The 2013-14 AHL season officially started for the Rockford IceHogs on Saturday night as they rolled on down to Texas to take on San Antonio. In typical AHL fashion, the IceHogs were right back at it the next day as they took on the Texas Stars in Cedar Park, Texas.
Saturday, October 5 at San Antonio – As the case usually is for the IceHogs, the season started out with drama. Hogs starting goaltender Antti Raanta left the game just over five minutes into the first period after stopping a shot with the inside of his knee. Kent Simpson relieved him and went on to play spectacularly in this contest.
There was no scoring in the first period, but the Rampage got on the board first 47 seconds into the second period with a goal from center Jon Matsumoto. The Hogs battled back to tie it, but it wasn’t until the 1:00 mark of the third period as forward Alex Broadhurst scored his first professional goal in his first professional game on his first professional shot. The tie game only lasted 10:47 as Matsumoto scored his second goal of the night. Alex Petrovic sealed the game for the Rampage with 43 seconds left in regulation to give the home team the 3-1 win.
—Kent Simpson’s play was stellar in net as he set the IceHogs AHL era record for saves in a single game with 49.
-The Rampage outshot the IceHogs 56-25.
-The IceHogs went 0-for-3 on the power play and the Rampage went 1-for-4 on the man advantage.
-Winger Jeremy Morin led the team with 5 shots on goal.
-The 3 stars of the game were: 1 – Jon Matsumoto (2 G, +1, 4 SOG) 2 – Scott Clemmensen (24 saves) 3 – Alex Broadhurst (1 G, 1 SOG).
-Here’s the roster for opening night:
Forwards: Brad Winchester (#11), Drew LeBlanc (#14), Brad Mills (#16), Phillip Danault (#18), Jeremy Morin (#19), Pat Mullane (#20), Byron Froese (#24), Alex Broadhurst (#25), Garret Ross (#26), Brandon Pirri (#27), Mark McNeill (#28), Terry Broadhurst (#37); scratches: Wade Brookbank (#15), Maxim Shalunov (#36)
Defensemen: Adam Clendening (#2), Dylan Olsen (#3), Joe Gleason (#5), Jared Nightingale (#6), Viktor Svedberg (#8), Klas Dahlbeck (#10); scratched: Theo Peckham (#22)
Goalies: Antti Raanta (#35), Kent Simpson (#33)
Sunday, October 6 at Texas – The following day, the IceHogs’ tilt in Texas started out with the home team getting on the board first. At 6:32, Travis Morin put the Stars up 1-0. Less than 4 minutes later, Curtis McKenzie added to the Texas lead with a power play goal. At 11:33, IceHogs winger Jeremy Morin tallied his first goal on the young season to bring Rockford within one; Byron Froese and Adam Clendening recorded the helpers on the marker. The Hogs then struck on the power play as Clendening tied the game up at 14:47.
The Hogs took their first lead of the season on a Klas Dahlbeck goal at the 10:12 mark of the middle stanza. The lead only lasted 1:10 though before Texas knotted the game back up at 3 with a tally from Mike Hedden. The second period looked like it might come to a close without any more scoring, but rookie Mark McNeill tallied his first professional marker at 18:24 of the period to put the Hogs ahead 4-3, which was what the final score looked like after 60 minutes of play, giving the IceHogs their first win on the 2013-14 season.
-Texas outshot Rockford 44-24.
-The IceHogs went 1-for-2 on the power play; the Stars went 1-for-5.
-Forward Alex Broadhurst was awarded a penalty shot during the second period, but he wasn’t able to convert for Rockford.
-Forward Mark McNeill and defenseman Klas Dahlbeck led the IceHogs with 3 shots on goal each.
-The 3 stars of the game were: 1 – Mark McNeill (1 G,1 A, +1, 3 SOG) 2 – Travis Morin (1 G, 1 A, +1, 2 SOG) 3 – Adam Clendening (1 G, 1 A, +1, 2 SOG, 2 PIMs)
-The scratches for Rockford were: Antti Raanta (lower body injury), Wade Brookbank, Maxim Shalunov and Joe Gleason.
-With Antti Raanta side-lined with his injury, Mac Carruth served as Kent Simpson’s back-up on Sunday.
-Saturday, October 5 – The Blackhawks reassigned goaltender Mac Carruth from Toledo (ECHL) to Rockford.
–Wednesday, October 9 – The Blackhawks reassigned goaltender Mac Carruth from Rockford to Toledo (ECHL).
–Hog Talk is back for another season at District Bar and Grill in Rockford. The first show is on Monday, October 14th. The IceHogs have yet to announce who the guests will be.
-For those wondering, forward Kyle Beach has been reassigned to HV71 of the Swedish Hockey League, defenseman Ryan Stanton was claimed on waivers by the Vancouver Canucks—and he’s been playing with the club and even registered his first NHL point on October 6th on the Canucks’ game winning goal in overtime—and the Hogs signed defensemen Joe Gleason and Bobby Shea and forward Maxim Shalunov to AHL contracts; Shea was assigned to Reading of the ECHL though.
Friday, October 11 at Lake Erie at 6:30 pm CDT
Saturday, October 12 at Lake Erie at 6:00 pm CDT