ROCKFORD, Ill. - John Quenneville netted the overtime winner for the Rockford IceHogs on Blackhawks Night to lift them over the San Antonio Rampage 3-2 at the BMO Harris Bank Center on Friday night.
With 3:46 remaining in the extra period, Lucas Carlsson avoided a check and broke into the right side of San Antonio's zone on a 2-on-1 with Quenneville. Carlsson perfectly thread a pass between two Rampage sticks and onto Quenneville's stick, who one-touched the puck past a sliding Adam Wilcox and into the cage to deliver the IceHogs a 3-2 win and the second point in the standings.
After a goalless first frame, San Antonio's Klim Kostin opened scoring just 53 seconds into the frame. However, Rockford answered nearly 18 minutes later when Alexandre Fortin jumped on a loose puck in the neutral zone and darted down the ice on a shorthanded breakaway. In all alone with the goaltender, Fortin faked to his backhand before pulling the puck back to his forehand and tucking home the tying tally to make it 1-1 before the second intermission.
Then, after Collin Delia stonewalled the Rampage on a breakaway, Nicolas Beaudin delivered the IceHogs their first lead of the evening 13:50 into the third stanza when Dylan McLaughlin skated loops around the Rampage zone before finding his target in Beaudin, who entered the zone late and uncovered. Beaudin caught the pass and blistered a wrister over the Wilcox's glove hand to give Rockford the 2-1 advantage.
With exactly five minutes remaining in regulation, though, San Antonio evened up the score once more when Austin Poganski found twine to make it two apiece and force overtime.
Delia turned away 22 of 24 shots to earn the win while Wilcox stopped 18 of 21 in the losing effort.
After only scoring three goals in a game two times from Dec. 21-Jan. 22, the IceHogs have now notched more than two goals in a game four times in their last six outings, including three goals in tonight's 3-2 overtime win versus the San Antonio Rampage. However, Rockford has surrendered at least three goals in four of their last six and 13 of their last 21.
Dylan Sikura dished an assist in tonight's win over the San Antonio Rampage to increase his point streak to six games in which he's deposited three goals and tossed six assists. The streak sets the club's season-long point streak and Sikura is now just one game shy of eclipsing the career-high six-game point streak he set from Feb. 2-April 4 of 2019 in which he contributed seven points (3g, 4a). He kicked off the current stretch on Jan. 24 when he scored a goal and added two assists against the Milwaukee Admirals. The sophomore forward has buried multiple points in a game just three times in 2019-20 despite leading the roster in points per game this season (.84).
With the win tonight, the IceHogs are now 7-6-0-2 in the first half of back-to-backs while they are 6-6-1-0 in the back half.