IceHogs Tuesday: Hogs Are Hot

Marcus Kruger and Ben Smith helped lead the Hogs to a successful weekend. (Photo credit: Kim Wrona)

The IceHogs came into week three’s games coming off of their first win of the 2012-13 season at home against the Charlotte Checkers. They had three more games on tap, two of which were against the San Antonio Rampage.

Thursday, October 25 vs. San Antonio – The San Antonio Rampage came into the BMO Harris Bank Center on Thursday for a mid-week match-up against the IceHogs and the Rampage got on the board quickly. At the 53 second mark, Andre Deveaux was left all alone out in front of Hogs netminder Carter Hutton and scored his first tally of the 2012-13 season on a delayed penalty. Ben Smith gave the Hogs a chance to tie it at one while on their first power play of the night in the opening frame. He was able to let a nice backhanded, turn-around shot from the slot go, but Rampage goalie Dov Grumet-Morris was able to make a big toe save.

San Antonio almost made it 2-0 in the second period as Hutton had to cover a shot from the point that rang off the post and landed behind him. Hogs center Brandon Pirri was able to tie the game up at one for Rockford at 19:19 of the period. His power play tally was assisted by Jeremy Morin and Joe Lavin. In the third period, Peter LeBlanc had a chance to give the Hogs their first lead of the night with a one timer from the right circle after a cross-ice pass from defenseman Brett Lebda, but Grumet-Morris was able to make the save.

The game went into overtime and one of the better chances for the Hogs to win the game was when rookie defenseman Adam Clendening’s shot trickled through Grumet-Morris’ five-hole and was just lying in the paint. No Hogs were able to tap it home and a San Antonio player was able to clear it. The game then went into a shootout and Morin led off for the Hogs, but was stopped with a pad save by Grumet-Morris. Greg Rallo was first up for San Antonio and missed the net. Pirri tried to give the Hogs the lead in the shootout in the second round, but was stopped by Grumet-Morris’ left pad. Hutton made a big pad save on James Wright to keep the shootout scoreless. In the third round, Hogs center Martin St. Pierre was able to get his shot past Grumet-Morris’ glove to put Rockford ahead and they wouldn’t look back after that. Center Marcus Kruger added to the Hogs’ lead in the fourth round with a goal that went five-hole on Grumet-Morris and Hutton stopped Casey Wellman and Drew Shore in the third and fourth rounds respectively to give the Hogs their second victory on the 2012-13 season.

-Rockford outshot the Rampage 44-30.

-The Hogs went 1-for-7 on the power play and San Antonio couldn’t convert on any of their four man advantages.

-Forwards Brandon Pirri and Peter LeBlanc each registered five shots on goal for Rockford.

-The game was a very physical and chippy contest. At one point, 5-foot-11 Andrew Shaw laid out 6-foot-6 Rampage defenseman Nolan Yonkman. There were numerous scrums and one big fight between center Rob Flick and left winger Jean-Francois Jacques. Jacques was assessed a game misconduct for not wearing a fight strap and Hogs winger Wade Brookbank also received a game misconduct for being the third man in that fight.

-The three stars were:  1 – Carter Hutton 2 – Dov Grumet-Morris 3 – Brandon Pirri

-Some of the power play units that were used were:

Ben Smith – Martin St. Pierre – Marcus Kruger

Nick Leddy – Adam Clendening

Jimmy Hayes – Brandon Pirri – Jeremy Morin

Peter LeBlanc – Joe Lavin

-Some of the penalty killers were:  Marcus Kruger, Jimmy Hayes, Ryan Stanton, and Nick Leddy; Peter LeBlanc, Andrew Shaw, Joe Lavin, and Dylan Olsen.

-The scratches were:  Brandon Svendsen (upper body), Brandon Saad (injured), Shawn Lalonde, Klas Dahlbeck, and Philippe Paradis (healthy).

-The lines and D pairs:

Jeremy Morin – Brandon Pirri – Ben Smith

Brandon Bollig – Marcus Kruger – Andrew Shaw

Jimmy Hayes – Martin St. Pierre – Peter LeBlanc

Wade Brookbank – Rob Flick – Kyle Beach

Nick Leddy – Ryan Stanton

Joe Lavin – Adam Clendening

Dylan Olsen – Brett Lebda

Saturday, October 27 at Grand RapidsThe IceHogs did not get off to a very good start Saturday night against the Griffins. With only one minute and three seconds gone in the opening frame, they were already down 1-0 thanks to a Francis Pare tally from Tomas Jurco.  The Griffins added to their lead at 2:57 with a power play marker from Gustav Nyquist. Hogs forward Ben Smith cut the deficit to one after he tipped in a Shawn Lalonde shot at 16:34. Grand Rapids left winger Trevor Parkes gave the Griffins their two goal lead back at 7:22 of the second period. The Hogs battled right back though and at 16:39 a Lalonde shot was deflected into the back of the net by center Marcus Kruger for his third goal of the 2012-13 season. At 5:02 of the third period, forward Jimmy Hayes tied the game at three on a 2-on-0 rush just three seconds after the Hogs had been shorthanded. 38 seconds later, Kyle Beach netted his first goal of the 2012-13 season as he got one by Griffins netminder Jordan Pearce.

