IceHogs Thursday: Backing into 2014

Terry Broadhurst drives to the front of the net during Monday's contest against the Checkers. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

Terry Broadhurst drives to the front of the net during Monday’s contest against the Checkers. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

The IceHogs finished the 2013 portion of the AHL season with 3 games, 2 of which were against Midwest Division rivals. But, these 3 games though did not go the Hogs’ way by any means.

icehogs-at-lazy-iowaThursday, December 26 at Iowa – The IceHogs fell behind early in the 2nd period on Boxing Day in their tilt against the Wild. After a scoreless 1st period, Erik Haula and Tyler Graovac gave Iowa a 2-0 lead by the 10:06 mark of the middle frame.  Garret Ross brought the IceHogs within one as he tallied a shorthanded goal at 12:29 of the period for his 8th goal of the season. Iowa got the 2 goal lead right back a minute later as Steven Kampfer got one by Kent Simpson on the power play.

The 3rd period didn’t fare much better for Rockford as Zack Phillips extended the Wild lead to 4-1 with another power play goal. Brandon Mashinter tallied his 1st goal in an IceHogs uniform at the 17:10 mark of the 3rd to make it 4-2, but former IceHogs captain Jake Dowell tallied an empty net goal 1:23 later to give the Wild the 5-2 victory.

-The IceHogs outshot the Wild 39-30.

-The IceHogs went 0-for-4 on the power play and the Wild went 2-for-5 on the man advantage.

-Defenseman Adam Clendening led the IceHogs with 6 shots on goal.

-The 3 stars were:  1 — Erik Haula (1 G, 1 A, +1, SOG) 2 – John Curry (37 saves) 3 — Steven Kampfer (1 G, 1 A, 3 SOG).

-The scratches for the IceHogs were:  Brad Mills, Viktor Svedberg (both injured), Pat Mullane, Alex Broadhurst, Theo Peckham and Maxim Shalunov (all healthy).

icehogs-vs-griffins-logosFriday, December 27 vs. Grand Rapids – Much like the night before, the first period in this contest was a scoreless affair. 1:06 into the sandwich stanza though, Cory Emmerton got the Griffins on the board with a shot that went high blocker side on Mac Carruth. At 12:47, Jared Nightingale tied the game up for Rockford with his 1st goal of the season. The tie didn’t last long as Mitch Callahan scored his 12th goal of the season at 16:20 to put the Griffins back on top.

The IceHogs battled back early on in the 3rd as Brandon Pirri’s shot from the right circle went far side on Tom McCollum for his 2nd goal of the season to tie the game up at 2. At 15:58, Calle Jarnkrok converted on a power play for Grand Rapids to put the visitors back up 3-2. With 33 seconds remaining, Emmerton added his 2nd goal of the game with an empty net tally to make it 4-2 and give the Griffins the win.

-The IceHogs outshot the Griffins 42-30.

-The IceHogs went 0-for-6 on the power play and the Griffins went 1-for-5 on the man advantage.

-Center Brandon Pirri led the IceHogs with 8 shots on goal.

-Some of the power play units were:

Brad Winchester – Mark McNeill – Garret Ross

Alex Broadhurst – Adam Clendening

Brandon Mashinter – Brandon Pirri – Joakim Nordstrom

Jeremy Morin – Brett Skinner

-Some of the penalty killing units were:  Joakim Nordstrom, Byron Froese, Theo Peckham and Jared Nightingale; Philippe Lefebvre, Phillip Danault, Adam Clendening and Bobby Shea; Joakim Nordstrom, Philippe Lefebvre, Theo Peckham and Adam Clendening; Mark McNeill, Phillip Danault, Theo Peckham and Adam Clendening.

-The 3 stars were:  1 – Tom McCollum (40 saves) 2 – Brandon Pirri (1 G, -2, 8 SOG, 2 PIMs) 3 — Calle Jarnkrok (GWG, 5 SOG).

