IceHogs Tuesday: Mixed End To 2012

Linemates Ben Smith and Brandon Saad await the drop of the puck. (Photo credit: Kim Wrona)

After the Christmas break, week 12 held two home games for the IceHogs against divisional opponents. The beginning of week 13 also held an important divisional game as the Hogs battled for sole possession of first place.

Thursday, December 27 vs. ChicagoThe early goals against continued for the IceHogs on Thursday night as the Wolves scored 3:22 into the contest while on a power play. Andrew Ebbett was able to get one by IceHogs netminder Carter Hutton for his fifth of the season. Andrew Shaw had a chance to tie the game up at 4:52 of the opening period as he was awarded a penalty shot after he was taken down on a breakaway, but Wolves goalie Matt Climie was able to fight off Shaw’s shot with his glove. The IceHogs continued to keep the pressure on the visitors and were rewarded at 5:51. Climie gave up a rebound on a Martin St. Pierre shot and Rob Flick cleaned up the garbage as he drove to the front of the net and scored for his third tally of the season.

The IceHogs took their first lead of the night at 4:39 of the second period while they were on a power play. Shaw was able to deflect a Nick Leddy shot by Climie for his eighth goal of the 2012-13 campaign. A freight train named Darren Archibald ran Shaw over at 14:55 of the period and Brandon Bollig was quick to jump to Shaw’s defense. As a result, Bollig was given 14 minutes in penalties (2 for roughing, 2 for unsportsmanlike conduct, 10 minute misconduct) and the Wolves were on the power play. They made the Hogs pay as Brett Sterling tied the game up at the 15:54 mark. Captain St. Pierre wouldn’t have any of that though. With two minutes to go in the period, he found himself on a breakaway and put the puck past Climie’s blocker side for his 13th goal of the year and to give the Hogs the 3-2 lead. That was all the Hogs needed to earn their 16th victory on the season.

-Rockford outshot Chicago 39-25.

-The IceHogs went 1-for-3 on the power play and the Wolves went 2-for-4.

Kyle Beach led Rockford with 5 shots on goal.

-IceHogs left winger Brandon Bollig hit the 130 penalty minute mark as he racked up 16 PIMs on Thursday night.

-IceHogs defenseman Brett Lebda earned his 100th professional assist with his apple on Andrew Shaw‘s second period tally.

Andrew Shaw‘s penalty shot in the first period was Rockford’s second of the season. The first for the Hogs was on October 28th against San Antonio. Jeremy Morin was the lucky soul to draw the chance and failed to convert. Both penalty shots have been on home ice and the IceHogs haven’t had a successful penalty shot since January 30, 2010 when Akim Aliu beat Thomas McCollum in Grand Rapids.

-The three stars of the game were:  1 — Martin St. Pierre 2 — Nick Leddy 3 — Andrew Ebbett

-The power play units the IceHogs used were:

Martin St. Pierre — Marcus Kruger — Andrew Shaw

Nick Leddy — Adam Clendening

Brandon Saad — Brandon Pirri — Ben Smith

Brett Lebda — Dylan Olsen

-Some of the penalty killers the IceHogs used were:  Marcus Kruger, Ben Smith, Ryan Stanton, and Klas Dahlbeck; Peter LeBlanc, Martin St. Pierre, Nick Leddy, and Dylan Olsen.

-The IceHogs fired 21 first period shots on Matt Climie.

-The scratches were:  Joe Lavin (injured wrist), Jeremy Morin (abdominal strain), Shawn Lalonde, and Wade Brookbank (healthy).

-The lines and D pairs were:

Brandon Saad — Brandon Pirri — Ben Smith

Martin St. Pierre — Marcus Kruger — Jimmy Hayes

Brandon Bollig — Andrew Shaw — Kyle Beach

Peter LeBlanc — Rob Flick — Philippe Paradis

Ryan Stanton — Klas Dahlbeck

Nick Leddy — Adam Clendening

Dylan Olsen — Brett Lebda

Saturday, December 29 vs. Milwaukee Besides some penalties and a Philippe Paradis and Ben Ryan fight, the first period of Saturday’s game was relatively uneventful. The action picked up a lot more in the second period. Brandon Bollig got the home team on the board first at 5:03 with a shot from the top of the right circle that got by Admirals netminder Magnus Hellberg. The tally was Bollig’s fourth of the year. For the second straight night, there was a penalty shot at the BMO Harris Bank Center. This time, the penalty shot was given to the visitors. Chris Mueller was tripped on a clear cut breakaway while shorthanded. Mueller tried to go low glove side on Carter Hutton, much like where Andrew Shaw tried to go on Matt Climie on Thursday, and Hutton made the big glove save. At 11:28, the IceHogs extended their lead to 2-0 as Ben Smith picked the corner over Hellberg’s glove from the bottom of the left circle for his 13th goal of the season.

Mueller was able to redeem himself for his team while the Ads were on a 5-on-3 power play. He cut the Rockford lead to 2-1 as he flipped one in past Hutton for his 12th goal of the year. IceHogs captain Martin St. Pierre recorded a power play goal of his own at 18:49 as he went high blocker side on Hellberg for his team leading 14th goal of the season. Marcus Kruger made it 4-1 Rockford with an empty net goal at 19:19 of the third period to give the IceHogs their third consecutive win.

