Delia, Kurashev lead IceHogs to win in Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids, MI (WTVO / WQRF) – Goalkeeper Collin Delia made 40 saves that season and striker Philipp Kurashev scored two goals in the third period to pull the Rockford IceHogs (8-7-1-1) out of the Grand Rapids Griffins (7-8-2-0) 4-1 at the Van Andel Arena Friday night. The win is the third in a row for the IceHogs and will now have points if they have four consecutive contests (3-0-0-1).
Grand Rapids scored the winning goal in power play early in the game when striker Kyle Criscuolo distracted Delia over the glove in his seventh goal of the season at 5:19.
The IceHogs reacted with two goals from two defenders in the second period and went 2-1 into the second break. Ian Mitchell scored his second goal of the season at 6:20 a.m. on power play and shot a shot from the left facing circle past Griffin’s goalkeeper Calvin Pickard (L, 26 saves with 29 shots). A little more than three minutes later, Alec Regula scored his first goal of the season and got Pickard out of the right circle.
In the third half, the IceHogs increased the pace and extended their lead with Kurashev’s first goal of the season at 7:24. Kurashev would seal the victory with his second marker of the evening with a narrow goal with an empty net 13 seconds before the end of the game. Delia provided the defense with 16 parades.
The IceHogs finished game 2 for 4 on power play while the Griffins went 1 for 4.