BELLEVILLE, Ontario – John Quenneville capitalized on a turnover and tied the game 2-2 early in the third period, but a pair of late tallies from Josh Norris and Jordan Szwarz spelled the difference as the Belleville Senators dropped the Rockford IceHogs 5-2 Friday night at CAA Arena.
With the contest tied 2-2, Joseph Cramarossa forced the puck free along the boards in Belleville’s zone for a trailing Tyler Sikura. Sikura then sent a smooth feed to Quenneville, who wristed home the puck for the tying tally within the opening minute of the third period.
Matt Tomkins preserved the tie with a fantastic post-to-post pad save four minutes into the frame, but Josh Norris sprung free just a few seconds later and went top shelf to beat the IceHogs netminder for the game-winning marker.
Szwarz put home his second goal of the game on a redirect 17:49 in the period for an insurance tally and Alex Formenton iced the win with an empty-netter.
IceHogs bluelinee Nicolas Beaudin potted his first professional goal in the defeat, catching the Senators in a line change and blasting home a shot from the right dot with just over four minutes to play in the second period.
Rockford will continue its Canada road trip Sunday with a 3 p.m. matchup at Toronto.
Rockford has scored at least one goal in the second period in seven of the last eight games and 11 of the last 13 contests since Nov. 10...Rockford owns a +4 goal differential in the second period over the last 13 games after being outscored 17-8 in the second through the first 12 games of the season.
The IceHogs are perfect on the penalty kill over the last four games and enter Sunday having killed 16 straight power plays over that span.
Nicolas Beaudin became the eighth IceHogs skater to net his first career AHL goal with his tally in the second period Friday night...Beaudin joins Adam Boqvist, MacKenzie Entwistle, Brandon Hagel, Reese Johnson, Philipp Kurashev, Tim Soderlund and Anton Wedin in scoring their first AHL goal.