Collin Delia made 30 saves, plus four in the shootout, and Dylan Sikura scored in the fourth round for the Rockford IceHogs in a 3-2 win against the Texas Stars on Wednesday at H-E-B Center in Cedar Park, Texas.
Delia and Texas’ Jake Oettinger both made three saves to start the shootout then Sikura fired a wrist shot off Oettinger’s stick and into the net for the IceHogs (27-28-1-2), who had lost two straight.
Gabriel Gagne scored two goals for Rockford, which are tied with the Chicago Wolves (Golden Knights) for the fourth and final Calder Cup playoff spot in the Central Division.
T.J. Brennan had an assist on Gagne’s first goal in his first game since he was acquired from Philadelphia for Nathan Noel on Monday. It was also his first game since Jan. 10 and first with the IceHogs since Feb. 21, 2015, at Cleveland.
Justin Dowling, who played his first AHL game of the season while on a conditioning assignment, had an assist on both of Joel L’Esperance’s power-play goals for Texas (23-25-2-4), which has lost two straight and five of its past six. Oettinger made 23 saves.
Dowling sent a pass from the left circle to the front of the net for L’Esperance, who lifted it past Delia for a power-play goal at 10:16 of the first period.
Gagne tied it 1-1 at 13:55 when he raced past Ben Gleason down the right side and sent a shot through Oettinger’s five-hole, then fired a shot from the right circle at 2:45 of the second for a 2-1 lead.
Delia made a left-pad save on L’Esperance’s penalty shot at 12:10 of the second. It was the first penalty shot against Rockford since April 5, 2019, at Texas when Ty Dellandrea beat Delia in a 2-1 win for the Stars.
L’Esperance tied it 2-2 at 12:59 of the second with his second power-play goal on a rebound in the slot.
Rockford outshot Texas 3-2 in overtime, and Brennan had a shot ring off the post in the final minute.
The IceHogs were 0-for-5 on the power play and are 0-for-18 in their past five games. ... Sikura had a game-high six shots on goal. ... John Quenneville, a forward, (upper body) did not travel with the team for their three-game Texas road trip and will miss about two weeks, at least.
The two teams meet again at 7 p.m. Friday in Cedar Park.