IceHogs Tuesday: They’re On A Roll

Shawn Lalonde celebrates his shorthanded goal on Saturday with Brandon Pirri, Jeremy Morin, and Joe Lavin. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

The IceHogs broke out into a much needed offensive explosion in week 19 that propelled them into some favorable results against some extremely tough opponents.

Wednesday, February 13 at Peoria The IceHogs got off to a great start on Wednesday evening at Carver Arena in Peoria. Terry Broadhurst fired one home at the 14:52 mark for his second goal of the year. The Rivermen answered at 2:02 of the second period as Derek Nesbitt was left all alone in front and he scored for his 16th goal of the season. At 16:36, the IceHogs had a golden opportunity to take the lead back as Brandon Svendsen was awarded a penalty shot, but he wasn’t able to convert. 53 seconds later, the Rivermen got a penalty shot of their own. The ever dangerous T.J. Hensick was brought down by Adam Clendening on a breakaway and on his shot, he got one by IceHogs netminder Carter Hutton to give Peoria the 2-1  lead.

The IceHogs started the third period with 1:22 of 5-on-3 power play time. They didn’t convert on the two man advantage, but did just as Peoria gained one of their men back. IceHogs captain Martin St. Pierre kept the puck in beautifully at the blue line, gave it to Jeremy Morin, who walked in and then dished to Jimmy Hayes, who fired it home for his 16th tally on the 2012-13 campaign. Rockford took the lead back at 2:22, 56 seconds after the Hayes goal, as Brandon Pirri sent a gorgeous snipe job from the left circle past Rivs netminder Mike McKenna for his 14th on the year. Peoria wouldn’t lay down and they tied the game up at three with Chris Bruton’s 4th goal of the year on a delayed penalty sequence. With 6:17 left in regulation, the home team took the lead for good while they were on a 5-on-3 power play with Svendsen and Morin in the box; Chris Porter tallied his 5th of the season. Porter then added his 6th goal of the year with 28 seconds to play as he tallied an empty net goal to make it 5-3 to give Peoria the win in a big Midwest Division showdown.

-Peoria outshot Rockford 43-25.

-The IceHogs went 1-for-6 on the power play and the Rivs went 1-for-4 on their man advantages.

Jimmy Hayes and Adam Clendening led the IceHogs with four shots on goal each.

-The three stars of the game were:  1 — T.J. Hensick 2 — Chris Porter 3 — Chris Bruton

-IceHogs defenseman Ryan Stanton skated in his 200th IceHogs/professional game on Wednesday night. It was also his 147th consecutive game played, which is an IceHogs franchise record.

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

Kenndal McArdle — Martin St. Pierre — Jimmy Hayes

Mathieu Beaudoin — Adam Clendening

Kyle Beach — Brandon Pirri — Jeremy Morin

Brad Mills — Shawn Lalonde

-On the 5-on-3 power play, the Hogs used:

Jimmy Hayes — Brandon Pirri — Jeremy Morin

Martin St. Pierre — Adam Clendening

-Some of the penalty killers that the IceHogs used were:  Brad Mills, Klas Dahlbeck, Kenndal McArdle, and Joe Lavin; Martin St. Pierre, Brandon Svendsen, Shawn Lalonde, and Ryan Stanton; on 5-on-3 penalty kill, the Hogs used Brad Mills, Kenndal McArdle, and Klas Dahlbeck.

-The IceHogs have had four penalty shots this season and they have yet to convert on any of them.

-The scratches were:  Ben Smith, Dylan Olsen, and Philippe Paradis (all injured).

