IceHogs Thursday: (Kind of) Improving

Defenseman Adam Clendening racked up 5 points in the past 4 games (1 G, 4 A). (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

Defenseman Adam Clendening racked up 5 points in the past 4 games (1 G, 4 A). (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

The IceHogs finally snapped their losing skid during week 14 of the AHL schedule as they faced a 3-games-in-3-nights stint over the weekend. Unfortunately for the Hogs, week 15 didn’t start out as well as they would have liked.

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Friday, January 3 vs. Iowa – The IceHogs’ home tilt against the Iowa Wild looked like it was going to feature a scoreless first period, but the Wild’s Jonathon Blum scored 5 seconds into a power play near the end of the opening frame to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.

At 11:10 of the 2nd period, the IceHogs were able to tie the game up courtesy of Joakim Nordstrom’s 9th goal of the season. The IceHogs were able to score a power play goal of their own at the 6:16 mark of the 3rd period as Alex Broadhurst tallied to give the Hogs the 2-1 lead; the marker was Broadhurst’s first since November 15th.

Un8fortunately for Rockford, the Wild were able to tie the game up less than a minute later with Tyler Graovac’s 6th goal of the season. The game remained tied at the end of regulation and at the end of overtime, so a shootout was needed to decide the contest. 3 of Iowa’s 4 shooters converted while only Nordstrom tallied out of Rockford’s 4 shooters, which gave the Wild the 3-2 shootout win.

-The IceHogs outshot the Wild 39-25; Mac Carruth was in net for Rockford during the tilt.

-The IceHogs went 1-for-3 on the power play and the Wild went 1-for-4 on their man advantages.

–IceHogs winger Terry Broadhurst led the team with 7 shots on goal.

-The loss was the IceHogs’ 7th consecutive dropped game.

-The 3 stars of the game were:  1 – Johan Gustafsson (37 saves) 2 – Brian Connelly (2 A, 2 SOG, 2 PIMs) 3 – Adam Clendening (2 A, +1, 4 SOG, 4 PIMs).

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

-The lines and D pairs for the IceHogs were:

Garret Ross – Joakim Nordstrom – Jeremy Morin

Brad Winchester – Alex Broadhurst – Mark McNeill

Terry Broadhurst – Phillip Danault – Byron Froese

Pat Mullane – Drew LeBlanc – Philippe Lefebvre

Theo Peckham – Adam Clendening

Klas Dahlbeck – Brett Skinner

Wade Brookbank – Jared Nightingale

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Saturday, January 4 vs. Grand Rapids – The following night was much better for the IceHogs, especially in terms of their start to the game. They got on the board at the 4:17 mark of the opening frame as Joakim Nordstrom deflected an Adam Clendening shot into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead. Nordstrom stuck again 43 seconds into the 2nd period as he was awarded a penalty shot while the Hogs were on a power play; his conversion on the penalty shot was his 11th goal of the season. Just over 3 minutes later, the Hogs got on the board against with a marker from Jeremy Morin as he scored his first goal since he tallied with the Blackhawks on December 5th; it was his first AHL goal since November 16th.

The 3-0 lead didn’t hold for the IceHogs though as the Griffins closed the gap to within one before the period was over with goals from Cory Emmerton and Riley Sheahan. The IceHogs were able to hang onto the lead though and added an empty net goal from Garret Ross with 45 seconds remaining to make the score 4-2 and snap their 7 game losing streak.

-The Griffins outshot the IceHogs 33-30; Jason LaBarbera was in net for the IceHogs.

-The IceHogs went 1-for-5 on the power play and the Griffins went 1-for-4 on the man advantage.

-IceHogs forwards Mark McNeill and Joakim Nordstrom led the team with 4 shots on goal.

-The 3 stars of the game were:  The 3 stars of the game were:  1 – Joakim Nordstrom (2 G, 1 A, +3, 4 SOG) 2 – Jason LaBarbera (31 saves) 3 – Riley Sheahan (1 G, -1, 3 SOG).

-The scratches for the IceHogs were:  Brad Mills, Viktor Svedberg, Brandon Mashinter, Brandon Pirri, Philippe Lefebvre (all injured) and Wade Brookbank (healthy).

