IceHogs Thursday: Hogs Picking Up Points Early

Jeremy Morin has scored 3 goals in the last 4 games for the IceHogs. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

Jeremy Morin has scored 3 goals in the last 4 games for the IceHogs. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

The IceHogs were busy in week 3 and the beginning of week 4 of the AHL schedule as they took on 2 Midwest Division rivals as well the 2 teams from Ontario, with 3 of the 4 games being on the road.

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Friday, October 18 at Chicago – The IceHogs made their first trip of the season to the Allstate Arena on Friday and they got off to a fast start. 47 seconds into the game, Terry Broadhurst sent a shot from the tops of the circles past Wolves goaltender Jake Allen to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. The Hogs made it 2-0 with 7:44 remaining in the period when Jeremy Morin put home his own rebound for his 2nd goal of the season. 2:31 later, Jimmy Hayes scored his first marker on the 2013-14 campaign with a backhanded shot from the right hashmarks.

At 13:44 of the second period, the Wolves ended Kent Simpson’s shutout bid with a goal from Tyler Shattock; his shot from the right circle went shortside on Simpson. Less than a minute later, Shattock took a dumb roughing penalty and it looked like the Hogs were going to have an opportunity to regain their 3 goal lead, but it went the opposite way. With 1 second left on the man advantage, the Wolves cashed in with a shorthanded goal from Alexandre Bolduc on a 2-on-1 rush; Evan Oberg set up Bolduc’s goal, which was his 1st of the season.

Simpson came up huge for Rockford when the Wolves started picking up momentum. In the third period, Corey Locke had the puck on his stick and a wide open net to shoot at from the right circle as Simpson was facing the opposite circle with Chris Porter standing in front of the crease. Fortunately for the Hogs, Simpson was able to come across the crease and was able to body down the shot to keep the Hogs ahead by 1. With 2:36 left, the Wolves were able to strike on the power play as Oberg was left all alone in a prime scoring area and he buried his chance for his first of the year.

Defenseman Klas Dahlbeck got the Hogs back in front 1:05 later with a blast from the top of the left circle after a pass from Brad Winchester. Mark McNeill was then able to seal the victory for the Hogs as he tallied an empty net goal to make it 5-3 with 15.2 seconds remaining.

-The IceHogs outshot the Wolves 40-22.

-Rockford went 0-for-6 on the power play and Chicago went 1-for-4 on the man advantage.

-IceHogs winger Jeremy Morin led the team with 10 shots on goal.

Jimmy Hayes was back to wearing his usual number, 17; he wore no. 12 in his season debut against Lake Erie on October 12th.

-Defenseman Klas Dahlbeck and winger Terry Broadhurst were both +3 on the evening.

-The IceHogs’ power play units were:

Brad Winchester –Drew LeBlanc – Jimmy Hayes

Jeremy Morin – Adam Clendening

Alex Broadhurst – Brad Mills – Maxim Shalunov

Dylan Olsen – Mark McNeill

-Some of the IceHogs penalty killing units were:  Byron Froese, Pat Mullane, Klas Dahlbeck and Dylan Olsen; Jeremy Morin, Mark McNeill, Klas Dahlbeck and Dylan Olsen; Byron Froese, Jimmy Hayes, Jared Nightingale and Viktor Svedberg; Jimmy Hayes, Brad Mills, Klas Dahlbeck and Jared Nightingale.

-The 3 stars were:  1 – Jimmy Hayes (1 G, 1 A, +1, 4 SOG) 2 – Evan Oberg (1 G 2 A, 2 SOG, 4 PIMs) 3 – Jeremy Morin (1 G, 1 A, 10 SOG, 2 PIMs).

-The scratches for Rockford were:  Wade Brookbank, Garret Ross and Joe Gleason (healthy).

