Proud American Hockey League Affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks

Our Town Or Team
Buy Tickets



By: Bob Mills
Photo courtesy of Lake Erie Monsters
04/23/2016 8:45 PM -

Cleveland, Ohio - The Rockford IceHogs put forth a valiant effort with their season on the line, but came up just two goals short in a 5-3 loss to the Lake Erie Monsters.

Lake Erie jumped out to the 1-0 lead with an early first period power play. Ryan Craig tapped a pass to T.J. Tynan, who drove towards the left post. At the last second, Tynan found Josh Anderson open in the slot, and Anderson one-timed a shot past Mac Carruth to put the Monsters up 1-0.

The IceHogs nearly answered with a power play of their own as time was winding down in the frame, but could not knock a bouncing puck past a line of defenders in the waning seconds. The mad scramble led to a fracas in the slot as the horn sounded to end the first.

Zach Werenski tallied his second goal of the series at 7:40 of the second stanza. A clearing attempt by the Hogs was held in at the right point, and Werenski wired a wrister into the top right corner to push the lead to 2-0.

Jonathan Carlsson struck to cut the lead in half with 6:06 left in the period. Jake Dowell and Matt Fraser worked the free the puck to Carlsson, who skated into the zone down the left side. He wound up and blasted a shot that tipped off the glove of Joonas Korpisalo before finding the back of the net. The score remainined 2-1 heading into the final frame.

The scoring erupted in the third, starting with a power-play goal from Oliver Bjorkstrand. A quick pass from the top of the left circle off the stick of Daniel Zaar connected with Bjorkstrand on the right wing, and he fired a shot off the shoulder of Carruth and into the cage, pushing the lead to 3-1.

Tyler Motte answerd back with his second postseason goal at 8:49 of the frame. A point shot caromed off the end boards and banked off the side of the net to Motte, who quickly pulled it to his backhand before slipping it under the left pad of Korpisalo to draw Rockford back to within a single strike.

Just 1:53 later, however, Lake Erie jumped back up by two. Jaime Sifers blasted a shot from the left point and Zaar cleaned up the rebound with a shot under the bar. Ryan Craig then added to the lead, crashing the net to tap home a rolling puck at 14:58.

Rockford's never surrender attitude helped the team battle back. With the goaltender pulled for an extra attacker, Tanner Kero rifled a centering feed that skipped off the body of Mark McNeill and found the back of the cage, drawing the score to 5-3. It was as close as the IceHogs would get, however, as Lake Erie held on for a 5-3 win. The loss eliminated the IceHogs from the Calder Cup Playoffs.

Lake Erie finished the game two-for-three on the man-advantage, while Rockford ended the contest one-for-three.

Both Carruth and Korpisalo made 21 saves for their respective teams.

Search Archive »

Browse by Month »

January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010

December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
December 0200