With the second period nearing a close and the score knotted at 2-2, the Griffins' Gustav Nyquist set-up Riley Sheahan in front of the Rockford net, and he squeaked the pass by IceHogs tender Carter Hutton for his second tally of the evening, allowing Grand Rapids to take a 3-2 lead.
Five minutes into the third, the Griffins would begin to extend their lead out of comeback reach for the IceHogs when Tomas Tatar delivered to give the Griffins a 4-2 lead.
Two minutes later, Jeff Hoggan slipped in a fifth
The Griffins wasted little time extending the lead to 2-0 with a power play tally just nine seconds into a man advantage. Nyquist fired a puck from the blue line that took a hard bounce off the back boards and straight to the stick of Sheahan. Sheahan picked up the puck and flipped it over the shoulder of Hutton at 8:01 of the opening frame.
Less than two minutes before the end of the first period, Martin St. Pierre intercepted a Grand Rapids clearing attempt and found Jeremy Morin on the doorstep who wristed in his 11th goal of the campaign to cut the Griffins lead in half to 2-1.
Midway through the second period and just moments after a 5-on-3 man advantage expired, Ben Smith delivered his team-leading 15th goal of the season to even the score at 2-2 at the 7:52 mark. Brett Lebda and
Despite being behind by four, a late third period goal from Peter LeBlanc gave the game it's final score of 6-3.