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Rockford IceHogs hold off Texas Stars 5-4 to sweep 2-game set

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Texas scored three goals in a nine-minute span in the third period to avoid a blowout loss.

Rockford IceHogs forwards Anton Wedin, from left to right, Brandon Hagel and Alexandre Fortin celebrate a goal against the Texas Stars on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at H-E-B Center in Cedar Park, Texas.
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The Rockford IceHogs (Blackhawks) scored five goals, and Collin Delia made 30 saves to hold off the Texas Stars for a 5-4 win Friday at H-E-B Center in Cedar Park, Texas.

Alexandre Fortin had a goal and an assist, and Nicolas Beaudin and Dennis Gilbert each had two assists for Rockford (28-28-1-2), which swept a two-game set at Texas (23-26-2-4). The IceHogs won the first game 3-2 in a shootout Wednesday.

Reece Scarlett and Rhett Gardner each had a goal and an assist for the Stars. Landon Bow allowed four goals on 10 shots, and Jake Oettinger made 22 saves on 23 shots in relief.

Philipp Kurashev fired a one-timer from the high slot off the post for a 1-0 Rockford lead at 6:25. It was Kurashev’s first goal in his second game back after missing 25 games with an injury.

Garrett Mitchell made it 2-0 at 11:14 from the slot when he put a shot through Bow’s five-hole.

Scarlett fired a shot from the right point past a screened Delia to cut the deficit to 2-1 at 12:16.

Joni Tuulola’s shot from the top of the right face-off circle redirected off Tyler Sikura’s stick and into the net for a 3-1 lead at 5:56 of the second period. Fortin extended Rockford’s lead to 4-1 at 9:55 when he scored on a breakaway off Gagne’s stretch pass.

Anton Wedin scooped up a rebound, circled below the net then sent a pass to the lower right circle to Hagel, who snapped it into an open net to make it 5-1 at 7:58 of the third period.

Anthony Louis, a former IceHog, started Texas’ three-goal run in a nine-minute span at 8:43 to make it 5-2. Gardner scored a shorthanded goal at 10:47, and Joel L’Esperance scored a power-play goal at 17:43 for the 5-4 final.

Notes

The IceHogs went 0-for-5 on the power play for a second straight game, and are 0-for-23 in their past six games. ... It was Beaudin’s first career multipoint game, and Gilbert’s second in 12 games in February.

What’s next

The IceHogs will wrap up their three-game Texas road trip against the San Antonio Rampage at 3 p.m. Sunday at AT&T Center.