By Jim Hagerty
Rochester, N.Y. – A third-period surge by the Rochester Americans (3-1-0-0) stopped the Rockford IceHogs from coming home with a win Wednesday night, as the ‘Hogs fell 3-2 in American Hockey League action at Blue Cross Arena.
The IceHogs seemed to have sealed the contest, going into the final frame with a 2-1 lead on a shorthanded goal by ‘Hogs forward Mark McNeill. The Americans, however, weren’t ready to surrender, scoring twice within 59 seconds and sending Rockford home with a 2-2-0-1 record.
The tying goal came when Rochester sent out an extra attacker on a delayed penalty, and Tim Schaller beat Rockford’s Michael Leighton at 17:41. The IceHogs were a man down a minute later when Dennis Rasmussen was called for hooking. That’s when Zac Dalpe slapped in a rebound and broke the tie.
Teuvo Teravainen also scored for Rockford, his first goal of the year, on a feed from Joakim Nordstrom and Adam Clendening. Leighton turned away 30 Amerk shots. Nathan Lieuwen had 21 saves for Rochester.
The IceHogs return to the BMO Harris Bank Center Saturday, Oct. 25, to face the Chicago Wolves. The puck drops at 7 p.m. The first 5,000 fans will receive a magnetic schedule. The ‘Hogs host the Lake Erie Monsters at 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 26.
For an in-depth recap of this week’s games, photos and highlights, see Todd Reicher’s column, “Tales from the Trough,” every Wednesday in the digital and print edition of The Rock River Times.