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Ice Hawks snap losing streak

The Rochester Ice Hawks snapped a five-game losing streak with Saturday's 6-4 victory over Chicago in North American Tier 3 Hockey League action at the Rochester Recreation Center.

It's the first time the Ice Hawks have faced Chicago since former Ice Hawks assistant Todd McIlrath took over the program. Chicago is winless at 0-24-0.

Rochester held a 2-1 lead after the opening frame. Rochester native Nick Paulson got the team on the board with his tally just 1:45 into the first. Colby DeCarlo and Dylan Boysen had the assists.

Fellow Rochester native Hunter Heightland made it 2-0 with his power-play tally 4:55 into the frame. Trey McMillen had the helper.

The Bulldogs made it a one-goal game late in the first. Chicago actually went in front by scoring the first two goals of the second period.

The Ice Hawks tied it later in the second with DeCarlo's power-play goal, assisted by McMillen and Heightland. But with 1:23 remaining in the second, Chicago took a 4-3 edge that stuck until the third period when the Ice Hawks exploded for three goals and the win.

DeCarlo started the third period scoring 4:57 in with his power-play goal. McMillen and Heightland had the assists. Dan Trageser put the Ice Hawks up 5-4 at the 10:43 mark with another power-play goal, assisted by Garrett Strom.

Finally, McMillen added an insurance goal (empty net) with 39 seconds remaining. Paulson earned the assist.

The Ice Hawks held a 43-25 edge in shots on goal. Kyle Plantz got the win in net, stopping 21 of 25 shots on goal.

Rochester improved to 6-14-0 in NA3HL play. The Ice Hawks return to action at 10:15 a.m. Thursday in the NA3HL Showcase at the Schwan Super Rink. The Ice Hawks face St. Louis on Thursday, the Metro Jets on Friday and the Granite City Lumberjacks on Saturday.