ROCKFORD, Ill. – Chicago surrendered four goals in the opening 20 minutes in dropping a 6-0 contest to Rockford in Illinois Lottery Cup action Friday night from the MetroCentre. The rough-and-tumble affair resulted in 26 penalties for a combined 98 penalty minutes. The teams square off again tomorrow night at the Allstate Arena.
The shutout loss was the first of the season for Chicago (20-19-1-2), which averaged 4.25 goals over its previous four road games. Jordan Caron finished with four shots on goal while Jeremy Welsh and Danny Kristo had three shots each.
Rockford (27-10-2-4) scored four times in the opening period, building a lead they would never relinquish. Vince Hinostroza took advantage of a turnover deep in the Wolves’ zone, firing a wrister past goaltender Jordan Binnington. Marko Dano followed at 11:45, one-timing a puck that caromed off the boards. The IceHogs’s Garret Ross and Kirill Gotovets added late goals, scored 1:28 apart.
Rockford added an insurance goal in the second period on Hinostroza’s second goal of the night, a power play tally netted with 10:11 elapsed. Tanner Kero closed scoring with a power play goal at 15:09 of the third period.
Binnington (9-7-2) recorded three saves before being replaced with Pheonix Copley, who finished with 14 saves. Rockford’s Michael Leighton (23-4-4) turned away all 20 shots he faced to tie the AHL record for career shutouts (45).
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ICEHOGS 6, WOLVES 0
Chicago 0 0 0 — 0
Rockford 4 1 1 — 6
First Period—1, Rockford, Hinostroza 9 (unassisted), 6:09; 2, Rockford, Dano 3 (Labrie, Schilling), 11:45.; 3, Rockford, Ross 7 (Schilling, McNeill), 18:01; 4, Rockford, Gotovets 2 (Hartman, Labrie), 19:29.
Penalties—Doty, Chicago (fighting), 2:57; Haggerty, Rockford (fighting), 2:57; Hartman, Rockford (boarding), 3:36; Valleau, Rockford (holding), 6:52; Hayes, Chicago (roughing), 9:43; Veilleux, Chicago (roughing), 13:42; Hartman, Rockford (interference), 14:07; Doty, Chicago (fighting, game misconduct), 17:25; Liambas, Rockford (fighting), 17:25.
Second Period—6, Rockford, Hinostroza 10 (Bickell), 10:11, pp.
Penalties—McNeill, Rockford (tripping), 0:11; Valleau, Rockford (roughing), 2:14; Haggerty, Rockford (slashing), 8:10; Benoit, Chicago (slashing), 9:24; Butler, Chicago (slashing), 10:11; Liambas, Rockford (slashing), 13:03.
Third Period—6, Rockford, Kero 9 (Hinostroza, Bickell), 15:09, pp.
Penalties—Lindbohm, Chicago (fighting), 5:06; Robertson, Rockford (fighting), 5:06; Torquato, Chicago (fighting), 7:22; Hartman, Rockford (fighting), 7:22; Barbashev, Chicago (fighting), 12:29; Ross, Rockford (instigation, fighting, misconduct), 12:29; Lindbohm, Chicago (slashing), 14:34; Dano, Rockford (cross checking), 17:39.
Shots on goal—Chicago 9-3-8—20; Rockford 7-9-7—23. Power plays—Chicago 0-9; Rockford 2-5. Goalies—Chicago, Binnington (3-7), Copley (14-16); Rockford, Leighton (20-20). Referees—Ryan Hersey and Evgeny Romasko. Linesmen—Ryan Daisy and Ian McCambridge.