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Rockford IceHogs top Manitoba Moose 4-2 for 3rd straight win

Collin Delia made 37 saves, and Rockford was 4-for-5 on the penalty kill.

Rockford IceHogs goaltender Collin Delia makes a stop against C.J. Suess on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford.
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Collin Delia made 37 saves in his first start since Nov. 15 to help the Rockford IceHogs defeat the Manitoba Moose 4-2 on Tuesday night at the BMO Harris Bank Center.

Delia allowed at least four goals in his previous four outings. He’s 3-5 this season with a 3.95 goals-against average and .871 save percentage.

MacKenzie Entwistle, Joni Tuulola, Brandon Hagel and Nick Moutrey scored for Rockford (12-8-0-1), which won its third straight and ninth of their last 10 at home.

Seth Griffith and Skyler McKenzie both scored for the Moose (12-12), who had won their last two games. Mikhail Berdin stopped 23 of 25 shots.

Entwistle put the IceHogs up 1-0 with his first AHL power-play goal at 4:15 of the first period. Dylan Sikura split two Moose defenders at the blue line then sent a pass to the top of the right face-off circle for Entwistle, who walked in and sent a backhanded shot by Berdin.

Griffith tied it 1-1 for the Moose just 34 seconds. Jansen Harkins found Griffith all alone at the right post for a tap-in goal.

Tuulola scored in his second straight game with a blast from the blue line to give Rockford a 2-1 lead at 8:53.

Delia made a few stops in close on the penalty kill that led to Ian McCoshen and Andrei Chibisov scrapping after the whistle near the net. McKenzie tied it 2-2 just 38 seconds into the 4-on-3 with a one-timer from the slot on his knees.

Hagel scored the go-ahead goal to make it 3-2 at 16:48 of the second period. He rushed out of the penalty box and down the left side around Leon Gawanke then sent a backhand shot past Berdin’s glove side for a 3-2 lead at 16:48 of the second period. Hagel leads all IceHogs rookies with six goals and 11 points.

Moutrey added an empty-net goal with 32 seconds remaining for the 4-2 final.

What’s next

The IceHogs visit the Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday at Van Andel Arena.