-The lines and D pairs were:

Brandon Svendsen — Brandon Pirri — Kyle Beach

Kenndal McArdle — Martin St. Pierre — Mathieu Beaudoin

Terry Broadhurst — Jimmy Hayes — Jeremy Morin

Wade Brookbank — Brad Mills — Rob Flick

Ryan Stanton — Shawn Lalonde

Klas Dahlbeck — Adam Clendening

Joe Lavin — Ben Youds

Saturday, February 16 vs. Abbotsford The IceHogs came out strong and they came out fast on Saturday night against the North Division leading Abbotsford Heat. At 6:03, Kenndal McArdle put home a Kyle Beach pass from behind the net for his second goal of the season to give the home team the 1-0 lead. The power play was firing on all cylinders early as well as Brandon Pirri grabbed a puck out front and fired a backhanded shot past Heat netminder Barry Brust for his 15th on the year. At the 12:12 mark, Terry Broadhurst fed Martin St. Pierre and the captain scored from the right circle to make it 3-0 Rockford. St. Pierre’s tally was his team-leading 17th goal of the year. The power play added to the lead at 13:56 as Adam Clendening bombed one into the back of the net off of a feed from Ben Youds for his 5th marker on the year. The Hogs weren’t done yet for the first 20 minutes. At 15:40, Jeremy Morin carried the puck into the Abbotsford zone and dished to defenseman Shawn Lalonde in the left circle and Lalonde fired one home for a shorthanded goal to make it 5-0.

The Heat broke Carter Hutton‘s shutout bid at the 11:28 mark of the second period. Ben Walter tallied a power play goal to make it 5-1. The Hogs answered back with another power play tally of their own though. At 13:29, Pirri registered his second of the night with a shot from the right circle for his 16th goal of the year. Hutton had to face a penalty shot for the second straight game with 22 seconds left in the middle frame. Greg Nemisz tried going high blocker side on Hutton, but the Thundery Bay, Ontario native made the big save to keep the score at 6-1.

The Heat cut the lead to 6-2 55 seconds into the third period with a marker from Krys Kolanos, but David Gilbert gave Rockford the 5 goal lead back at 11:20 as he tallied his first goal of the season and gave all of the fans at the BMO Harris Bank Center free cheeseburgers from Culver’s since he scored the 7th goal for the Hogs. That’s how the final would stand as the Hogs steamed rolled to the win in their home barn.

-Rockford outshot Abbotsford 38-23.

-The IceHogs went 3-for-8 on the power play and the Heat went 1-for-6 on the man advantage.

-Forwards Jeremy Morin and Martin St. Pierre led Rockford with 5 shots on goal each.

-The three stars of the game were:  1 — Brandon Pirri 2 — Jeremy Morin 3 — Ben Youds

Brandon Pirri tallied his 50th professional goal with his first period tally on Saturday night.

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

Kyle Beach — Brandon Pirri — Brad Mills

Jeremy Morin — Shawn Lalonde

Terry Broadhurst — Martin St. Pierre — Jimmy Hayes

Adam Clendening — Ben Youds

-Some of the penalty killers that the Hogs used were:  Brandon Svendsen, Brad Mills, Klas Dahlbeck, and Ben Youds; Martin St. Pierre, Jimmy Hayes, Joe Lavin, and Shawn Lalonde; Jeremy Morin, Kenndal McArdle, Ben Youds, and Klas Dahlbeck.

-The scratches were:  Ben Smith, Dylan Olsen, Philippe Paradis, Ryan Stanton (all injured), and Mathieu Beaudoin (wife was having their baby).

-The lines and D pairs were:

Terry Broadhurst — Brandon Pirri — Brad Mills

Martin St. Pierre — Jimmy Hayes — Jeremy Morin

Kenndal McArdle — Rob Flick — Kyle Beach

Wade Brookbank — David Gilbert — Brandon Svendsen

Joe Lavin — Shawn Lalonde

Klas Dahlbeck — Ben Youds

Kevin Quick — Adam Clendening

Sunday, February 17 vs. Lake Erie Unlike Wednesday and Saturday, the IceHogs were not able to get on the board first on Sunday evening against the Lake Erie Monsters at the BMO Harris Bank Center. Paul Carey got the Monsters on the board first after he put home a rebound past IceHogs netminder Carter Hutton after a 2-on-1 rush while on the power play. Kyle Beach struck for Rockford and tied the game up with 50 seconds left in the opening period. He put home a Brandon Pirri pass while on the power play for his 13th tally on the 2012-13 campaign.

