IceHogs Thursday: A Crazy Thanksgiving Weekend

It was Teddy Bear Toss Night at the BMO on Saturday. Read to find out who scored the goal to make them come down onto the ice. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

It was Teddy Bear Toss Night at the BMO on Saturday. Read to find out who scored the goal to make them come down onto the ice. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

The IceHogs finished up week 9 of the AHL schedule, along with the extended Thanksgiving weekend—with home-and-home match-ups against their I-90 rivals, the Chicago Wolves. These 2 games had a little of everything, including flying teddy bears and hats, as well as a Rockford victory.

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Friday, November 29 at Chicago – Friday night’s game at the Allstate Arena would be one the IceHogs would like to forget ever happened.

The Wolves set the tone early with a big hit at center ice on Pat Mullane by Joel Edmundson at the 1:50 mark of the opening frame. Edmundson received a 5 minute major for elbowing and a game misconduct. (For the record, Mullane was not injured on the play.) IceHogs defenseman Bobby Shea received 2 minutes for roughing during this sequence as well, which led to 4-on-4 play before the IceHogs would be on a 3 minute power play.

During the 4-on-4 time, the Wolves struck with a Taylor Chorney shot from the right circle to take the lead at 3:05 of the contest. Ty Rattie then gave the Wolves a 2 goal cushion at 7:41 with a power play goal as Jeremy Morin was in the box for unsportsmanlike conduct due to an after-the-whistle scrum. Exactly 2 minutes later, Shane Harper roofed one over Kent Simpson as he was down on a Chicago power play to make it 3-0 Wolves. That goal ended Simpson’s night as head coach Ted Dent pulled him in favor of Mac Carruth; the Hogs also called their timeout at this point in order to try and slow the game down. Simpson made 3 saves on 6 shots, but he didn’t have a heck of a lot of help defensively in front of him either.

Dmitrij Jaskin gave the Wolves a 4 goal lead at 2:15 of the 2nd period. A little over 6 minutes later, Chorney struck with his 2nd goal of the night as the Wolves were on another power play to make it 5-0.

Jaskin tallied his 2nd goal of the evening on a 2-on-1 rush with Pat Cannone just 34 seconds into the 3rd period to put a 6-pack lead on Rockford. At 13:34, Christian Hanson tallied his 1st goal of the season to make it 7-0 for Chicago. Terry Broadhurst ended Wolves goaltender Jake Allen’s shutout bid with a power play goal at 16:24. He deflected in a Brett Skinner shot for his 6th marker of the season to make the score and the final 7-1.

-Chicago outshot Rockford 28-20.

-The IceHogs went 1-for-6 on the power play and the Wolves went 3-for-8 on their man advantages.

-IceHogs winger Jeremy Morin led the team with 4shots on goal.

Wade Brookbank and Theo Peckham were benched by Ted Dent due to discipline problems, so as a result, forward Byron Froese played defense in the 3rd period.

-The IceHogs’ power play had some different looks on Friday, including using defenseman Viktor Svedberg at forward:

Joakim Nordstrom – Phillip Danault – Jeremy Morin

Klas Dahlbeck – Adam Clendening

Terry Broadhurst – Brad Winchester – Alex Broadhurst

Mark McNeill – Brett Skinner

Brad Winchester – Drew LeBlanc – Jeremy Morin

Klas Dahlbeck – Adam Clendening

Terry Broadhurst – Pat Mullane – Mark McNeill

Viktor Svedberg – Brett Skinner

Viktor Svedberg – Alex Broadhurst – Mark McNeill

Klas Dahlbeck – Adam Clendening

-Some of the IceHogs’ penalty killing units were:  Joakim Nordstrom, Phillip Danault, Klas Dahlbeck and Bobby Shea;  Bryon Froese, Terry Broadhurst, Klas Dahlbeck and Adam Clendening; Drew LeBlanc, Terry Broadhurst, Theo Peckham and Viktor Svedberg; Phillip Danault, Jeremy Morin, Klas Dahlbeck and Viktor Svedberg; Byron Froese, Pat Mullane, Adam Clendening and Klas Dahlbeck.

-The 3 stars of the game were:  1 — Dmitrij Jaskin (2 G, 1 A, +2, 4 SOG) 2 — Cade Fairchild (3 A, +1, 1 SOG) 3 – Taylor Chorney (2 G, +3, 3 SOG, 2 PIMs).

-IceHogs defenseman Brett Skinner picked up his 1st point in an IceHogs uniform as he recorded the primary assist on Terry Broadhurst’s power play goal.

-The IceHogs’ scratches were:  Brad Mills (injured), Kyle Beach, Garret Ross, Jared Nightingale and Maxim Shalunov (healthy).

