IceHogs Thursday: Hogs Gobble Up 4 Points

In his return--once again--to the IceHogs line-up, Jeremy Morin factored into the outcome on Wednesday night. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

In his return–once again–to the IceHogs line-up on Wednesday night, Jeremy Morin factored into the outcome of the game. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

The IceHogs finished out week 8 of the AHL season with 2 games on the road and then began week 9 with a home contest against their Midwest division rivals to the north.

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Saturday, November 23 at Charlotte — With Antti Raanta recalled to the Blackhawks, the IceHogs gave goaltender Mac Carruth the opportunity to get his first AHL start on Saturday night against the Charlotte Checkers.  Unfortunately for the Hogs, Charlotte spoiled Carruth’s debut in a few ways.

They tallied the first goal of the game at 2:04 of the first period with Justin Shugg’s 3rd goal of the season. The Hogs were able to tie the game at 5:12 of the 2nd period with Joakim Nordstrom’s 2nd goal of the season, but Charlotte battled back and regained the lead at 13:08 with Mark Flood’s 6th goal on the year.  The Hogs kept digging and tied the game up with 2 seconds remaining in the 2nd period with Nordstrom’s 2nd goal of the contest.

Charlotte controlled the game in the 3rd period though and recorded 3 unanswered goals to give them the 5-2 win. The Checkers’ goal scorers were Shugg, Zach Boychuk and Aaron Palushaj; all of those goals came on the power play.

-Charlotte outshot Rockford 32-23.

-The IceHogs didn’t convert on either of their power plays and the Checkers went 4-for-6 on the man advantage.

-Forward Joakim Nordstrom led the IceHogs with 4 shots on goal.

-The 3 stars of the game were:  1 – Justin Shugg (2 G, 3 SOG, 2 PIMs) 2 – Mark Flood (1 G, 1 A, 4 SOG) 3 – Zach Boychuk (1 G, 2 A, 2 SOG).

-The IceHogs’ scratches were:  Brad Mills (injured), Kyle Beach, Byron Froese and Blake Kessel (healthy).

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Sunday, November 24 at Charlotte Kent Simpson got the start in net for the IceHogs on Sunday afternoon for their rematch against the Checkers. Adam Clendening got the Hogs started on the right foot as he tallied his 4th goal of the season with a shot from the right halfwall at 7:05 of the opening frame to give the visitors the 1-0 lead. At 14:12, Garret Ross gave the Hogs a 2-0 lead with his 4th tally on the 2013-14 campaign. With 1:36 left in the period, Keegan Lowe cut the Hogs’ lead in half with his 1st professional goal.

The 2nd period was almost a scoreless affair until there was 1:51 left when Mark Flood tied the game up for Charlotte at 2. The Hogs regained the lead at 3:34 of the final frame when Philippe Lefebvre scored his first goal in a Hogs sweater to make it 3-2. At 8:48, Klas Dahlbeck scored a shorthanded goal off a beautiful dish from Phillip Danault for his 6th goal of the season and that stood up as the game winner as the Checkers scored at 14:36 to make it 4-3, but the Hogs were able to hang on for the victory.

-Charlotte outshot Rockford 32-30.

-The IceHogs didn’t score on any of their 3 power plays and the Checkers converted on 1 of their 4 man advantages.

-Defenseman Klas Dahlbeck led the IceHogs with 5 shots on goal.

-Defenseman Jared Nightingale picked up his first point in an IceHogs sweater with his primary helper on Philippe Lefebvre’s goal in the 3rd period.

-The 3 stars were:  1 – Klas Dahlbeck (1 G, +2, 5 SOG, 2 PIMs) 2 – Philippe Lefebvre (1 G, +2, 1 SOG) 3 – Mark Flood (1 G, 1 A, 3 SOG).

-The IceHogs’ scratches were:  Brad Mills (injured), Wade Brookbank, Kyle Beach and Blake Kessel (healthy).

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Wednesday, November 27 vs. Milwaukee – The Hogs were back at home to start week 9 of the season. They welcomed the Milwaukee Admirals into the BMO Harris Bank Center and the goalies shined bright for both teams. Kent Simpson and Magnus Hellberg made 27 and 16 saves respectively through 2 periods of play.

The 1st goal of the contest came at 7:07 of the 3rd period as Joakim Nordstrom recorded his 4th goal of the season to give the BMO something to cheer about. Milwaukee was able to tie the game up with 6:29 left in the period and while shorthanded. Taylor Beck scored on a breakaway for his 5th goal of the season and that marker sent the game into overtime.

Alex Broadhurst drew a penalty with 3:22 left in overtime as Scott Valentine roughed him up in the right corner of the Ads’ zone.

The Hogs took advantage of their power play chance. Mark McNeill was parked out in front of Hellberg and was able to backhand a Jeremy Morin rebound home for the game winning goal and his 7th goal of the season.

-Milwaukee outshot Rockford 34-31.

-The IceHogs went 1-for-4 on the power play and killed off all 4 of Milwaukee’s man advantages.

-Winger Jeremy Morin led the IceHogs with 7 shots on goal.

-The IceHogs’ power play units were:

Joakim Nordstrom – Phillip Danault – Jeremy Morin

Klas Dahlbeck – Adam Clendening

Terry Broadhurst – Brad Winchester – Alex Broadhurst

Mark McNeill – Brett Skinner

In overtime:  Jeremy Morin, Mark McNeill, Alex Broadhurst and Adam Clendening

-Some of the IceHogs penalty killing units were:  Jeremy Morin, Pat Mullane, Jared Nightingale and Theo Peckham; Phillip Danault, Joakim Nordstrom, Viktor Svedberg and Klas Dahlbeck; Jeremy Morin, Mark McNeill, Adam Clendening and Theo Peckham; Phillip Danault, Mark McNeill, Klas Dahlbeck and Theo Peckham; Philippe Lefebvre, Terry Broadhurst, Viktor Svedberg and Jared Nightingale.

-The 3 stars were:  1 – Mark McNeill (1 G, 1 A, 2 SOG) 2 – Kent Simpson (33 saves on 34 shots) 3 – Magnus Hellberg (29 saves on 31 shots).

-The IceHogs’ scratches were:  Brad Mills (injured), Kyle Beach, Wade Brookbank, Byron Froese and Bobby Shea (healthy).

-The IceHogs’ lines and D pairs were:

Joakim Nordstrom – Phillip Danault – Jeremy Morin

Garret Ross – Pat Mullane – Alex Broadhurst

Terry Broadhurst – Drew LeBlanc – Mark McNeill

Philippe Lefebvre – Brad Winchester – Maxim Shalunov

Klas Dahlbeck – Adam Clendening

Viktor Svedberg – Brett Skinner

Theo Peckham – Jared Nightingale

NOTES

-The IceHogs currently sit in 6th spot in the Western Conference standings with a record of 11-10-1-0 (23 points). They’re tied with the Milwaukee Admirals for 5th, but the Ads have 4 games in-hand (here we go again…). The Hogs have played in 22 contests this season, which is the 2nd most in the West. The Abbotsford Heat currently have the most games played with 23 and they sit in 1st place in the West with 35 points.

TRANSACTIONS

Tuesday, November 26th – The Blackhawks reassigned winger Jeremy Morin to the IceHogs. The IceHogs then released defenseman Blake Kessel from his PTO and signed defenseman Brett Skinner to a PTO.

UPCOMING GAMES

Friday, November 29 at Chicago at 7:30 pm

Saturday, November 30 vs. Chicago at 7 pm

Thursday, December 5 at Charlotte at 6 pm CDT

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