After a scoreless and physical opening frame, the Rockford offense got things going in the second period to ignite a sold-out BMO Harris Bank Center. Defenseman Stephen Johns joined the play from the blueline and fired a puck from an off angle to put the IceHogs on the board and up 1-0 just 57 seconds into the frame. Ryan Hartman, Matt Carey, and Stephen Johns added goals.
The offense was balanced by some fisticuffs - four fights across the first two periods. Brandon Mashinter, Pierre Cedric-Labrie, Garrett Ross, and Mark McNeill all dropped the gloves.