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Rockford IceHogs drop 3rd straight in 3-2 loss to Manitoba Moose

Philipp Kurashev left in the first period and did not return after taking an elbow to the head by Ryan White.

Rockford IceHogs center Philipp Kurashev, left, skates with the puck away from Mantioba Moose right wing Seth Griffith on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg.
Jonathan Kozub / Manitoba Moose

The Rockford IceHogs allowed three straight goals in a 3-2 loss to the Manitoba Moose on Sunday at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg.

Tyler Sikura ended his 13-game goal drought with a power-play goal, and Philip Holm scored for Rockford (17-13-0-1), which has lost three straight after winning its previous three. Collin Delia made 21 saves in his first loss in five starts.

Johnathan Kovacevic scored a power-play goal and an assist, and Skyler McKenzie had two assists for Manitoba (16-18-0-0). Mikhail Berdin made 30 saves and improved to 2-1 against Rockford this season.

IceHogs center Philipp Kurashev left the game at 7:44 of the first period and did not return after taking an elbow up to the head from Ryan White, who was assessed two major penalties (one for fighting Nicolas Beaudin) and a game misconduct. Rockford, which dressed 11 forwards and seven defensemen, moved defenseman Chad Krys up to the forward group in Kurashev’s absence.

Sikura blasted a one-timer from Lucas Carlsson at the right face-off circle for a power-play goal to give the IceHogs a 1-0 lead at 10:18 of the first period. Carlsson has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in his past eight games.

Kovacevic tied it 1-1 at 18:53 with a tap-in goal on the power play at the far post. JC Lipon both sent no-look behind the back pass to Kovacevic, who put the puck into the net as Delia — his former Merrimack College teammate — lost his footing in the crease.

Kristian Reichel put a loose puck in front of the net past a screened Delia for a 2-1 lead at 8:39. Jimmy Oligny’s blast from the point re-directed off Andrei Chibisov to Reichel to put into the net.

Lipon’s shot from the right point trickled behind Delia, and Michael Spacek was able to get his stick on the puck before it crossed the goal line to make it 3-1 at 8:39.

Holm’s wrist shot at the left circle cut the deficit to 3-2 at 10:54.

Berdin made three big pad saves on Tim Soderlund, Jacob Nilsson and Alexandre Fortin in the final two minutes to secure the win.

What’s next

The IceHogs and Moose close out the calendar year at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Winnipeg.