IceHogs Tuesday: Perfection In Rockford

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Jimmy Hayes scored a big goal in Sunday’s tilt against the Rivs. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

Week 26 featured 4 games for the Rockford IceHogs and they were all against Midwest Division opponents—well, they were split between 2 teams in the division, the Milwaukee Admirals and the Peoria Rivermen. The IceHogs needed to bring home a solid 8 of 8 points to keep themselves in contention for the 8th and final place in the Western Conference. They did just that.

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Tuesday, April 2 vs. MilwaukeeKyle Beach opened up the scoring for Rockford on a rare Tuesday night game for the IceHogs. He tallied at the 18:02 mark of the opening frame with a shot from the high slot. Michael Latta tied the game up for Milwaukee at 15:31 of the 2nd period, but IceHogs defenseman Ryan Stanton gave the home team the lead back with a shot from the right circle for his 2nd goal of the season—and that held up as the game winner.

-Milwaukee outshot Rockford 32-23.

-The IceHogs didn’t convert on any of their 3 power plays and the Admirals scored on 1 of their 5 man advantages.

-IceHogs forward Kenndal McArdle led the team with 4 shots on goal.

-The 3 stars of the game were:  1 – Ryan Stanton (1 G, 1 A, +2, 3 SOG, 2 PIMS) 2 – Henrik Karlsson (31 saves) 3 – Michael Latta (1 G, -1, 5 SOG, 2 PIMS).

-The scratches were:  Ben Smith, Philippe Paradis, Jeremy Morin (all injured), Joe Lavin, Rob Flick, Mathieu Beaudoin, Wade Brookbank and Terry Broadhurst (all healthy).

-The lines and D pairs were:

Martin St. Pierre – Jimmy Hayes – Mark McNeill

Rostislav Olesz – Brandon Pirri – Brad Mills

Kenndal McArdle – Byron Froese – Kyle Beach

Joakim Nordstrom – Phillip Danault – Brandon Svendsen

Ryan Stanton – Adam Clendening

Dylan Olsen – Shawn Lalonde

Klas Dahlbeck – Steve Montador

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Friday, April 5 at Milwaukee Friday night’s contest against the Admirals kicked off another huge weekend for the IceHogs. Unfortunately, the weekend didn’t get started the correct way for Rockford. Captain Martin St. Pierre took an interference penalty at 4:06 and 8 seconds later, Jusso Puustinen fired one by goaltender Henrik Karlsson to give the Ads the 1-0 lead. But it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish, right? St. Pierre proved that as he tied the game up at the 12:39 mark of the period as he picked up a loose puck in the right circle and fired it past Ads netminder Magnus Hellberg. A little over 4 minutes later, Ryan Stanton’s shot got past Hellberg for his 3rd of the year and to give the Hogs the 2-1 lead. Brandon Svendsen kept the Hogs’ lead in tact late in the period as he sacrificed his body and blocked a turn-around shot by an Ads player as Karlsson was very far out of his net. The puck would have gone in and would’ve tied the game if it wasn’t for the Maplewood, Minnesota native.

Milwaukee was able to tie it up in the 2nd period though. Daniel Bang scored his 7th goal of the season at the 17:06 mark. Rostislav Olesz restored the Rockford lead at 8:33 of the third period as he flipped home a puck over Hellberg’s right shoulder from right out in front of the Swedish netminder. The lead didn’t last long though as Scott Valentine knotted the game up at 3 for Milwaukee at 13:19. If that Rockford lead was short lived, then the tie game was barely alive at all as Olesz tallied his 2nd goal of the night just 33 seconds later to make it 4-3. That would hold up as the final score and the Hogs took a big 2 points back to Rockford with them from Milwaukee.

-Rockford outshot Milwaukee 47-34.

-The IceHogs didn’t score on their lone power play opportunity and the Ads went 1-for-2 on their man advantages.

-IceHogs defenseman Ryan Stanton led Rockford with 6 shots on goal. Rostislav Olesz, Kyle Beach and Joe Lavin all fired 5 shots on goal while Martin St. Pierre, Jeremy Morin, Shawn Lalonde and Klas Dahlbeck each fired 3 shots on target.

