Friday, April 16
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Chad Krys notched his first professional goal late in the third and Ben Youds and Joseph Cramarossa each scored in the shootout to lift the Rockford IceHogs over the Grand Rapids Griffins 2-1 at Van Andel Arena on Wednesday.
With 7:27 remaining in regulation and the IceHogs down by a goal, John Quenneville entered the zone and backhanded a shot from the right-hand boards that rimmed around to the left wall. Pinching down from the point, Krys shoveled the puck toward the net and beat Griffins netminder, Kevin Poulin, to register his first pro tally to send the contest to overtime.
Then, because of some brilliant goaltending from both Poulin and Rockford goalie, Collin Delia, the game was pushed to a shootout.
Youds faked a backhand shot and jammed home the first goal of the shootout on his forehand before Cramarossa faked a forehand shot and tucked home a backhander to clinch the second point for the visiting IceHogs.
Delia stopped both Grand Rapids shootout attempts and stopped 29 of 30 through overtime while Poulin stopped one of three in the breakaway contest and denied 25 of 26 prior.
Tyler Sikura registered an even plus/minus rating Wednesday to continue his trend of even-or-better plus/minus ratings...Just two times in his last 23 games has Sikura failed to register an even-or-better plus/minus rating...Sikura's plus-8 rating on the season ranks tied for second on the IceHogs roster behind only John Quenneville (+9).
The IceHogs won with scoring fewer than three goals for just the third time this season...The IceHogs have only managed to score three goals in a game twice in the last 11 contests...The club holds a record of 16-1-0-1 record when scoring more than two goals this year and are now 3-17-1-0 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).
John Quenneville dished an assist and now has 10 points (4g, 6a) in his last seven AHL appearances.