The Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Wolves traded shots on goal, penalties and goals for the majority of the game Saturday at the BMO Harris Bank Center until a third-period tally gave the ‘Hogs their third win of the year.
Chicago quickly opened the scoring when Philip McRae slapped an errant Rockford pass past Michael Leighton 55 seconds into the first period. Rockford answered two minutes later on a goal from Dennis Rasmussen. Philip Danault found the back of the Chicago net at 9:38 but Chicago fought to keep it close. A goal by Sebastian Wannstrom sent the teams into the locker rooms knotted at two.
The teams traded goals in the second period, the first coming at 16:58 off the stick of Chicago’s Colin Fraser. Rockford’s Klas Dahlbeck tied the game again when he buried a nifty pass from Brandon Mashinter and Ryan Hartman with 36 seconds left.
Chicago edged Rockford 22-20 in the shot-on-goal department through two periods. The back-and-forth play continued in the third until the momentum shifted toward Rockford
after Wolves center Pat Cannone took a wrist shot to the face in front of the Chicago net and had to leave the game.
At 8:53, Rockford’s Adam Clendening split the Chicago defense on a quick toe drag, sending a shot off the right pad of Wolves goaltender Jordan Binnington. Mashinter was there to put the rebound away and the IceHogs up 4-3. The Wolves pulled Binnington for an extra attacker late in the third but failed to score.
Chicago out shot the IceHogs 32-29.
The three stars of the game were Fraser, Mashinter and ‘Hogs center Mark McNeill. Total attendance was 4,422.
The IceHogs (3-2-0-1) host the Lake Erie Monsters at 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 26.