HOFFMAN ESTATES — IceHogs defenseman Chad Krys opened the scoring on the power play 4:17 into the club’s only preseason game against the Chicago Wolves Wednesday as Rockford fell 6-1 at the Triphahn Center Ice Arena.
Krys’ blast from the right point beat Wolves goaltender Antoine Bibeau under the glove; defenseman Michael Krutil and forward Cam Morrison picked up the assists.
In the second period, the Wolves bounced back, firing 17 shots in the frame and finding the back of the net twice to take a 2-1 lead. Forward Jamieson Rees snuck a rebound under the pads of veteran ‘Hogs netminder Scott Darling at 1:28 to tie up the contest.
Midway through the frame, Darling departed for rookie keeper Cale Morris. Morris was tested early, but kept the contest locked up until the 14:36 mark when Sean Malone tipped in a centering pass from Tanner Jeannot to give the Wolves the lead.
To start the final frame, the Wolves made their goaltending swap with Biebeau coming out for Jeremy Helvig. At the drop of the puck, the Wolves kept the momentum and tacked on four more goals en route to the 6-1 final. Brothers Jason Cotton (3:22) and David Cotton (11:43 and 15:15 on the power play) combined for three tallies in the frame and forward Lukas Craggs registered his first goal of the preseason at 7:19.
Both clubs finished 1-for-6 on the power play.
The Rockford IceHogs open their 22nd season of hockey, their 14th campaign in the American Hockey League, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. against the Cleveland Monsters at BMO Harris Bank Center. Fans won’t be in attendance for the time being because of COVID-19 restrictions but watch all of the action live on AHLTV and 23.2 Antenna TV WIFR. Game are also broadcasted for free on SportsFanRadio 1330 AM, Sportsfanradio1330.com, IceHogs.com, and the IceHogs mobile app.
Every active full IceHogs season ticket holder and 20-Game holders who have paid for their tickets in full or who have a deposit down on their tickets for 2020-21 will receive free access to every IceHogs game through AHLTV on the IceHogs Broadcast Network.