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Morning Bag Skate: Rockford IceHogs drop first game of Calder Cup playoffs

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The Rockford IceHogs were handed their first loss of the Calder Cup playoffs in a 4-2 defeat against the Texas Stars in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final on Friday at H-E-B Center in Cedar Park, Texas.

Carl Dahlstrom and Chris DiDomenico each scored for the Rockford IceHogs


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