LACK OF OFFENSE DOOMS ROCKFORD

By: Mike Peck
Photo by Ross Dettman
10/21/2011 7:05 PM - Eddie Lack out duels Alexander Salak

Rosemont, Ill.- A game after registering a franchise-record low 13-shots on goal in a win, the Rockford IceHogs upped the total to a season-high 35 shots on Friday night, but came away with nothing. Chicago Wolves goalie Eddie Lack turned aside all 35 Rockford shots and outdid IceHogs goalie Alexander Salak in the Wolves 2-0 victory at the Allstate Arena.

Salak made his IceHogs debut on Friday and was sharp, making 28 saves, but two power-play goals were too much for Rockford to overcome.

Rockford had three power-play chances in the first period Friday, but it was the Wolves who capitalized on their lone advantage of the frame. Just seven-seconds into their power play, Darren Haydar buried a Kevin Doell feed behind Salak at 13:43.

Friday’s game was Salak’s first game action in nearly a month, which was in the preseason in Chicago with Blackhawks. The Wolves caught the puck stopper up to speed quickly in the second period, peppering him with 18 shots, but Salak was up to the task and turned them all the away.

In the third period, Chicago tacked on a second marker with another power-play goal. Kevin Connauton picked up a Haydar pass at 1:47 and beat Salak in traffic for his first goal of the season.

Next Home Game: Saturday, Oct. 22 vs. Chicago Wolves. Game time is 7:05 p.m. The IceHogs welcome the Chicago Wolves to the BMO Harris Bank Center for the second of 12 meetings. Fans can purchase a special family four pack for $49 that includes four tickets, four Culver’s concrete mixers and four tickets to the Discovery Center’s “Peanuts….Naturally” exhibit. The four pack can be purchased at the BMO Harris Bank Box Office, Discovery Center or at any Rockford area Culver’s locations.

For every goal that the Rockford IceHogs score in 2011-12, IceHogs head coach Ted Dent will make a donation to children’s cancer research. BMO Harris Bank will also make a donation for every goal to the “BMO Harris Bank Goals For Grades” initiative.



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