-The 3 stars were:  1 – Rostislav Olesz (2 G, 1 A, +2, 5 SOG) 2 – Scott Valentine (1 G, +1, 3 SOG, 2 PIMS) 3 – Jusso Puustinen (1G, 1 A, -1, 5 SOG).

-The power play units that the IceHogs used were:

Jimmy Hayes – Martin St. Pierre – Rostislav Olesz

Steve Montador – Adam Clendening

Maxime Sauve – Brad Mills – Jeremy Morin

Brandon Pirri – Shawn Lalonde

-2 of the penalty killing units that the IceHogs used were:  Brad Mills, Brandon Svendsen, Klas Dahlbeck and Steve Montador; Jeremy Morin, Jimmy Hayes, Shawn Lalonde and Klas Dahlbeck.

-Forward Maxime Sauve made his IceHogs debut on Friday night. He donned No. 11 as his jersey number.

-IceHogs forward Jimmy Hayes skated in his 100th game in the AHL on Friday night.

-The scratches for Rockford were:  Ben Smith (injured), Wade Brookbank, Dylan Olsen, Joakim Nordstrom, Mathieu Beaudoin and Kenndal McArdle (all healthy).

-The lines and D pairs were:

Martin St. Pierre – Jimmy Hayes – Jeremy Morin

Rostislav Olesz – Brandon Pirri – Brad Mills

Maxime Sauve – Phillip Danault – Mark McNeill

Terry Broadhurst – Brandon Svendsen – Kyle Beach

Ryan Stanton – Adam Clendening

Joe Lavin – Shawn Lalonde

Klas Dahlbeck – Steve Montador

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Saturday, April 6 at PeoriaSaturday night didn’t have the swiftest start in the world for the IceHogs. Derek Nesbitt gave the Rivermen the early 1-0 lead with a top-shelf goal from the bottom of the right circle at 4:23 of the 1st period. Less than 2 minutes later, Andrew Murray walked around defenseman Klas Dahlbeck and got a shot off on net. The puck just missed Henrik Karlsson and the crease, but Yannick Veilleux was able to fire the puck home for his 1st goal of the season. The IceHogs didn’t even register their first shot on goal until after the 7:30 mark of the period—defenseman Ryan Stanton was the one who put the puck on net. Hogs center Brandon Pirri got the visitors on the board at 10:25 of the period. As he was falling down just above the right hashmarks, he fired a Jeremy Morin pass home for his 20th goal on the 2012-13 campaign. Less than a minute later, Brett Sonne gave the Rivs their 2 goal lead back as his shot went short-side on Karlsson for his 7th of the year. His tally came on Peoria’s 7th shot on goal and the game was only 1:12 past the halfway mark of the opening frame… Rostislav Olesz brought Rockford back to within one goal as he sent a shot from the slot past Rivs netminder Mike McKenna at 13:45; it was his 5th marker of the year.

The Hogs were generating many scoring chances during the 2nd period. One of them was a Morin shorthanded breakaway. He tried going five-hole on McKenna with a backhanded shot, but the Rivs’ goalie shut the door. Unfortunately for Rockford, the hole grew bigger at 11:48 as Anthony Nigro tallied his 5th goal of the year to make it 4-2 Rivs. But the Hogs kept pressing, and it paid off as captain Martin St. Pierre roofed a breakaway opportunity for his 24th tally of the season at 14:21 to make it 4-3.

At 6:22 of the final frame, Chris Bruton got his stick up in the chops of Pirri and Adam Clendening made him pay for that. His shot from the right point somehow was able to get by McKenna for the power play and game-tying goal. The marker was the Niagara Falls, New York native’s 7th of the year. The minutes were ticking off of the clock and the game looked like it was destined for overtime, but the Hogs broke through. With 2:31 remaining, Olesz—who parked himself in front of McKenna–tipped in St. Pierre’s shot from the high lot to give the Hogs their first lead of the game and it held up as the game winner.

