ROCKFORD, Ill. – Anthony Louis netted the lone tally in the shootout and Collin Delia shut the door on all three Cleveland shooters to help the Rockford IceHogs skate past the Cleveland Monsters 4-3 in front of a crowd of 4,693 at the BMO Harris Bank Center Saturday night.
Louis wired a wrist shot low, glove-side in the first round to give his team the lead, and Delia turned away Zac Dalpe and Terry & Alex Broadhurst. Delia earned his second AHL win with a career-high 29 saves.
After the IceHogs fell behind 2-0 in the first period, Tomas Jurco cashed in on a rebound to cut the lead in half before the intermission.
Matthew Highmore then knotted the game at two just 15 seconds into the second period. Erik Gustafsson stashed his fifth assist in his last six games with a helper on Highmore’s marker.
The Monsters responded 10 minutes later, but Sikura tied the game once more at 15:51 with a tight-angle shot that squeaked through Cleveland’s Joonas Korpisalo to eventually send the game to overtime.
Dalpe, Miles Koules and Sam Kurker recorded regulation-time goals for Cleveland in their second visit to Rockford in five days.
Next Home Game: The Rockford IceHogs host the Milwaukee Admirals on Sunday, Jan. 7 at the BMO Harris Bank Center. The first 2,500 fans in attendance will receive a free pack of IceHogs player cards, courtesy of Rockford Register Star, with select packs containing prizes like Blackhawks tickets, an autographed stick and more. Tickets can be purchased at IceHogs.com, by calling (815) 968-5222 or in-person at the BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office.