Rockford IceHogs | IceHogs overthrow Griffins in Saturday showdown

Rockford, ILThe Rockford IceHogs (25-23-3-1) returned home for the first time in nearly three weeks with a 5-1 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins (26-25-5-2) on Saturday night at BMO Harris Bank Centre. Rockford forward Josiah Slavin led the way with a two-goal game as 11 different IceHogs picked up a point in Saturday’s victory.

In a four-on-four in the first period, IceHogs forward Lukas Reichel forced a turnover and set up forward Brett Connolly who fired a shot, but Grand Rapids goalie Calvin Pickard made a spectacular save .

However, Reichel was able to get the rebound and pass it to defenseman Isaak Phillips who put Connolly back in place and he fired a one-timer to give Rockford a 1-0 lead at 16:26 into the first period.

From there, Rockford never slowed down. The IceHogs extended their lead in the second quarter when forward Josiah Slavin skated down the left side for a two-on-one. Slavin then kept it himself and fired a shot just under Pickard’s glove to make it 2-0 IceHogs.

Later in the period, forward Michal Teply found the back of the net with a rebound to extend the IceHogs lead to 3-0 at 7:22 into the second period.

After Griffins defenseman Butrus Ghafari was called in, IceHogs defenseman Alec Regula set up defenseman Ian Mitchell on the power play and he fired a one-timer to give Rockford a 4-0 lead. 0 at 9:14 in the middle of the period. Forward Mike Hardman also got the assist for his second of the night, while Mitchell finished the night with a goal and an assist.

In the third period, Slavin scored from the backhand for his second goal of the game as the IceHogs took a 5-0 lead. Forward Reese Johnson got the assist in his first game since breaking his collarbone Dec. 11 while playing for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Later in the period, forward Tyler Spezia scored on a rebound to make it 5-1. It was the only crash of the night for Rockford keeper Arvid Soderblom as he stopped 29 shots to win his 12and
win of the season.

The IceHogs turn around for a game against the Milwaukee Admirals tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. at BMO Harris Bank Center for Family Sunday! Enter the code SUNDAY before selecting your seats on Ticketmaster to unlock a special offer to get a voucher for a hot dog or brat, a bag of chips and a soda for an additional $5 per higher tier ticket for these home games remaining Sundays: March 20, April 10 and April 24. Offer is only available in presale and will not be honored on game day.

Watch and listen to the action on the IceHogs Broadcast Network presented by BMO Harris Bank! Tune in from your favorite device, at home or on the road at IceHogs.com and the IceHogs app! Fans can also watch all IceHogs home games and select road games this season at 23.3 Circle TV and every game on AHLTV and listen to all local Mid-West Family stations, including 104.9 The X, B103, 95.3 The Bull and Rockford Greatest Hits 100.5 and broadcast on Rock River Current.

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