IceHogs Tuesday: Week Nine Was Not So Fine

Make it rain, Kyle Beach. Make it rain. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

Week nine was filled with Midwest Division opponents for the Rockford IceHogs.  Fortunately for the IceHogs, two of the games were on home ice.  The Hogs also looked to extend their three game winning streak.

Friday, December 7 vs. MilwaukeeThe IceHogs welcomed the Admirals into the BMO Harris Bank Center on Friday and the home squad got the party started early on. From the left circle, IceHogs forward Rob Flick fired one home past Ads goalie Jeremy Smith for his second goal of the year to give Rockford the 1-0 lead at 9:13.

Milwaukee flipped its switch on during the second period. At 11:44, Michael Latta deflected in a Ryan Ellis shot from the right point to tie the game at one. Gabriel Bourque gave Milwaukee its first lead of the night as he sent a shot from the left circle by Hogs netminder Carter Hutton high blocker side at 14:24. Just over a minute later, Victor Bartley tallied his second goal of the year to extend the Ads’ lead to 3-1.

The IceHogs came roaring back in the final frame though. It started with a shot on a power play at 6:19 by defenseman Nick Leddy. Ben Smith was parked out in front of the Milwaukee crease when Leddy’s shot from the top of the left circle was let go and he deflected it in past Jeremy Smith. Ben Smith kept his hot scoring touch alive with another power play goal at 12:20 to tie the game at three apiece. He deflected in an Adam Clendening shot from the right point for his tenth goal of the 2012-13 campaign. 39 seconds later, center Brandon Pirri gave the Hogs the 4-3 lead with his eighth goal of the year as he fired home a Martin St. Pierre cross-ice pass from the right circle and got it by Jeremy Smith’s left pad. St. Pierre sealed the game with an empty net goal with 26 seconds to go to make it 5-3 and give Rockford its fifth win in a row.

-Rockford outshot Milwaukee 32-18.

-The IceHogs went 2-for-4 on the power play and the Admirals went 0-for-1.

-IceHogs defenseman Brett Lebda led Rockford with five shots on goal.

-IceHogs goalie Carter Hutton recorded his 50th pro victory.

-The three stars were:  1 – Brandon Pirri 2 – Ben Smith 3 – Ryan Ellis

-The power play units the IceHogs used were:

Brandon Saad – Marcus Kruger – Jeremy Morin

Nick Leddy – Adam Clendening

Martin St. Pierre – Brandon Pirri – Ben Smith

Brett Lebda – Shawn Lalonde

-One of the penalty killing units the IceHogs used was Marcus Kruger, Brandon Saad, Klas Dahlbeck, and Ryan Stanton.

-The scratches were:  Brandon Svendsen, Joe Lavin (injured), Wade Brookbank, and Dylan Olsen (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

Brandon Bollig – Peter LeBlanc – Rob Flick

Klas Dahlbeck – Ryan Stanton

Nick Leddy – Adam Clendening

Brett Lebda – Shawn Lalonde

Saturday, December 8 vs. ChicagoThe only way that Saturday’s contest was similar to Friday’s game was that the IceHogs scored the first goal. Otherwise, the Wolves dominated the action; they even lead the shots on goal category at one point 8-1. The game was chippy early on. At 10:59 of the first period, IceHogs forward Brandon Bollig drove to the front of the net and somehow got into an altercation with Wolves netminder Matt Climie. Climie lost his mask in the process of going after Bollig and everyone gathered. Kyle Beach separated from the group with Brett Sterling and tried to beat him up, but Sterling turtled. Ryan Stanton and Zack Kassian were scrumming and then Bollig stepped into that and received a ten minute misconduct for continuing an altercation.

