the BMO Harris Bank Center.
The Ads (36-23-6-7, 85) struck first, seven seconds into Rockford’s first chance to kill a penalty, something it hasn’t done well all year. Milwaukee’s Austin Wood scored late in the second period, sending Rockford into the second intermission down 2-0.
An unassisted goal from rookie Teuvo Teravainen, his first of his pro career, sparked a brief shift of momentum for the IceHogs. However, Milwaukee continued to close the door.
The Admirals put the game away with a goal by Scott Valentine at 14:20, followed by a Filip Forsberg empty-netter with a minute left. The win sends Milwaukee to the playoffs for the 12th straight year.
The IceHogs (33-30-5-4, 75 points) must win Saturday against the Iowa Wild to keep any shred of post-season play alive. The puck drops at 7 p.m., at the BMO Harris Bank Center.
For game photos by The Rock River Times sports columnist Todd Reicher, visit the photo gallery at icehogs.com. For an in-depth, weekly recap of this weekend’s games, see Reicher’s column, “Tales from the Trough,” in both print and digital editions of The Rock River Times.