WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- The Rockford IceHogs travel north of the border to take on the Manitoba Moose in Game 1 of the Central Division Finals at Bell MTS Place tonight. The teams split their season series, winning two games apiece, with the road team winning each contest.
Puck drop is at 7 p.m. and fans can tune in to all the action on 23.2 Antenna TV, beginning with IceHogs Warmup at 6:30 p.m. IceHogs fans can also listen to the game at sportsfanradio1330.com or watch live at AHLlive.com (subscription required).
Matchup: The IceHogs face off against the Moose having won each of their three 2018 postseason appearances thus far, sweeping the Chicago Wolves 3-0 in the first round.
Forward Chris DiDomenico and defenseman Adam Clendening posted a team-high six points apiece in three meetings with Manitoba during the regular season, and currently share the team lead for points during the Calder Cup playoffs with five each. DiDomenico and Clendening join Cody Franson as the only IceHogs skaters to have recorded points in each of Rockford’s three outings thus far.
In goal, Collin Delia has held steadfast for the Hogs, stopping 111 of 117 shots en route to three wins in his first taste of postseason play. Delia leads AHL goalies with at least two playoff appearances with a 1.52 GAA, and ranks second with a .949% save percentage through three starts.
Manitoba needed five games to defeat the Grand Rapids Griffins in the opening round, but managed to dispatch them despite not having home-ice advantage in Game 5.
Forward Chase De Leo leads the Moose with 2g-5a-7pts during their playoff run, and posted a four-point effort in Game 3 of their first-round matchup. Brendan Lemieux, Cameron Schilling and Mike Sgarbossa follow with 2g-2a-4pts each to round out Manitoba’s offensive punch.
Netminder Eric Comrie backstopped Manitoba’s first-round triumph with saves on 153 of 166 total shots for a .922% save percentage. Comrie won his lone appearance against the Hogs in the regular season, a 37-save performance in a 4-3 overtime victory on Feb. 2.
Next Home Game: Wednesday, May 9 vs. Manitoba Moose (Calder Cup Playoffs | Round 2, Game 3/Ticket D)
The Rockford IceHogs will host Game 3 (Ticket D) of their second-round 2017-18 Calder Cup playoff series against the Manitoba Moose on Wednesday, May 9 at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at IceHogs.com, by calling (815) 968-5222 or in-person at the BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office.