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Dylan Sikura extends point streak to 9 games, Rockford IceHogs top Manitoba Moose 5-2

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Kevin Lankinen made 16 saves in the first period before he exited the game with a shoulder injury.

The Rockford IceHogs celebrate a goal during their 5-2 win against the Manitoba Moose on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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Dylan Sikura had an assist to extend his career-high point streak to nine games for the Rockford IceHogs (Blackhawks) in a 5-2 win against the Manitoba Moose (Jets) on Thursday at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg.

Sikura dropped a pass back to the left point for Lucas Carlsson, who fired a shot toward the net that Tyler Sikura redirected in front past Mikhail Berdin on a power play to take a 4-1 lead at 7:14 of the third period. Dylan Sikura has 12 points (three goals, nine assists) during his point streak.

Garrett Mitchell scored first two goals as an IceHog, and Jacob Nilsson had a goal and an assist for the IceHogs (24-25-1-2), who are 4-1-0-0 in their past five games after sweeping a back-to-back in Winnipeg. Carlsson, a defenseman, had two assists to extend his assist streak to five games with his team-high sixth multipoint game. He has seven assists during his streak.

Kevin Lankinen, who made 28 saves in Rockford’s 2-1 win Wednesday, had 16 saves in the first period Thursday before he exited with a shoulder injury. Collin Delia made 17 saves and allowed two goals in relief.

“It’s just an old shoulder injury just kind of nagged him,” Rockford head coach Derek King said of Lankinen’s injury. “He wrenched it a little bit, so just to be on the safe side we thought let’s take him out and put Delia in. Both did a great job for us.”

JC Lipon and Michael Spacek scored for Manitoba (22-30-0-0), which lost its third straight game. Berdin made 16 saves on 20 shots.

Tim Soderlund sent a cross-ice backhand pass from Lucas Carlsson at the right face-off circle by a diving Manitoba defender to Cramarossa, who put the IceHogs up 1-0 at 16:52.

Rockford took a 2-0 lead at 18:01 when Mitchell redirected Nilsson’s shot from the top of the left circle.

Hagel duplicated Soderlund’s effort with a cross-ice backhand pass from the right circle by a sprawling Leon Gawanke to Nilsson, who tapped it into a wide-open net to make it 3-0 at 1:11 of the second.

Lipon knocked in a rebound from Skyler McKenzie’s shot to cut the deficit to 3-1 at 12:52.

Mitchell made it 5-1 at 14:10 of the third when he scored into an empty net, but Spacek scored at 18:13 for the 5-2 final.

What’s next

The IceHogs head home to host the Cleveland Monsters (Blue Jackets) on Saturday night at the BMO Harris Bank Center. Rockford defenseman Chad Krys and forward Nick Moutrey could return to the lineup Saturday.