ROCKFORD, Ill. – John Quenneville scored a goal and two assists and Lucas Carlsson and Brandon Hagel each logged multi-point games to help the Rockford IceHogs defeat the Texas Stars 4-2 at the BMO Harris Bank Center on Friday night.
Rockford kicked things off 4:23 into the first frame when Hagel dropped a pass for Quenneville just inside the Texas blue line. Quenneville curled atop the zone and let go a wrister that beat Stars goaltender, Landon Bow, on his glove side.
Texas evened things up eight minutes later when Josh Melnick escaped the IceHogs defenders in the slot and blistered a shot past Collin Delia’s blocker hand to make it 1-1.
However, on a power play late in the first, Carlsson sent the puck to Quenneville, who one-touched a pass through the seam to find Philipp Kurashev on the top of the left circle. Kurashev caught the puck and fired it over Bow’s glove hand to restore the Rockford lead.
The IceHogs added to the lead 5:02 into the second stanza when Carlsson stepped down from the blue line and released a howitzer that snuck short side to make it 3-1.
The score stayed stagnant until late in the third period when, with the Texas net empty, Joel L’Esperance blasted the puck past Delia to pull the Stars within one.
It was not enough, though, as Quenneville fed Hagel for the empty-net dagger to earn his third point of the night and hand the Stars the 4-2 loss.
Delia made 33 saves on 35 shots to secure the victory while Bow finished with 23 stops on 26 attempts.
John Quenneville extended his point streak to a season-high four straight games...His streak is tied with Dylan Sikura and Philip Holm for the longest point streak by an IceHogs skater this season.
Lucas Carlsson posted his third multi-point effort of the campaign with a goal and an assist last night...Carlsson opened the season with just four points (1g, 3a) over his first 12 games but has since rebounded to notch 11 points (3g, 8a) over his last 13 contests
Rockford improved to 15-0-0-1 when scoring at least three goals with tonight's win...Dating to the beginning of last season, the IceHogs have won 45 of 50 games when scoring more than two goals.