TOIVONEN, HOGS SHOOT DOWN STARS 3-1

By: Nate Haeni
Photo by Kris Gray
01/14/2011 7:05 PM - Rockford, Ill.- It was a different game, but the same result as the Rockford IceHogs knocked off the Texas Stars 3-1 at the Rockford MetroCentre.

Rockford put up eight goals against the Stars during their last meeting on Dec. 8, at the MetroCentre but three were good enough on Friday night.

After a scoreless first period, Kyle Beach gave the IceHogs a 1-0 lead to start the middle frame. Rob Klinkhammer found Beach streaking into the Texas zone and he ripped a shot past Bachman at 2:10.

Texas got the equalizer to open the final frame. Greg Rallo found Colton Sceviour and he fired one past Hannu Toivonen to make it 1-1 at 1:38. Maxime Fortunus also registered an assist on the play.

The Hogs answered right back and regained the lead as Jeremy Morin found the back of the net. Mathis Olimb sent a pass in front of the Texas net for Morin to chip in for his eighth goal of the season and give the IceHogs a 2-1 lead at 2:47 in the third period. Shawn Lalonde was also credited with a helper.

Then, Ryan Potulny sealed the game as he tacked on an empty-net goal with help from Jeff Taffe and Jassen Cullimore at 19:25.

Toivonen picked up his eighth win of the season turning away 29-of-30 chances. Bachman stopped 30 shots in a losing effort for Texas. Both power plays were ineffective as Rockford went 0-for-3 with the extra man and Texas failed on all six chances.

Next Home Game: Monday, Jan. 17 vs. San Antonio Rampage:  Puck drop is at 3:05 p.m. It’s Blackhawks Day and kids 14 and under get in for $5.  Fans can meet Blackhawks skaters Jack Skille, Jake Dowell and goalie Corey Crawford beginning at 2 p.m. Also don’t forget your skates as Monday is another skate with the IceHogs following the game.




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