By Chris Block
A combination of Rockford’s offense gaining new life and Carter Hutton’s 32 saves ended the IceHogs’ four-game losing streak and lifted the baby-Hawks to a 6-3 win over rival Chicago Wolves.
“It was huge,” alternate captain Brett McLean said of the swoon-snapping victory. “We felt lately that maybe we had not gotten the results that we’ve deserved.”
After scoring just five goals total in their previous four games, the IceHogs’ offense exploded for a four-goal first period and six goals in all before a crowd of 4,272 at BMO Harris Bank Center.
“It was a good, hard-paced fast game,” said IceHogs’ head coach Ted Dent. “I thought we played as close to a 60-minute game as we could. There were a couple breakdowns in the second period, but other than that, I thought we played a solid game.”
Carter Hutton made his third-consecutive start since being recalled from Toledo last weekend after the Alexander Salak injury.
“I thought he was good, especially on the power play in the third (period),” Dent said of Hutton’s performance after his team defeated the Wolves for the first time this season in three matchups. “I thought he was solid. He gave us a real good chance to win tonight.”