The Rockford IceHogs hosted a crowd of 5,272 fans on Teddy Bear Toss night, but were upended by four unanswered goals in a 4-1 loss to the Grand Rapids Saturday night at the BMO Harris Bank Center. The Hogs have now gone winless in six straight games since last defeating Texas on November 19.
Cameron Schilling unleashed the storm of teddy bears and stuffed animals that rained onto the ice with his power-play goal in the first period. The defenseman is tied for the team lead with five goals this season.
Grand Rapids waited less than two minutes to erase the deficit. Mitch Callahan evened the contest with an even-strength goal at 7:04 when he pounced on a rebound left by Rockford starting goalie Mac Carruth. The Griffins followed with three more tallies to seal their victory on Saturday.
In the second period, Jake Hildebrand, who was recalled from the ECHL’s Indy Fuel just prior to the game, took over in relief for Carruth. Hildebrand made 19 saves in his first career AHL career game with 14 coming in the middle frame.
The IceHogs host the San Antonio Rampage in their next game on Wednesday.