By Chris Block
Alexander Salak showed no signs of a goaltender who hadn’t played in two months on Friday night as he backstopped the Rockford IceHogs to a 2-1 victory over the visiting Chicago Wolves.
In fact, it was probably the best Salak has played in his 11 starts thus far as an IceHog.
“He was real good,” IceHogs coach Ted Dent said of his goaltender’s 27 save performance. “So was their guy (Eddie Lack). It was a low scoring game and real good goaltending both ways.”
The returning Salak, out of action since suffering an ankle injury during the opening seconds of the second period in a game on December 2nd against Lake Erie, looked as sharp and composed as he has to date. The Wolves came at him hard, as they had in two previous contests back in October (Salak’s first two starts of the season), bumping and crowding the goaltender’s crease often. Previously, those sorts of actions seemed to nudge Salak off his focus, once even causing Salak to throw his equipment across the ice, but not on Friday evening before a crowd of 4,501 at the BMO Harris Bank Center.