The Rockford IceHogs did not score the opening goal for the first time this season in a 5-0 loss as they were swept in a two-game weekend set by the Cleveland Monsters on Saturday afternoon at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.
The IceHogs, the Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate, had plenty of opportunities to score though but they went 0-for-6 on the power play to fall to 0-for-28 on the man advantage this season. Rockford (2-4) allowed two power-play goals on six chances to the Monsters (5-3) and have allowed at least one goal on the man advantage each game this season.
Dylan Sikura recorded a team-high four shots for Rockford, while Nicolas Beaudin, Philipp Kurashev and Anton Wedin each had three. Matt Tomkins stopped a career-high 38 saves in his second start this season as Kevin Lankinen remains out with an undisclosed injury since appearing in the season opener.
Ryan Collins, Ryan MacInnis, Andrew Peeke, Eric Robinson and Nathan Gerbe all scored for Cleveland (Blue Jackets). Zac Dalpe had two assists and Peeke had one. Monsters goaltender Veini Vehvilainen made 29 saves for his first career AHL shutout.
Facing a 2-0 deficit heading into the second period, defenseman Philip Holm committed a holding penalty 15 seconds into the frame. Peeke converted with his first AHL goal 24 seconds later and Robinson made it 4-0 just 1:15 after that. Gerbe tossed in another power play goal at 7:50.
That'll do Captain, that'll do. pic.twitter.com/qQg5LuK9XA— Cleveland Monsters (@monstershockey) October 26, 2019
Rockford surrendered 12 unanswered goals to Cleveland dating back to the second period of Friday’s 7-1 loss.
The IceHogs return home to host the San Antonio Rampage (Blues) on Wednesday night at the BMO Harris Bank Center.