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IceHogs rally from 3-goal deficit, defeat Admirals in overtime

Jan Rutta scores the game-winner.

Brad Repplinger - Second City Hockey

ROCKFORD — Jan Rutta scored 1:51 into overtime to cap the IceHogs’ three-goal comeback in a 4-3 win over the Admirals on Wednesday at BMO Harris Bank Center.

Darren Raddysh sent the game to overtime with a slapshot from the blue line 4:20 into the third period.

Rutta extended the IceHogs’ point streak to four games when he tapped in a tic-tac-toe feed from Alexandre Fortin and Anthony Louis on a 3-on-1 breakaway.

Jacob Nilsson, Tyler Sikura and Darren Raddysh each scored for Rockford. Anton Forsberg made 27 saves in the win.

The Admirals started off hot with three straight goals in the first period.

Antony Richard scored a power play goal just 1:51 into the game when the puck bounced off his right skate and into the net. The goal stood after a review.

Jeremy Gregoire made it 2-0 Milwaukee just 14 seconds later with a blast past Forsberg. Tyler Gaudet scored another power play goal one a one-timer to make it a 3-0 lead with 6:34 remaining in the opening frame.

Rockford’s Dennis Gilbert ignited some energy into the sparsely attended arena when he dropped the gloves with Duncan Siemens. Both players landed their fair share of shots before Siemens knocked down Gilbert at 14:25 of the first.

Nilsson scored with 37 seconds left by batting in a rebound in first to give the IceHogs some momentum heading into the intermission. Sikura followed suit by slapping in a rebound midway through the second period to cut the deficit to 3-2.

Rockford defenseman Joni Tuulola thought he tied it up in the closing seconds of the period, but his shot hit the inside of the far post and bounced out. Raddysh leveled the score 4:20 into the third with a slap shot from the point.

Fortin forced a turnover and executed a tic-tac-toe passing play between him, Anthony Louis and Rutta to complete the comeback.

Milwaukee goaltender Troy Grosenick made 14 saves before being replaced by Tom McCollum in the second period. McCollum made 11 stops in relief.

William Pelletier’s debut

Pelletier made his season debut for Rockford after completing rehab from a wrist injury. He picked up a secondary assist on Sikura’s tally and had two shots on goal.

Injury update

Rockford interim head coach Derek King said forward Victor Ejdsell was scratched Wednesday night due to a minor groin injury. King says Ejdsell will likely return after Christmas.

Three Stars

  1. Jan Rutta (RFD) — Game-winning goal

2. Tyler Sikura (RFD) — Goal, assist

3. Anthony Louis (RFD) — 2 assists

What’s next?

The IceHogs visit the Chicago Wolves at 7 p.m. Friday at Allstate Arena in Rosemont.