A bad non-call in favor of the Chicago Wolves and an anemic Rockford IceHogs’ power play told the story Saturday night in a 4-1 Wolves’ victory at the BMO Harris Bank Center.
The crowd of 4,279, on hand for the IceHogs’ second home tilt of the season, witnessed Billy Sweatt clearly redirecting Chicago’s second goal in with his skate and past Alexander Salak early in the middle frame to give the visitor’s a 2-0 lead. However, veteran AHL referee Terry Koharski did not see it that way and allowed the goal to stand. The IceHogs blew a lot of smoke, but never truly recovered.
While they were on their heels most of the night, the Wolves withstood a barrage of IceHogs’ shots. Goaltender Matt Climie made 47 saves in all. One night after his teammate Eddie Lack stopped all 35 Rockford shots in a 2-0 Wolves victory down the road in Rosemont, Illinois.
The shot board tells a story of one-sided dominance for Rockford on Saturday night, but the truth is the IceHogs were not at their best in this game.