Proud American Hockey League Affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks

Our Town Or Team
Buy Tickets

IceHogs News


By: Mike Peck
Cleveland, Ohio- For the second straight game the Rockford IceHogs came staggering out of the gate in Lake Erie. This time, however, it cost Rockford as they couldn’t overcome a 3-0 hole leading to a 5-3 defeat to the Monsters at the Quicken Loans Arena.

The loss ends Rockford’s four-game winning streak and six game road point streak. 

Lake Erie posted two early first period goals to grab control of the frame. Travis Gawryletz put the Monsters on the board at 7:55 when he fired a shot over Joe Fallon’s blocker for his second goal of the season.

T.J. Hensick moved the Monsters advantage to 2-0 when he knocked in a Darren Haydar centering pass on a two-on-one breakaway at 9:22 for his 11th goal of the campaign. The transition started after Rockford failed to convert an odd man rush in the Lake Erie zone.

The IceHogs were outshot 11-1 in the opening frame and managed just five shots on goal in two first periods played in Lake Erie on the weekend.

Period two didn’t start out much better for Rockford as Hensick would make it 3-0.  The Monsters winger picked up a Haydar pass, outskated the IceHogs defense and beat Fallon on a breakaway for his second goal of the afternoon just :32 into the second frame.

Adam Hobson later put Rockford on the board at 7:54, cutting the deficit to two. Hobson picked up an Akim Aliu drop pass in the Monsters zone and beat Billy Sauer far post for his second goal of the season.

Pete MacArthur made it a one-goal game when he outworked Hensick in the Lake Erie corner and stepped out in front of Sauer and wrapped his fifth goal of the season in at 9:37.

Lake Erie restored their two-goal cushion at 13:50.  Matthew Ford controlled a rebound from a Gawryletz shot and swiped in his 11th goal of the campaign, making it 4-2.

But Rockford responded :17 later to get the game back down to one goal. Bryan Bickell set Kyle Greentree up in the slot and the winger tallied his team-leading 20th goal of the season at 14:07 reducing the Monsters lead to 4-3 heading into the second intermission.

In the third period Rockford had some opportunities on Sauer but couldn’t find the back of the net.  The Monsters iced the game when Haydar dumped in an empty net goal at 19:23.

Fallon was saddled with the loss after making 19 saves in two periods of hockey. Corey Crawford replaced him in the third period and stopped all seven shots he faced. Rockford managed 18 shots on Sauer and the Monsters backstop turned away 15 of them.

Next Home Game
: Saturday, Feb. 13 vs. Milwaukee Admirals.  Game time is 7:05 p.m. The first 2,500 fans to the MetroCentre will pick up a Mr. Potato Head courtesy of Frito Lay and Q98.5. For tickets call (815) 968-5222, on-line at or in person at the MetroCentre Box Office or Hog Headquarters inside CherryVale Mall.

Search Archive »

Browse by Month »

January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010

December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
December 0200