ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO/WQRF) — It was only a week ago when the IceHogs were wondering what it was going to take to put some pucks in the net. That has all changed.
In three games starting last Wednesday the boys have scored 16 goals to string together three straight wins. They scored only 12 goals in their first seven games this season. Several guys have heated up. The IceHog with the top scoring touch is Dylan Sikura. He had his first career hat trick this past Sunday.
“I think now nine games in especially after the last game we kind of found some chemistry between the lines and that helps too when you kind of know the players you’re playing with and you’re feeling good with them I think that helps a lot,” said Sikura Tuesday morning following practice. “Hopefully we can get a little consistency there.”
“I think we’re starting to come as a team now, but they’re actually winning 50-50 pucks. Battling,” said IceHogs coach Derek King. “It’s not always pretty which they’ve got to understand that. It’s not going to be tic-tac-toe all the time. Sometimes you’ve just got to muck it up and get greasy and when the opportunity comes take advantage of it.”
The IceHogs will try to keep up their scoring spree Wednesday morning. They’ll host the 7-0 Toronto Marlies in a 10:30 a.m. Kids Day game. That means starting goaltender Kevin Lankinen will have to get loose a little earlier than usual. He doesn’t see that being a big deal.
“It’s not a big thing, just making sure you’re mentally ready because it’s still a big hockey game and you get two points out of the win, so it’s fun. I like those games.”