IceHogs Thursday: A Week to Forget

IceHogs defenseman Klas Dahlbeck celebrates his 3rd period goal on Sunday afternoon. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

IceHogs defenseman Klas Dahlbeck celebrates his 3rd period goal on Sunday afternoon. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

The IceHogs had a very important stretch of games in the past week as they were slated to play 4 games in 6 days. It was a good opportunity for them to pick up some big points, especially against Midwest Division rivals Milwaukee and Grand Rapids. Unfortunately for the Hogs, the week didn’t go according to plan.

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Thursday, October 31 vs. CharlotteThe IceHogs welcomed the Charlotte Checkers into the BMO Harris Bank Center for the 2nd time in 7 days on Thursday for a Halloween showdown. The Checkers put a scare into the IceHogs and their fans when forward Victor Rask roofed a shot over netminder Antti Raanta on a breakaway at 10:44 of the first period to put the visitors up 1-0.

The Checkers expanded their lead to 2-0 51 seconds into the 2nd period. Chris Terry deflected in a Keegan Lowe shot for his 6th goal of the season. At 11:52 of the period, Rask added his second of the evening with a power play goal to make it 3-0 Checkers. At 14:22, the IceHogs cut into the Checkers’ lead as Garret Ross tucked a puck home past Checkers goalie John Muse for his 2nd goal on the 2013-14 campaign.

Ross’ goal late in the 2nd period gave the IceHogs momentum going into the final frame. In the third, the Hogs found themselves on a 2 man advantage 3:34 in. They made their opportunity count as they scored 2 power play goals; Mark McNeill tallied with two Checkers in the box with a shot from the top of the right circle and Jimmy Hayes tied up the game at 3 1:28 later as he deflected a Joe Gleason shot past Muse.

Aaron Palushaj got the Checkers back in front for good at 7:40 of the period with a shot from below the left circle that went short-side on Raanta. The Checkers then added a power play, empty net goal from Nicolas Blanchard with 2 seconds left to give Charlotte the 5-3 victory.

-Rockford outshot Charlotte 38-36.

-The IceHogs went 2-for-6 on the power play and the Checkers went 2-for-7 on the man advantage.

-Forward Jimmy Hayes led the team in shots on goal with 7.

-Rookie defenseman Joe Gleason tallied his first professional point with his primary assist on Jimmy Hayes’ 3rd period power play goal.

-Rookie defenseman Bobby Shea made his IceHogs debut on Thursday night.

-The IceHogs 5-on-3 power play unit was:

Brad Winchester – Alex Broadhurst – Jimmy Hayes

Dylan Olsen – Adam Clendening

-The IceHogs spent a brief time on a 4-on-3 power play and Mark McNeill, Alex Broadhurst, Jimmy Hayes and Adam Clendening were used.

-The other IceHogs power play units that were used were:

Terry Broadhurst – Drew LeBlanc – Brad Winchester

Dylan Olsen – Joe Gleason

Garret Ross – Drew LeBlanc – Jimmy Hayes

Joe Gleason – Adam Clendening

Terry Broadhurst – Alex Broadhurst – Mark McNeill

Dylan Olsen – Adam Clendening

-Some of the IceHogs penalty killing units were:  Garret Ross, Byron Froese, Dylan Olsen and Adam Clendening; Jimmy Hayes, Joakim Nordstrom, Bobby Shea and Klas Dahlbeck; Phillip Danault, Mark McNeill, Adam Clendening and Dylan Olsen; Joakim Nordstrom, Garret Ross, Jared Nightingale and Klas Dahlbeck; Pat Mullane, Byron Froese, Klas Dahlbeck and Bobby Shea; Terry Broadhurst, Garret Ross, Jared Nightingale and Klas Dahlbeck.

-The 3 stars of the game were:  1 – Victor Rask (2 G, +1, 3 SOG) 2 – Jimmy Hayes (1 G, 1 A, 7 SOG) 3 – Aaron Palushaj (1 G, +2, 2 SOG).

-The IceHogs’ scratches were:  Viktor Svedberg, Theo Peckham, Maxim Shalunov (all injured) and Kyle Beach (healthy).

-The lines and D pairs were:

Garret Ross – Alex Broadhurst – Terry Broadhurst

Joakim Nordstrom – Drew LeBlanc – Jimmy Hayes

Brad Winchester – Phillip Danault – Mark McNeill

Wade Brookbank – Pat Mullane – Byron Froese

Dylan Olsen – Adam Clendening

Klas Dahlbeck – Jared Nightingale

Joe Gleason – Bobby Shea

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Friday, November 1 at Milwaukee – The IceHogs had an opportunity to bounce back the following night as they made their first trek up to Milwaukee this season, but the bounce back never occurred. Joshua Shalla tallied for Milwaukee at 4:40 of the first period to give the home team the 1-0 lead. About 3 minutes later, Mark McNeill tied the game up for Rockford with his 7th tally of the season. Miikka Salomaki didn’t let the tie last for long though as he got one by IceHogs goaltender Kent Simpson at 14:53 for his first goal of the season to make it 2-1 Admirals.

The Admirals took a 3-1 lead in the game at 16:18 of the sandwich stanza with Anthony Bitetto’s 4th goal of the season. The Hogs cut into the lead at 6:26 of the third period with a power play marker from Alex Broadhurst—which was his 4th of the season—but that would be as close as they would come as Taylor Beck added a power play, empty net goal with 37 second remaining in regulation to make it 4-2 Ads.

-Milwaukee outshot Rockford 38-30.

-The IceHogs went 1-for-6 on the power play; the Admirals went 2-for-7 on the man advantage.