-The lines and D pairs were:

Jimmy Hayes – Brad Mills – Alex Broadhurst

Brad Winchester – Drew LeBlanc – Jeremy Morin

Mark McNeill – Phillip Danault – Terry Broadhurst

Byron Froese – Pat Mullane – Maxim Shalunov

Dylan Olsen – Adam Clendening

Klas Dahlbeck – Jared Nightingale

Viktor Svedberg – Theo Peckham

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Saturday, October 19 vs. Grand Rapids – The IceHogs were finally able to play a game in the friendly confines of the BMO Harris Bank Center on Saturday as the seat renovation was finally completed. The rival Griffins quieted a raucous crowd 1:51 into the contest as Landon Ferraro’s shot from the right hashmarks went high glove side on IceHogs netminder Antti Raanta. Around the 6 minute mark of the period, the Hogs thought they had scored on a power play as Dylan Olsen fired a puck on the net after Griffins goaltender Petr Mrazek gave up a rebound to the left circle, but Olsen’s shot drew iron and never crossed the goal line. The IceHogs couldn’t escape the period without any more damage being done as Triston Grant scored with 1:17 remaining in the opening frame.

Jimmy Hayes scored the IceHogs’ first goal on home ice this season at 6:33 of the second period from below the left circle. The IceHogs then converted on the 2-man advantage with 2:20 left in the sandwich stanza as Jeremy Morin’s bomb from the left point found a way past Mrazek to tie the game at 2. The tie didn’t last for long though as Teemu Pulkkinen went high blocker side on Raanta with .6 seconds left on the clock before the intermission to give Grand Rapids the lead again.

Pulkkinen then struck again for the Griffins at 10:13 of the third period. His power play marker gave the visitors a 4-2 lead. With 2:10 left and Raanta pulled for the sixth attacker, Brad Winchester provided traffic in front of Mrazek and deflected the puck into the net to bring the Hogs within a goal. With 1:11 left, Terry Broadhurst took a shot from the left and Mrazek gave up an uncharacteristic rebound into the slot where Phillip Danault was able to fire it into the back of the net for his first career professional goal and to tie the game up at 4.

The five minute overtime period wasn’t enough for the teams to decide a winner so the game went into a shootout. Maxim Shalunov (2nd round), Morin (4th round) and Viktor Svedberg (5th round) were able to convert for the Hogs and they took the victory 5-4.

-Rockford outshot Grand Rapids 43-39.

-The IceHogs and Griffins both went 1-for-3 on the power play.

-IceHogs winger Jeremy Morin led the team in shots again; this time, he fired 6 on net.

-Some of the IceHogs’ power play units were:

Jimmy Hayes – Drew LeBlanc – Brad Winchester

Jeremy Morin – Adam Clendening

(This unit was also used on the 5-on-3 pp)

Maxim Shalunov – Brad Mills – Alex Broadhurst

Mark McNeill – Dylan Olsen

-Some of the IceHogs’ penalty killing units were:  Brad Mills, Jeremy Morin, Viktor Svedberg and Dylan Olsen; Phillip Danault, Mark McNeill, Jared Nightingale and Dylan Olsen.

-The 6 guys that were on the ice when the IceHogs pulled Raanta for the extra attacker were:  Jimmy Hayes – Brad Mills – Brad Winchester, Jeremy Morin; Adam Clendening and Joe Gleason.

-The 3 stars of the game were:  1 – Jeremy Morin (1 G, 1 A, 6 SOG) 2 — Teemu Pulkkinen (2 G, +1, 3 SOG, 2 PIMs) 3 – Terry Broadhurst (2 A, 1 SOG).

-The IceHogs were in 1st place in the Western Conference standings after this game.

-The scratches for the Hogs were:  Wade Brookbank, Theo Peckham and Byron Froese (healthy).

-The lines and D pairs were:

Jimmy Hayes – Brad Mills – Alex Broadhurst

Jeremy Morin – Drew LeBlanc – Brad Winchester

Mark McNeill – Phillip Danault – Terry Broadhurst

Maxim Shalunov – Pat Mullane – Garret Ross

Dylan Olsen – Adam Clendening

Klas Dahlbeck – Jared Nightingale

Viktor Svedberg – Joe Gleason

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Tuesday, October 22 at Hamilton – The IceHogs started their only road trip of the regular season to Ontario, Canada on Tuesday as they rolled into Hamilton’s Copps Coliseum to take on the Bulldogs. Rockford started off on the right foot as winger Garret Ross tallied his first professional goal 31 seconds into the game. Nick Tarnasky tied the game for Hamilton 15:37 of the first and the game was tied until 14:29 of the 2nd period when Terry Broadhurst gave the IceHogs the lead with his 2nd goal of the season.

