IceHogs Tuesday: 3 Game Winning Streaks Are Nice

Brandon Saad and Jeremy Morin were on the scoresheet a lot in week 7. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

Even with Thanksgiving, the IceHogs were busy during the holiday week. Wednesday featured a home contest against a Midwest Division rival and then the weekend brought a road trip to Ohio to face the Monsters.

Wednesday, November 21 vs. Peoria For the second consecutive Wednesday, the IceHogs welcomed the Rivermen into the BMO Harris Bank Center for a Midwest Division show down. It didn’t take long for the action to start. 56 seconds into the game, IceHogs rookie defenseman Adam Clendening scored his 3rd goal of the season with a shot from the right point that beat Rivermen netminder Jake Allen blocker side. Around halfway through the period, Hogs defenseman Nick Leddy led a rush into Peoria’s zone and dished the puck to forward Jeremy Morin at the top of the right circle. Morin found center Marcus Kruger in the high slot and he let a shot fly as Brandon Saad drove to the front of the net, but Allen was able to make the save. At the 12 minute mark of the period, Saad found himself on a shorthanded breakaway while killing off a Brandon Bollig penalty for interference and he buried his shot after he deked Allen into next Tuesday. Just as that penalty expired 1:17 later, Rivs centerman Phil McRae cut the Rockford lead to one with a shot from Hogs goalie Carter Hutton’s left. Rivs defenseman Ian Cole tied the game up at two with 4:56 left in the first period. His shot from the high slot beat Hutton blocker side. Peoria wasn’t done quite yet in the opening frame. With 45 seconds to go, Jaden Schwartz was left all alone out in front of Hutton and he scored to give the Rivs their first lead of the night.

The second period was mostly uneventful until the 17:32 mark. Hogs center Martin St. Pierre tied the game up at three after a Jimmy Hayes shot from the left halfwall bounced in off of him for his 4th goal of the year. Three seconds after the the goal, Bollig and Rivs captain Scott Ford dropped the gloves in a spirited bout. At 17:57, Morin got the Hogs their lead back with a power play goal after he collected a rebound from right out in front and slipped it by Allen.

Morin struck again with another power play goal at 7:20 of the third period with a shot from the left hashmarks to make it 5-3. Kruger set him up with a pass from behind the net. The goal was Morin’s 7th of the 2012-13 season. Morin had a chance at a hat trick later on in the period as he found himself on a breakaway during a period of 4-on-4 hockey, but Allen was able to make the save. With 14.3 seconds left in regulation, Sergey Andronov cut the Rockford lead to 5-4, but the IceHogs were able to hang on for the victory.

-Rockford outshot Peoria 35-26.

-The IceHogs went 2-for-6 on the power play and were able to kill off all five of the Rivermen’s power plays.

Alec Richards started the second period in goal in place of Carter Hutton. Hutton had given up three goals on nine shots during the first twenty minutes and head coach Ted Dent had to do something to shake the team up.

Jeremy Morin led the IceHogs with 7 shots on goal.

-The three stars were:  1 – Jeremy Morin 2 – Adam Clendening 3 – Jimmy Hayes

-Some of the power play units that the IceHogs used on Wednesday were:

Brandon Saad – Marcus Kruger – Jeremy Morin

Nick Leddy – Adam Clendening

Brandon Pirri – Ben Smith – Martin St. Pierre

Nick Leddy – Adam Clendening

Brandon Saad – Marcus Kruger – Jeremy Morin

Peter LeBlanc – Dylan Olsen

Jimmy Hayes – Martin St. Pierre – Brandon Pirri

Nick Leddy – Adam Clendening

-Some of the penalty killers that were used were:  Marcus Kruger, Brandon Saad, Ryan Stanton, and Nick Leddy; Martin St. Pierre, Jimmy Hayes, Klas Dahlbeck, and Dylan Olsen; Ben Smith, Brandon Bollig, Nick Leddy, and Ryan Stanton.

