IceHogs Tuesday: Free-Fallin’ Bacon

Shawn Lalonde provided one of Rockford’s bright spots in week 16. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

Week  16 wasn’t kind to the IceHogs as they played their last two games before the AHL All Star Break. They had to take on their I-90 rival Chicago Wolves and a team they had yet to see this season in the Oklahoma City Barons.

Friday, January 25 vs. Chicago The stakes were high for this contest between the IceHogs and Wolves, as always, as a big two Midwest Divisional points were up for grabs. Chicago took the early lead in the tilt as captain Darren Haydar fired home a rebound at the 1:12 mark for his 8th goal of the season. The IceHogs tied the game up at 8:54 as defenseman Shawn Lalonde’s shot from the right circle beat Joe Cannata for the Orleans, Ontario native’s third tally on the 2012-13 campaign.

The Wolves had a chance to regain their lead during the second period as Mike Davies  found himself on a breakaway. IceHogs netminder Carter Hutton made the big save, but gave up a rebound. His defense was there to take care of him though as Ryan Stanton cleared the puck out of harm’s way. The Hogs seemed to have all of the momentum going in their favor as they killed off a four minute penalty to Lalonde for high-sticking, and they were throwing the body around very well as they got big hits from Stanton, Philippe Paradis, and Dylan Olsen. But Haydar changed all of that with his second goal of the game at the 14:12. He found a loose puck at the feet of IceHogs defenseman Adam Clendening, who was at the top of the crease, and put it home to give the Wolves the 2-1 lead.

The IceHogs had an abundance of chances to tie the game up during the second, including a lot from the Terry BroadhurstBrandon PirriJeremy Morin line, but the Hogs couldn’t get the equalizer and fell to the Wolves.

-Rockford and Chicago both fired 33 shots on net.

-The IceHogs went 0-for-2 on the power play and the Wolves went 0-for-5 on their man advantages.

Brandon Pirri led the IceHogs as he threw 5 pucks on net.

-The three stars of the game were:  1 – Darren Haydar 2 — Peter Andersson 3 – Shawn Lalonde

-IceHogs forward Philippe Paradis and defenseman Ben Youds both played in their 100th professional games on Friday night.

-The power play units that the IceHogs used were:

Jimmy Hayes – Martin St. Pierre – Peter LeBlanc

Dylan Olsen – Adam Clendening

Terry Broadhurst – Brandon Pirri – Jeremy Morin

Ryan Stanton – Ben Youds

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

-IceHogs head coach Ted Dent served the first of his two game suspension on Friday night.

-The scratches were:  Rob Flick, Wade Brookbank, Kyle Beach, Kenndal McArdle (suspended), Brad Mills (ECHL suspension), and Ben Smith (injured).

-The lines and D pairs were:

Terry Broadhurst – Brandon Pirri – Jeremy Morin

Martin St. Pierre – Jimmy Hayes – Peter LeBlanc

Philippe Paradis – David Gilbert – Brandon Svendsen

Adam Hobson – x – Mickey Lang

Ryan Stanton – Adam Clendening

Dylan Olsen – Shawn Lalonde

Klas Dahlbeck – Ben Youds

Joe Lavin – x

Saturday, January 26 vs. Oklahoma CityThe IceHogs were right back at it the next night as they welcomed the Oklahoma City Barons into the BMO Harris Bank Center for the first time this season. Captain Martin St. Pierre got the boys started out on the right foot as he put home a Peter LeBlanc rebound from the slot at the 10:12 mark of the first period.

The lead held until 1:06 into the second period when Mark Arcobello scored on the power play from a tough angle, below the left circle. The marker was the AHL All Star’s 12th goal of the year. The IceHogs responded with a power play tally of their own. At 8:13, Kenndal McArdle tipped in an Adam Clendening pass for his first goal in an IceHogs sweater and to give the Hogs the 2-1 lead. Things began spiraling out of control for Rockford at 13:41. Philippe Cornet scored his second goal of the season, but he didn’t really score it. He was just the last Barons player to touch the puck. IceHogs forward Terry Broadhurst accidentally tapped the puck into his own net. Carter Hutton never really had a chance to get his right pad over and stop it from going in. The Barons used that momentum to their advantage. Less than two minutes later, Josh Green sent a weak shot towards the IceHogs’ net and it appeared to have hit Brandon Svendsen out in front and got by Hutton for OKC’s first lead of the game.

Jimmy Hayes tied the game back up at three apiece at 15:28 of the third period as he fired one home from the slot for his 12th goal of the season. The promise of free hockey energized the BMO as the clock clicked down to four, then three minutes left in regulation. But with 2:50 left, Colten Teubert’s shot from the point was fired into the back of the net to give the Barons the 4-3 lead, which they would hang onto for the victory. The loss was the IceHogs’ fourth in a row.

