A shorthanded goal by the Rockford IceHogs proved to be the difference-maker in a back-and-forth affair against the Chicago Wolves Friday night. Rockford defeated the Wolves 4-3 at Harris Bank Center.
Rockford left wing Terry Broadhurst got the game's scoring started midway through the first period, beating Chicago goaltender Joe Cannata stick side at 15:16 to make it 1-0.
Nicklas Jensen responded for Chicago, demonstrating his penchant for power play goals -- notching his second in two games -- to even the score with the IceHogs (30-28-1-1) by firing a puck over Karlsson's left pad and tied the game 34 seconds into the second.
With the score tied, Chicago forward Andrew Gordon worked down low to keep the puck in the Wolves (29-20-5-4) possession and winger ended up streaking to the front of the net and tapping in a rebound past Karlsson to put the Wolves ahead for the first time at 8:39 of the second.
The 2-1 lead wouldn't last for long though, as Rockford's Jeremy Morin used a net left empty by Cannata to wrist a goal home 12:41 into the period and tie the score, 2-2. It was Morin's team-leading 23rd goal of the season.
These Midwest Division rivals weren't finished lighting the lamp either, as Chicago right wing Darren Archibald used a power play to pot his 10th of the season -- and the Wolves third score of the night - standing on Karlsson's doorstep and stuffing a puck into the mesh at 18:58 of the period.
Chicago held on to their lead into the final period and Rockford wouldn't let much time pass before they came charging back. This time it was Brad Mills knocking at Cannata's doorstep, redirecting a shot past the netminder at 5:45 and knotting the score 3-3.
The teams exchanged power plays and plenty of shots but it wasn't until a short-handed goal by Morin found mesh that a victor was finally determined and the Wolves were sent home with the loss.