IceHogs Tuesday: Shaw’d Out Of A Cannon

The end of Saturday’s 2nd period was… fun. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

Week four brought two more home games for the IceHogs and both games were against tough opponents. The Midwest Division leaders were in town on Friday and the fourth place team in the Western Conference was in for Saturday’s contest.

Friday, November 2 vs. ChicagoFriday’s tilt at the BMO Harris Bank Center against the Wolves was a big one for the IceHogs. If the Hogs could beat their I-90 rivals, they would be tied for first in the Midwest Division.

That plan didn’t exactly work though.

The Wolves got on the board first with an Andrew Gordon shot from the top of the circles at 4:34. The Hogs had a chance to tie it up while shorthanded about halfway through the period. Jimmy Hayes brought the puck into the zone and was able to get a good shot off, but Wolves netminder Eddie Lack was able to make the save. He gave up a rebound though and center Marcus Kruger, who drove to the front of the net, followed up on the shot, but Lack was able to make another save. Defenseman Joe Lavin was able to snag that rebound as he pinched into the slot, but Lack was able to stop that shot as well.

Hogs winger Kyle Beach did tie the game up at one with a wicked shot from the top of the circles at 16:28. It didn’t take long for the Wolves to regain the lead. About two minutes later, Brett Sterling beat four Hogs skaters and slipped one by Hogs goalie Carter Hutton for his second goal of the year.

Wolves center Jordan Schroeder gave Chicago a two goal lead at 2:46 of the second period just after a power play for Chicago had expired. The Wolves kept piling it on at 10:08 of the period. Bill Sweatt tallied his third goal of the season as he swatted home a rebound after Hutton came way out of the net to make a save.

Due to that goal, Hutton was pulled in favor of back-up goaltender Alec Richards. At 13:35, Hogs center Brandon Pirri cut the lead in half with a power play goal from the right hashmarks.

Chris Tanev gave Chicago their three goal lead back at 10:31 of the third period as the Wolves had a two-on-one rush deep into the Rockford zone. Beach chipped the Chicago lead down to two again with his second marker of the evening. His shot from the right circle got by Lack at 15:58. Former Blackhawk Andrew Ebbett sealed the victory for Chicago at 17:33 as he made it 6-3 with a shot that beat Richards high glove side.

– The IceHogs outshot the Wolves 32-25.

– Rockford went 1-for-5 on the power play and Chicago went 2-for-9.

– Forwards Jeremy Morin and Jimmy Hayes led the Hogs in shots on goal with four each.

– Forward Peter LeBlanc was benched for much of the third period. Rookie defenseman Adam Clendening didn’t see that much ice time in the third either.

– Some of the power play units that the Hogs used were:

Jeremy Morin – Brandon Pirri – Jimmy Hayes

Peter LeBlanc – Brett Lebda

Marcus Kruger – Martin St. Pierre – Ben Smith

Joe Lavin – Adam Clendening

Jeremy Morin – Brandon Pirri – Kyle Beach

Peter LeBlanc – Brett Lebda

Martin St. Pierre – Marcus Kruger – Ben Smith

Joe Lavin – Brandon Pirri

Brandon Bollig – Rob Flick – Andrew Shaw

Brett Lebda – Brandon Pirri

– Some of the penalty killers that were used were:  Ben Smith, Brandon Bollig, Ryan Stanton, Klas Dahlbeck; Peter LeBlanc, Ben Smith, Dylan Olsen, Joe Lavin; Jeremy Morin, Ryan Stanton, Andrew Shaw, Joe Lavin. While killing off a 5-on-3 power play, Peter LeBlanc, Ben Smith, and Joe Lavin were used.

– The three stars were: 1 – Jordan Schroeder 2 – Chris Tanev 3 – Kyle Beach

– The scratches were:  Brandon Svendsen (upper body), Nick Leddy (injured), Brandon Saad (injured), Shawn Lalonde, and Wade Brookbank (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 – Klas Dahlbeck

Joe Lavin – Brett Lebda

Dylan Olsen – Adam Clendening

Saturday, November 3 vs. Lake ErieThe IceHogs were looking to put a much better effort on the ice than the effort from the previous night. Brandon Bollig did just that for them as he put home a loose puck as he drove to the front of the net for his second goal of the year at 9:06. The goal was initially waved off as center Marcus Kruger was pushed on top of Lake Erie netminder Calvin Pickard, but they gave it to the Hogs after a video review.

At 13:48, Lake Erie tied the game up. From behind the net, Luke Walker found Andrew Agozzino all alone in front and set him up for Agozzino’s fifth tally of the season. Less than two minutes later, Bill Thomas gave Lake Erie the lead from the high slot. He went high glove side on Hogs goalie Carter Hutton for his third goal of the year. The Monsters weren’t done quite just yet in the first period. At 17:34, Tyson Barrie scored his fourth goal of the season to make it 3-1.

