The IceHogs faced a 3-in-3 set this past weekend for the first time in a while as they took on the Oklahoma City Barons at the BMO Harris Bank Center for 2 games and then traveled out to Iowa to take on the Wild for one game.
Friday, December 13 vs. Oklahoma City – The IceHogs got off to a quick start on Friday night as center Brandon Pirri scored his 1st goal of the season at the 1:24 mark of the opening frame to put the home squad up 1-0. At 3:13, Brad Winchester added to the IceHogs’ lead to make it 2-0. Andrew Miller got the Barons on the board at 7:41, but Garret Ross got the goal back for the IceHogs at 11:45.
OKC tied the game up with goals from Ryan Hamilton and Kale Kessy, but the Hogs were able to score the go-ahead goal, which stood as the game winner at 11:41 of the 2nd period with Winchester’s 8th tally of the season.
-Rockford and OKC both fired 30 shots on net and both teams went 0-for-3 on the power play.
-IceHogs goaltender Mac Carruth picked up his 1st career AHL victory with the Hogs’ 4-3 win on Friday night.
-IceHogs defenseman Viktor Svedberg was injured during the game with a lower body injury.
-IceHogs forward Mark McNeill led the team with 4 shots on goal.
-The 3 stars of the game were: 1 – Brad Winchester (2 G, +1, 2 SOG) 2 — Travis Ewanyk (2 A, +2, 3 SOG) 3 – Garret Ross (1 G, +2, 3 SOG).
-The IceHogs scratches were: Brad Mills, Phillip Danault (injured), Theo Peckham, Wade Brookbank and Maxim Shalunov (healthy).
Saturday, December 14 vs. Oklahoma City – The game on Saturday started similarly to Friday’s but it was the opposite team that got on the board first. Will Acton scored at 1:41 to give OKC the 1-0 lead in the 1st period. But at 6:57 Philippe Lefebvre scored his 2nd goal of the season with a shot from the right circle to tie the game. Just under 4 minutes later, Joakim Nordstrom scored his 7th goal of the year to give the Hogs a 2-1 lead with a power play goal from right out in front of the Barons’ goal. Roman Horak was able to tie the game for the visitors before the period ended.
In the sandwich stanza, Mark McNeill tallied on a 2 man advantage for Rockford at 1:14 with a shot from below the left circle to give the Hogs a 3-2 lead. At 11:25, the see-saw battle continued as Derek Nesbitt tied the game up at 3 with his 7th goal of the season.
Terry Broadhurst recorded a power play goal from the bottom of the right circle to make it 4-3 Rockford at 4:38 of the 3rd period. The Barons wouldn’t go down easy though and they battled back to tie the game with 2:21 left in regulation. Martin Marincin’s shot from the point found a way past Mac Carruth, who had a lot of traffic in front of him.
The game went into overtime and then a shootout, where the Hogs had 3 shooters convert and the Barons failed to get on the board in 3 tries, which gave the Hogs the 5-4 win; Nordstrom, Brandon Pirri, and Broadhurst all converted for the Hogs and Maxim Shalunov was the only one who didn’t score for Rockford in the shootout.
-Rockford outshot OKC 37-24.
-The IceHogs went 3-for-5 on the power play and killed off 4 of OKC’s 5 man advantages.
-IceHogs forward Terry Broadhurst registered 6 shots on net.
-IceHogs forward Brandon Mashinter recorded his 1st point in an IceHogs uniform as he picked up the primary helper on Joakim Nordstrom’s 1st period power play goal.
–Joakim Nordstrom took a stick to the throat towards the end of the 1st period, missed the whole 2nd period, but returned to the 3rd period. Towards the end of the 3rd, he took another stick up high, but this time it got him in the face and he bled; there was no penalty on the play though.
-The power play units that the IceHogs used were:
Brandon Mashinter – Brandon Pirri – Garret Ross
Joakim Nordstrom – Adam Clendening
Brad Winchester – Mark McNeill – Alex Broadhurst
Brett Skinner – Terry Broadhurst
-Some of the IceHogs’ penalty killing units were: Joakim Nordstrom, Philippe Lefebvre, Jared Nightingale and Adam Clendening; Philippe Lefebvre, Terry Broadhurst, Bobby Shea and Adam Clendening; Brandon Pirri, Brad Winchester, Wade Brookbank and Adam Clendening; Pat Mullane, Philippe Lefebvre, Jared Nightingale and Klas Dahlbeck; Brandon Pirri, Garret Ross, Klas Dahlbeck and Jared Nightingale; Brandon Mashinter, Mark McNeill, Wade Brookbank and Adam Clendening.
-The 3 stars of the game were: 1 – Mark McNeill (1 G, 1 A, 5 SOG, 2 PIMs) 2 – Ryan Hamilton (2 A, +1, 2 PIMs) 3 – Philippe Lefebvre (1 G, 3 SOG).
-The IceHogs’ scratches were: Brad Mills, Phillip Danault, Viktor Svedberg (all injured), Theo Peckham, Jason LaBarbera and Byron Froese (healthy).
-The lines and D pairs were:
Garret Ross – Brandon Pirri – Joakim Nordstrom
Brad Winchester – Alex Broadhurst – Mark McNeill
Brandon Mashinter – Drew LeBlanc – Terry Broadhurst
Philippe Lefebvre – Pat Mullane – Maxim Shalunov
Klas Dahlbeck – Adam Clendening
Brett Skinner – Bobby Shea
Wade Brookbank – Jared Nightingale
Sunday, December 15 at Iowa – Sunday’s game was the lone sore spot on the weekend for Rockford. The game didn’t get off to a good start as the Wild tallied 26 seconds into the contest, which was goaltender Allen York’s first start in net for the Hogs.
The next goal of the game didn’t come until the 2:37 mark of the 2nd period when Carson McMillan scored his 3rd goal of the season for Iowa. IceHogs defenseman Klas Dahlbeck cut the Iowa lead to 1 in the sandwich stanza at 15:32, but that was as close as Rockford would get as Tyler Graovac scored at the 9:09 mark of the 3rd period to make it 3-1—which was what the final was.
-Rockford and Iowa both fired 38 shots on net.
-The IceHogs went 0-for-4 on the power play and killed off all 7 of Iowa’s man advantages.
-IceHogs winger Garret Ross led the team with 5 shots on goal.
-The 3 stars of the game were: 1 — Darcy Kuemper (37 saves) 2 — Raphael Bussieres (2 A, +2, 1 SOG) 3 — Carson McMillan (1 G, +1, 4 SOG).
-The IceHogs’ scratches were: Brad Mills, Phillip Danault, Viktor Svedberg (injured), Jason LaBarbera, Pat Mullane and Theo Peckham (healthy).
-The Hogs currently hold a record of 12-12-2-0 (32 points), which puts them in 5th in the Western Conference standings.
-Saturday, December 14 – The Blackhawks assigned goaltender Jason LaBarbera to Rockford.
-Sunday, December 15 – The Blackhawks reassigned winger Jeremy Morin to the IceHogs.
–Thursday, December 19 – The IceHogs loaned forwards Pat Mullane and Maxim Shalunov to the Toledo Walleye (ECHL). The Blackhawks reassigned goaltender Kent Simpson to Rockford and recalled goaltender Jason LaBarbera.
Friday, December 20 at Grand Rapids at 6 pm CDT
Saturday, December 21 vs. Milwaukee at 7 pm
Thursday, December 26 at Iowa at 7:05 pm