ROCKFORD, Ill. - The Rockford IceHogs held the high-powered Belleville Senators offense to just one goal through two periods of play, but Belleville went on to defeat Rockford 3-0 at the BMO Harris Bank Center on Monday afternoon.
The IceHogs outshot the Senators 11-3 in the opening frame but couldn't solve Belleville netminder, Filip Gustavsson. Then, on a power play 3:36 into the second period, Josh Norris redirected a slap-pass on the back door to beat Kevin Lankinen and break the scoreless tie.
Rockford remained within one goal until early in the final twenty when Alex Formenton and Joseph LaBate tallied just under three minutes apart to make it 3-0 in favor of the visiting team.
Lankinen stopped 26 of 29 Senators tries in the losing effort while Gustavsson turned away each of the 23 shots sent his way to earn the shutout win.
The IceHogs have only managed to score three goals in a game twice in the last 14 contests...The club holds a record of 16-1-0-1 record when scoring more than two goals this year and are 4-19-1-0 when tallying two or fewer goals...Dating to last season, the Hogs have won 46 of 52 games when scoring more than two goals (46-3-1-2).
Tyler Sikura was a -1 in Monday's loss which is just the third time in his last 19 games that Sikura has failed to register an even-or-better plus/minus rating...His +7 rating on the season leads the IceHogs roster.
Brandon Hagel was recalled by the Chicago Blackhawks after Monday's contest and will be the 120th Rockford IceHogs alum to reach/return to the National Hockey League after suiting up for the club's American Hockey League affiliate if he dresses during his recall. He's the fifth player this season to earn a promotion and will be the 89th to go between the IceHogs and Blackhawks if he sees NHL action.