IceHogs Tuesday: A Winning Week

IceHogs captain Martin St. Pierre brings the puck into the Wolves' zone during Sunday's contest. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

IceHogs captain Martin St. Pierre brings the puck into the Wolves’ zone during Sunday’s contest. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

Week 20 brought three games for the IceHogs. All three were against Midwest Division rivals. In order to catch up in the playoff race, they needed to take all six points at stake–and they did.

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Wednesday, February 20 at PeoriaIf the IceHogs wanted to continue to claw their way back into the playoff race, they needed to get a win over a big Midwest Division rival in the Peoria Rivermen. The IceHogs got off to a hot start as forward Terry Broadhurst deflected in a Klas Dahlbeck shot from the point 48 seconds into the game for his third goal of the year.

The Hogs extended their lead in the second period to 2-0 as Jeremy Morin bombed a shot in from the top of the left circle while on the power play for his 17th goal of the season. Late in the period, the Hogs had to kill off a 5-on-3 Rivs power play with Adam Clendening and Klas Dahlbeck both in the box. Hogs netminder Carter Hutton made some big saves during the 1:36 two man disadvantage. Along with some great PK work by Brad Mills, Brandon Svendsen, and Ben Youds and then Shawn Lalonde, Kenndal McArdle, and Martin St. Pierre, the Hogs were able to kill it off.

With 1:23 left in regulation, Peoria pulled goaltender Mike McKenna for the sixth attacker and the Hogs took advantage. St. Pierre was able to fire home an empty netter to make it 3-0, and then McArdle made it 4-0 with 68 seconds remaining off of a feed from Brandon Pirri.

-Peoria outshot Rockford 35-24.

-The IceHogs went 1-for-4 on the power play and they killed off all six Peoria man advantages.

Jeremy Morin led the IceHogs with 4 shots on goal.

-The three stars of the game were:  1 – Carter Hutton 2 – Jeremy Morin 3 – Terry Broadhurst

Carter Hutton’s 35 save shutout was his first since opening night of the 2012-13 season when the Hogs lost 1-0 in a shootout to the Chicago Wolves.

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

Terry Broadhurst – Martin St. Pierre – Jimmy Hayes

Ben Youds – Adam Clendening

Kyle Beach – Brad Mills – Brandon Pirri

Jeremy Morin – Shawn Lalonde

-Some of the penalty killers that the IceHogs used were:  Brad Mills, Kenndal McArdle, Klas Dahlbeck, and Ben Youds; Philippe Paradis, Brandon Svendsen, Joe Lavin, and Shawn Lalonde; Jeremy Morin, Jimmy Hayes, Joe Lavin, and Shawn Lalonde; Rob Flick, Philippe Paradis, Klas Dahlbeck, and Ben Youds; Brandon Pirri, Kenndal McArdle, Joe Lavin, and Shawn Lalonde.

-The scratches were:  Ben Smith, Dylan Olsen, Ryan Stanton (all injured), Wade Brookbank, and Mathieu Beaudoin (healthy).

-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

Philippe Paradis – David Gilbert – Brandon Svendsen

Joe Lavin—Shawn Lalonde

Klas Dahlbeck – Ben Youds

Kevin Quick – Adam Clendening

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Friday, February 22 vs. Grand Rapids  – The Griffins visited the BMO Harris Bank Center for the first time since January 19th, when the now infamous bench-clearing brawl on Pink in the Rink night happened. The Midwest Division leading Griffins got on the board first at the 2:22 mark of the first period as Tomas Jurco grabbed a Carter Hutton turnover from behind the net and wrapped it around into the empty cage for his seventh tally of the year. At 7:47, the IceHogs evened the score back up. Jimmy Hayes parked himself out in front of Griffins goalie Petr Mrazek, grabbed a Martin St. Pierre rebound, and put it past Mrazek’s pad as he was falling for his 17th marker on the campaign. The new dad on the team gave the Hogs the lead for the first time of the contest with 50 seconds to score in the first. Forward Mathieu Beaudoin scored his fourth goal of the season from the right circle off of a feed from Brandon Svendsen to make it 2-1.

Francis Pare struck early in the second period for Grand Rapids as he tied the contest at 2 at the 2:29 mark. Big ol’ Mr. Hayes didn’t like that very much though as he scored his second goal of the night 24 seconds later to give Rockford the lead right back. Hayes was able to grab a Jeremy Morin rebound and fire it past Mrazek for his 18th goal of the year. With 12 seconds remaining in the middle frame, the Hogs found themselves going on the power play. The period appeared to end when Brandon Pirri was able to sneak one by Mrazek to make it 4-2 Rockford. Initially, it looked like the clock hit zero, but under video review, it was deemed that the puck crossed the goal line with one-tenth of a second remaining, so it was a good goal. The tally was Pirri’s 17th of the year.

Pare tallied his second of the evening with 7:50 to go in regulation, but the IceHogs were able to hang on for the 4-3 victory and for their fourth win in a row.

-Rockford outshot Grand Rapids 35-31.

-The IceHogs went 1-for-3 on the power play and they killed off all three of the Griffins’ man advantages.

