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ICEHOGS HOLD ON TO 2-1 WIN

By: Nate Haeni
Photo by Greg Hamil

Rockford, Ill. The Rockford IceHogs put their penalty kill unit to the test on Friday night at the BMO Harris Bank Center and the team passed that test, killing off eight-of-nine Houston Aeros power play chances to take a 2-1 win.

After a blank frame for both teams in the first period, Kyle Beach got things going right away in the second. Ryan Stanton fired a shot that Matt Hackett turned away but Beach was at the door step to pound it home to give Rockford a 1-0 lead.

Five minutes later, Ben Smith increased the lead. Brandon Pirri set Smith up to light the lamp with a great pass from the left faceoff circle and Smith wristed the puck to the back of the net to put the Hogs up 2-0.

Heading into the final frame, the Hogs had already killed off six penalties, including two 5-on-3 man-advantages for Houston.

Houston finally cashed in to pull back within a goal as they converted on their eighth man advantage of the night. Kris Foucault passed across the Rockford zone to Nick Palmieri, who one-timed a slap shot from the blue line and past Carter Hutton to cut the lead in half 2-1 at the 3:38 mark in the third period.

Rockford committed just one more penalty for the rest of the game and were able to hold off the Aeros for a 2-1 victory.

Hutton rejected 22 Houston shots to earn the win, while Hackett blocked 22 chances for the Aeros.

Next Home Game: Wednesday, Nov. 21 vs. Peoria Rivermen. Game time is 7:05 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve is another WXRX Dollar Day as fans can kick off their holiday weekend with $1 beers, hot dogs, soft drinks and companion tickets.



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