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Rockford's comeback fall short against Quad City

November 3, 2004 - International Hockey League 2 (IHL 2) - Rockford IceHogs News Release

Mallards slip by Rockford in penalty filled game

Rockford, Ill.- In a game which featured a franchise record 194 combined penalty minutes, the Rockford IceHogs had their comeback fall short and dropped a 5-4 game against the Quad City Mallards before 2,389 at the Rockford MetroCentre. The teams combined for 106 PIM's in the opening period and 73 in the second.

The Mallards hopped on top first at 6:10 of the opening period when winger Greg Barber beat Hogs rookie goalie Jeff Harvey. The Hogs later tied the scored as winger Chris Gobert scored on a breakaway at 12:15 of the first frame. The first period featured six fighting majors and four misconducts.

Rockford grabbed their only lead of the night in the second while skating on the power play. Forward J.F. Dufour poked a rebound past Mallards goaltender Jeff Reynaert at 4:23. QC responded however with a power play goal of their own at the 9:00 mark of the middle period, after Barber blasted home his second tally of the game. Winger Segei Durdins gave the Mallards the lead back with a goal at 14:50 and forward Dave Stewart sent the Hogs to the break down a pair with a late power play goal at 19:30.

The Quad City lead was extended to 5-2 early in the third at 1:11 when Jonathan Gagnon fired home his first goal of the night. Once again, however, Rockford fought their way back into the game. Gobert pulled the Hogs back within two with a power play goal at the mid-way point of the frame. Dufour then made the score 5-4 with another power play goal at 18:37. Rockford pulled Harvey on both power plays, giving the Hogs six skaters.

The comeback came up short, as the IceHogs couldn't find the back of the net on another power play to finish off the game. The Hogs were 3-for-9 on the man advantage while Quad City was 3-for-7. Dufour finished the night with three points (2g-1a-3pts) while J.C. Ruid chipped two assists.

Next Game: Saturday, November 6 at Missouri River Otters. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m. Rockford hits the road for the first of four straight road games when they visit the Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri. The IceHogs and River Otters have already hooked up once this season and Rockford will try to avenge it's only loss of the season.


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