Week 2 of the AHL 2013-14 schedule featured the IceHogs travelling to Cleveland to take on the Lake Erie Monsters on October 11th and 12th. The Hogs swept all 4 games against the Monsters last season and they were looking to start off on the right foot to repeat the feat.
Friday, October 11 at Lake Erie – Friday’s tilt started out with a bang for the IceHogs. At the 1:28 mark of the first period, defenseman Adam Clendening scored to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. Just about 3 minutes later, forward Brad Mills tallied his first goal of the season to make it 2-0. At 7:48, rookie center Drew LeBlanc scored his first professional goal to give the Hogs a 3 goal lead.
Another Hog reached a milestone. This time, it was during the second period when 6-foot-8 defenseman Viktor Svedberg scored on the power play for his first AHL goal. LeBlanc scored again at 17:43 of the middle frame to make it 5-0 Rockford.
Hogs netminder Antti Raanta had his shutout bid spoiled in the third period as Paul Carey and Bryan Lerg scored 2 ½ minutes apart to make it 5-2, but the Hogs were able to hang on for their 2nd victory of the season.
-The IceHogs outshot the Monsters 32-22.
-The IceHogs went 1-for-5 on the power play and the Monsters were scoreless on their 4 attempts on the man advantage.
-IceHogs forwards Jeremy Morin and Brandon Pirri led the team with 5 shots on goal each.
-The 3 stars of the game were: 1 – Drew LeBlanc (2 G, +1, 2 SOG) 2 – Brandon Pirri (2 A, +2, 5 SOG) 3 – Jeremy Morin (2 G, +2, 5 SOG).
–The scratches for the IceHogs were: Wade Brookbank, Maxim Shalunov and Joe Gleason (healthy).
Saturday, October 12 at Lake Erie – Saturday was the complete opposite of Friday’s game for Rockford. The home squad got on the board first in this contest at 3:17 with a marker from Karl Stollery. Andrew Agozzino scored at 12:12 to give the Monsters a 2-0 lead.
The second period didn’t get any better for Rockford as J.T. Wyman and Mark Olver added to the Lake Erie lead, making it 4-0.
The Hogs finally got on the board in the third period with a power play tally from forward Brad Mills, but Lake Erie got the goal back at 13:25 with a shorthanded, empty net goal from Bryan Lerg to make the final 5-1.
–Antti Raanta was in net for the IceHogs on Saturday evening.
-The Monsters outshot the IceHogs 36-31.
-The IceHogs went 1-for-5 on the power play for the second night in a row; the Monsters went 2-for-7 on the man advantage.
-Forward Maxim Shalunov made his AHL debut on Saturday night and forward Jimmy Hayes made his IceHogs season debut after being sent down from Chicago; Hayes donned the no. 12 on his jersey for this game instead of his usual no. 17.
–Maxim Shalunov, Byron Froese, Brad Mills, Klas Dahlbeck, Dylan Olsen and Adam Clendening all fired 3 shots on net for Rockford.
-The 3 stars of the game were: 1 — Andrew Agozzino (1 G, 2 A, +2, 4 SOG, 2 PIMs) 2 — Sami Aittokallio (30 saves) 3 – Karl Stollery (1 G, +3, 3 SOG).
-The scratches for the IceHogs were: Wade Brookbank, Terry Broadhurst and Joe Gleason (healthy).
-Friday, October 11 – The Blackhawks recalled center Brandon Pirri after the game and reassigned forward Jimmy Hayes to the IceHogs.
–Wednesday, October 16 – The IceHogs recalled defenseman Bobby Shea from Reading (ECHL), but then reassigned him to Toledo (ECHL).
Friday, October 18 at Chicago at 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 19 vs. Grand Rapids at 7 pm – Home Opener at the BMO Harris Bank Center
Tuesday, October 22 at Hamilton at 6:30 pm CDT
Wednesday, October 23 at Toronto at 6 pm CDT