Peoria, Ill.- The recipe for success in hockey usually contains a good start, strong penalty kill and good goaltending. The Rockford IceHogs got all three on Friday night, but fell 2-1 to the Peoria Rivermen at Carver Arena.
Carter Hutton was sharp again, making 32 stops, including several highlight film saves to keep Rockford in the contest. Rockford held Peoria to 0-6 on the penalty kill and have not allowed a power play goal on 18 shorthanded situations.
The problem is, the IceHogs don't have any wins to show for it through three games (0-2-0-1).
Hutton was tested 12 times in the first period and stopped all 12 Peoria shots on goal.
In the second frame, Peoria would tie the score 1-1.T.J. Hensick picked up a Derek Nesbitt pass in the slot and fired his second goal of the season over the shoulder of Hutton at 12:40.
That same line combination hooked up later that period to give Peoria a 2-1 lead. After Rockford failed to clear the puck out of their zone, Jaden Schwartz picked up a fanned Nesbitt shot and slipped his first goal of the season under Hutton at 16:13.
That's all Allen and the Rivermen would need to knock off Rockford. The IceHogs, like Peoria, finished 0-6 on the power play in the loss.
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