The game, as a whole, was a chippy one, and the second period was a penalty filled one. The only power play goal in the frame came from the home squad. Hogs defenseman Adam Clendening tallied his first professional goal with a shot from the right halfwall at 18:31. Forward Ben Smith was providing traffic in front of Pickard.

The chippy flood gates opened when the period ended.  Everyone gathered when the horn sounded. Jeremy Morin was tussling with someone and then Dylan Olsen was doing the same. Once Morin had been separated and he saw the Olsen scene, he went to go defend his teammate, but an official dragged him down. The next thing everyone saw was a little, white #23 bullet that came flying off of the IceHogs bench and into the scrum where he tackled a Lake Erie skater from behind.  That shot-out-of-a-cannon would be none other than Andrew Shaw.

Then, Wade Brookbank came off of the bench and was about to fight Monsters winger Patrick Bordeleau, but Brodeleau didn’t want any part of Brookbank and a referee managed to grab onto the Hogs’ forward before they could actually begin fighting. Just as things began to get sorted out a bit, Brandon Bollig was in front of the Lake Erie bench and was yapping at everyone there. Ryan Stanton was over there for a couple seconds and then Morin came in and was yapping even more at some Monsters players.

Eventually, both teams left the ice surface for the intermission, and when the penalties were sorted out, the Hogs found themselves down three players. Shaw and Brookbank received game misconducts for leaving the bench and Bollig received a game misconduct for unsportsmanlike conduct. Bordeleau received a game misconduct for unsportsmanlike conduct as well. To see all of the penalties from the scrum, look here at the boxscore from theahl.com.

When the teams finally got back to playing in the third period, Shawn Lalonde tied the game at 4:56 with a power play goal from the left circle. It was the defenseman’s first goal of the season. The Hogs had all of the momentum going in their favor, especially with a raucous BMO behind them. At 9:11, and four seconds into a power play, center Brandon Pirri deflected in a Brett Lebda shot from the point to give the Hogs the 4-3 lead and they wouldn’t look back from there. Kyle Beach added to the Hogs’ lead at 10:40 with a shot from the top of the circles and then Morin added his third goal of the season—and it was a beauty–at 12:21 to make it 6-3 and seal the win for Rockford.

– The IceHogs outshot the Monsters 33-25.

– Rockford went 3-for-6 on the power play and Lake Erie went 0-for-8. The Hogs are lucky that Lake Erie didn’t tally on any of those man advantages or this game could have ended very differently.  In all reality, they took way too many penalties all weekend in general.

– Defenseman Shawn Lalonde led the Hogs in shots on goal as he fired six of them on target on Saturday night.

– Jimmy Hayes spent a lot of time playing center in Saturday’s contetst.

– The three stars were:  1 – Kyle Beach 2 – Brett Lebda 3 – Brandon Pirri

– One of the power play units that the Hogs used was:

Jeremy Morin – Brandon Pirri – Kyle Beach

Dylan Olsen – Shawn Lalonde

– Some of the penalty killers that were used were:  Jeremy Morin, Brandon Bollig, Klas Dahlbeck, Ryan Stanton; Martin St. Pierre, Ben Smith, Shawn Lalonde, Ryan Stanton; Andrew Shaw, Ben Smith, Klas Dahbleck, Shawn Lalonde; Marcus Kruger, Jimmy Hayes, Ryan Stanton, Klas Dahlbeck; Brandon Bollig, Ben Smith, Dylan Olsen, Shawn Lalonde.

– The scratches were:  Brandon Svendsen (upper body), Nick Leddy (injured), Brandon Saad (injured), Joe Lavin, and Peter LeBlanc (healthy).

– The lines and D pairs were:

Jeremy Morin – Brandon Pirri – Ben Smith

Andrew Shaw – Marcus Kruger – Brandon Bollig

Kyle Beach – Martin St. Pierre – Jimmy Hayes

Philippe Paradis – Rob Flick – Wade Brookbank

Brett Lebda – Ryan Stanton

Dylan Olsen – Adam Clendening

Klas Dahlbeck – Shawn Lalonde

Tidbits

– IceHogs winger Kyle Beach was named the AHL Player of the Week for week four.

– The IceHogs are offering free tickets to Saturday’s game for any active or retired military personnel.

– Check out this Ben Smith interview from the IceHogs’ Youtube account:

– Also from the IceHogs’ Youtube account:  Find out who the IceHogs would and wouldn’t vote into office:

– Hog Talk is back next Monday with defenseman Shawn Lalonde, forward Marcus Kruger, and one of the coaches. It’s not at District Bar and Grill, but at Onyx Bar and Grill in Machesney Park. The show will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will be aired on Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on channel 23.2 in Rockford.

Upcoming Games

Friday, November 9 at Grand Rapids at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 10 vs. Milwaukee at 7:05 p.m.

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