The Rockford IceHogs have advanced to the American Hockey League Western Conference Final with a sweep of the Manitoba Moose.
The Chicago Blackhawks affiliate stayed perfect in postseason play with their seventh-straight victory, a 6-3 decision on Friday night, which was propelled by their nearly unstoppable special teams.
Video: Sights and Sounds: Rockford sweeps Manitoba
Rockford killed off all six of Manitoba's power-play opportunities and scored four man-advantage goals of their own.
Veteran defenseman Cody Franson scored twice on the power play, including the game's opening marker.
The game was tied 2-2 after the first period, but then the IceHogs built their lead. Carl Dahlstrom scored 1:35 into the middle frame and then rookie Victor Ejdsell roofed a slick, backhanded penalty shot to make it 4-2. Franson's second power-play marker increased the team's lead to 5-2 heading into the third.
Andreas Martinsen fired the puck into the empty net with 3:53 left to play to increase the lead to 6-2.
The Moose buried one late to cut the lead to 6-3, but that was the end of the scoring.
Rockford now sets their sights on their first trip to the Western Conference Final in their AHL franchise history.