‘Hogs, Crunch open with SO wins

Zach Torquato’s second goal of the night tied the game at 4-4 with just 58 seconds left in regulation, and Rockford went on to post a 5-4 shootout win over Peoria on Tuesday in preseason action at the MetroCentre.

Torquato then scored in the second shootout round and was followed by Brandon Pirri and Brandon Bollig. IceHogs goaltender Joe Palmer allowed goals on Peoria’s first two attempts before denying the Rivermen’s final three shooters.

Pirri and Christopher DiDomenico each had a goal and an assist in regulation for the IceHogs, and Dustin Cameron finished with two assists on the evening.

Pierce Norton notched a goal and a helper for the Rivermen, while Jerad Stewart scored in both regulation and the shootout. Matt McIlvane and defenseman Mark Isherwood rounded out Peoria’s offensive attack during regulation time.

The IceHogs are back in action on Wednesday when they meet Chicago in Rolling Meadow, Ill., while the Rivermen next hit the ice on Friday night, also against the Wolves.

Rookie Nick Bonino registered three points (1-2-3) in regulation and notched the only shootout goal as Syracuse outlasted host Wilkes-Barre/Scranton by a 7-6 count in preseason action on Tuesday at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Bonino, who appeared in nine games with the parent Anaheim Ducks last year after completing his season at Boston University, assisted on a pair of power play goals for the Crunch before scoring the game-tying marker with just 1:02 left in regulation.

The 22-year-old then beat Penguins goaltender Mattias Modig on Syracuse’s first shootout attempt. Crunch netminder J.P. Levasseur stopped all five Wilkes-Barre attempts.

Rod Bordson (1-1-2), Kyle Palmieri (1-1-2), Chris McLean, John Mitchell, and John de Gray also registered regulation goals for the Crunch, while Ryan Hillier and Nicolas Deschamps each posted two assists.

Levasseur made 10 saves on 12 shots after taking over for Crunch starting goaltender Marco Cousineau, who finished with 19 saves on 23 shots.

Former second-round draft pick Keven Veilleux led the way for Wilkes-Barre with two goals and an assist. Defenseman Jason DeSantis also had three points (1-2-3), Geoff Walker added a pair of goals, and Andrew Lord (1-1-2) rounded out the Pens’ scoring.

The East Division rivals will meet again on Wednesday in Oswego, N.Y.