-The lines and D pairs for Rockford were:

Garret Ross – Joakim Nordstrom – Jeremy Morin

Pat Mullane – Drew LeBlanc – Terry Broadhurst

Brad Winchester – Alex Broadhurst – Mark McNeill

Maxim Shalunov – Phillip Danault – Byron Froese

Theo Peckham – Adam Clendening

Klas Dahlbeck – Jared Nightingale

Brett Skinner – Bobby Shea

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Sunday, January 5 at Chicago – Much like the previous night, the IceHogs got on the board first in their contest in Rosemont against the Wolves. Brad Winchester deflected in an Adam Clendening shot on the power play at the 18:09 mark of the 1st period for his 11th goal on the 2013-14 campaign. 1:29 later though, the Wolves answered with a power play goal of their own as Alexandre Bolduc scored his 6th goal of the season.

The IceHogs got the lead back in the 2nd period as Pat Mullane tallied his first AHL goal at the 2 minute mark of the frame. 4:40 after, Sergey Andronov struck on the power play for the Wolves with his 9th tally of the season to tie the game up. A mere 7 seconds afterwards saw the Wolves take the lead with a goal from Pat Cannone.

The Wolves appeared to look like they were going to survive a late Hogs push, but Mark McNeill deflected in a Joakim Nordstrom deflection of a Clendening shot to tie the game on the power play with 47 seconds remaining in regulation. The game eventually went into a shootout where 3 of 5 Wolves shooters converted to grab the 4-3 victory.

-The Wolves outshot the IceHogs 37-34; Jason LaBarbera was in net for the Hogs.

-The IceHogs and Wolves both went 2-for-3 on the power play.

-IceHogs forward Brad Winchester led the team with 7 shots on goal.

-The 3 stars of the game were:  1 – Jason LaBarbera (33 saves) 2 — Jordan Binnington (31 saves) 3 — Sergey Andronov (1 G, 4 SOG).

-The IceHogs dressed the same line-up as the night before.

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Wednesday, January 8 at Grand Rapids – The IceHogs were back in Grand Rapids—shocker—on Wednesday night for yet another contest against the Griffins. 5:47 into the tilt, the Hogs got on the board with a power play goal from Drew LeBlanc; the marker was his 5th of the season. Ryan Sproul notched a power play goal of his own before the period ended to tie the game up for Grand Rapids at 1.

Mitch Callahan also tallied on the power play for the Griffins late in the 2nd period to give the home squad the 2-1 lead. Brennan Evans scored 1:34 into the 3rd period to make it 3-1 Grand Rapids. At 8:50 of the final frame, Adam Clendening scored a shorthanded goal to bring the Hogs within one, but they got into some penalty trouble later in the period and couldn’t climb the mountain. Riley Sheahan added a power play goal with 30 seconds remaining to make it 4-2 and give the Griffins the win.

-The Griffins outshot the IceHogs 40-33; Jason LaBarbera was in net for the IceHogs.

-The IceHogs went 1-for-3 on the power play and the Griffins went 3-for-7 on the man advantage.

-IceHogs defenseman Adam Clendening and center Phillip Danault led the team with 5 shots on goal.

-The 3 stars of the game were:  1 – Mitch Callahan (1 G, 1 A, 3 SOG) 2 — Nathan Paetsch (2 A, 1 SOG, 2 PIMs) 3 — Andrej Nestrasil (2 A, 2 SOG).

-The scratches for the IceHogs were:  Brad Mills, Viktor Svedberg, Brandon Pirri, Philippe Lefebvre (all injured), Maxim Shalunov and Wade Brookbank (both healthy).

-The IceHogs now have a record of 16-17-3-2 (37 points) and sit in 9th place in the Western Conference Standings.

TRANSACTIONS

Saturday, January 4 – The Blackhawks reassigned goaltender Jason LaBarbera to the IceHogs. They also reassigned goaltender Mac Carruth to the Toledo Walleye from Rockford.

UPCOMING GAMES

Friday, January 10 vs. Lake Erie at 7 pm

Saturday, January 11 vs. Lake Erie at 7 pm

Wednesday, January 15 vs. Abbotsford at 11 am (That is not a typo, I swear.)

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