Twenty five seconds after Beach put the Hogs ahead, the Griffins tied it again. This time it was defenseman Brendan Smith that got one by Hogs goaltender Carter Hutton while Grand Rapids was on a power play. Andrew Shaw answered back for the Hogs on their own power play at 9:08 to give Rockford the 5-4 lead. The see-saw game was far from over there. Griffins forward Tomas Tatar tied the game with a power play goal at 16:13 of the third period, which sent the game into overtime. The Hogs didn’t have to wait long for the outcome to be known. At the 58 second mark of the extra frame, center Brandon Pirri won the game for Rockford with his third tally of the season.

-Grand Rapids outshot Rockford 33-29.

-The Hogs went 1-for-4 on the power play and the Griffins went 3-for-6.

-Defenseman Shawn Lalonde led the team in shots as he fired four of them on net.

Ben Smith’s first period tally was his 35th career AHL goal.

-Center Brandon Pirri was +3 on the evening.

-Rookie defenseman Adam Clendening recorded his first pro point with his secondary assist on Kyle Beach‘s 3rd period tally.

-This contest was played on forward Brandon Saad’s 20th birthday; it was defenseman Adam Clendening’s 20th birthday on the 26th.

-The three stars were: 1 – Brandon Pirri 2 – Tomas Tatar 3 – Gustav Nyquist

-The scratches were:  Brandon Svendsen (upper body), Brandon Saad (injured), Nick Leddy (injured—was hurt sometime in the game on Thursday night, but managed to play through the injury), Philippe Paradis, and Brett Lebda (healthy).

-The lines and D pairs were:

Jeremy Morin – Brandon Pirri – Ben Smith

Brandon Bollig – Marcus Kruger – Andrew Shaw

Jimmy Hayes – Martin St. Pierre – Peter LeBlanc

Wade Brookbank – Rob Flick – Kyle Beach

Joe Lavin – Ryan Stanton

Shawn Lalonde – Klas Dahlbeck

Dylan Olsen – Adam Clendening

Sunday, October 28 vs. San AntonioThe IceHogs welcomed back the Rampage into the BMO on Sunday for their second game against them in four nights. Ben Smith got the Hogs started off on the right foot at the 1:42 mark. From the slot, Smith buried a sweet Brandon Pirri pass from the right circle. At 15:11, Rampage center Casey Wellman found himself on a breakaway and was able to make a nice move to get it by Hogs netminder Carter Hutton to tie the game at one. In the second period, the Hogs found themselves down three forwards. Brandon Bollig was in the box for five minutes for fighting Rampage defenseman Nolan Yonkman and both Kyle Beach and Philippe Paradis left the ice with the trainer. During this time, Hogs center Martin St. Pierre gave the home team the lead with some beautiful moves from out front. He was able to lift the puck past San Antonio goalie Dov Grumet-Morris’ blocker side at 7:28 for his second tally of the year. (For the record, Beach and Paradis came back not too long after St. Pierre’s goal).

Hogs forward Jeremy Morin had a chance to give the Hogs a two goal lead at 17:02 of the second as he was on a breakaway and taken down, which gave him a penalty shot. Grumet-Morris made the pad save on the shot though. At 2:39 of the third, Smith deflected in Hogs rookie defenseman Adam Clendening‘s shot from the right side. That was enough for the Hogs to hang on for the 3-1 victory and record their fourth straight win.

-The IceHogs outshot the Rampage 25-24.

-Rockford didn’t score on any of their five power plays and they killed all seven of San Antonio’s man advantages.

Ben Smith led the Hogs in shots on goal with four.

Jeremy Morin recorded his 60th professional point with his assist on Ben Smith’s third period tally.

-Four of the IceHogs were +2 on the night:  Adam Clendening, Ryan Stanton, Jeremy Morin, Ben Smith, and Brandon Pirri.

-The three stars were:  1 – Ben Smith 2 – Jeremy Morin 3 – Martin St. Pierre

-One of the power play units that were used was:

Jeremy Morin – Brandon Pirri – Jimmy Hayes

Peter LeBlanc – Shawn Lalonde

-Some of the penalty killers that were used were:  Marcus Kruger, Brandon Bollig, Ryan Stanton, and Joe Lavin; Philippe Paradis, Andrew Shaw, Klas Dahlbeck, and Shawn Lalonde; Jimmy Hayes, Ben Smith, Ryan Stanton, and Joe Lavin.

-The scratches were: Brandon Svendsen (upper body), Brandon Saad (injured), Nick Leddy (injured), Wade Brookbank, and Dylan Olsen (healthy).

-The Lines and D pairs were:

Jeremy Morin – Brandon Pirri – Ben Smith

Brandon Bollig – Marcus Kruger – Andrew Shaw

Jimmy Hayes – Martin St. Pierre – Peter LeBlanc

Kyle Beach – Rob Flick – Philippe Paradis

Ryan Stanton – Adam Clendening

Shawn Lalonde – Klas Dahlbeck

Joe Lavin – Brett Lebda

Tidbits

The IceHogs are currently in 7th in the Western Conference standings with a record of 4-3-0-1 (9 points). They’re technically tied for 6th, but Houston has a game in hand. The Hogs are in second in the Midwest Division. Chicago is in front of them with 11 points and a record of 5-2-1-0.

-Hog Talk is back next Monday at District Bar and Grill in Rockford from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The guests have yet to be announced. The show will air Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on WIFR’s Weather Now 23.2 in Rockford.

-Check out this Halloween video from IceHogs Films:

Upcoming Games

Friday, November 2 vs. Chicago at 7:05 p.m.

Saturday, November 3 vs. Lake Erie at 7:05 p.m.

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