-Defenseman Adam Clendening led the IceHogs with 6 shots on goal.

-Winger Kyle Beach made his IceHogs season debut on Friday night.

-The 3 stars were:  1—Anthony Bitetto (1 G, 1 A, 3 SOG, 2 PIMs) 2 – Miikka Salomaki (1 G, +1, 1 SOG, 2 PIMs) 3 – Mark McNeill (1 G, +1, 5 SOG).

-The IceHogs scratches were:  Viktor Svedberg, Theo Peckham, Maxim Shalunov (all injured) and Pat Mullane.

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Sunday, November 3 vs. Grand Rapids – Antti Raanta got the call to start in net for the IceHogs yet again on Sunday afternoon against the Grand Rapids Griffins; the visitors started Tom McCollum with their number 1 netminder, Petr Mrazek, called up to the Red Wings.

The first goal of this contest wasn’t scored until the 13:12 mark of the second period and the BMO Harris Bank Center faithful wasn’t happy about who tallied. Triston Grant collected a rebound and fired it past Raanta to put the Griffins up 1-0. With 3:22 left in the period, Teemu Pulkkinen deflected in a Jeff Hoggan shot to put the visitors up 2-0.

The IceHogs cut their deficit to 1 on a power play as Klas Dahlbeck’s shot from the left point found its way past McCollum for his 4th marker of the season at the 8:41 mark of the 3rd period. The Hogs were buzzing and carrying much of the momentum after that until Landon Ferraro scored with 1:24 left to give Grand Rapids the 3-1 lead and the victory.

-The IceHogs outshot the Griffins 35-34.

-The IceHogs went 1-for-6 on the power play and killed off all 3 Grand Rapids man advantages.

Garret Ross, Mark McNeill, Kyle Beach, Adam Clendening and Klas Dahlbeck all registered 4 shots on goal for Rockford.

Jimmy Hayes was an alternate captain on Sunday along with Jared Nightingale and Brad Winchester. This was because Wade Brookbank was a scratch.

Terry Broadhurst recorded his 50th professional point with his primary helper on Klas Dahlbeck’s 3rd period power play goal.

-The IceHogs power play units were:

Jimmy Hayes – Mark McNeill – Alex Broadhurst

Kyle Beach – Adam Clendening

Brad Winchester – Phillip Danault – Terry Broadhurst

Klas Dahlbeck – Dylan Olsen

-Some of the Rockford penalty killing units were:  Phillip Danault, Joakim Nordstrom, Klas Dahlbeck and Bobby Shea; Jimmy Hayes, Mark McNeill, Dylan Olsen and Jared Nightingale; Joakim Nordstrom, Garret Ross, Bobby Shea and Klas Dahlbeck; Pat Mullane Garret Ross, Jared Nightingale and Klas Dahlbeck; Terry Broadhurst, Phillip Danault, Bobby Shea and Klas Dahlbeck.

-The 3 stars were:  1 – Tom McCollum (34 saves on 35 shots) 2 – Teemu Pulkkinen (1 G, +1, 2 SOG, 2 PIMs) 3 – Antti Raanta (31 saves on 34 shots).

-The IceHogs scratches were:  Viktor Svedberg, Theo Peckham (both injured), Byron Froese and Wade Brookbank (healthy).

-The lines and D pairs were:

Garret Ross – Alex Broadhurst – Terry Broadhurst

Joakim Nordstrom – Drew LeBlanc – Jimmy Hayes

Brad Winchester – Phillip Danault – Mark McNeill

Maxim Shalunov – Pat Mullane – Kyle Beach

Dylan Olsen – Adam Clendening

Klas Dahlbeck – Bobby Shea

Joe Gleason – Jared Nightingale

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Wednesday, November 6 at Grand Rapids – The IceHogs were in Grand Rapids for the first time this season, but it wasn’t just an ordinary game in the state of Michigan on Wednesday; it was a school-day matinee game that started at 11 am Eastern. The IceHogs weren’t awake for this one as they dropped the contest 6-2.

After the 1st period, the Griffins held a 2-0 lead courtesy of markers from Andrej Nestrasil and Luke Glendening. IceHogs defenseman Adam Clendening cut the Grand Rapids lead to one with his 3rd goal of the year at 1:17 of the 2nd period, but the Griffins responded with 4 more goals in the sandwich stanza. IceHogs goaltender Antti Raanta started in net, but was pulled after the 4th Grand Rapids goal of the morning in favor of Kent Simpson.

Brad Winchester only changed to score to 6-2 during the 3rd period with his 2nd goal of the season, but it didn’t matter as Grand Rapids rolled to the victory. The IceHogs have now dropped 4 straight games.

-Grand Rapids outshot Rockford 41-29.

-The IceHogs didn’t score on any of their 4 power plays and the Griffins tallied on 1 of their 2 man advantages.

Alex Broadhurst, Jimmy Hayes, Phillip Danault and Klas Dahlbeck all fired 3 shots on goal for Rockford.

-The 3 stars were:  1 — Gustav Nyquist (2 G, +2, 4 SOG) 2 — Ryan Sproul (3 A, +2, 5 SOG) 3 – Tom McCollum (27 saves on 29 shots).

-The IceHogs’ scratches were:  Viktor Svedberg (injured), Terry Broadhurst (?), Joe Gleason and Wade Brookbank (healthy).

-Before Thursday’s games, the IceHogs currently sit in 4th place in the Western Conference standings with a record of 7-6-0-1 (15 points).

Upcoming Games

Friday, November 8 vs. Iowa at 7 pm (¡Los IceHogs Dos!)

Saturday, November 9 vs. Iowa at 7 pm

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