IceHogs sweep in Texas, extend win streak
SAN ANTONIO – The Rockford IceHogs (7-2-0-1) defeated the San Antonio Rampage (5-5-0-0) for the second consecutive night. The visiting Hogs tallied two goals in the first two periods and added a third period goal to earn a 5-1 win Saturday night at the AT&T Center.
Brandon Mashinter opened the scoring at the 10:35 mark of the first period. Mashinter’s power play goal from Peter Regin and Joakim Nordstrom was the third power play goal in the last five games against San Antonio.
The Hogs would later extend their lead by two following Mark McNeill’s goal from Ville Pokka and Phillip Danault with 5:11 in period number one. Pokka tallied his first AHL point on the McNeill goal.
Rockford would then put two more goals behind Rampage goalie Michael Houser in the middle frame giving them a 4-0 lead following 40 of play. T.J. Brennan added a slap shot goal off the faceoff from Dennis Rasmussen 2:59 in the second period. Pokka notched his first AHL career goal with 6:39 in the second period with the Hogs on the man advantage. Matt Carey and Teuvo Teravainen each added helpers.
Dennis Rasmussen capped off the IceHogs scoring with a goal from Regin just 35 seconds in the third period.
San Antonio avoided the shutout as Mark Mancari put one behind Scott Darling from Blake Parlett and Brett Olson at the 15:04 mark of the final period.
Darling made 30 saves to improve his record to 3-0-0-0 and extended his road winning streak to three games after returning from a brief stint with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Rockford victory equals last season’s start from when the IceHogs began the 2013-14 campaign 7-2-1-0.
Next Home Game: Tuesday, Nov. 4 vs. Lake Erie Monsters at 7 p.m. It’s a WXRX Dollar Day at the BMO Harris Bank Center as hot dogs, sodas, beers and companion tickets will be $1.