-The scratches were:  Brandon Svendsen (upper body), Andrew Shaw, Shawn Lalonde (suspended), Wade Brookbank, and Brett Lebda (healthy).

-The lines and D pairs were:

Kyle Beach – Brandon Pirri – Peter LeBlanc

Jeremy Morin – Marcus Kruger – Brandon Saad

Ben Smith – Jimmy Hayes – Martin St. Pierre

Philippe Paradis – Rob Flick – Brandon Bollig

Nick Leddy – Ryan Stanton

Dylan Olsen – Joe Lavin

Klas Dahlbeck – Adam Clendening

Friday, November 23 at Lake Erie Rockford rolled into Lake Erie for game two of the season series against the Monsters on Friday night and the IceHogs got off to a great start. 1:07 into the contest, defenseman Nick Leddy scored a power play goal to give Rockford a 1-0 lead. That goal was Leddy’s first goal of the season. There wasn’t any more scoring in the game until the 8:08 mark of the second period when forward Kyle Beach gave Rockford a 2-0 lead. Lake Erie’s Luke Walker cut the IceHogs’ lead to one with a goal at the 12:37 mark of the period. The Monsters tied the game at 2:58 of the third period with defenseman Tyson’s Barrie’s fifth goal of the 2012-13 season. The Hogs were able to regain their lead at 10:40 with forward Brandon Saad’s fourth goal of the year. Andrew Shaw, in his first game back from his six game suspension, made it 4-2 Hogs with ten seconds left in the game with an empty net goal.

-Rockford outshot Lake Erie 37-32.

-The IceHogs went 1-for-3 on the power play and the Monsters went 2-for-7.

-Rookie defenseman Adam Clendening led the IceHogs with five shots on goal.

-Defenseman Joe Lavin and forward Andrew Shaw were both +2 on the night.

-IceHogs captain Martin St. Pierre played in his 600th professional game on Friday night.

-The three stars were:  1 – Brandon Saad 2 – Adam Clendening 3 – Mike Sgarbossa

Alec Richards was in net for the IceHogs.

-The scratches were:  Brandon Svendsen (upper body), Shawn Lalonde (suspended), Peter LeBlanc, Brett Lebda, and Wade Brookbank (healthy).

Saturday, November 24 at Lake ErieThe IceHogs and Monsters were back at it again on Saturday night in Cleveland for their third tilt against each other. And for the second straight night, the IceHogs got on the board first. This time, it was center Rob Flick who gave the visitors a 1-0 lead at the 5:06 mark of the opening frame with a shot from the slot. Lake Erie tied things up at 4:31 of the second period with a Brad Malone tally, but Andrew Shaw was able to get the lead back for his squad at 7:39 as he stuffed one by Lake Erie netminder Calvin Pickard for his third marker on the year. Martin St. Pierre had a golden opportunity to extend Rockford’s lead in the third period. He was all alone at the bottom of the left circle and had a wide open cage to shoot into, but somehow Pickard came all the way over across his crease to stop it. Ben Smith came to the rescue though at 13:01 of the third and gave Rockford a 3-1 lead as he tallied his sixth goal of the year with a backhander out in front. Lake Erie came storming back though at the end of the period as the Hogs started running around in their own zone. With Nick Leddy in the box for interference, Mike Sgarbossa tallied his seventh goal of the year at 15:18 as he got one by Hogs goalie Alec Richards. Sgarbossa struck again with 48 seconds to play in regulation, and on another power play with Ryan Stanton in the box for cross-checking, to tie things up at three and to send the game into overtime.

