ROCKFORD, Ill. – The Rockford IceHogs swept the first two games of the Central Division Finals on the road last weekend and return home for Game 3 against the Manitoba Moose on Wednesday at the BMO Harris Bank Center.
Puck drop is at 7 p.m. and fans can tune in to all the action on WIFR’s 23.2 Antenna TV, beginning with IceHogs Warmup at 6:30 p.m. IceHogs fans can also listen to the game at sportsfanradio1330.com or watch live at AHLlive.com (subscription required).
Matchup: The IceHogs won their fourth straight road game and fifth consecutive playoff contest with a 4-1 victory over the Moose in Game 2 on Saturday. The IceHogs are the lone remaining unbeaten team in the Calder Cup playoffs, and have outscored Manitoba 8-3 through two games despite being outshot 60-53.
Netminder Collin Delia has backstopped Rockford to each of its five wins in the playoffs and now has just one loss in regulation over his last 18 appearances. Delia has posted a 15-1-2 record in that span and leads all goaltenders in the playoffs with a 1.52 GAA and .950 save percentage through his five postseason appearances. With a victory tonight, he will tie the IceHogs’ all-time postseason win streak of six games set by Frederic Cloutier during the 2007 UHL playoffs.
Forward Chris DiDomenico continued his impressive performance in the postseason with a goal in Game 2 at Manitoba. The forward has tallied points in each of Rockford’s five postseason contests thus far to lead the team and share third in the league in scoring with eight total points. DiDomenico enters Wednesday’s contest with three goals and five assists in the Calder Cup playoffs.
The Moose arrive in Rockford having won just one of their last four postseason games and with an overall record of 3-4 in the Calder Cup playoffs. Manitoba racked up 20 penalty minutes on 10 infractions through the first two games against the IceHogs and pace all AHL teams with both 156 total penalty minutes and 22.29 penalty minutes per game in the playoffs.
Forward Brendan Lemieux netted the Moose’s lone goal against Rockford in Game 2 for his second tally in the last three games. The winger has totaled five points (3g, 2a) in seven tilts this postseason, including a pair of goals and assists over his last three contests. Fellow Manitoba forward Chase De Leo leads the team in overall scoring this postseason and has collected seven points (2g, 5a) and a +3 rating through seven playoff appearances.
In net, Eric Comrie has combined for a 3-4 record with a 2.89 GAA and .912 save percentage in seven outings. The goaltender has allowed three goals in each of his two appearances against the IceHogs this postseason.
Next Home Game: Friday, May 11 vs. Manitoba Moose (Calder Cup Playoffs | Game 4/Ticket E)
The Rockford IceHogs will host Game 4 (Ticket E) of their second-round 2017-18 Calder Cup playoff series against the Manitoba Moose on Friday, May 11 at 7 p.m. Friday’s contest is a “red out” and will feature a pregame Block Party from 5:15 – 7 p.m. on Elm St. Tickets can be purchased at IceHogs.com, by calling (815) 968-5222 or in-person at the BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office.