IceHogs owning the third period

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) While the IceHogs tend to come out of the gate at a less than frenetic pace, Rockford has taken seven out of a possible eight points in its last four games and the team hopes to turn around its early-game woes starting Wednesday against the Rampage.

Over the last four games, the Hogs have fallen behind allowing the opening goal in each contest, however, Rockford is outscoring its opponents in the third periods of those games 9-0.

They have used those late surges to win three of four while picking up a point in an overtime loss.

But the players understand it is not healthy to always have to come from behind and they hope to take advantage of the home crowd on Wednesday.

"That third period when the urgency is really there, we've shown that we can play," said forward Tyler Sikura. "The challenge is for us to bring that for the first 40 minutes as well. It's nice to have some of those comeback wins early in the year and get a belief that if we fall down early, it's not the end of the world. We've got the firepower and we've got the skating ability on our team to grind teams down so if it doesn't happen in the first 40 minutes, we can make it happen in the third."