IceHogs Thursday: 2 Points In 3 Games. Welp.

Jeremy Morin scored 2 goals in 2 games since he returned to the Rockford line-up. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

Jeremy Morin scored 2 goals in 2 games since he returned to the Rockford line-up. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

The IceHogs closed out week 7 of the AHL season with back-to-back games. The Hogs were then slated to play a mid-week match-up against the Abbotsford Heat to kick off week 8.

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Friday, November 15 at Grand Rapids – The IceHogs took on the Grand Rapids Griffins for the 4th time this season on Friday night. 2:22 into the contest, Tomas Jurco got one by IceHogs netminder Kent Simpson to give the Griffins the early lead. Just under 7 ½ minutes later, the IceHogs countered with a tally from Jeremy Morin to tie the game at 1. Morin’s tally was his 5th for the IceHogs this season and it came in his first game back in the Rockford line-up since being reassigned to the Hogs from the Blackhawks.

Unfortunately for Rockford, the Griffins were able to pull away in the 2nd and 3rd periods. Teemu Pulkkinen scored the go-ahead goal at 16:46 of the sandwich stanza and then Jeff Hoggan and Jurco added 2 more for the home squad by the 10:02 mark of the final frame. 18 seconds later, the Hogs got one back as Alex Broadhurst tallied his 5th goal of the season to make it 4-2. With 4:01 remaining, Jurco completed the hat trick to give the Griffins their 3 goal lead back. Joakim Nordstrom struck for the Hogs—you guessed it—18 seconds later with his first goal of the season to make it 5-3, but that was how the final stood as the Hogs dropped their 2nd consecutive game.

-Grand Rapids outshot Rockford 33-29.

-The IceHogs didn’t convert on either of their power plays while the Griffins went 2-for-4 on their man advantages.

-IceHogs forward Jeremy Morin led the team with 6 shots on goal.

-Defenseman Blake Kessel made his IceHogs debut since being signed to a PTO.

-The 3 stars of the game were:  1 – Tomas Jurco (3 G, +2, 4 SOG) 2 — Gustav Nyquist (3 A, +2, 2 SOG) 3 — Teemu Pulkkinen (1 G, 1 A, -1, 3 SOG).

-The IceHogs’ scratches were:  Brad Mills (injured), Pat Mullane, Bobby Shea and Kyle Beach (healthy).

-This was the IceHogs’ first game without forward Jimmy Hayes and defenseman Dylan Olsen since they were traded to Florida on November 14th.

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Saturday, November 16 vs. San Antonio – The IceHogs welcomed Dylan Olsen and the San Antonio Rampage into the BMO Harris Bank Center on Saturday and the home team got off to a good start. At 7:49 of the opening period, Terry Broadhurst got around a defenseman at the blue line, let a shot go from the right circle that beat Dov Grumet-Morris high blocker side for a shorthanded goal. The marker gave the IceHogs the 1-0 lead and gave Broadhurst his 5th goal of the season. A little over 8 minutes later, the IceHogs struck again, but this time with a power play goal. Jeremy Morin deflected in an Adam Clendening point shot to give the home squad a 2-0 lead. With a little under 2 minutes to go in the period, Vincent Trocheck cut the Hogs’ lead to one with his 7th goal of the season.

Trocheck tacked on his 2nd goal of the game the 42 second mark of the 2nd period to tie the game at 2 for the Rampage as he got another by IceHogs goaltender Antti Raanta.

The IceHogs regained their lead at 6:19 of the 3rd period as Brad Winchester deflected in a Bobby Shea shot for his 5th goal of the season. Defenseman Klas Dahlbeck added an empty net goal with 37 seconds left in regulation to give the Hogs the 4-2 victory.

-San Antonio outshot Rockford 37-34.

-The IceHogs went 1-for-2 on the power play and killed off all 3 Rampage man advantages.

-IceHogs forward Kyle Beach led the team with 6 shots on goal.

-The IceHogs’ power play units were:

Joakim Nordstrom – Brad Winchester – Jeremy Morin

Klas Dahlbeck – Adam Clendening

Terry Broadhurst – Alex Broadhurst – Mark McNeill

Viktor Svedberg – Blake Kessel

-Some of the penalty killing units were:  Phillip Danault, Joakim Nordstrom, Jared Nightingale and Klas Dahlbeck; Mark McNeill, Terry Broadhurst, Adam Clendening and Bobby Shea; Jeremy Morin, Mark McNeill, Bobby Shea and Viktor Svedberg; on the 5-on-3 PK:  Phillip Danault, Joakim Nordstrom and Klas Dahlbeck.

-The 3 stars were:  1 — Bobby Shea (2 A, +2, 1 SOG) 2 – Vincent Trocheck (2 G, +1, 4 SOG, 2 PIMs) 3 – Terry Broadhurst (1 G, 1 A, +2, 2 SOG).

