IceHogs Tuesday: Post-Brawl Hangover

Weelllll, about that… (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

Week 15 was essentially another must-win week for the IceHogs. Two divisional games (surprise, surprise) were on tap for Rockford, along with a Monday matinee with an opponent from the South to start week 16. These three games in four nights featured events that everyone loves:  many goals and a bench-clearing brawl.

I mean what.

Friday, January 18 vs. PeoriaHey look, a fresh face! The IceHogs hadn’t seen the Rivermen since November 21 and they welcomed them into the BMO Harris Bank Center on Friday night. IceHogs captain Martin St. Pierre gave the Rivs a warm welcome as he tipped in a Ryan Stanton shot from the left circle for his 15th goal of the season to give the home team the 1-0 lead at the 15:34 mark of the opening period. At 6:59 of the second period, Brandon Pirri made it 2-0 IceHogs as he deflected in a Dylan Olsen shot. The goal was originally called off due to a high stick, but the use of AHL video review proved that the goal was good. Just over seven minutes later, Pirri struck again with a backhanded shot from the left hashmarks to make it 3-0 Rockford. That tally was the Toronto native’s 12th goal of the season. The Hogs looked to preserve netminder Carter Hutton‘s shutout, but Stefan Della Rovere ruined it at the 2:34 mark of the third period. But that was as close as the Rivs would get as Rockford hung on for the 3-1 victory.

-Peoria outshot Rockford 32-29.

-The IceHogs went 0-for-2 on the power play and they killed off all five of the Rivermen’s power plays.

Peter LeBlanc led the IceHogs with four shots on goal.

Brandon Pirri‘s game winning goal was his 11th career game winner, which is a Rockford record.

-The three stars of the game were:  1 — Brandon Pirri (2 G) 2 — Carter Hutton (31 saves) 3 — Philippe Paradis (2 A)

-The power play units that the IceHogs used were:

Jeremy Morin — Martin St. Pierre — Kyle Beach

Peter LeBlanc — Adam Clendening

Kenndal McArdle — Brandon Pirri — Jimmy Hayes

Ben Youds — Dylan Olsen

-Some of the penalty killers that the IceHogs used were:  Jeremy Morin, Jimmy Hayes, Ben Youds, Klas Dahlbeck; Brandon Svendsen, Peter LeBlanc, Ryan Stanton, Klas Dahlbeck; Martin St. Pierre, Kenndal McArdle, Ben Youds, Klas Dahlbeck; Brandon Svendsen, Jimmy Hayes, Shawn Lalonde, Ryan Stanton; on the five-on-three penalty kill, the IceHogs used Peter LeBlanc, Dylan Olsen, and Ryan Stanton.

-The scratches were:  Joe Lavin, Byron Froese, Ben Smith (injured), Brad Mills (serving ECHL suspension), and Brett Lebda (healthy).

-The lines and D pairs were:

Philippe Paradis — Brandon Pirri — Peter LeBlanc

Kenndal McArdle — Martin St. Pierre — Kyle Beach

Terry Broadhurst — Jimmy Hayes — Jeremy Morin

Wade Brookbank — Rob Flick — Brandon Svendsen

Ryan Stanton — Adam Clendening

Dylan Olsen — Shawn Lalonde

Klas Dahlbeck — Ben Youds

Saturday, January 19 vs. Grand Rapids The IceHogs hopped out to a quick start on Saturday evening as they hosted the Griffins for the third time in 11 days. At the 3:57 mark while on a power play, Dylan Olsen bombed a shot from the left point in past Grand Rapids goalie Petr Mrazek for his second goal of the year. The lead didn’t last long as Riley Sheahan scored 24 seconds later to tie the game up for the Griffins. A minute and fifty seconds later, Jeff Hoggan gave the Griffins their first lead of the night with his sixth goal of the year. IceHogs goalie Carter Hutton called for a high stick on the play, but the goal stood. The Grand Rapids goals were coming fast and furious as Adam Almquist tallied his fourth of the year while Grand Rapids was on a power play a little over two minutes later. Alec Richards replaced Hutton in net as Hutton had given up three goals on eight shots, but at the next stoppage of play, Hutton was back in net for Rockford. The defense wasn’t helping Hutton out that much and Grand Rapids made them pay again. Mitch Callahan converted on a two-on-one opportunity to make it 4-1 Griffins at the 11:54 mark of the opening frame. The action in the first period wasn’t done quite just yet. IceHogs forward Peter LeBlanc cut the lead to 4-2 as he ripped a shot from the left circle on a two-on-one rush and got it by Mrazek for his fourth goal on the 2012-13 campaign at 18:25.

