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IceHogs Take 2-1 Series Lead

by Rockford IceHogs / Chicago Blackhawks
Houston, Tex.- The Rockford IceHogs have taken a  2-1 advantage in the West Division Semifinals with a 2-1 win over the Houston Aeros at the Toyota Center on Tuesday.

Derek Nesbitt scored the game-winning goal at 17:14 in the third period off of a pass from St. Pierre on a breakaway. Kontiola also had a helper.

But the story of the series has been phenomenal goaltending on both sides of the ice. With the win, Crawford has a 0.87 goals against average and 0.959 save percentage having played every minute of all three games.

The numbers for Houston's Barry Brust are even better. He has a 0.82 GAA and 0.969 save percentage in two starts. Nolan Schaefer finished Game One with a 2.05 GAA and 0.923 save percentage.

No team has scored more than two goals in a game with someone between the pipes. And the IceHogs are now 0-for-10 on the power play while the Aeros have gone 0-for-11 in three games.

On Tuesday, Marco Rosa put the Aeros up 1-0 with a marker past Corey Crawford at 5:01 in the first frame with helpers from Joel Ward and Adrian Foster.

But Kris Versteeg recorded his third point of the playoffs to tie the score at 11:06 in the first period. Troy Brouwer and Tyson Marsh recorded the assists. Versteeg and St. Pierre lead the series with three points apiece.

And for the third game in a row, the Aeros and IceHogs went into the second period and third period tied.

Crawford finished with 15 saves on Tuesday, while the Rockford defense held the Aeros shooters to single digits in every frame. The Aeros had five shots in the first and four in the second. Brust had 32 saves in the losing effort.

Next Game: Game Four gets underway at 7:05 p.m. Thursday at the Toyota Center in Houston. The IceHogs will hope to put together two wins in a row together while Houston will push to even the series at two. Catch all of the action at Damon's Grill, 755 Clark Road in Rockford.

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