Rockford Eliminated from Playoff Push with Shutout in Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa Wild scored in all three periods and Andrew Hammond made 25 saves in a 3-0 shutout of the Rockford IceHogs Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena. The loss officially eliminates the IceHogs from contention for a berth in the 2019 Calder Cup Playoffs.
Mason Shaw put the Wild on the board in the first period on a scrum in front of Rockford's net. Anton Forsberg fended off the initial push, but Shaw collected a rebound in the confusion and flipped the puck over the IceHogs' outstretched goalie for a 1-0 lead.
Gerarld Mayhew netted an insurance tally with a blast from the top of the left wing at 3:34 into the second period. Mayhew finishes the season series ranked second on Iowa in scoring against the IceHogs with seven points (2g, 5a) in eight contests.
Will Bitten tallied in the third for a 3-0 lead and Hammond finished with 25 saves to secure the win for Iowa.
Anton Forsberg turned aside 27 of 30 pucks in the loss, while Dylan Sikura recorded a game-high six shots on goal for the Hogs.
The IceHogs will conclude the 2018-19 season with their home finale Sunday afternoon at the BMO Harris Bank Center at 6 p.m.
Next Home Game: Sunday, April 14 vs. Milwaukee Admirals | 6 p.m.
The IceHogs host their regular season home finale with a divisional showdown against the Milwaukee Admirals. The contest is fan appreciation night, and the first 2,500 fans receive a free team photo, courtesy of American Solutions for Business. In addition, the Hogs will host former head coach Steve Martinson and the UHL's Colonial Cup.
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