The Rockford IceHogs beat the Texas Stars 5-1 last night in front of 6,665 fans at the Cedar Park Center for only their 13th loss at home this season. Matt Climie, back in goal for Texas after being called up to Dallas this past week, stopped 27 shots in the loss.
The Texas Stars have dominated the Rockford IceHogs this year. Going into their final regular season home game Friday night, the Stars had won 6 out of 7 against them and the chances were pretty good that the 2 teams would face each other in the Calder Cup playoffs beginning next week depending on the outcome of Friday night's games. That is in fact what will happen as Rockford will come to the Cedar Park Center next Friday and Saturday nights for the opening series of the playoffs.
The IceHogs scored quickly when RW Jack Skille grabbed a rebound and lifted it over the glove of Climie at 1:31 of the opening frame. They took a 2-0 lead at 11:55 of the second period as center Mark Cullen beat Climie with a shot from the slot. Texas would get on the board shortly after with a power play goal by center Warren Peters at 14:26 of the second, but that's as close as they would get as Rockford added 1 more goal at the end of the second and 2 more in the third period to make the final score 5-1.
Texas will travel to Houston to take on the Aeros in their final regular season game on Saturday night before their playoff series begins with Rockford next week.