MILWAUKEE — Dylan Sikura scored two goals Tuesday to power the Rockford IceHogs to a 4-3 comeback win and tighten the AHL Central Division playoff race.
With two games remaining, Rockford is currently one point in back of a potential berth in the Calder Cup Playoffs.
Trailing 3-1 in the second period, Lucas Carlsson ignited what proved to be the beginning of a three-goal rally with a snap shot past Troy Grosenick 12:43 into the second period. The tally was part of a two-point night for Carlsson, who finished with a goal and a helper for the IceHogs.
The score held at 3-2 until early in the third period when Sikura took a pass from Reese Johnson, skated to the point and ripped a shot top shelf to Grosenick’s stick side for the equalizing tally. Johnson provided the primary helper for his second point of the evening and finished the contest with his first professional multi-point game.
Both Grosenick and Collin Delia matched each other blow for blow through the remaining of regulation. Grosenick finished with 26 saves while leading Milwaukee to a point in its 10th straight game, while Delia stopped 14 of 17 shots to help the IceHogs to the win.
In overtime, Sikura skated in from the left circle and wristed a shot over Grosenick’s glove to notch his sixth game-winning goal of the season and secure two crucial points in the standings for Rockford.
Sikura’s six game-winners are two more than any other IceHogs rookie during the team’s AHL affiliation.
The IceHogs travel to Iowa Saturday and host Milwaukee Sunday to conclude the regular season. R.