The IceHogs took on the Charlotte Checkers down in the Queen City during week 10 of the AHL schedule. While it wasn’t a completely perfect trip, it was still a very successful one for the visitors.
Thursday, December 5 at Charlotte – Kyle Beach got the IceHogs off to a quick start yet again on Thursday night against the Checkers as he gave the visitors a 1-0 lead 1:41 into the contest with his 4th goal in 2 games. Mark McNeill extended the IceHogs’ lead with his 8th goal of the season at 9:42 of the opening frame. At 14:05, Zach Boychuk cut the Checkers’ deficit to 1 with his 8th goal of the season.
Another puck didn’t get by either IceHogs goaltender Kent Simpson or Checkers netminder John Muse until the 3rd period when Boychuk tied the game up at the 1:04 mark of the frame. This sent the game into overtime, where Brody Sutter scored the game winner for the Checkers at 2:31.
-Rockford outshot Charlotte 34-24.
-The IceHogs went 0-for-4 on the power play and Charlotte went 1-for-2 on the man advantage.
-Defenseman Michael Kostka made his IceHogs debut as the Blackhawks sent him down for a conditioning stint; he wore no. 17.
-Forward Mark McNeill led the IceHogs with 6 shots on goal.
-The 3 stars of the game were: 1 – Zach Boychuk (2 G, +1, 3 SOG) 2 – Brody Sutter (GWG, 1 SOG) 3 – Brett Sutter (2 A, +1, 1 SOG).
-The IceHogs’ scratches were: Brad Mills (injured), Bobby Shea, Wade Brookbank, Theo Peckham and Byron Froese (healthy).
Saturday, December 7 at Charlotte – The IceHogs got out to an early lead 2 days later in Charlotte. This time, it was Garret Ross producing the lead with his 6th goal of the season at 7:15 of the 1st period. Brendan Woods tied the game up for Charlotte at 15:47 with an unassisted tally.
At 2:07 of the 2nd period, Brad Winchester scored a power play goal for Rockford to give the visitors the 2-1 lead with his 6th marker on the 2013-14 campaign. Just over 7 minutes later, Joakim Nordstrom scored his 6th of the season as well to increase the Hogs’ lead to 3-1. With 3:30 remaining in the sandwich stanza, Ross tallied his 2nd goal of the evening to give the Hogs a 3 goal lead. With less than a second left in the period, Mark Flood scored on the power play to bring the Checkers within 2 goals.
The 3rd period was a scoreless affair until there was 15 seconds remaining as Hogs defenseman Klas Dahlbeck recorded a shorthanded, empty net goal to make it 5-2. AJ Jenks then tallied for Charlotte with 9 seconds left to just change the final score to 5-3.
-Charlotte outshot Rockford 33-27; Kent Simpson was in net for Rockford and Mike Murphy was in net for Charlotte.
-The IceHogs scored on 1 of their 4 power plays while the Checkers tallied on 2 of their 5 man advantages.
-IceHogs forwards Garret Ross and Brandon Pirri both recorded 4 shots on goal.
-IceHogs forward Joakim Nordstrom was a +4 on the evening while Brandon Pirri, Klas Dahlbeck and Michael Kostka were all +3.
-Defenseman Michael Kostka picked up his 1st point in an IceHogs sweater as he got the primary assist on Klas Dahlbeck’s 3rd period goal.
-Forward Brandon Mashinter made his IceHogs debut on Saturday night after being traded to the Chicago organization from the New York Rangers organization for Kyle Beach. Mashinter donned Beach’s old number: 12.
-The 3 stars of the game were: 1 – Garret Ross (2 G, +2, 4 SOG) 2 – Joakim Nordstrom (1 G, 1 A, +4, 3 SOG) 3 — Brendan Woods (1 G, +1, 3 SOG).
–Friday, December 6 – The Blackhawks traded winger Kyle Beach to the New York Rangers for forward Brandon Mashinter, who was reassigned to Rockford. The Blackhawks also reassigned Joakim Nordstrom to the IceHogs.
–Sunday, December 8 – The Blackhawks recalled defenseman Michael Kostka from his conditioning stint.
–Monday, December 9 – The Blackhawks recalled goaltender Kent Simpson.
–Tuesday, December 10 – The IceHogs signed goaltender Allen York to a PTO.
WESTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS
-The IceHogs currently have a record of 13-11-2-0 (28 points) and sit in 5th in the Western Conference standings, but this was before all of Thursday night’s games had gone final.
Friday, December 13 vs. Oklahoma City at 7 pm
Saturday, December 14 vs. Oklahoma City at 7 pm
Sunday, December 15 at Iowa at 4:05 pm