The Hogs had a huge chance in overtime to win the game as the Monsters’ Bryan Lerg was called for delay of game at 1:39, but they weren’t able to convert and the contest was off to a shootout. Brandon Saad led off the skills competition and he was able to tally as he slipped the puck by Pickard’s right pad. Sgarbossa then went for Lake Erie and Richards was able to stop him. In the second round, no one was able to convert; Brandon Pirri was stopped by Pickard’s right pad and Richards made a big glove save on Lerg. The third round was also scoreless as St. Pierre and Lake Erie’s Mark Olver couldn’t score. Hogs centerman Marcus Kruger was stopped by Pickard in the fourth round as he tried to go five-hole on him and Tyson Barrie scored for Lake Erie to tie the shootout at one. Leddy was up for Rockford in the fifth round and he was able to send a shot past Pickard to give Rockford the 2-1 lead, but Bill Thomas was also able to score for Lake Erie as he went five-hole on Richards. It was up to Jeremy Morin to score in the sixth round to give Rockford the lead again, and he did just that. Morin’s tally held up as the game winner as Richards was able to make the save on Malone to give the IceHogs the 4-3 victory in Ohio.

-Lake Erie outshot Rockford 39-38.

-The IceHogs didn’t score on any of their six power plays and the Monsters converted on two of their five chances on the man advantage.

Brandon Pirri, Jeremy Morin, Brandon Saad, Nick Leddy, and Joe Lavin all fired a team high four shots on net on Saturday night.

-Defenseman Ryan Stanton had a night he’d like to forget. He took four minor penalties in this game (two for cross-checking and two for high-sticking).

-The 3 stars were:  1 – Jeremy Morin 2 – Mike Sgarbossa 3 – Alec Richards

-Some of the power play units Rockford used were:

Jeremy Morin – Marcus Kruger – Brandon Saad

Nick Leddy – Adam Clendening

Ben Smith – Martin St. Pierre – Marcus Kruger

Brandon Pirri – Adam Clendening

Ben Smith – Brandon Pirri – Kyle Beach

Martin St. Pierre – Adam Clendening

-During the power play in overtime, Rockford used the units of:  Brandon Pirri, Martin St. Pierre, Ben Smith, and Marcus Kruger; Jeremy Morin, Brandon Saad, Nick Leddy, and Adam Clendening.

-Some of the penalty killers that were used were:  Marcus Kruger, Andrew Shaw, Joe Lavin, and Dylan Olsen; Brandon Saad, Jimmy Hayes, Klas Dahlbeck, and Nick Leddy; Ben Smith, Philippe Paradis, Nick Leddy, and Adam Clendening; Martin St. Pierre, Jimmy Hayes, Klas Dahlbeck, and Joe Lavin; Brandon Saad, Marcus Kruger, Klas Dahlbeck, and Ryan Stanton.

-The scratches were:  Brandon Svendsen (upper body), Shawn Lalonde (last game of his suspension), Wade Brookbank, Brett Lebda, and Peter LeBlanc (healthy).

-The lines and D pairs were:

Andrew Shaw – Brandon Pirri – Kyle Beach

Brandon Saad – Marcus Kruger – Jeremy Morin

Ben Smith – Jimmy Hayes – Martin St. Pierre (St. Pierre took most of the draws on this line though)

Philippe Paradis – Rob Flick –Brandon Bollig

Ryan Stanton – Klas Dahlbeck

Nick Leddy – Adam Clendening

Joe Lavin – Dylan Olsen

Tuesday, November 27 vs. Texas In a rare Tuesday evening game in the AHL, the IceHogs welcomed the Texas Stars into the BMO Harris Bank Center for their first match-up of the season. It didn’t take long to get the party started for the IceHogs. At 1:51 of the first period, Jimmy Hayes put home a Ben Smith rebound past Stars netminder Jack Campbell for his fifth goal of the season. Just over a minute and a half later at 3:32, the Hogs tallied a power play goal courtesy of center Marcus Kruger as he got a puck by Campbell from the left circle-ish area. Jeremy Morin was wreaking havoc out in front of Campbell and got him out of position to open up the cage for Kruger to fire it in. A minute and five seconds later, Hayes tallied his second goal of the evening.  He was parked on Campbell’s right side and Shawn Lalonde found him there with a seeing-eye pass from the bottom of the right circle and all Hayes had to do was tap it into the wide open net. At that point in time, Rockford wasn’t just leading the game 3-0 five minutes into the game, but they were also leading on the shot clock 9-0. Texas didn’t register its first shot on goal until there was 12:18 left in the period. Texas broke Alec Richards’ shutout bid at 10:36 as Antoine Roussel scored from near the crease. The Stars then cut the lead to one on a deflection by Alex Chiasson at 14:59. The normal Jack Campbell—like the one we saw when Team USA won the gold medal at the 2010 World Junior Championship—made himself known towards the end of the first period when the Hogs were on a power play. Brandon Pirri had a golden chance from below the right circle with the cage wide open. He one timed the puck, but Campbell came across the crease and was able to make the body save and deny Pirri’s bid for his seventh goal of the season.

