Article By: Nate Haeni
02/09/2011 7:00 PM - Rockford will hit the road for a three-game road trip in as many nights
Rockford, Ill.- After opening the game with a 1-0 lead the Rockford IceHogs gave up four unanswered goals to the Houston Aeros to drop the contest 4-1 on Wednesday at the Rockford MetroCentre.
After a couple of good opportunities the IceHogs finally struck on their second power-play chance. Jeff Taffe faked a shot and eluded an Aeros defender and fired one passed Matt Hackett at 17:43 in the first period with assists from Peter LeBlanc and Ryan Potulny to put Rockford up 1-0.
Houston got the equalizer as Nate Prosser tapped in his fifth of the season. Justin Falk sent a cross-ice pass for Prosser to chip in at 17:59 in the second period to make it 1-1. Jarod Palmer also factored in with an assist.
Then, the Aeros took a 2-1 lead as Jean-Michel Daoust slipped the puck past Alec Ricards for his ninth goal on the campaign. Dauost was setup by Patrick O'Sullivan.
Houston extended their lead to 3-1 halfway through the final frame. Prosser dished the puck to O'Sullivan and he buried his seventh goal of the season to double the Aeros lead at 10:55 in the third period on the power play. Chad Rau also registered an assist.
With the IceHogs on a power play and Richards on the bench in favor of the extra attacker, Carson McMillan sealed the deal as he flipped in an empty-net goal at 19:34.
Richards was tagged with the loss after turning away 27 of 30 shots. Hackett picked up his 12th win on the season stopping 24 chances.
Both power plays converted on one opportunity as Rockford had six chances and Houston had five.
Next Home Game: Wednesday, Feb. 16 vs. Peoria Rivermen: The puck drops at 6:35 p.m. The Peoria Rivermen return to the MetroCentre for the third time in 2010-11. Every Wednesday night is a Taco Bell Dollar Day as fans can purchase $1 Vienna Beef hot dogs, Pepsi Products, Bud Select Drafts and companion tickets.