ROCKFORD, Ill. — The Rockford IceHogs (1-2-0-0) fell 4-1 to the Chicago Wolves (1-2-0-0) Saturday evening at the BMO Center. Forward Lukas Reichel riled up the crowd with his second goal of the season on the power play in the second period.
The IceHogs clashed with the Wolves in a fast-paced first stanza. After two successful IceHogs penalty kills, Chicago defenseman William Lagesson, assisted by forwards Malte Stromwall and Alexander Pashin, found the back of the net and broke the scoreless frame at 14:28. IceHogs forward Bobby Lynch had an opportunity to punch one in on a penalty shot moments, but came up empty-handed.
The Wolves came out swinging early in the second period when forward Jack Drury scored off the power play from the previous frame after just 16 seconds. On their second man advantage of the stanza, the IceHogs got on the board at 14:08 courtesy of a shot from Reichel. Before the Hogs could do more damage, forward Brendan Perlini snuck one past IceHogs goalie Jaxon Stauber to make the score 3-1 at 19:54 to end the period.
Heading into the third frame, the IceHogs went 4-6 on the penalty kill. Trying to spark a little comeback fire, the Hogs couldn’t put together a scoring sequence on three power play opportunities. Chicago’s Stromwall walked the puck into an empty net after Stauber was pulled for the extra attacker at 18:35 to end the night’s scoring.
The IceHogs continue the Opening Weekend festivities tomorrow, Sunday, Oct. 23 against the Manitoba Moose at 4 p.m. at BMO Center.