IceHogs stay winless against Rampage
SAN ANTONIO — The Rockford IceHogs stayed winless against the Colorado Avalanche’s AHL affiliate on the season by falling 4-1 to the San Antonio Rampage at the AT&T Center Sunday.
Chris Butler and Rocco Grimaldi combined for three goals in the final frame to help the Rampage hand Rockford its second consecutive loss. The IceHogs are now 0-2-0-1 against San Antonio. The clubs meet again Feb. 7 in Rockford.
Jeff Glass’ 37-save effort was not enough to earn the win for the IceHogs, as the Rampage limited Rockford’s offense to just one tally on 24 shots on goal–its second-lowest single-game shot total of the season. The regulation loss was just Glass’ third in his last 13 starts.
For the second contest in a row, Andreas Martinsen notched the Hogs’ only point of the game. After Andrew Agozzino put the hosts ahead halfway through the first period, Martinsen knotted the score at one with his fourth goal in his last five outings 8:55 into the middle stanza.
Neither team found the back of the net for almost 20 minutes of game time until Butler potted the game-winning goal on a shorthanded rush seven minutes into the third period. Grimaldi added an insurance marker to double the Rampage lead eight minutes later, and posted an empty-net goal just two minutes later.
Spencer Martin stopped 23 of 24 pucks to earn his second win over the IceHogs in 2017-18, and the second in his last six starts.
Sunday’s loss drops Rockford to 15-11-1-1. The IceHogs are in second place in the AHL Central Division.
The IceHogs welcome back the Chicago Wolves to the BMO Harris Bank Center at 7 p.m., Dec. 22. The first 1,000 fans ages 21 and older will receive a free IceHogs cooler backpack, courtesy of Bud Light. Tickets can be purchased at IceHogs.com, by calling 815-968-5222 or in person at the BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office. R.