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Rockford IceHogs’ offensive woes continue in 3-0 shutout loss to Belleville Senators

Rockford has scored two goals or less in 12 of its past 14 games.

Rockford IceHogs forward Dylan Sikura looks for a pass in front of Belleville Senators goaltender Filip Gustavsson and defenseman Jack Dougherty on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, at BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford, Ill.
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Filip Gustavsson made 23 saves to shut out the Rockford IceHogs in a 3-0 win Monday afternoon at BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford.

Josh Norris scored a goal and an assist for Belleville (25-13-3-1), which swept the two-game season series against the IceHogs (20-20-1-1). The Senators won the first meeting 5-2 on Dec. 13 in Belleville.

Kevin Lankinen made 26 saves in his seventh straight loss (0-6-1-0), dating back to Dec. 21. The loss comes after the IceHogs shut out the Chicago Wolves (Golden Knights), 3-0 behind Collin Delia’s 34 saves Sunday in Rosemont, Illinois.

The IceHogs outshot the Senators 11-3 in the first period then the tables turned with Belleville holding a 13-6 shot advantage in each of the next two periods.

Norris put the Senators up 1-0 at 3:36 of the second when he pushed in a rebound against Lankinen’s left pad off a Drake Batherson shot.

Norris sent a stretch pass to Alex Formenton, who skated past Rockford rookie defenseman Nicolas Beaudin and scored on a breakaway for his 21st goal of the season to make it 2-0 at 2:49 of the third.

Parker Kelly sent a pass from behind the Rockford net to below the right face-off circle for Joseph LaBate to tuck underneath the crossbar at 5:48 for the 3-0 final.

It’s the second time in 10 days the IceHogs have been shutout — a 2-0 loss Jan. 10 at Milwaukee — and fourth time this season. Rockford has scored two goals or less in 12 of its past 14 games.

Notes

Rockford is 0-for-11 on the power play in its past four games. ... Defenseman Dennis Gilbert and forward Brandon Hagel were both recalled to the Blackhawks 18 hours after being sent down. Gilbert had two shots on goal in his first game since Jan. 7, and Hagel had one shot on goal, was on ice for one goal against and committed a tripping penalty. ... Rockford called up goaltender Chase Marchand from Indy of the ECHL on Sunday to practice with the IceHogs during the ECHL All-Star break.

What’s next

The IceHogs host the Texas Stars at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Rockford.