Photo Credit: Greg Hamil/Rockford IceHogs
1. TEN MINUTE TORTURE: Five goals between 6:03 and 15:40 of the first period were the difference in the hockey game as the IceHogs beat the Heat 7-2. The five-goal margin was set up by some sloppy play in the Heat zone, penalty trouble early (though that didn’t go away), and some ill-advised decisions by the visitors. The last two first periods have hurt the Heat, as Friday’s loss in Peoria saw the first period draw poor reviews from Head Coach Troy G. Ward.
2. PLAGUE OF PENALTIES: Visiting the Western Conference’s most penalized team, it was the Heat who took eight penalties that led to IceHogs power plays. A late pair of cross-checking penalties assessed to Kenndal McArdle would bump the Heat to a total of six man-advantages on the night, but the damage was done early with the IceHogs scoring on three of their five first power plays before the Heat erased the last three.
3. MORE TRAVEL TOMORROW: The Heat close out the three-in-three with a game in Milwaukee tomorrow at 5:00 PM CST /3:00 PM PST. After a night’s sleep in Rockford, the club will travel to Milwaukee where they’ll look to earn their third win of the season against the Admirals. The Heat are now 8-12-1-3 on the road as compared to 18-7-2-1 on home ice in what’s almost an exact 180-degree flip from last year’s performance.