Week 15 and the beginning of week 16 of the AHL schedule had the IceHogs playing on home ice for three contests. They took advantage and were able to earn 5 of 6 points at the BMO Harris Bank Center.
Friday, January 10 vs. Lake Erie – Friday’s game against the Lake Erie Monsters was a back-and-forth affair. Luckily for the IceHogs, they were on the right side of things, including who scored the first goal of the contest. Terry Broadhurst was able to score his eighth goal of the season during 4-on-4 play; the tally was set up by his younger brother, Alex. 15 seconds later, Lake Erie tied the game up with a tally from defenseman Brett Clark.
Jeremy Morin got the Hogs back on top at 7:43 with a one-timer for his eighth marker of the season. Just about six minutes afterwards, Matt Hunwick sent a sick shot past Kent Simpson to knot the game up at two.
The Hogs were able to convert on a power play early on in the third period as Drew LeBlanc deflected in an Adam Clendening shot to put the Hogs ahead 3-2. The see-saw battle continued as Guillaume Desbiens scored at 14:23 to make things equal for a third time. The Hogs were able to take the lead for good at 17:37 as Garret Ross sent a sick deflection of a Clendening shot into the back of the net to make it 4-3 and give the IceHogs the victory.
-The IceHogs outshot the Monsters 32-24.
-The IceHogs went 1-for-2 on the power play and they killed off all 4 of Lake Erie’s man advantages.
–Jeremy Morin, Drew LeBlanc and Adam Clendening led the IceHogs with 4 shots on goal each.
–Alex Broadhurst was awarded a penalty shot in the 1st period, but Monsters netminder Sami Aittokallio made a pad save.
-The 3 stars of the game were: 1 – Adam Clendening (2 A, 4 SOG) 2 – Garret Ross (1 G, 2 SOG) 3 — Brandon Mashinter (3 SOG, 5 PIMs—KO’d Gabriel Beaupre in a fight with one punch).
-The Rockford scratches were: Brad Mills, Brandon Pirri (both injured), Bobby Shea, Maxim Shalunov, Wade Brookbank and Byron Froese (all healthy).
-The lines and D pairs for Rockford were:
Garret Ross – Joakim Nordstrom – Jeremy Morin
Brandon Mashinter – Drew LeBlanc – Philippe Lefebvre
Brad Winchester – Alex Broadhurst – Mark McNeill
Pat Mullane – Phillip Danault – Terry Broadhurst
Theo Peckham – Adam Clendening
Klas Dahlbeck – Jared Nightingale
Viktor Svedberg (first game back from injury) – Brett Skinner
Saturday, January 11 vs. Lake Erie – Saturday night was all IceHogs, all the time. Brandon Mashinter got the team off to a good start as he deflected in a Brett Skinner shot at 10:15 of the first period. Jeremy Morin and Skinner (PPG) were able to extend the IceHogs’ lead to 3-0 by the 13:49 mark of the second period.
Jason LaBarbera’s shutout bid was broken at 14:44 as Andrew Agozzino scored his ninth goal of the season. Joakim Nordstrom got the tally right back for the home squad as he recorded his 12th goal of the 2013-14 campaign with a backhanded shot from right out in front of the Lake Erie net.
In the third period, the Hogs scored twice on the power play to make the score 6-1. Mark McNeill deflected in a Klas Dahlbeck shot at 8:37 and Pat Mullane showed off some nifty moves with 49 seconds remaining in regulation and potted his second goal of the season as the IceHogs went on to win.
-The Monsters outshot the IceHogs 29-26.
-The IceHogs went 3-for-5 on the power play and killed off all 6 Lake Erie man advantages. The Hogs’ penalty kill was an astounding 10-for-10 over the weekend.
-Defenseman Klas Dahlbeck led the IceHogs with 5 shots on goal and 4 assists.
–Garret Ross was a +3 on Saturday night for Rockford.
-The 3 stars of the game were: 1 – Klas Dahlbeck (4 A, +2, 5 SOG, 2 PIMs) 2 – Brett Skinner (1 G, 1 A, +1 2 SOG) 3 – Jason LaBarbera (28 saves).
-The IceHogs’ scratches, lines and D pairs were the same as the previous night.
Wednesday, January 17 vs. Abbotsford – The IceHogs got off to a good start on Wednesday morning at the BMO Harris Bank Center as they took on the Abbotsford Heat; the contest had an 11 am start. Brad Winchester and Garret Ross (PPG) tallied for the Hogs and gave them a 2-0 lead going into the second period.
Mark Cundari scored at 7:21 of the sandwich stanza to break Jason LaBarbera’s shutout bid with his fourth tally of the season. Brandon Mashinter got the goal back for Rockford as he scored his fourth of the year as well with a power play goal at 11:09.
Abbotsford was able to tie the game up at three in the third period on markers from Evan Trupp and Chad Billins. The Hogs weren’t able to score in the final frame, causing the game to go into overtime, where Markus Granlund tallied his 15th goal of the season for the Heat, giving the visitors the 4-3 win.
-The IceHogs outshot the Heat 35-33.
-The IceHogs went 2-for-4 on the power play and the Heat went 2-for-3 on the man advantage.
-IceHogs winger Jeremy Morin led the team with eight shots on goal.
-The three stars of the game were: 1 – Chad Billins (1 G, 2 A, +2, 3 SOG) 2 – Garret Ross (1 G, 1 A, -1, 3 SOG) 3 – Evan Trupp (1 G, +2, 1 SOG).
-The line-up was the same as the past two games were for Rockford.
-The IceHogs have a record of 18-17-4-2 (42 points) and sit in eighth place in the Western Conference standings.
– Monday, January 13 – The IceHogs loaned winger Maxim Shalunov to the Toledo Walleye.
Saturday, January 18 at Chicago at 7 pm
Monday, January 20 vs. Toronto at 1 pm