ROCKFORD, Ill - MacKenzie Entwistle notched a goal on the man advantage but the Rockford IceHogs fell to the Milwaukee Admirals 4-1 at the BMO Harris Bank Center on Tuesday.
With Rockford trailing 2-0 late in the second period and on the power play, John Quenneville hammered a pass through two Milwaukee defenders over to Jacob Nilsson, who took a step in from the left circle and ripped a shot that hit Admirals netminder, Troy Grosenick, in the arm and fell to the ground. Then, standing atop the crease, Entwistle slapped the loose puck into the open net to pull the IceHogs within a goal.
The Admirals' high-powered offense was too much for the Hogs to overcome, however, as Anthony Richard and Miika Salomaki added goals in the third frame to extend the visitor's lead to three.
Michael McCarron opened the scoring early in the first before Mathieu Olivier potted the game-winning goal 4:44 into the middle stanza.
Grosenick finished the night with 18 saves on 19 shots to earn the win while Rockford goaltender, Matt Tomkins, kicked away 25 of 29.
John Quenneville dished an assist in his return to Rockford and now has nine points (4g, 5a) in his last six AHL contests dating to Dec. 13.
Jacob Nilsson stayed hot with a primary assist on Entwistle's goal...he has contributed six points (2g, 4a) in the Hogs' last five games since Jan. 5.
Tyler Sikura registered an even plus/minus rating in Tuesday's loss against Milwaukee to continue his trend of even-or-better plus/minus ratings...Just two times in his last 22 games has Sikura failed to register an even-or-better plus/minus rating...Sikura's plus-8 rating on the season ranks third on the active IceHogs roster behind Lucas Carlsson (+9) and John Quenneville (+9).