The IceHogs had to kill off a Beach minor for unsportsmanlike conduct once the penalties were all sorted out. With 1:37 left in the kill, Hogs goalie Carter Hutton was called for holding, which forced Rockford to kill off a 5-on-3 Chicago power play. Kassian took a penalty for slashing to shorten the Chicago power play up, and eventually everything was back at even strength. On teddy bear toss night, Beach made the stuffed animals rain at 18:32 of the period with a shot from the right circle that went over Climie’s glove for Beach’s eighth goal of the year. In all, 5,526 bears were tossed onto the ice by the IceHogs fans.

Chicago’s Andrew Ebbett tied the game at one at 4:53 of the second as he picked up a rebound and put it by Hutton’s blocker side while on a power play. The Wolves took the lead and never looked back at 7:12 of the third period. Darren Haydar tallied his first goal of the season (whoa) as he put home a rebound and that was enough for the Wolves to hang on for the 2-1 win.

-Chicago outshot Rockford 36-24.

-The IceHogs went scoreless on the power play in three attempts. The Wolves only tallied once on the power play in eight tries.

-IceHogs forwards Brandon Pirri, Marcus Kruger, and Kyle Beach both fired a team high three shots on net.

-The three stars were:  1 – Darren Haydar 2 – Andrew Ebbett 3 – Carter Hutton

-The power play units that the IceHogs used were:

Brandon Saad – Marcus Kruger – Jeremy Morin

Brett Lebda – Shawn Lalonde

Martin St. Pierre – Brandon Pirri – Ben Smith

Nick Leddy – Adam Clendening

-Some of the penalty killing units that the IceHogs used were:  Marcus Kruger, Ben Smith, Ryan Stanton, and Klas Dahlbeck; Martin St. Pierre, Jimmy Hayes, Shawn Lalonde, and Nick Leddy; Marcus Kruger, Ben Smith, and Ryan Stanton were used on the 5-on-3 penalty kill.

There were plenty of fisticuffs in this game. Andrew Shaw fought Wolves forward Tim Miller in the second period and Jeremy Morin fought defenseman Kevin Connauton in the third period. Connauton busted Morin’s lip during their bout and Morin had to go off for repairs. He returned for the last minute and a half or so, but never was able to get out onto the ice for a shift.

-The scratches were:  Brandon Svendsen, Joe Lavin (injured), Wade Brookbank, and Dylan Olsen (healthy).

-The lines and D pairs were:

Andrew Shaw – Brandon Pirri – Peter LeBlanc

Brandon Saad – Marcus Kruger – Jeremy Morin

Martin St. Pierre – Jimmy Hayes – Ben Smith

Brandon Bollig – Rob Flick – Kyle Beach

Klas Dahlbeck – Ryan Stanton

Nick Leddy – Adam Clendening

Brett Lebda – Shawn Lalonde

Sunday, December 9 at Grand RapidsThe IceHogs found themselves in Grand Rapids, Michigan for their final game of the weekend on Sunday afternoon. Landon Ferraro got Grand Rapids on the board first at 2:16 of the first period after a nice passing play with Jeff Hoggan. From the left circle, Ferraro slipped the puck by IceHogs netminder Alec Richards’ right side for his seventh goal of the season. Ferraro got some added style points from the fans as he scored the goal without a helmet. At 12:16, IceHogs forward Andrew Shaw tied the game up with a power play goal as he deflected in a Dylan Olsen shot.

Shaw had himself a scary moment after his fight with Griffins defenseman Brendan Smith 41 seconds into the second period. He was holding his right arm very close to his body, obviously in pain, even though he tried to hide it as he skated to the penalty box. Shaw then ended up going back to the Rockford bench and down the tunnel to the locker room. But, he wasn’t gone long. At one of the next stoppages in play, he went back to the box to serve the rest of his major and never missed a shift once he came out. 54 seconds after the fight, Grand Rapids regained the lead as Joakim Andersson tallied his sixth goal of the year. There was more fighting in the second period besides the Shaw fight. Hogs forward Kyle Beach and Ferraro dropped the mitts at 6:05 and Rob Flick and Griffins forward Louis-Marc Aubry did as well at 17:25. Flick and Aubry went at it after Hogs defenseman Klas Dahlbeck tried fighting a Griffin, but the officials got in between them quickly.