Hamilton tied it up again at 6:13 of the 3rd period with a shorthanded marker from Sven Andrighetto. The jockeying for the lead continued as Rockford got back out in front with a power play tally from Mark McNeill just over a minute later. McNeill struck again at 16:05 for his 4th goal of the season to give the Hogs a 4-2 lead. Unfortunately, the Hogs figured out how the Griffins felt on Saturday night as Hamilton mounted the an almost identical comeback; Andrighetto scored with just over 2 ½ minutes left in regulation and then former IceHog Akim Aliu tied the game with 19 seconds remaining with netminder Dustin Tokarski on the bench for the 6th attacker.

The game went into overtime and Louis Leblanc tallied his first goal of the season at the 1:05 mark of the extra frame to give Hamilton the 5-4 win.

-Hamilton outshot Rockford 36-28.

-The IceHogs converted on 1 of their 5 power plays and kept the Bulldogs scoreless on their 6 man advantages.

-Center Phillip Danault led Rockford with 4 shots on goal.

-Center Pat Mullane tallied his first professional point with his secondary assist on Terry Broadhurst’s 2nd period marker.

-Brothers Terry Broadhurst and Alex Broadhurst got the assists on Mark McNeill’s power play goal; it’s the first time so far this season that the brothers have factored in on the same goal.

-The 3 stars of the game were:  1 – Sven Andrighetto (2 G, +2, 4 SOG, 2 PIMs) 2 – Mark McNeill (2 G, 1 A, +2, 2 SOG) 3 – Terry Broadhurst (1 G, 1 A, -2, 2 SOG).

-The Rockford scratches were:  Joakim Nordstrom (lower body injury), Maxim Shalunov, Joe Gleason and Wade Brookbank (healthy).

Kent Simpson was in net for Rockford.

icehogs-at-marlies-logosWednesday, October 23 at Toronto – For a while, it looked like the Hogs might come out of Canada without a win as the Marlies opened up a 2-0 lead before the halfway point of the game; Greg McKegg tallied for the Marlies at 4:18 of the first period and Carter Ashton got on the board at 8:23 of the 2nd.

Alex Broadhurst was the first Rockford player to crack the scoresheet as he tallied his 2nd goal of the year at 14:33 of the middle stanza. Just under three minutes later, Terry Broadhurst tied the game after Garret Ross beat a Marlies player to the puck behind the net and then sent a pass out in front to the Orland Park native who buried it for his 3rd marker on the 2013-14 campaign.

The Hogs and Marlies were locked at 2 until the 14:33 mark of the 3rd period when Jeremy Morin fired home his 4th goal of the season after a face-off win by Byron Froese to put the IceHogs up 3-2, which stood as the final.

-The Marlies outshot the IceHogs 24-20.

-Rockford didn’t score on either of their 2 power plays and Toronto didn’t convert on any of their 3 man advantages.

-Defenseman Dylan Olsen led the team in shots with 3.

-Forward Garret Ross recorded his first professional multi-point game with two assists on Wednesday night.

-The 3 stars of the game were:  1 – Jeremy Morin (1 G, +1, 2 SOG) 2 – Garret Ross (2 A, +2, 2 SOG, 2 PIMs) 3 — Spencer Abbott (2 A, +1, 1 SOG).

-The IceHogs scratches were:  Joakim Nordstrom (lower body), Wade Brookbank, Pat Mullane and Maxim Shalunov (healthy).

-The lines and D pairs were:

Jimmy Hayes – Drew LeBlanc – Brad Mills

Terry Broadhurst – Brad Winchester – Jeremy Morin

Garret Ross – Phillip Danault – Mark McNeill

Alex Broadhurst – Bryon Froese — ________

Dylan Olsen – Adam Clendening

Klas Dahlbeck – Jared Nightingale

Viktor Svedberg – Theo Peckham

___________ — Joe Gleason

Antti Raanta was in net for Rockford

Transactions

-Saturday, October 19 (after the game) –Forward Joakim Nordstrom was assigned to the IceHogs from the Blackhawks.

Thursday, October 24 – The Blackhawks reassigned winger Kyle Beach to the IceHogs from HV71 (SHL).

Tidbits

The IceHogs are currently 2nd in the Western Conference standings with a record of 5-2-1-0 (11 points).

Upcoming Games

Saturday, October 26 vs. Charlotte at 3:00 pm

Sunday, October 27 vs. Texas at 4:00 pm

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