A suddenly streaking Rockford IceHogs slipped by the Chicago Wolves 2-1 on Sunday afternoon at the Allstate Arena. Henrik Karlsson made 23 saves and used two first period goals to lead the club to a season-high fifth straight victory.
After a bit of a sluggish start on Sunday, Rockford took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission. Brad Mills put the IceHogs out front early 1-0 when he cleaned up an Adam Clendening rebound that bounced off of Chicago's Matt Climie and sat on the Wolves goal line. The goal at 11:52 marked Mills' first with the IceHogs.
Late in the frame a power play strike extended Rockford's lead to a pair. A Jimmy Hayes' shot deflected to Martin St. Pierre who buried his team-leading 19th goal of the season into an open Wolves net at 19:29. The IceHogs have now tallied a power play goal in six straight games.
After a scoreless second period, the Hogs and Karlsson tried to preserve the club's second shutout of the week, but a rare penalty on Ben Smith put Chicago on a late power play. Darren Haydar ripped his 17th goal of the season with just 29-seconds left in regulation to make it 2-1.
Rockford hung on from there as Karlsson picked up his third win of the season while Climie was the tough luck loser after turning away 29 Rockford shots.