Chasing goals has officially caught up to the Rockford IceHogs. Rockford dropped a 6-2 contest on Wednesday afternoon to the Grand Rapids Griffins at Van Andel Arena.
For the 11th time in 14 games, Rockford's opponent struck first. On Wednesday, Andrej Nestrasil finished off a sequence in the Rockford zone that had the Griffins pinning the IceHogs in deep and the winger jammed home his first goal of the season at 10:22 under Antti Raanta.
Grand Rapids tacked on another after a Rockford breakdown following a neutral zone face off. Riley Sheahan led a breakaway and fed Luke Glendening for an easy tap in at 13:39 of the opening stanza.
In the second period, Rockford cut their deficit down to 2-1. Adam Clendening's shot from the left wing snuck past Tom McCollum at 1:17 for his third goal of the season. That would be the high point in the second period for Rockford.
Grand Rapids responded quickly with two more markers to gain a 4-1 lead. Gustav Nyquist made it 3-1 when he flipped a Ryan Sproul rebound past Raanta at 2:09 before Teemu Pulkkinen scored his fourth goal of the season against Rockford and fifth overall at 3:54.
The Griffins kept the pressure coming as Kent Simpson replaced Raanta in goal for the IceHogs. Nyquist added his second of the period and seventh of the season at 6:44 of the middle frame before Nathan Paetsch cranked home a power play goal at 13:49 to make it 6-1 at the second intermission.
Brad Winchester bagged his second goal of the season in the third period when he cleaned up a Dylan Olsen rebound and backhanded home the marker at 9:06.
Rockford, who has now dropped four straight on the heels of a six-game point streak (5-0-1-0), were outshot 41-29.