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IceHogs start opening week slow, losing opener 5-2 to Moosegoing 1-2 in first three games.

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The Chicago Blackhawks AHL affiliate,The Rockford IceHogs, started off the 2010-2011 regular season Saturday, Oct. 9, with a 5-2 loss against the visiting Manitoba Moose.

This season displays a newer, younger, faster team, but the beginning of the game seemed to take the tone of how the 'Hogs played in the postseason last year. The theme continued of the 'Hogs falling behind and trying to play catch-up.

Five minutes into the new season, the 'Hogs fell behind as Manitoba's winger Jonas Andersson tallied the first goal of the game. Andersson took the puck hard to the net, and 'Hogs' netminder Hannu Toivoinen couldn't contain a rebound, which Andersson picked up from his initial shot and slipped past Toivoinen.

Just 10 minutes later, the Moose doubled their lead when rookie defenseman Kevin Connauton charged in from the blue line and blasted a one-timer, beating Toivoinen glove side.

The second period held more of the same for both teams when Lee Sweatt tallied his first goal of the season for the Moose. The goal came with 6 seconds remaining on a five-on-three powerplay.

Adding to their total, the Moose scored on the second part of the powerplay 30 seconds later, putting the Moose up 4-0.

Rockford finally put some points on the board when Brandon Bollig got one past Manitoba goalie Eddie Lack, cutting the lead to 3.

Three minutes later, Kyle Beach lit the lamp for his first goal of the season, cutting the Moose lead in half, 4-2.

That was all the scoring the 'Hogs would amass, and Manitoba put the dagger to the 'Hogs' heart with under 5 minutes remaining as Victor Oreskovich scored for the Moose, sealing the 5-2 victory.



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