The Griffins continued their early period scoring in the third period as Brendan Smith tallied at 1:21 to give Grand Rapids a 3-1 lead. His shot appeared to go off of Olsen and Brandon Saad, so there was nothing Richards could have done to stop it. After a mess of penalties towards the end of the period, the IceHogs found themselves on a 5-on3 power play with less than two minutes to go in regulation. Marcus Kruger was able to register his fifth goal of the season with Richards on the bench for the extra attacker with 1:07 to go to make it 3-2. The Hogs still had 1:42 of power play time left, but they couldn’t get any closer as Ferraro scored his second goal of the night–this one was a shorthanded, empty netter–with 50 seconds to play. Instead of throwing the puck on net, Kruger went back to the point as he entered deep into the Grand Rapids zone. No one was able to reach the puck at the point and that allowed Ferraro to pick it up and bring it down the ice for his eighth goal on the 2012-13 campaign and to give the Griffins the 4-2 win.

-The shots on goal were tied at 33.

-The IceHogs went 2-for-6 on the power play and the Griffins went 0-for-6 on their man advantages.

-There was a total of 132 penalty minutes doled out in this contest.

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

-The three stars were:  1 — Landon Ferraro 2 — Tomas Tatar 3 — Tom McCollum

-Two of the power play units that the IceHogs used were:

Martin St. Pierre — Brandon Pirri — Ben Smith

Nick Leddy — Adam Clendening

Brandon Saad — Marcus Kruger — Andrew Shaw

Brett Lebda — Dylan Olsen

-Some of the penalty killers the IceHogs used were:  Marcus Kruger, Ben Smith, Nick Leddy, and Klas Dahlbeck; Brandon Bollig, Jimmy Hayes, Ryan Stanton, and Nick Leddy; Brandon Saad, Jimmy Hayes, Dylan Olsen, and Nick Leddy; Peter LeBlanc, Brandon Saad, Nick Leddy, and Ryan Stanton. On the 5-on-3 penalty kill, the IceHogs used:  Marcus Kruger, Ben Smith, and Dylan Olsen; Andrew Shaw, Klas Dahlbeck, and Dylan Olsen; Marcus Kruger, Ben Smith, and Ryan Stanton.

-The scratches were:  Brandon Svendsen, Joe Lavin, Jeremy Morin, and Shawn Lalonde (injured).

-The lines and D pairs were:

Ben Smith — Brandon Pirri — Martin St. Pierre

Brandon Saad — Marcus Kruger — Andrew Shaw

Rob Flick — Peter LeBlanc — Wade Brookbank

Brandon Bollig — Jimmy Hayes — Kyle Beach

Klas Dahlbeck — Ryan Stanton

Nick Leddy — Adam Clendening

Brett Lebda — Dylan Olsen

Tidbits

Martin St. Pierre is the IceHogs’ point leader with 21. (9 G, 12 A).

Ben Smith leads the IceHogs in goals with 10.

Adam Clendening leads the IceHogs in assists with 14.

Ryan Stanton leads the IceHogs in the plus/minus category with a +7 rating.

-The IceHogs are currently 7th in the Western Conference standings with a record of 13-11-0-1 (27 points) after they lost their Midwest division lead to Grand Rapids on Sunday afternoon. They’re tied for fifth with Toronto and Texas, but the Hogs have played two more games than both teams. **This was written before all of Tuesday’s games had gone final.

-On Monday, Hog Talk will feature head coach Ted Dent, defenseman Klas Dahlbeck, and goaltender Carter Hutton. The show will be recorded from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will be shown on 23-2 on Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Upcoming Games

Friday, December 14 at Milwaukee at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 15 vs. Hamilton at 7:05 p.m.

 

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