Rockford Earns Revenge over Wild in Des Moines
DES MOINES, IA – After suffering two extra session losses to the Iowa Wild over the weekend, the Rockford IceHogs earned a little revenge in Des Moines on Tuesday, dominating Iowa in a 7-4 victory. Rockford capitalized on three power-play opportunities and David Gust netted a hat trick. Steven Fogarty continues his hot streak, scoring two goals for Iowa.
Iowa got on the board first, as Marco Rossi scored his second goal of the season 3:35 into the contest. Rossi carried the puck into the Rockford end on a 2-on-1 break with Nic Petan. Instead of passing, he decided to take the shot himself, beating IceHogs netminder Mitchell Weeks with a wrist shot to make it 1-0.
The IceHogs responded with two power-play goals to head to the first intermission on top. The first came at 16:52 with Rockford on a 4-on-3 advantage. Dylan Sikura passed the puck to Adam Clendening, who buried a one-timer by Jesper Wallstedt for his second goal of the season.
Just 45 seconds later, the IceHogs were back on the board. While still on the power-play, Brett Steney moved the puck to Gust in the slot. He maneuvered around an Iowa defender before lifting a wrist shot over the shoulder of the Wild netminder for his 11th goal of the year.
In the second, your Wild used their special teams to tie the score a little less than 10 minutes into the frame. Adam Beckman tied the score 1:34 into the period, when he delivered a power-play tally. Rossi made a beautiful cross ice pass to the right face-off circle were Beckman buried a one-timer for his seventh goal of the year.
However, just 63 seconds later Cole Guttman put Rockford back on top. Guttman was crashing the net when Sikura made a feed into the slot. The IceHogs forward simply redirected the puck past Wallstedt to give Rockford a 3-2 lead.
Just after the nine-minute mark, Fogarty scored his first goal of the night, a shorthanded tally to tie the score at three. With the face-off in the neutral zone, Fogarty won the draw, then gained control, moving between two Rockford defenseman before tucking the puck through the five hole of Weeks for his eighth goal of the year.
The Wild showed a great deal of resilience, but Rockford responded with four unanswered tallies to take command of this contest. Gust gave his team the lead for good at 12:54 when he led a rush into the Iowa zone, beating Wallstedt over the shoulder for his second goal of the night.
The IceHogs gave themselves a two-goal advantage just 31 seconds later. Filip Roos took a shot that hit off the post and went in to give him his first goal of the year.
The IceHogs carried the two-goal advantage into the final frame, and quickly extended the lead to four with two goals within the first 7:21 of the period. Gust completed the hat trick at 3:08. Alec Regula took a shot from the point that missed the net, but kicked off the glass and directly out in front to Gust, who put it in for his 13th goal of the year.
At 7:21 Rockford scored their third power-play goal of the evening. Gottman scored his second goal of the night when he tipped a shot by Clendening by Zane McIntyre, who had relieved Wallstedt to begin the frame.
Iowa cut the deficit to three when Fogarty scored his second goal of the night. That came on the power-play at 11:46. Rossi moved the puck to Fogarty who found an opening before beating Weeks for his fourth goal in his last three games. Fogarty finished with three points on the night. Rossi also finished with three points, recording a goal and two assists.
Besides the three goals by Gust, Lukas Reichel and Sikura each had three assists. Gust finished with four points, adding an assist as well.
The Iowa Wild (11-9-4) are off until Friday when they welcome the Texas Stars (13-7-4) for the first of two games. The puck drops at 7:00.
by Robert Pannier