ROCKFORD — The Rockford IceHogs travel to Rosemont Saturday to skate with the Chicago Wolves after falling 4-3 in overtime to the division-leading Manitoba Moose here Friday.
In Friday’s back-and-forth tilt, Luke Johnson forced overtime with 1:58 remaining in the third period, but Nic Petan chipped the game-winning goal past Collin Delia 1:54 into the extra stanza.
After Brendan Lemieux’s go-ahead goal put the Moose ahead midway through the third period, Johnson streaked down the wing and put home the equalizer. The forward beat Manitoba’s Eric Comrie with a quick shot between the goaltender’s arm and body.
Both teams traded chances early in OT before Petan struck with the deciding goal. An errant Moose pass gave Tanner Kero a breakaway opportunity, but his missed chance sprung Petan in the other direction for the game-winner.
Including the markers by Lemieux and Johnson, each team scored in each period during the contest. Manitoba opened the scoring 13:06 into the opening stanza as Patrice Cormier wired home his 18th of the year. Four minutes later, Anthony Louis blasted a shot from the right faceoff circle to knot the score at one.
Rockford then took the lead 4:04 into the middle frame with Tyler Sikura depositing a rebound for 13th goal of the season. Jan Kostalek rifled a tying marker from the blue line 11 minutes later.
Delia stopped a professional career-high 46 shots and remains unbeaten in regulation time in his last seven starts.
Comrie had 36 saves for the Moose.
Next Home Game: The IceHogs host the San Antonio Rampage Wednesday, Feb. 7, for a Fas Fuel Winning Weekday showdown. Fans can enjoy discounted hot dogs, select beer, and companion tickets. If the Hogs win, tickets from Wednesday’s game can be redeemed for a ticket of equal or lesser value to the following Fas Fuel Winning Weekdays game on Tuesday, Feb. 13. R.