Collin Delia made 28 saves for his second shutout this season for the Rockford IceHogs (Blackhawks) in a 1-0 win against the San Antonio Rampage (Blues) on Friday at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford.
Delia made 13 of his 28 saves in the first period and helped kill four penalties in the game. He’s won three of his past four starts while allowing two goals or less in each game.
Alexandre Fortin scored a shorthanded goal for the IceHogs (26-26-1-2), who have won four of their past five. Rockford moved into a tie for the fourth and final Calder Cup Playoffs spot in the Central Division with the Chicago Wolves (Golden Knights).
Tyler Sikura chipped the puck to the slot for Fortin, who snapped a shot past Ville Husso’s glove for a shorthanded goal at 8:22 of the first period.
Husso made 24 saves for San Antonio (19-21-7-5), which trails the Wolves and IceHogs by five points in the standings.
Rockford’s Dylan Sikura and Lucas Carlsson both had their career-long point streaks end. Sikura had 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in 11 games, while Carlsson had nine points (one goal, eight assists) in seven games.
IceHogs forwards Nick Moutrey and Anton Wedin returned to the lineup after missing eight and 22 games, respectively. Moutrey did not record a shot on goal, while Wedin had three.
Rockford forward MacKenzie Entwistle and defenseman Dmitry Osipov both exited the game with injuries. Entwistle is expected to play this weekend [Saturday at Milwaukee, Sunday at Chicago], while Osipov will miss “some time,” coach Derek King said.
The IceHogs recalled defenseman Josh McArdle from the Indy Fuel in the ECHL after the game.
The IceHogs visit the AHL-leading Milwaukee Admirals (Predators) at 6 p.m. Saturday in Milwaukee.