The second period wasn’t any better for the Hogs on the scoreboard. 4:38 in, Gleason Fournier registered his first goal of the season as he put home a rebound to make it 5-2. Kyle Beach cut the Grand Rapids lead back down to two goals as he deflected in a Philippe Paradis shot from the left halfwall for his ninth goal of the season at 5:49. Things began getting extremely ugly as Landon Ferraro scored a power play goal at 11:54 as he went high glove on Hutton from right out in front. On the ensuing faceoff, all order was lost.

It all starts with Beach trying to fight Sheahan and just watch the rest of it here.

The highlight definitely was Hutton beating down on Mrazek. Just saying. Both goalies were given five minutes for fighting and a game misconduct, so Richards was now in net for Rockford and Tom McCollum was in net for Grand Rapids.

It should be noted that Grand Rapids had three guys jump off of the bench first before any of Rockford’s guys came off.

After all the penalties were sorted out (check out the unbelievable boxscore), the IceHogs were left with just 11 skaters and Grand Rapids with 12. The Hogs even had to kill off a two minute minor to Beach for instigating. On that penalty kill, Jimmy Hayes tallied a shorthanded goal with a backhander from the slot as there was a bunch of traffic in front of McCollum. Just about 30 seconds later, Joakim Andersson got the goal right back for Grand Rapids on that same power play. Because there were just too many goals and it was insanity, the see-sawing of the IceHogs closing in and Grand Rapids pulling back away continued until the latter half of the third period when Grand Rapids scored three unanswered goals to make it 11-6 for the final.

It should be noted though that the eleven remaining IceHogs skaters–Jeremy Morin, Brandon Pirri, Ryan Stanton, Jimmy Hayes, Dylan Olsen, Ben  Youds, Klas Dahlbeck, Peter LeBlanc, Brandon Svendsen, Terry Broadhurst, Martin St. Pierre and goalie Alec Richards–worked their tails off and did everything they could do to keep the game relatively competitive, despite the circumstances they were under. It was obvious that they were getting tired out there, but they kept trucking along, trying their hardest until that final buzzer sounded. There really hasn’t been any quit in this IceHogs team for the past three seasons, and it wasn’t any different on Saturday night.

-Rockford outshot Grand Rapids 36-34.

-The IceHogs went 2-for-3 on the power play. This game could have been a heck of a lot different if they were given more power play opportunities because the pp was clickin’ on Saturday night. And on the other hand, the Hogs took too many penalties as Grand Rapids went 4-for-7 on the power play.

Brandon Pirri and Ben Youds led Rockford with five shots on goal. They both also tallied in the third period of this contest.

-There was a total of 230 penalty minutes in this game. Just your typical Midwest Division match-up. No big deal…

-If you’re wondering about the pink jerseys, it was Pink in the Rink night for the IceHogs as they raised awareness for breast cancer. The jerseys were then bid on in a blind silent auction.

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

Jeremy Morin — Brandon Pirri — Jimmy Hayes

Martin St. Pierre — Ben Youds

-Some of the penalty killers the IceHogs used were:  Jeremy Morin, Brandon Svendsen, Ryan Stanton, Adam Clendening; Jeremy Morin, Martin St. Pierre, Dylan Olsen, Ryan Stanton; Ben Youds, Martin St. Pierre, Klas Dahlbeck, Jeremy Morin.

-The three stars were:  1 — Joakim Andersson 2 — Jeff Hoggan 3 — Mitch Callahan

The scratches were:  Joe Lavin, Byron Froese, Ben Smith (injured), Brad Mills (serving ECHL suspension), and Brett Lebda (healthy).

-The lines and D pairs were:

Philippe Paradis — Brandon Pirri — Peter LeBlanc

Kenndal McArdle — Martin St. Pierre — Kyle Beach

Terry Broadhurst — Jimmy Hayes — Jeremy Morin

Wade Brookbank — Rob Flick — Brandon Svendsen

Ryan Stanton — Adam Clendening

Dylan Olsen — Shawn Lalonde

Klas Dahlbeck — Ben Youds

Monday, January 21 vs. TexasWeek 16 kicked off with a Monday matinee with the Texas Stars. Jeremy Morin got the home squad off and running with a beautiful shot from the tops of the circles at the 3:38 mark of the opening frame. Jimmy Hayes added to the IceHogs lead as he deflected in a Ben Youds shot from the point while on the power play at 11:52 to make it 2-0 Rockford. Hayes continued to be a dominant force on the ice and he cashed in again at 1:57 of the second period with a breakaway goal to give Rockford the 3-0 lead. That lead didn’t last very long though. Texas began their comeback at the 3:20 mark of the second period as Tomas Vincour went high blocker side on IceHogs goalie Kent Simpson from the right circle. One minute and fourteen seconds later, Alex Chiasson tallied his 11th goal of the season to close the gap to one. Maxime Fortunus scored the equalizer for Texas at 9:16 of the period on a deflection for his fifth of the year. The second period came to a close like that, but it could have been a heck of a lot worse for Rockford. Simpson kept them in contention throughout this contest and the guys just didn’t play well in front of him after the first twenty minutes of the game. Texas scored a total of six unanswered goals in this contest as they came roaring back to win 6-3 and set the IceHogs back in their hunt for the playoffs that much more.

-Texas outshot Rockford 35-32.

-The Stars went 3-for-6 on the power play and the IceHogs went 1-for-4 on the man advantage.

Jimmy Hayes led Rockford with five shots on goal.

-The power play units that the IceHogs used were:

Kenndal McArdle — Brandon Pirri — Jimmy Hayes

Dylan Olsen — Ben Youds

Jeremy Morin — Martin St. Pierre — Peter LeBlanc

Brett Lebda — Adam Clendening

-Some of the penalty killing units that the IceHogs used were:  Kenndal McArdle, Philippe Paradis, Klas Dahlbeck, Ben Youds; Peter LeBlanc, Brandon Svendsen, Dylan Olsen, Ryan Stanton; Martin St. Pierre, Jeremy Morin, Ryan Stanton, Dylan Olsen.

-The three stars were:  1 — Tomas Vincour 2 — Antoine Roussel 3 — Jimmy Hayes

-The scratches were:  Joe Lavin, Ben Smith, Byron Froese (injured), Brad Mills (ECHL suspension), Carter Hutton (injured his hand while beating down on Petr Mrazek), Rob Flick (automatic suspension by the league from the brawl for coming off of the bench first), and Shawn Lalonde (healthy).

-The lines and D pairs were:

Philippe Paradis — Brandon Pirri — Peter LeBlanc

Kenndal McArdle — Martin St. Pierre — Jeremy Morin

Terry Broadhurst — Jimmy Hayes — Kyle Beach

Wade Brookbank — David Gilbert — Brandon Svendsen

Ryan Stanton — Adam Clendening

Dylan Olsen — Brett Lebda

Klas Dahlbeck — Ben Youds

Roster Transactions

Friday, January 18 – Center David Gilbert was reassigned by the Blackhawks to Bloomington (CHL).

Sunday, January 20 – Center David Gilbert was reassigned by the Blackhawks to the IceHogs from Bloomington (CHL). Goaltender Kent Simpson was also reassigned by the Blackhawks to the IceHogs from the Toledo Walleye (ECHL).

Monday, January 21 – Goaltender Henrik Karlsson was reassigned by the Blackhawks to the IceHogs after they acquired him in a trade with the Calgary Flames.

Tidbits

-On Tuesday, the AHL announced the suspensions from the bench-clearing brawl. Rob Flick was handed six games. Head coach Ted Dent received two games. Forwards Kyle Beach, Wade Brookbank, and Kenndal McArdle all received one game suspensions.

-On Saturday, Brandon Pirri became Rockford’s AHL points record holder with his assist on Peter LeBlanc‘s first period goal. The apple pushed Pirri past previous record holder Jack Skille. Pirri had a FOUR POINT night on Saturday and had an assist on Monday, so he now sits at 132 career points.

Jimmy Hayes recorded his 50th pro point on Saturday as he assisted on Ben Youds’ third period power play goal.

-IceHogs captain Martin St. Pierre recorded his 600th professional point on Monday afternoon as he assisted on Jeremy Morin‘s first period tally.

-IceHogs rookie defenseman Adam Clendening and captain Martin St. Pierre were named to the AHL All Star Game.

-The IceHogs became the first team to reach and exceed the 1000 penalty minute mark in 2012-13 in the AHL on Saturday night. They currently sit at 1118 PIMS. The closest team to that mark is the Syracuse Crunch with 961 PIMS.

-The IceHogs currently sit in third in the Midwest Division standings with a record of 20-19-1-1 (42 points). They are 8 points behind division leading Grand Rapids, who has two games in-hand.

-The IceHogs currently sit in 11th in the Western Conference standings. They are one point out of 8th place, which is currently occupied by the Chicago Wolves, who have 4 games in-hand and a 19-13-3-2 record.

Upcoming Games

Friday, January 25 vs. Chicago at 7:05 p.m.

Saturday, January 26 vs. Oklahoma City at 7:05 p.m.

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