-Rockford outshot Oklahoma City 36-31.

-The IceHogs went 1-for-5 on the power play and the Barons went 1-for-4 on the man advantages.

Brandon Pirri led the IceHogs with five shots on goal on Saturday night.

Henrik Karlsson was the back-up goalie to Carter Hutton.

-The three stars of the game were:  1 — Colten Teubert 2 — Mark Arcobello 3 — Jonathan Cheechoo

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

Kenndal McArdle — Martin St. Pierre — Jeremy Morin

Dylan Olsen — Adam Clendening

Peter LeBlanc –Brandon Pirri — Jimmy Hayes

Ryan Stanton — Ben Youds

-Some of the penalty killers that the IceHogs used were:  Peter LeBlanc, Klas Dahlbeck, Philippe Paradis, Ben Youds; Brandon Svendsen, Dylan Olsen, Jimmy Hayes, Shawn Lalonde; Kenndal McArdle, Martin St. Pierre, Ryan Stanton, Klas Dahlbeck; while the Hogs were down two men, they used Kenndal McArdle, Martin St. Pierre, and Dylan Olsen.

-IceHogs head coach Ted Dent served the second game of his two game suspension on Saturday night.

-The scratches were:  Rob Flick (suspended), Brad Mills (ECHL suspension), Ben Smith (injured), Joe Lavin, and Alec Richards (healthy).

-The lines and D pairs were:

Philippe Paradis — Brandon Pirri — Peter LeBlanc

Kenndal McArdle — Martin St. Pierre — Jeremy Morin

Terry Broadhurst — Jimmy Hayes — Brandon Svendsen

Kyle Beach — Adam Hobson — Wade Brookbank

Ryan Stanton — Adam Clendening

Dylan Olsen — Shawn Lalonde

Klas Dahlbeck — Ben Youds

Roster Transactions

Wednesday, January 23rd – The Blackhawks reassigned goaltender Kent Simpson and center Byron Froese from the IceHogs to the Toledo Walleye (ECHL).

Thursday, January 24th – The IceHogs signed forwards Adam Hobson and Mickey Lang to PTOs and they signed forward Kenndal McArdle to an AHL contract.

Friday, January 25th – The IceHogs released forward Mickey Lang and defenseman Brett Lebda from their PTOs.

Sunday, January 27th – The Blackhawks reassigned center David Gilbert from the IceHogs to the Bloomington Blaze (CHL), reassigned center Byron Froese from the Toledo Walleye (ECHL) to the IceHogs, and the IceHogs released forward Adam Hobson from his PTO.

Tuesday, January 29th – The Blackhawks reassigned center Byron Froese from the IceHogs to the Toledo Walleye (ECHL).

Tidbits

-IceHogs captain Martin St. Pierre and rookie defenseman Adam Clendening participated in the AHL’s All Star weekend. They helped the Western Conference win the Skills Competition on Sunday night. On Monday night during the All Star Game, Clendening fired three shots on net, and St. Pierre registered a -1 plus/minus rating. The West won that as well, with a score of 7-6. Former IceHogs Jeff Taffe and Bracken Kearns represented the Eastern Conference. Taffe had an assist and was +2 on the evening and Kearns had a goal, three shots on net, and was +1.

-On Sunday, February 3rd, IceHogs forward Peter LeBlanc turns 25. Happy birthday, Petey!

-Remember this?

Yup. (12/2/12)

Well, now look.

No bueno. (1/29/13)

Oh, how they have fallen.

Currently, they sit in 13th place in the Western Conference, 5 points out of 8th place.

LOOK AT THOSE AHL LEADING PIMS THOUGH. WOOOOOOOOO.

Upcoming Games

Friday, February 1 at San Antonio at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 3 at Houston at 12:05 p.m.

Tuesday, February 5 at Texas at 7:30 p.m.

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2 thoughts on “IceHogs Tuesday: Free-Fallin’ Bacon

  1. Chelsea

    I don’t think I’ve ever popped in to say how much I love your Ice Hogs updates before, but I’ve been reading them all season. It’s great.

    Though I, too, miss those heady days of early December when we were winning games. And here I thought playing the Wolves would be less painful with Kassian out of the picture.

    Reply
    1. Kim Wrona

      Aw, thank you! I’m glad to hear that!

      And yeah, really. They’re even missing Schroeder, too! Guess it doesn’t matter who’s on the roster, that team will always put up a fight.

      Reply

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