-Rockford outshot Peoria 37-27.

-The IceHogs went 1-for-2 on the power play and killed off all 3 of the Rivs’ man advantages.

-IceHogs captain Martin St. Pierre led the team with 6 shots on goal.

-The 3 stars were:  1 – Rostislav Olesz (2 G, 1 A, +2, 3 SOG) 2 – Martin St. Pierre (1 G, 2 A, 6 SOG) 3 – Anthony Nigro (1 G, 1 A, +1, 2 SOG).

-The power play units that the IceHogs used were:

Jeremy Morin – Brandon Pirri – Maxime Sauve

Brad Mills – Shawn Lalonde

Rostislav Olesz – Martin St. Pierre – Jimmy Hayes

Steve Montador/Brandon Pirri – Adam Clendening

-Some of the penalty killers that the IceHogs used were:  Brad Mills, Brandon Svendsen, Klas Dahlbeck and Ryan Stanton; Jeremy Morin, Jimmy Hayes, Shawn Lalonde and Dylan Olsen; Mark McNeill, Phillip Danault, Steve Montador and Shawn Lalonde; Brandon Pirri, Jeremy Morin, Klas Dahlbeck and Steve Montador.

-The scratches for Rockford were:  Ben Smith (injured), Wade Brookbank, Terry Broadhurst, Joe Lavin, Mathieu Beaudoin and Joakim Nordstrom (all healthy).

-The lines and D pairs were:

Martin St. Pierre – Jimmy Hayes – Jeremy Morin

Rostislav Olesz – Brandon Pirri – Brad Mills

Maxime Sauve – Phillip Danault – Mark McNeill

Kenndal McArdle – Brandon Svendsen – Kyle Beach

Ryan Stanton – Adam Clendening

Dylan Olsen – Shawn Lalonde

Klas Dahlbeck – Steve Montador

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Sunday, April 7 vs. PeoriaSunday also didn’t contain the best start ever for Rockford. They took 2 penalties within the first 5 minutes of the game. Fortunately, they were able to brilliantly kill them both off. The IceHogs had a good chance to score the first goal of the game as they had a semi 2-on-1 rush going into Peoria’s zone. Terry Broadhurst was able to set up Maxime Sauve for a tip chance, but Sauve wasn’t able to put the biscuit in the basket.

2 minutes into the 2nd period, the Hogs were able to strike. Jimmy Hayes’ shot from the tops of the circles sailed by Mike McKenna’s glove hand for the Dorchester, Massachusetts native’s 22nd goal on the 2012-13 campaign.

Rockford lit the lamp early again in the 3rd period. At the 1:01 mark from out in front of McKenna, Brandon Pirri kicked a puck over to Martin St. Pierre in the left circle, who one-timed it home to give the Hogs a 2-0 lead. With 9:32 left in regulation, the Rivermen broke IceHogs netminder Carter Hutton’s shutout with a goal by Yannick Veilleux. Just under 2 minutes later, the Hogs restored their 2 goal lead. Rostislav Olesz’s shot went off of the end boards and bounced right by the net and to Brad Mills, who sent it by McKenna for his 5th marker of the year. The Hogs almost scored on the next shift, but Joakim Nordstrom’s stick was way over the crossbar when he batted the puck in out of mid-air. Jeremy Morin tacked on an empty net goal with 28 seconds remaining in the contest to make it 4-1 and to give the Hogs their 4th win in 4 games in week 26.

-Rockford outshot Peoria 31-21.

-The IceHogs were held scoreless on their 4 power play attempts and they killed off all 6 Rivermen power plays.

-IceHogs forward Jeremy Morin led the team with 6 shots on goal.

-The 3 stars of the game were:  1 – Martin St. Pierre (1 G, +2, 2 SOG) 2 – Carter Hutton (20 saves) 3 – Brandon Pirri (2 A, +1, 3 SOG).