-The IceHogs scratches were:  Brad Mills (injured), Wade Brookbank, Byron Froese and Theo Peckham (healthy).

-The IceHogs’ lines and D pairs were:

Joakim Nordstrom – Phillip Danault – Mark McNeill

Garret Ross – Alex Broadhurst – Jeremy Morin

Terry Broadhurst – Brad Winchester – Kyle Beach

Pat Mullane – Drew LeBlanc – Maxim Shalunov

Klas Dahlbeck – Adam Clendening

Viktor Svedberg – Bobby Shea

Blake Kessel – Jared Nightingale

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Wednesday, November 20 vs. Abbotsford – The IceHogs hosted the Heat on Wednesday night, but this home contest didn’t turn out as well as the previous one.  Ben Hanowski tallied at 14:33 of the opening frame with a power play marker to give the visitors the 1-0 lead. 89 seconds into the sandwich stanza, the Heat made it 2-0 on a Paul Byron tally as he put home a rebound after Kent Simpson made the save on a Michael Ferland breakaway after a Bobby Shea turnover at the Heat blue line.

The IceHogs got on the board with Drew LeBlanc’s 3rd goal of the season at 13:50 of the middle frame while the Hogs were on the power play.

Ferland did get in on the goal scoring action at 6:39 of the third period as he cut in between the Hogs D and fired one home to make it 3-1. At 11:33, Viktor Svedberg sent an innocent looking slapshot towards the net from the left point, but it somehow floated by Heat netminder Joey MacDonald to bring the Hogs within a goal. That was as close as Rockford would come to tying the game though as the Heat added an empty net tally from Brett Olson with 3 seconds left to seal their 4-2 win.

-Rockford outshot Abbotsford 30-28.

-The IceHogs went 1-for-3 on the power play and the Heat went 1-for-4 on the man advantage.

-Defenseman Adam Clendening led the IceHogs with 4 shots on goal.

Philippe Lefebvre made his IceHogs debut on Wednesday night and wore no. 32.

-The power play units were:

Joakim Nordstrom – Brad Winchester – Kyle Beach

Klas Dahlbeck – Adam Clendening

Terry Broadhurst – Alex Broadhurst – Mark McNeill

Viktor Svedberg – Blake Kessel

-Some of the penalty killing units were:  Joakim Nordstrom, Mark McNeill, Klas Dahlbeck and Jared Nightingale; Terry Broadhurst, Joakim Nordstrom, Bobby Shea and Klas Dahlbeck; Phillip Danault, Philippe Lefebvre, Jared Nightingale and Viktor Svedberg.

-The 3 stars were:  1 – Michael Ferland (1 G, 1 A, +2, 5 SOG, 2 PIMs) 2 – Drew LeBlanc (1 G, 1 A, +1, 1 SOG, 2 PIMs) 3 – Chad Billins (3 A, +1, 3 SOG).

-The IceHogs’ scratches were:  Brad Mills (injured), Wade Brookbank, Theo Peckham and Byron Froese (healthy).

-The IceHogs’ lines and D pairs were:

Joakim Nordstrom – Phillip Danault – Mark McNeill

Garret Ross – Drew LeBlanc – Alex Broadhurst

Terry Broadhurst – Brad Winchester – Kyle Beach

Philippe Lefebvre – Pat Mullane – Maxim Shalunov

Klas Dahlbeck – Adam Clendening

Viktor Svedberg – Bobby Shea

Jared Nightingale – Blake Kessel

Notes

-Defenseman Klas Dahlbeck is wearing an A.

-Defenseman Adam Clendening is wearing a cage due to the aftermath of the hit Jason Zucker put on him on November 9th.

Mac Carruth backed-up Kent Simpson on Wednesday night.

Transactions

Wednesday, November 13 – Defenseman Joe Gleason was loaned to the Toledo Walleye and defenseman Blake Kessel was signed to a PTO.

Thursday, November 14 – The Blackhawks recalled and then reassigned forward Alex Broadhurst, reassigned forward Jeremy Morin to the IceHogs, and recalled forward Jimmy Hayes and defenseman Dylan Olsen for the purpose of trading them to the Florida Panthers.

Friday, November 15 – The Blackhawks reassigned Brad Mills to the IceHogs.

Saturday, November 16 – The Blackhawks recalled goaltender Antti Raanta after the game on Saturday night.

Sunday, November 17 – The Blackhawks reassigned goaltender Mac Carruth and forward Philippe Lefebvre to the IceHogs from the Toledo Walleye.

Wednesday, November 20 – The Blackhawks recalled Jeremy Morin from the IceHogs.

Upcoming Games

Saturday, November 23 at Charlotte at 6 pm CDT

-Sunday, November 24 at Charlotte at 12:30 pm CDT

-Wednesday, November 27 vs. Milwaukee at 7 pm

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