-Rockford outshot Milwaukee 40-32.

-The IceHogs went 1-for-4 on the man advantage and the Admirals went 1-for-5 on their power play opportunities.

-IceHogs captain Martin St. Pierre led Rockford as he fired 10 shots on goal. 10. That is a single game season high for Rockford.

-The three stars were:  1 — Carter Hutton 2 — Martin St. Pierre 3 — Magnus Hellberg

-IceHogs defenseman Klas Dahlbeck recorded his first career AHL point with his secondary assist on Marcus Kruger‘s empty net goal. Super Swedes.

Ben Smith‘s second period tally was his 50th professional goal.

Andrew Shaw skated in his 100th professional game on Saturday night.

-The power play units that the IceHogs used were:

Brandon Saad — Brandon Pirri — Ben Smith

Nick Leddy — Adam Clendening

Marcus Kruger — Andrew Shaw — Martin St. Pierre

Nick Leddy — Adam Clendening

Brandon Saad — Brandon Pirri — Ben Smith

Brett Lebda — Dylan Olsen

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

-The IceHogs fired 22 second period shots on Magnus Hellberg.

-The scratches were:  Joe Lavin (injured wrist), Jeremy Morin (abdominal strain), Shawn Lalonde, and Wade Brookbank (healthy).

-The lines and D pairs were:

Brandon Saad — Brandon Pirri — Ben Smith

Martin St. Pierre — Marcus Kruger — Jimmy Hayes

Brandon Bollig — Andrew Shaw — Kyle Beach

Rob Flick — Peter LeBlanc — Philippe Paradis

Ryan Stanton — Klas Dahlbeck

Nick Leddy — Adam Clendening

Dylan Olsen — Brett Lebda

Monday, December 31 at Grand RapidsAs usual with IceHogs-Griffins games, the Griffins got out to a fast start. 2:01 into the New Year’s Eve contest, Landon Ferraro scored his 10th goal of the season as he grabbed a rebound and fired it by IceHogs goalie Carter Hutton. Defenseman Dylan Olsen tied the game up at 6:14 of the second period while on a power play. His blast from the point got by Griffins netminder Petr Mrazek for his first tally of the year; it was an unassisted marker.

That was as close as the IceHogs would get to the lead as Tomas Tatar scored a power play goal at 16:02 to give Grand Rapids the 2-1 lead after Ben Smith wasn’t able to clear the zone. Tatar struck again at the ten minute mark of the third period as he went shortside on Hutton for his 13th of the year. The Griffins essentially had a 2-on-1 rush on that play as Martin St. Pierre was the only one back for Rockford as Nick Leddy and Adam Clendening were trying to get back in time. The 3-1 score held up as the final and the Griffins took sole possession of first place in the Midwest Division with their victory.

-Rockford outshot Grand Rapids 29-28.

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

-Four IceHogs skaters fired four shots on net:  Ben Smith, Jimmy Hayes, Ryan Stanton, and Nick Leddy.

-The three stars were:  1 — Tomas Tatar 2 — Petr Mrazek 3 — Landon Ferraro

-The power play units the IceHogs used were:

Marcus Kruger — Andrew Shaw — Martin St. Pierre

Dylan Olsen — Brett Lebda / Nick Leddy — Adam Clendening

Brandon Saad — Brandon Pirri — Ben Smith

Nick Leddy — Adam Clendening / Dylan Olsen — Brett Lebda

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

-The scratches were:  Joe Lavin (injured wrist), Jeremy Morin (abdominal strain), Shawn Lalonde, and Rob Flick (healthy).

-The lines and D pairs were:

Brandon Saad — Brandon Pirri — Ben Smith

Martin St. Pierre — Marcus Kruger — Jimmy Hayes

Brandon Bollig — Andrew Shaw — Kyle Beach

Wade Brookbank — Peter LeBlanc — Philippe Paradis

Ryan Stanton — Klas Dahlbeck

Nick Leddy — Adam Clendening

Dylan Olsen — Brett Lebda

Tidbits

-Hog Talk is back on Monday, January 7th at District Bar and Grill in Rockford from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. This week’s guests will be head coach Ted Dent and forwards Ben Smith and Philippe Paradis. The show will be broadcast on 23-2 in Rockford on Tuesday from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

-The IceHogs are currently 2nd in the Midwest Division behind Grand Rapids. The Hogs have a record of 17-14-1-1 (36 points) and Grand Rapids has a record of 18-10-1-1 (38 points). The Griffins have 3 games in-hand on Rockford. The Hogs are also in sole possession of 8th place in the Western Conference. They are one point behind Texas, who is in 7th, and one point in front of Rochester and Lake Erie, who are tied for 9th.

-On Wednesday, January 2nd IceHogs forward Philippe Paradis will turn 22. The following day–Thursday, January 3rd–IceHogs defenseman Dylan Olsen will also turn 22. Happy birthday to both of them!

-For those of you that follow my live tweets on game days, I won’t be live tweeting the Hogs’ games in Canada. I’ll be at those games and I don’t have an international phone plan, so my twitter will be quiet. See y’all when I get back on the 6th!

Upcoming Games

Friday, January 4 at Hamilton at 6:30 p.m. CST

Saturday, January 5 at Toronto at 2:00 p.m. CST

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