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IceHogs still alive in conference bid

By Jim Hagerty

ROCKFORD — The Rockford IceHogs lived to fight another day after Victor Ejdsell buried a power-play goal two minutes into overtime to seal a 3-2 over the Texas Stars in Game 4 of the AHL Western Conference Finals here Thursday.

Ejdsell also scored the IceHogs’ first goal. Their second came off the stick of Luke Johnson with seven minutes left in the third period. The marker was Johnson’s second in as many games.

“We deserved one,” Rockford coach Jeremy Colliton said of the win. “We felt if we stuck with it and played hard again, we’d get what we deserve. We didn’t quit. I think for some teams, it would have been easy to just pack it in, but we believe we can come back.”

Coming back would mean winning Friday night and twice in Texas, where the ‘Hogs dropped the first two games after a seven-game postseason win streak. 

“We found a way to extend the series,” Colliton added. “And we’ve been in every game. Our worst game was Game 2, and lost in overtime. It’s tight, but we like how we’re playing.”

Rockford’s Jeff Glass made 28 saves in his AHL playoff debut with the ‘Hogs. Mike McKenna turned aside 33 shots for Texas. R.

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