IceHogs defeat Wild, move into playoff spot.

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Chris DiDomenico scored twice, Cody Franson picked up a pair of assists and Jeff Glass stopped 31 of 33 pucks to help the Rockford IceHogs to a 5-2 victory over the Iowa Wild at Wells Fargo Arena Monday night.

Rockford started fast in the contest, notching a trio of first-period tallies to take an early advantage. Graham Knott first found twine just over six minutes into the affair as he deflected Darren Raddysh’s point shot, followed by Luke Johnson rifling the puck home on the power play to double the IceHogs’ advantage. Franson nabbed his first assist after feeding Johnson an earlier pass.

Mitch McLain responded for Iowa with his first professional marker three minutes later, but DiDomenico again stretched Rockford’s lead to two shortly after, ringing a quick shot off the crossbar that found its way to an unsuspecting Wild defenseman who deflected the puck in his own net.

Carrying the momentum into the middle frame, DiDomenico then added another power-play strike for the IceHogs with a bullet over Iowa netminder Niklas Svedberg’s arm, and was assisted by Franson on the play. With his two helpers, Franson has now recorded multi-point efforts in three of his last five games and boasts 10 points in his last nine outings.

Kyle Rau pushed Iowa to within two goals five minutes later, but Glass and the Hogs held strong for the remainder of the contest. Rockford’s Viktor Svedberg added a 200-foot empty-netter to seal the win late in the third period.

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