-The IceHogs’ lines and D pairs were:

Terry Broadhurst – Phillip Danault – Mark McNeill

Alex Broadhurst – Joakim Nordstrom – Jeremy Morin

Pat Mullane – Drew LeBlanc – Byron Froese

Wade Brookbank – Brad Winchester – Philippe Lefebvre

Klas Dahlbeck – Adam Clendening

Viktor Svedberg – Brett Skinner

Theo Peckham – Bobby Shea

icehogs-at-chicago-wolves-logosSaturday, November 30 vs. Chicago – The IceHogs and Wolves finished their home-and-home set with a Saturday night tilt at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford. The IceHogs got off to a quick start on Teddy Bear Toss Night as Kyle Beach tallied his 1st goal of the season 21 seconds into the game to give the Hogs the lead as well as send all of the stuffed animals from the crowd flying onto the ice. After the clean-up was complete, 24 seconds later, Beach appeared to have scored his 2nd goal of the night, but it was waved off after a review as the puck never crossed the goal line. Had the lead stood, Beach would’ve given the Hogs a 2-0 lead in the first 45 seconds of the game.

At 4:01 of the 1st period, Phillip Danault led a beautiful rush up the ice, got around a Wolves defender, and dished the puck over to Joakim Nordstrom who put it home for his 5th goal of the season to give the Hogs a 2-0 lead.

Beach did get his 2nd goal of the evening, but it came at the 27 second mark of the sandwich stanza. The Wolves cut the IceHogs’ lead to 3-1 with a power play goal on a 2 man advantage. Dmitrij Jaskin scored the goal as Kent Simpson was caught out of position and was down in his crease at 13:14. IceHogs defenseman Bobby Shea took a hooking penalty with 3:17 left in the period to put the Hogs down a man again. It didn’t really matter though because Beach tallied a shorthanded goal 17 seconds into the kill with a nice shot to make it 4-1 and to give him his 1st professional hat trick.

Christian Hanson scored his 2nd goal in as many nights for Chicago at 9:02 of the 3rd period to make it 4-2. With 37 seconds left in regulation, the Wolves made things interesting as Taylor Chorney tallied with a shot from the high slot as Wolves goaltender Jake Allen was pulled for the extra attacker and with the Wolves on a power play. Simpson didn’t have a chance to stop Chorney’s shot as there was a ton of traffic in front of the net. But, the Hogs were able to hang on for the 4-3 victory.

-Chicago outshot Rockford 35-26.

-The IceHogs failed to convert on all of their 7 power plays. The Wolves tallied on 1 of their 6 man advantages.

-IceHogs winger Kyle Beach led the team with 5 shots on goal. Beach played a great game and it was the first time he was in the line-up since November 20th against Abbotsford. He utilized his great shot on all 3 goals and even saw some time on both the power play and penalty kill. He was also very disciplined, which was good to see.

-IceHogs center Phillip Danault played a fantastic game for Rockford on Saturday night. From the moment the puck dropped, he was flying all over the ice and playing smart hockey in all 3 zones. He looked determined to fix the problems the team had during the previous night’s game.

-Some of the IceHogs power play units were:

Joakim Nordstrom – Phillip Danault – Jeremy Morin

Klas Dahlbeck – Adam Clendening

On face-offs:  Viktor Svedberg – Mark McNeill – Alex Broadhurst

Terry Broadhurst – Brett Skinner

During play:  Viktor Svedberg – Terry Broadhurst – Alex Broadhurst

Mark McNeill – Brett Skinner

Garret Ross – Drew LeBlanc – Pat Mullane

Bobby Shea – Viktor Svedberg

-Some of the IceHogs penalty killing units were:  Jeremy Morin, Joakim Nordstrom, Bobby Shea and Klas Dahlbeck; Kyle Beach, Joakim Nordstrom, Viktor Svedberg and Jared Nightingale, Mark McNeill, Philippe Lefebvre, Klas Dahlbeck and Bobby Shea; when down 2 men:  Mark McNeill, Joakim Nordstrom and Klas Dahlbeck; Jeremy Morin, Philippe Lefebvre and Viktor Svedberg.

-IceHogs winger Jeremy Morin was an alternate captain on Saturday night.

-The 3 stars were:  1 – Kyle Beach (3 G, +2, 5 SOG) 2 – Phillip Danault (1 A, +2, 1 SOG, 2 PIMs) 3 – Kent Simpson (32 saves).

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

-The IceHogs’ lines and D pairs were:

Joakim Nordstrom – Phillip Danault – Mark McNeill

Garret Ross – Alex Broadhurst – Jeremy Morin

Terry Broadhurst – Drew LeBlanc – Kyle Beach

Philippe Lefebvre – Pat Mullane – Maxim Shalunov

Klas Dahlbeck – Adam Clendening

Viktor Svedberg – Jared Nightingale

Brett Skinner – Bobby Shea

TRANSACTIONS

Tuesday, December 3rd (as listed on the IceHogs’ transaction page)The Blackhawks recalled forwards Jeremy Morin and Joakim Nordstrom. They also reassigned center Brandon Pirri to the Hogs and sent defenseman Michael Kostka to the IceHogs for a conditioning stint.

POINTS STANDINGS

-The IceHogs currently have a record of 12-11-1-0 (25 points)—before Thursday night’s game—and sit in 6th in the Western Conference. They’re tied with the Milwaukee Admirals for 5th, but the Ads have 4 games in-hand.

UPCOMING GAMES

Thursday, December 5 at Charlotte at 6 pm CDT

Saturday, December 7 at Charlotte at 6 pm CDT

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