The Rockford IceHogs, the Chicago Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate, put a stranglehold on the Manitoba Moose on Wednesday after winning the third game of their playoff series in Rockford
Just one year removed from a coaching change, the Rockford IceHogs — the Chicago Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate — have going through some drastic changes. But after rotating through a carousel of players, something is clicking and the IceHogs are the hottest team in the AHL right now.
Goaltender Collin Delia was strong yet again in Wednesday’s Game 3 victory over the Manitoba Moose, stopping 36 of 37 shots earning his sixth playoff win in a row. He now has a goals-against average of 1.44 and a save percentage of .953 in the postseason.
The IceHogs are playing a strong team game, and that showed on the score sheet Wednesday. Eight different players had at least one point, including goals from Tyler Sikura, Victor Ejdsell, William Pelletier and Matthew Highmore. Sikura tied the game at 1 early and continued having a nose for the puck right in front of the net.
Ejdsell has been particularly impressive in the IceHogs’ postseason run, as he’s up to four goals during the AHL playoffs. Already it seems like the Blackhawks are faring well in the Ryan Hartman trade, which saw the Blackhawks acquire Ejdsell from the Nashville Predators earlier this year. The IceHogs and their fans are certainly pleased with the deal, at any rate.
The IceHogs will go for their second consecutive sweep of this AHL postseason on Friday, when the Moose visit BMO Harris Bank Center to try and end Rockford’s utter dominance.