Rockford IceHogs | Busdeker sends the IceHogs into overtime with the Final…


With 14 seconds left in the third period, the Rockford IceHogs forward DJ Busdeker knocked down a floating shot to find the back of the net to tie the Iowa Wild 1-1, but the Wild won 2-1 in overtime at the Xtreme Arena in Coralville, Iowa in the pre-game Wednesday night season.

Forward Samy Walker scored the first goal of the game on the power play with an assist of Tanner Kaspick at 6:43 in the first period to give the Wild the advantage in a controlled start to the period. The IceHogs tried to force the issue in a quick second period, but their shorthandedness was tested and denied four wildman advantages to keep the fight in one after two frames. wild guardian Hunter Jones came in at the start of the frame to Jesper Wallstedt and blocked all nine chances for the IceHogs in a non-scoring period.

However, towards the end of the period, Busdeker almost tied the game with a clean shot from the short side that went across the arena when it hit the post.

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best in the AHL shorthanded and held the Wild scoreless with six perfect shorthanded after Walker’s goal. Defender Koletrane Wilson tried to rally the IceHogs when he dropped the gloves against the Wild Jacques Sanchez in the third period.

After Busdeker’s impressive display of hand-eye coordination in scoring, the clubs went to extra time for the second time in their pre-season history. Seeking to carry the momentum of the last-second score, Lucas Reichel had the first possession for the IceHogs. The three-on-three battle was lost when Walker slipped a shot under the goalkeeper’s hand Arvid Soderblom to end the game 2:21 into the extra session.

The IceHogs and Wild close out preseason against each other tomorrow. Thursday, October 6 at 7 p.m. at Xtreme Arena. Listen to tomorrow’s pre-season action on the IceHogs Broadcast Network presented by BMO Harris Bank! Tune in from your favorite device, at home or on the road at and the IceHogs app!

Join the opening act of IceHogs with Hard Rock Casino-Rockford on October 22!
The IceHogs celebrate Opening night at BMO on Saturday October 22 vs. Chicago Wolves at 7 p.m. Start the celebration with the IceHogs and Hard Rock Casino – Rockford for The IceHogs Opening act with a neighborhood party from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in front of the BMO with the Rockford group, Miles Nielsen and Rusty Hearts.

The IceHogs and Hard Rock Casino – Rockford are also teaming up on an exclusive Hard Rock Hammy t-shirt gift. Fans attending the block party will have the first chance to get a shirt with the remaining shirts available for fans at the entrance to BMO Harris Bank Center.

Olivo Tacos Food Trucks, 15e and Chris, TNT Funnel Cakes, Inzombia Cafe and more will fuel fans for the opening act and fans can take part in exciting pre-game events like ax throwing, street hockey provided by the Chicago Blackhawks, Giant Jenga, Giant Connect Four, Bags/Cornhole and more. ! The block party will be held at the intersection of Elm and Main streets, outside the BMO Harris Banking Center box office.

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Don’t miss a moment of the action next season! Secure your seats for the IceHogs’ 16th season as the Chicago Blackhawks’ top AHL affiliate. Celebrate opening night on Saturday, October 22 at 7 p.m. at BMO Harris Bank Center against the Chicago Wolves! Contact us at (815) 847-6399, at [email protected]or visit to claim your spots for the upcoming season.


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