Goals by veterans Evan Brophey and Hugh Jessiman were just enough Monday afternoon for the Rockford IceHogs to take a 2-1 victory over the visiting San Antonio Rampage.
Despite a dramatic discrepancy in shots heading into the third period, 24-12 in favor of the IceHogs, the game remained scoreless until Evan Brophey beat San Antonio netminder Matt Climie for his 6th goal of the season. The goal, 13 seconds into the period, ended Brophey’s 5-game goal drought.
Injury-plagued winger Hugh Jessiman struck next , giving Rockford a 2-0 lead when his one-timer from the left-side half wall found the back of the net. Jessiman, who missed a month (Dec 8-Jan 2) with a lower-body injury, had not scored since November 12th. This marked his 3rd goal of the season and first in 10 games.
Rockford has managed to put a string of wins together and put themselves 3 games above the .500 mark as they’ve hit the halfway point of the 80-game AHL season. Before Saturday night’s win in Chicago, the IceHogs hadn’t been more than a game above .500 all season. Monday’s win gives the IceHogs a three-game win streak, their first of such length and longest so far this season.
For the IceHogs, it has been inconsistency and lackluster starts which have plagued them most.