Despite a hot start, the Rockford IceHogs fell to the Iowa Wild on Sunday night at BMO Harris Bank Center. The Wild cooled off the IceHogs streak after Rockford won four of their last five dating back to March 6.
As the ‘Hogs entered play, they were riding high while Iowa was on quite the skid. It was an opportune time for the Hogs to continue their fortune. Goalie Matt Tomkins came in making 42 and 46 saves in his previous two outings.
Iowa struck first in the opening frame after Hogs’ forward Reese Johnson sat for two minutes. Gerald Mayhew powered one home on the power play to make it 1-0. That score would hold entering intermission despite Rockford leading in shots 10-6.
The second period was much more kind to Rockford. Very early in the period, Cody Franson let one fly from the red line that beat Iowa goalie Hunter Jones top shelf to tie the game at 1-1. Yes, the red line.
Later in the period, Franson was involved again. This time, he assisted on a MacKenzie Entwistle re-direct goal, the shot starting on the veteran’s stick gave the Hogs a 2-1 lead.
The Wild answered back when Mayhew earned his second of the night to knot the contest at 2-2 heading into intermission. Similar to the end of the first, shots favored Rockford 14-8 after 40 minutes of play.
The final period started off great when captain Garrett Mitchell fired home his first of the season to give the IceHogs a 3-2 lead. However, Iowa would seal the deal as the game went on. Tyler Sheehy tied it with a tap-in goal, Gabriel Dumont fired one home to retake the lead, and with time expiring, the Wild put the game to rest with an empty-net goal to make it 5-3.
The effort was definitely there for Derek King’s crew on Sunday, but the puck luck ran out in the third period in the two-goal loss. Both clubs will do it again at the BMO Harris Bank Center on Monday night. Puck drop is at 6:00 PM CDT.