-The IceHogs’ scratches were:  Brad Mills, Viktor Svedberg (both injured), Klas Dahlbeck (?????), Terry Broadhurst, Pat Mullane and Maxim Shalunov (all healthy).

-The lines and D pairs for Rockford were:

Garret Ross – Brandon Pirri – Byron Froese

Brandon Mashinter – Joakim Nordstrom – Jeremy Morin

Brad Winchester – Phillip Danault – Mark McNeill

Philippe Lefebvre – Drew LeBlanc – Alex Broadhurst

Brett Skinner – Adam Clendening

Theo Peckham – Bobby Shea

Wade Brookbank – Jared Nightingale

icehogs-vs-charlotte-checkers-logos1Monday, December 30 vs. Charlotte  — The 1st period in this contest didn’t go like the other 2; Brandon Pirri got the IceHogs on the board at the 6:12 mark of the opening frame with his 3rd goal of the season. His shot from the high slot area went five-hole on Checkers netminder Anton Khudobin. Nicholas Blanchard tied the game up for Charlotte at 17:45 of the 1st with his 4th goal of the season.

1:55 into the 2nd period, Chris Terry’s shot from the point on the power play was deflected in past Kent Simpson to give the Checkers a 2-1 lead. The Hogs answered with a power play goal of their own and it came 26 seconds into the 3rd period. Brad Winchester recorded his 10th goal of the season, giving him the most goals on the IceHogs roster. Austin Levi put the Checkers right back on top at 2:59 with his 1st professional goal, and the Checkers were able to hang on to that 3-2 lead from there on out.

-The IceHogs outshot the Checkers 43-40; Mac Carruth replaced Kent Simpson in net after the 3rd Charlotte goal. Simpson made 23 saves in total and Carruth made 14 stops.

-The IceHogs went 1-for-6 on the power play and the Checkers went 1-for-4 on the man advantage.

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

-This loss was the 6th straight for the IceHogs. They now have a record of 15-16-3-0 (33 points) and are 9th in the Western Conference standings.

-Some of the power play units were:

Brad Winchester – Joakim Nordstrom – Jeremy Morin

Adam Clendening – Brandon Pirri

Terry Broadhurst – Mark McNeill – Garret Ross

Brett Skinner – Klas Dahlbeck

-Some of the penalty killing units were:  Joakim Nordstrom, Philippe Lefebvre, Klas Dahlbeck and Jared Nightingale; Phillip Danault, Byron Froese, Theo Peckham and Adam Clendening; Brandon Pirri, Brad Winchester, Klas Dahlbeck and Jared Nightingale; Jeremy Morin, Garret Ross, Theo Peckham and Adam Clendening.

Brandon Pirri was injured in the 2nd period with an apparent lower body injury.

-The 3 stars of the game were:  1 – Anton Khudobin (41 saves) 2 – Austin Levi (GWG/1st pro goal, +1, 1 SOG) 3 – Brad Winchester (1 G, 5 SOG).

-The IceHogs’ scratches were:  Brad Mills, Viktor Svedberg, Brandon Mashinter (all injured) and Bobby Shea (healthy).

-The lines and D pairs were:

Garret Ross – Brandon Pirri – Byron Froese

Philippe Lefebvre – Joakim Nordstrom – Jeremy Morin

Brad Winchester – Phillip Danault – Mark McNeill

Terry Broadhurst – Drew LeBlanc – Alex Broadhurst

Brett Skinner – Adam Clendening

Theo Peckham – Klas Dahlbeck

Wade Brookbank – Jared Nightingale

TRANSACTIONS

-Friday, December 27 – IceHogs forwards Pat Mullane and Maxim Shalunov were both sent down to the Toledo Walleye.

-Wednesday, January 1 – The IceHogs recalled forwards Pat Mullane and Maxim Shalunov from Toledo.

UPCOMING GAMES

Friday, January 3 vs. Iowa at 7 pm

Saturday, January 4 vs. Grand Rapids at 7 pm

Sunday, January 5 at Chicago at 3 pm

Wednesday, January 8 at Grand Rapids at 6 pm CT

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