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VERSTEEG'S LATE GOAL PUSHES ROCKFORD OVER PEORIA

By: Mike Peck
Rockford winger Adam Hobson netted his first career pro goal in the second period on Wednesday night in Peoria. (Photo by Jim Orlando)
Hogs extend unbeaten streak to 14-straight games

Peoria, Ill. - A little drama welcomed the Rockford IceHogs back from their brief Christmas break on Wednesday night in Peoria. The IceHogs fought back from a two-goal third period deficit and slipped by the Rivermen 4-3 in overtime to extend its franchise record unbeaten streak to 14-straight games (10-0-0-4).

Trailing 3-1 entering the third frame, the IceHogs scored a goal early and one late to force overtime.  Bryan Bickell cut the Peoria lead down to a goal when he snuck a breakaway goal past Marek Schwarz at 1:05. Then late in the period, center Colin Fraser knocked in the equalizer, his ninth goal of the season at 18:12, set up by Danny Richmond and Jerramie Domish.

The late Fraser goal set-up the sudden-death overtime.  Rockford had to kill off a Peoria power play to start the OT and used that momentum to get the game winner.  Winger Kris Versteeg would cash in on a centering pass from Jordan Hendry with just 1.4 seconds left in overtime, tipping in his ninth goal of the season to win it for Rockford.

Peoria took the 1-0 lead in the first period with a breakaway goal from Martin Kariya.  Kariya picked up a long pass from Steve Wagner and slipped it under Corey Crawford for his sixth goal of the season and a 1-0 Rivermen lead.

Rockford tied it at 1-1 at 8:48 of the second period with the first career goal from rookie winger Adam Hobson.  Hobson picked up a pass from Prestin Ryan and snapped in his first marker over the shoulder of Schwarz.

The Rivermen responded, however, with a pair of tallies to take a 3-1 lead into the second intermission.  Winger Mike Glumac potted his ninth goal of the season, deflecting a shot over the shoulder of Crawford at 9:39. Yan Stastny then pushed the lead to a pair with his fifth marker of the campaign at 16:24.

The IceHogs out-shot the Rivermen 33-27 in the contest and Rockford finished the game 0-for-6 on the power play while holding Peoria to 0-for-5.

Next Home Game:
Monday, Dec. 31 vs. Milwaukee Admirals.  Game time is 7:05 p.m.  Welcome in the New Year with the IceHogs as they take on the Admirals for a second time this season.  Come for the hockey and stay for a post game concert as the IceHogs and WIFR-TV channel 23 welcome Seven Mary Three to the MetroCentre.


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