By Jim Hagerty
ROCKFORD – The Rockford IceHogs wasted no time doing away with the Manitoba Moose Friday to remain perfect in the playoffs and advance to the Western Conference Finals of the Calder Cup Playoffs.
The 6-3 drubbing came from four players who posted multi-point efforts and Collin Delia’s 35 saves in front of a spirited, red-cladded BMO Harris Bank Center crowd.
Delia now owns the IceHogs’ all-time record for consecutive playoff wins by a goaltender with seven, and the 2017-18 Hogs set a new team record, also for consecutive playoff wins, with seven. The Hogs outscored the Moose 18-7 through their series, and with four power-play goals tonight now lead the League with 15 tallies on the man-advantage.
The IceHogs will now head to the Western Conference Final for the first time in AHL franchise history, where they will take on the Texas Stars in a best-of-7 series beginning next Friday, May 18 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park.
For complete coverage of Rockford’s Calder Cup run, see Wednesday’s print edition of The River Times. R.