Three different players scored and Kevin Lankinen made 19 saves to extend the Rockford IceHogs’ win streak to four games with a 3-1 victory over the Toronto Marlies on Wednesday afternoon at the BMO Harris Bank Center.
Reese Johnson and Philipp Kurashev both scored second-period goals, and Brandon Hagel added an empty netter in the final minute of the game as Rockford (6-5) ended the Marlies’ 10-game point streak.
Matt Read netted the lone goal for Toronto (7-1-2-1), and Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 28 of 30 shots.
Nick Moutrey looked to give the IceHogs the opening goal midway through the first when he fired a shot from close range off a turnover then jabbed at a rebound until the puck went in causing the goal light to go off, but the officials waived off the goal.
After being outshot 17-5 in the opening frame, the Marlies struck first just eight seconds into the second with Read’s goal off a faceoff. The IceHogs answered only 24 seconds later with Johnson’s third tally of the season as he smacked in a rebound from Kaskisuo, who was unable to glove Moutrey’s shot.
Kurashev put the IceHogs up 2-1 at 8:06 on the power play from the top of the left faceoff circle for his first professional goal.
The Marlies committed two more penalties in the second frame, but Rockford failed to convert as they went 1-for-6 on the man advantage. Toronto pushed the pace in the third and had three power plays in the final frame that the IceHogs killed off to go 5-for-5 while down a man.
Anton Wedin forced a defensive zone turnover that Ian McCoshen flipped to Hagel to tuck in an empty netter with 35 seconds remaining for his second goal of the season.
- Philipp Kurashev (RFD) — 1 PPG, 3 shots
- Nick Moutrey (RFD) — 1 assist, team-high 4 shots
- Kevin Lankinen (RFD) — 19 saves on 20 shots
The IceHogs wrap up their five-game homestand Friday with their first game of the season against the Manitoba Moose (Jets).