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Rockford IceHogs end 6-game losing streak with 4-1 win over Manitoba Moose

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Jacob Nilsson’s three points and Matt Tomkins’ 20 saves power Rockford to victory.

The Rockford IceHogs celebrate Jacob Nilsson’s power-play goal during a 4-1 win against the Manitoba Moose on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford, Illinois.
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ROCKFORD, Ill. — Jacob Nilsson scored a power-play goal and had two assists, and the Rockford IceHogs (Blackhawks) ended their six-game winless streak with a 4-1 victory against the Manitoba Moose (Jets) on Wednesday at BMO Harris Bank Center.

Brandon Hagel scored two goals, and Matt Tomkins had his first career AHL assist and made 20 saves in his first start since Dec. 13 for Rockford (18-16-1-0), which improved to 12-7 at home this season.

Skyler McKenzie scored a goal, and Eric Comrie made 28 saves for the Moose (19-19-0-0), who have lost two in a row.

Hagel put the IceHogs up 1-0 at 7:20 of the first period when he fired a one-timer at the bottom of the left circle off a no-look, backhand pass from Nilsson.

McKenzie tied it 1-1 with a wrist shot from the slot in front of a screened Tomkins at 12:33.

Nilsson nearly regained lead for Rockford on the power play at 16:53 when he blasted a one-timer from the right circle, but Cormier made a glove save on it.

Hagel scored his team-leading 13th goal of the season to give the IceHogs a 2-1 lead on a short breakaway during 4-on-4 play at 10:20 of the second period.

Nilsson slipped the puck between two Manitoba defenders at the blue line then put a shot past Comrie’s blocker side to make it 3-1 at 3:10 of the third period. Tyler Sikura scored off a rebound in the slot at 11:10 for the 4-1 final.

What’s next

The IceHogs start a road back-to-back against the Admirals (Predators) on Friday in Milwaukee.