-IceHogs captain Martin St. Pierre registered a team high 6 shots on net.

-The three stars were:  1 – Jimmy Hayes 2 – Francis Pare 3 – Jeremy Morin

-Jeremy Morin played in his 150th professional game on Friday night.

-This game was the last contest between the IceHogs and Griffins for the 2012-13 regular season.

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

Jeremy Morin – Brad Mills – Kyle Beach

Shawn Lalonde – Brandon Pirri

Jimmy Hayes – Martin St. Pierre – Jeremy Morin

Ryan Stanton – Adam Clendening

-Some of the penalty killers that the IceHogs used were:  Brad Mills, Brandon Svendsen, Klas Dahlbeck, and Ben Youds; Ben Smith, Kenndal McArdle, Shawn Lalonde, and Joe Lavin; Jeremy Morin, Jimmy Hayes, Ryan Stanton, and Adam Clendening.

-The scratches were:  Dylan Olsen, Philippe Paradis (injured), David Gilbert, Wade Brookbank, and Kevin Quick (healthy).

-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

Ben Smith – Brandon Svendsen – Mathieu Beaudoin

Ryan Stanton – Adam Clendening

Joe Lavin – Shawn Lalonde

Klas Dahlbeck – Ben Youds

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Sunday, February 24 at Chicago Another big Midwest Division contest was on tap for the IceHogs on Sunday afternoon as they rolled into Rosemont to take on the Wolves. The IceHogs were able to cash in first as Brad Mills scored his first goal of the season as he crashed the net and poked home a loose puck in Wolves netminder Matt Climie’s crease at 11:52 of the opening frame. IceHogs goalie Henrik Karlsson was strong early and often in this tilt. One of his big saves from the first period was when he came across the crease and made a huge glove save on Andrew Ebbett while Rockford was on the penalty kill. The IceHogs had a late 5-on-3 power play in the first period; they weren’t able to convert on the two man advantage, but once the first penalty expired, they were able to score on a conventional 5-on-4 power play. Hogs captain Martin St. Pierre was able to put home a Jimmy Hayes pass for his team leading 19th goal of the season to give the IceHogs a 2-0 lead.

Climie kept the Wolves in the thick of things during the second period. While the Hogs were shorthanded, Brandon Pirri led Kenndal McArdle into the Wolves zone on a 2-on-1 rush. Pirri dished to McArdle, and McArdle sent a solid shot towards the net, but Climie was able to make a big left pad save to keep the score at 2-0. With under six minutes to go in the frame, Climie was able to stop a Mills tip off a Terry Broadhurst feed.

Karlsson and the Hogs looked like they were about to earn their second shutout in three games, but Wolves captain Darren Haydar spoiled the party with a power play goal with 29 seconds to go in the third period. There was nothing Karlsson could have done about the goal though as he was being screened very well by Darren Archibald. Nonetheless, the Hogs took the 2-1 decision for their fifth consecutive win.

-Rockford outshot Chicago 31-24.

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

-IceHogs forwards Kyle Beach and Martin St. Pierre led Rockford with 5 shots on goal each.

-The three stars were:  1 – Henrik Karlsson 2 – Matt Climie 3 – Martin St. Pierre

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

Terry Broadhurst – Jimmy Hayes – Martin St. Pierre

Adam Clendening – Ben Youds

Ben Smith – Brandon Pirri – Jeremy Morin

Brad Mills – Shawn Lalonde

-On the 5-on-3 power play, the IceHogs used Jeremy Morin, Jimmy Hayes, Brandon Pirri, Adam Clendening, and Martin St. Pierre.

-Some of the penalty killers that the IceHogs used were:  Brandon Pirri, Ben Smith, Ryan Stanton, and Joe Lavin; Jimmy Hayes, Brad Mills, Klas Dahlbeck, and Ben Youds; Brad Mills, Brandon Svendsen, Klas Dahlbeck, and Ben Youds; Jeremy Morin, Jimmy Hayes, Joe Lavin, and Ryan Stanton.

-The scratches were:  Dylan Olsen, Philippe Paradis (injured), David Gilbert, Wade Brookbank, and Kevin Quick (healthy).

-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

Ben Smith – Brandon Svendsen – Mathieu Beaudoin

Ryan Stanton – Adam Clendening

Joe Lavin – Shawn Lalonde

Klas Dahlbeck – Ben Youds

Roster Transactions

Friday, February 22 –The Chicago Blackhawks reassigned goaltender Henrik Karlsson to the IceHogs from Chicago and they reassigned goaltender Kent Simpson to Toledo of the ECHL from Rockford.

Tidbits
Check out IceHogs forward Wade Brookbank‘s interview on the Stone and Double T Show on WXRX.

-The IceHogs now have a record of 27-25-1-1 (56 points) and are currently tied for third in the Midwest Division and tenth in the Western Conference with the Milwaukee Admirals. Milwaukee has 2 games in-hand on Rockford. The Hogs are three points out of the eighth and final playoff spot. **Before Tuesday’s games had gone final.

Upcoming Games

Friday, March 1 vs. Peoria at 7:05 p.m.

Saturday, March 2 vs. Milwaukee at 7:05 p.m.

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