Not even the IceHogs best collective effort of the season was enough to earn points before a crowd of 3,734 at BMO Harris Bank Center on Saturday night.
Twenty-four hours after getting recalled from ECHL Toledo, goaltender Carter Hutton was a minute and twenty seconds away from securing at least a point for his team when Abbotsford’s Ben Walter jabbed a rebound past Hutton to hand Rockford a heart-wrenching 2-1 defeat.
For the IceHogs, the loss ended a five-game home stand with a sour taste and 2-3-0-0 record to show for it. The team managed just one goal in each of its last three games, all losses. After starting the home stand with two wins – a 6-3 victory over San Antonio and another 7-3 clubbering of Peoria, Rockford’s home record now stands at a dismal 3-9-0-0.
Overall, Rockford is now four games below.500 at 8-12-1-0.
Losses on back-to-back nights at home certainly stings, but head coach Ted Dent wasn’t disappointed overall with his team’s performance against the Heat.
“Last night was a different game than tonight,” Dent explained. “Tonight was a playoff-type atmosphere. It was a fast game… hard-hitting. The only area of improvement I think we could have had there was scoring on the power play.”