IceHogs end 2017 with loss to Wolves

ROSEMONT — A big third period paced the Chicago Wolves to a 6-2 victory over the Rockford IceHogs at the Allstate Arena Saturday night.

The Wolves scored three goals in the final period, helping Rockford end the 2017 calendar year with an overall record of 18-13-1-1, good enough for second in the AHL Central Division.

Tyler Sikura and Luke Johnson scored for the IceHogs, with Sikura lighting the lamp for the third straight contest. Sikura has now totaled four points (3g, 1a) over his last three games, while Johnson, who was named last season’s Rookie of the Year, has nearly matched his point total from 2016-17 (17 points) with 15 points (7g, 8a) through his first 33 contests this season.

Goaltender Matt Tomkins turned away 25 of 31 shots in his AHL debut for the IceHogs. Hiscounterpart, Kasimi Kaskisuo, made 29 saves to improve to 4-2-0 over his last six appearances.

Tomas Hyka potted a pair of goals in Chicago’s winning effort and Bradon Pirri extended his goal streak to four games with his tally in the first period. Pirri is Rockford’s all-time leading point scorer and concluded tonight’s matchup with five goals and two assists in seven tilts against his former club.

Rockford will return to action with its first game of 2018 on Jan. 2 against the Cleveland Monsters at the BMO Harris Bank Center. Puck drop is 7 p.m.

The first 1,000 kids 14 and younger into Tuesday’s game will receive a free youth IceHogs jersey, courtesy of Ortho Illinois. R.

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