Rockford, Ill. - It's been more than two weeks since the Rockford IceHogs have played at home, but they gave the home crowd of 4,717 a 2-0 win over the Texas Stars at the BMO Harris Bank Center on Monday afternoon.
Carter Hutton earned the first shutout of the season for the IceHogs, turning away 34 shots from
Brandon Svendsen got the IceHogs on the board nearly halfway through the middle frame. Brandon Pirri carried the puck to the left of goaltender Andrew Raycroft, and then fed a pass through several Stars players to Svendsen, who tapped the puck into a wide open net to give the IceHogs a 1-0 lead at 8:49 of the second period. The goal was Svendsen's first goal of the season in the AHL.
Jeremy Morin sealed the game with a power play tally at 16:01 of the final frame. Ben Smith tried a stuff attempt in front of the net, but the puck bounced out to a waiting Morin, who hammered home his ninth goal of the season to give Rockford a 2-0 lead.
The IceHogs went 1-for-4 on the power play, while
Raycroft stopped 29 IceHogs shots in the loss.
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