The game went into a shootout and Terry Broadhurst showed off his skills as he scored in the first round for Rockford. After Carey missed the net for Lake Erie, Pirri gave Rockford the 2-0 lead in the skills competition. Geoff Walker wasn’t able to convert for Lake Erie in the second round.  Martin St. Pierre was stopped by Calvin Pickard’s pad in the third round and Markus Lauridsen got the Monsters on the board for the first time. In the bottom of the fifth round, Gary Steffes tied the shootout up for Lake Erie and sent it into extra rounds. In the seventh round, Brad Mills sent a nifty little shot over Pickard to give Rockford the 3-2 lead and Karl Stollery couldn’t convert for Lake Erie to keep it going, giving the IceHogs their second win in as many games.

-Rockford outshot Lake Erie 42-36.

-The IceHogs went 1-for-5 on the power play and the Monsters went 1-for-3 on the man advantage.

Kyle Beach led the IceHogs with a whopping 8 shots on goal.

-The three stars were:  1 — Carter Hutton 2 — Brad Mills 3 — Calvin Pickard

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

Jeremy Morin — Brandon Pirri — Kyle Beach

Brad Mills — Shawn Lalonde

Terry Broadhurst — Martin St. Pierre — Jimmy Hayes

Ben Youds — Adam Clendening

-Some of the penalty killers that the IceHogs used were:  Brandon Pirri, Jimmy Hayes, Joe Lavin, and Shawn Lalonde; Brandon Svendsen, Kenndal McArdle, Klas Dahlbeck, and Joe Lavin.

-The scratches were:  Ben Smith, Dylan Olsen, Philippe Paradis, Ryan Stanton (all injured), and Mathieu Beaudoin (his baby was on the way).

-The lines and D pairs were:

Terry Broadhurst — Brandon Pirri — Brad Mills

Martin St. Pierre — Jimmy Hayes — Jeremy Morin

Kenndal McArdle — Rob Flick — Kyle Beach

Wade Brookbank — David Gilbert — Brandon Svendsen

Joe Lavin — Shawn Lalonde

Klas Dahlbeck — Ben Youds

Kevin Quick — Adam Clendening

Roster Transactions

Thursday, February 14 – The Blackhawks reassigned forward David Gilbert from the Bloomington Blaze of the CHL and goaltender Kent Smipson from the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL to the IceHogs after the Hawks recalled IceHogs goalie Henrik Karlsson to Chicago.

Friday, February 15 – The IceHogs signed defenseman Kevin Quick to a PTO. (Here‘s the release about all of the transactions from those two days.)

Tidbits

-Next Monday, Hog Talk will feature IceHogs head coach Ted Dent, forward Mathieu Beaudoin, and goaltender Kent Simpson. Catch the taping of the show from 6 p.m to 7 p.m. at District Bar and Grill and the airing of the show on Tuesday at 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

-IceHogs forward Mathieu Beaudoin‘s wife gave birth to a baby girl (according to Adam Clendening on Hog Talk) over the weekend.

-Check out IceHogs defenseman Shawn Lalonde‘s interview on the Stone and Double T Show this morning on WXRX in Rockford.

-The IceHogs currently have a record of 24-25-1-1 (50 points) and sit in last place in the Midwest Division. They are currently in 14th place in the Western Conference standings and are 6 points out of the eighth and final playoff spot.

Upcoming Games

Wednesday, February 20 at Peoria at 7:05 p.m.

Friday, February 22 vs. Grand Rapids at 7:05 p.m.

Sunday, February 24 at Chicago at 3:00 p.m.

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2 thoughts on “IceHogs Tuesday: They’re On A Roll

  1. Chelsea

    Woohoo! I’m so glad things are finally looking up, and really impressed at how guys like Pirri and Morin helped pull it together. I didn’t realise Kyle Beach got eight shots on in the last game – WHAT? – but I guess I never paid that much attention to him before.

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