ROCKFORD, Ill. — The Hershey Bears' first meeting with the Rockford IceHogs in franchise history didn't go as planned. The IceHogs used two first-period goals to take an early lead, and they never looked back in a 5-0 victory over the Bears on Sunday night at the BMO Harris Bank Center.
Rockford opened the scoring 4:45 into the contest on Graham Knott's first American Hockey League goal. Knott deflected a center-point drive from Carl Dahlstrom past Hershey goaltender Parker Milner for the goal that made it 1-0.
Less than 10 minutes later, the IceHogs saw their lead double on a goal by Matheson Iacopelli. Vinnie Hinostroza, Erik Gustafsson and Viktor Svedberg also scored for Rockford a day after the Bears notched their season's first win in Grand Rapids.
Rockford goaltender J.F. Berube was perfect with 23 saves, earning his second shutout of the year.
The Bears were outshot 33-23, and went 0-for-4 on the power play, as well as 5-for-6 on the penalty kill. The loss drops Hershey's record to 1-4-0-1 through the first six games of the season.