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

Jimmy Hayes – Brandon Pirri – Terry Broadhurst

Martin St. Pierre – Adam Clendening

Jeremy Morin – Brad Mills – Martin St. Pierre

Brandon Pirri – Shawn Lalonde

Jimmy Hayes – Martin St. Pierre – Rostislav Olesz

Ryan Stanton – Adam Clendening

-Some of the penalty killers that the IceHogs used were:  Jimmy Hayes, Jeremy Morin, Ryan Stanton and Joe Lavin; Brandon Pirri, Martin St. Pierre, Shawn Lalonde and Klas Dahlbeck; Brad Mills, Brandon Svendsen, Klas Dahlbeck and Ryan Stanton; Joakim Nordstrom, Kenndal McArdle, Joe Lavin and Shawn Lalonde.

-IceHogs captain Martin St. Pierre scored his 150th AHL goal during the 3rd period on Sunday.

-IceHogs center Joakim Nordstrom tallied his 1st AHL point with his secondary assist on Jeremy Morin’s empty net goal.

-The IceHogs suffered some injuries during this tilt.  Defenseman Dylan Olsen left the game right before the 3rd period started and didn’t return. After the game, he was on crutches and had a boot on his left foot. Forward Brandon Svendsen took a puck to the face during the 3rd period. He left the game for a couple of minutes, only to return with 4 stitches above the right side of his lip.

-The scratches were:  Ben Smith (injured), Phillip Danault, Mark McNeill, Steve Montador, Mathieu Beaudoin and Wade Brookbank (all healthy).

-The lines and D pairs were:

Martin St. Pierre – Jimmy Hayes – Jeremy Morin

Rostislav Olesz – Brandon Pirri – Brad Mills

Maxime Sauve – Brandon Svendsen – Terry Broadhurst

Kenndal McArdle – Joakim Nordstrom – Kyle Beach

Ryan Stanton – Adam Clendening

Klas Dahlbeck – Shawn Lalonde

Joe Lavin – Dylan Olsen

Roster Transactions

Monday, April 1stThe Blackhawks reassigned forwards Jeremy Morin and Jimmy Hayes to the IceHogs.

Tuesday, April 2nd – IceHogs forward Philippe Paradis was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning for the rights to Cornell University forward Kirill Gotovets. Read more here.

Wednesday, April 3rdIceHogs forward Rob Flick was traded to the Boston Bruins for forward Maxime Sauve. Read more about that trade here. IceHogs center Byron Froese was also reassigned to the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL by the Blackhawks. The Blackhawks also recalled forward Brandon Bollig.

Tuesday, April 9th – The IceHogs recalled defenseman Ben Youds from the Toledo Walleye. Chicago Blackhawks prospect Garret Ross was signed to a 3 year entry level contract by the Blackhawks and will report to Rockford, according to the Saginaw Spirit’s press release.

Tidbits

-IceHogs forward Rostislav Olesz was named the AHL’s Player of the Week.

-The IceHogs held their annual jersey auction after the game on Sunday evening. The theme of this year’s auction was “Abrahammy Lincoln.” The team raised over $40,000 in the event.

-There is going to be a Roadwatch Party at District Bar and Grill on Saturday for the IceHogs’ game in Milwaukee.

-There are an abundance of IceHogs birthdays in April. This past week, Mathieu Beaudoin turned 29 on Saturday, April 6th. This week, Brandon Pirri turns 22 on Wednesday, April 10th and Brandon Svendsen turns 28 on Thursday, April 11th. Happy birthday to all three!

-Here’s a look at the updated Western Conference standings. Well, Lake Erie’s the only Western Conference team in action tonight, but whatever:

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Upcoming Games

Wednesday, April 10 at Peoria at 7:05 p.m.

Friday, April 12 vs. Chicago at 7:05 p.m. (final regular season home game)

Saturday, April 13 at Milwaukee at 7:30 p.m.

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One thought on “IceHogs Tuesday: Perfection In Rockford

  1. chelseaxavier

    COME ON HOGS. A while ago it seemed like they were done for and now they’re so tauntingly close to making the playoffs. A couple of wins! You can do it! Please!

    Reply

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