The Rochester Ice Hawks snapped a five-game losing streak on Saturday, topping the Minnesota Flying Aces 5-2 at the Rochester Recreation Center in front of nearly 1,500 fans during Military Appreciation Night.
The Ice Hawks scored three times in the opening period and put the game away with two more goals in the third.
Ice Hawks netminder Zach Mains was stellar, recording 33 saves on 35 shots.
Rochester native Nick Paulson got the Ice Hawks on the board, scoring 7:40 into the opening frame. Vladislav Shipota had the assist.
Dominik Bogdzuil made it 2-0 just 15 seconds later, finishing a pass from Paulson.
On the power play less than a minute later, Colby DeCarlo gave the Ice Hawks a commanding 3-0 lead with his tally. Trey McMillen and Paulson earned the assists.
The Flying Aces scored midway through the first to make it a 3-1 game. Neither team scored in the second.
The Flying Aces made it interesting in the third period, scoring just a minute in on the power play.
But Dan Trageser gave the Ice Hawks some breathing room with his tally at the 7:12 mark of the final frame. DeCarlo had the assist.
Bogdzuil iced it with his power-play goal at 19:07. McMillen and Paulson assisted.
The Flying Aces outshot the Ice Hawks 35-32.
Rochester, which improved to 4-9-0, returns to action Friday at La Crosse (11-3-0), which is in second place in the Central Division. The Ice Hawks return home at 7:05 p.m. Saturday against La Crosse.