TEXAS 4, ROCKFORD 2
Texas built a 3-0 lead by the midpoint of the second period and cruised to a 4-2 road win over Rockford at the MetroCentre on Friday. The Stars swept the teams’ opening-round series and will move on to the West Division Finals, where they will battle either Chicago or Milwaukee.
That series became deadlocked at 3-3 when the Admirals captured a 5-4 overtime win on Friday. Game 7 is set for Monday in Chicago.
Defenseman Andrew Hutchinson notched a pair of power play goals to pace the Texas offense. The AHL’s Eddie Shore Award winner in 2008, Hutchinson scored just 3:56 into the game and then made it a 3-0 contest at 10:23 of the second frame. In between, Mathieu Beaudoin netted a goal for the Stars.
Staring down elimination, the IceHogs attempted a third-period comeback, as rookie Kyl3 Beach scored on the power play at 7:51 and again at 19:25.
But Texas’s Warren Peters sealed his club’s victory with an empty-netter at 19:51 of the third frame.
Rockford was swept out of the Calder Cup Playoffs for the second time in as many years, and the IceHogs are now 0-10 in their last 10 postseason games dating back to the 2008 division finals against Chicago.