Rockford IceHogs season ends abruptly as Chicago Wolves sweep them into offseason

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This year's Rockford IceHogs squad bids farewell to its fans after bowing out of the Calder Cup Playoffs with a loss at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford on Sunday, May 15, 2022.
This year's Rockford IceHogs squad bids farewell to its fans after bowing out of the Calder Cup Playoffs with a loss at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford on Sunday, May 15, 2022.

Here's a look at the 2022 AHL playoff push for the Rockford IceHogs:

Who: No. 4 Rockford IceHogs vs. No. 1 Chicago Wolves

What: Wolves win best-of-5 AHL Central Division semifinal 3-0.

Last game: Wolves defeated the Hogs 4-1 in Game 3 on Sunday at the BMO Harris Bank Center.

Three things to watch in the Hogs: 3 things to watch as Rockford IceHogs, Chicago Wolves meet in the AHL playoffs

Highlights: After losing Game 1 by a 6-2 tally and Game 2 by a 4-1 score to the Chicago Wolves, the Hogs bowed out, getting swept by Chicago after a 4-1 loss. The Wolves jumped all over Rockford again, taking a 3-0 lead early in the third. Ian Mitchell scored short side with 12:57 in the third period, but that was it for the Hogs.

What they said: "I don't think anybody is very happy in there tonight, and this one is going to take a little time to get over," Rockford's interim coach Anders Sorensen said of the Hogs' locker room. "It's been a special journey to be a part of, for sure. ... That team (Chicago) has some real good players on the other side. And we saw it a lot in the regular season, but I thought they really turned it up a notch in the postseason."

Next up: The Hogs' season is over, and the Wolves will now face the Milwaukee Admirals in the Central Division Finals.

Jay Taft is a Rockford Register Star sports reporter. Email him at jtaft@rrstar.com and follow him on Twitter at @JayTaft. Sign up for the Rockford High School newsletter at rrstar.com.

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