The Rockford IceHogs opened their 2017-18 season by shutting out the Monsters in Cleveland. J.F. Berube was brilliant in goal and four different IceHogs scored in the 4-0 victory. Head Coach Jeremy Colliton collected his first win behind the Rockford bench.
Tomas Jurco, Viktor Svedberg, Matthew Highmore and Ville Pokka each scored a goal. Jurco also added two assists, with Highmore, Pokke and Alexandre Fortin had one each.
In goal, Berube stopped 32 shots. He survived eight Cleveland powerplays. On a side note, the IceHogs were 1-7 on their powerplays.
It’s too early to make big statements on the season, but this team looked very different from last year’s team. It should be an interesting season.