IceHogs Thursday: Hogs Earn 2 Points

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Alex Broadhurst didn’t score this weekend, but he did get recalled to the Blackhawks. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

The IceHogs looked to pick up 4 divisional points this past weekend against the Iowa Wild as they played at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford back-to-back nights. Unfortunately, the Hogs fell short of that goal.

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I know the picture shows Houston instead of Iowa, but this is what they used to be so it works for right now.

Friday, November 8 vs. Iowa – On Los IceHogs Dos night, the Hogs started goaltender Antti Raanta opposite of Iowa starting Darcy Kuemper in between the pipes.  Rockford got on the board first in this contest with defenseman Bobby Shea’s first professional goal at 5:22 of the first period. Just over two minutes later, the Hogs extended their lead to 2-0 as Brad Winchester’s shot from around the top of the right circle got past Kuemper after he got his blocker on it. With about 9 minutes left in the period, Iowa forward Jason Zucker tallied on the power play to cut the IceHogs’ lead down to one.

Terry Broadhurst restored the IceHogs 2 goal lead as he scored on a breakaway while on the power play, which made it 3-1 and that stood as the final.

-Rockford outshot Iowa 27-25.

-The IceHogs went 1-for-4 on the power play and the Wild went 1-for-5 on the man advantage.

Terry Broadhurst led the IceHogs with 4 shots on goal.

-IceHogs defenseman Theo Peckham tallied his first point in a Rockford sweater with his secondary assist on Brad Winchester’s goal.

-One of the power play units that the IceHogs used was:

Jimmy Hayes – Drew LeBlanc – Brad Winchester

Klas Dahlbeck – Bobby Shea

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

-The 3 stars were:  1—Terry Broadhurst (1 G, 1 A, +1, 4 SOG) 2—Bobby Shea (1 G, +2, 2 SOG, 7 PIMs) 3—Brad Winchester (1 G, +1, 1 SOG).

-The scratches for Rockford were:  Viktor Svedberg (injured), Kyle Beach, Joe Gleason and Maxim Shalunov (healthy).

-The lines and D pairs were:

Garret Ross – Alex Broadhurst—Jimmy Hayes

Brad Winchester – Drew LeBlanc – Terry Broadhurst

Joakim Nordstrom – Phillip Danault – Mark McNeill

Wade Brookbank – Pat Mullane – Byron Froese

Dylan Olsen – Adam Clendening

Klas Dahlbeck – Jared Nightingale

Theo Peckham – Bobby Shea

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Saturday, November 9 vs. Iowa – Saturday’s contest was an extremely ugly one for the IceHogs. On the first two penalties they took, they allowed two power play goals by the Wild. Warren Peters scored at 3:01 of the first period and Jonathon Blum tallied at 11:55 to make it 2-0 Wild. Garret Ross got the IceHogs on the board at 15:31 with his 3rd goal of the season. He brought the puck around from behind the net out to the front and let a shot go that cleanly beat goaltender Johan Gustafsson.

The Wild got into a lot of penalty trouble in the second period. The Hogs had some 4-on3 power play time, along with multiple 5-on-3 power plays, but they came up empty handed until 16:06 of the middle frame. That was towards the end of all of their power play time and Phillip Danault fired one home for his 2nd goal of the season to make it 2-2. At 18:50, the Wild were able to regain their lead with—you guessed it—a power play goal.

Some time during the end of the period, IceHogs goaltender Antti Raanta came out of his crease to play a puck near the back corner of his net and he was hit by a Wild player. He looked slow, but shook it off and stayed in net until the end of the period. Instead of going right to the dressing room like normal, he went to the bench and skated slowly back to the room with the trainer. Consequently, Kent Simpson started and played the whole third period for the IceHogs without a back-up goalie.

The game only became worse for Rockford as they lost their no. 1 defenseman to a hit to the head. Jason Zucker hit Adam Clendening up high and was given a 5 minute major and match penalty; Clendening was down on the ice for quite a while, but he was able to get up under his own power and skate on his own back to the dressing room. Clendening did not return to the game.

Unfortunately for Rockford, they weren’t able to convert on this huge power play opportunity. The power play is what killed the Hogs’ chances in this game. It wasn’t that they couldn’t gain zone time—they were in the Wild’s zone pretty much the whole time they were on each of their man advantages. Their passing was not good at all so they weren’t able to one-time pucks. They also waited too long to shoot in general and looked for places to pass when they should have shot pucks.

With their 5 minute power play wasted, Iowa tacked on two more goals in the third—one of them was also on the power play—giving the visitors the 5-2 win.

-The IceHogs outshot the Wild 34-20.

-The IceHogs went 1-for-7 on the power play and the Wild went 4-for-6 on the man advantage.

Mark McNeill, Dylan Olsen and Klas Dahlbeck all registered 5 shots on goal for Rockford.

-Defenseman Jared Nightingale played in his 450th professional game on Saturday night.

-The IceHogs power play unit during 4-on-3 play was:  Brad Winchester, Alex Broadhurst, Mark McNeill and Bobby Shea.

-On the5-on-3 power play, the IceHogs used:

Jimmy Hayes – Mark McNeill – Terry Broadhurst

Drew LeBlanc – Dylan Olsen

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

Brad Winchester – Phillip Danault – Jimmy Hayes

Klas Dahlbeck – Bobby Shea

Terry Broadhurst –Alex Broadhurst – Mark McNeill

Dylan Olsen – Adam Clendening

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

-The3 stars were:  1 – Brian Connelly (former IceHogs defenseman) (3 A, +1, 1 SOG) 2 — Taylor Matson (1 G, +1, 1 SOG) 3 – Jonathon Blum (1 G, 1 A, +1, 1 SOG).

-The IceHogs scratches were:  Viktor Svedberg (injured), Kyle Beach, Byron Froese and Joe Gleason (healthy).

-The lines and D pairs were:

Joakim Nordstrom – Phillip Danault – Mark McNeill

Garret Ross – Alex Broadhurst – Jimmy Hayes

Brad Winchester –Drew LeBlanc – Terry Broadhurst

Wade Brookbank – Pat Mullane – Maxim Shalunov

Dylan Olsen – Adam Clendening

Klas Dahlbeck – Jared Nightingale

Theo Peckham – Bobby Shea

Transactions

Wednesday, November 13 – The IceHogs loaned defenseman Joe Gleason to Toledo (ECHL). The IceHogs also signed defenseman Blake Kessel to a PTO.

Thursday, November 14 – The Blackhawks recalled forward Alex Broadhurst from Rockford.

Upcoming Games

Friday, November 15 at Grand Rapids at 6 pm CDT

Saturday, November 16 vs. San Antonio at 7 pm

Wednesday, November 20 vs. Abbotsford at 7 pm

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