The energy and urgency the Hogs played with during the first five minutes of the game was lost after that. There wasn’t much of it shown in the rest of the first period, and hardly any of it during the second period. Texas tied the game at 6:03 with a goal from Jordie Benn with Hogs captain Martin St. Pierre in the box for interference. Reilly Smith gave the Stars their first lead of the night at 14:57 with his first professional goal. At 17:13, Andrew Shaw was able to tie the game up at four after he tipped in an Adam Clendening pass from the right point while the Hogs were on a power play with Jordie Benn in the box for interference.

The Hogs tried to carry the momentum they gained from the Shaw goal over into the third period, but Campbell was able to stop everything they fired at him. One of those saves included a huge left pad save on a Ben Smith attempt. With 10:58 to go in regulation, Texas regained the lead and made it 5-4 with Pirri in the box for holding. Colton Sceviour was the goal scorer and it was his fourth of the year. The Hogs had a huge chance to tie the game up with 6:04 left as Matt Fraser was called for a double minor for high-sticking Hogs defenseman Ryan Stanton. But the power play barely generated any chances and the Hogs went scoreless on it and dropped the contest, which ended their three game winning streak.

-Rockford outshot Texas 37-19.

-The IceHogs went 2-for-7 on the power play and the Stars converted on ALL THREE of their man advantages.

Brandon Pirri led Rockford with five shots on goal.

-The three stars were:  1 – Colton Sceviour 2 – Jimmy Hayes 3 – Jordie Benn

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

Brandon Pirri – Martin St. Pierre – Ben Smith

Nick Leddy – Adam Clendening

Jeremy Morin – Marcus Kruger – Brandon Saad

Nick Leddy – Adam Clendening

Jimmy Hayes – Martin St. Pierre – Brandon Pirri

Brett Lebda – Shawn Lalonde

Andrew Shaw – Brandon Pirri – Jimmy Hayes

Brett Lebda – Ryan Stanton

-Some of the penalty killers were:  Martin St. Pierre, Andrew Shaw, Ryan Stanton, and Klas Dahlbeck; Marcus Kruger, Jimmy Hayes, Shawn Lalonde, and Nick Leddy;

-The scratches were:  Brandon Svendsen (upper body), Dylan Olsen, Joe Lavin (both injured according to Chris Block), Wade Brookbank, and Peter LeBlanc (healthy).

The lines and D pairs were:

Andrew Shaw – Brandon Pirri – Kyle Beach

Brandon Saad – Marcus Kruger – Jeremy Morin

Martin St. Pierre – Jimmy Hayes – Ben Smith (St. Pierre took many of the draws on that line again.)

Philippe Paradis – Rob Flick – Brandon Bollig

Ryan Stanton – Klas Dahlbeck

Nick Leddy – Adam Clendening

Brett Lebda – Shawn Lalonde

 Tidbits

-There will not be a Hog Talk on Monday.

-Check out part two of the IceHogs’ home opener courtesy of BHTV.

-The IceHogs are currently in 10th place in the Western Conference standings with a record of 9-9-0-1 (19 points), but are tied for 7th with Rochester, Chicago, and Toronto.

Upcoming Games

Wednesday, November 28 at Chicago at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 1 at Charlotte at 6:00 p.m. CST

Sunday, December 2 at Charlotte 2:00 p.m. CST

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