The IceHogs became very familiar with the Milwaukee Admirals in week 17 of the AHL schedule as they faced their rivals to the North three nights in a row.
Friday, January 24 at Milwaukee – The first game of the three-in-three set between the IceHogs and Admirals saw the road team get on the board first. Mark McNeill scored his 12th goal of the season while Rockford was on a power play with 30 seconds left in the opening frame to put the IceHogs up 1-0.
Colton Sissons scored just after the two minute mark of the second period to tie the game at one. Austin Watson and Mark Van Guilder scored in the third period to make it 3-1 Ads. Brandon Pirri was able to tally while shorthanded to bring the IceHogs within one, but that was as close as Rockford would get. The Ads took the contest 3-2.
-Milwaukee outshot Rockford 36-30.
–Kent Simpson was in net for Rockford.
-The IceHogs went 1-for-3 on the power play and killed off all three Admirals man advantages.
-IceHogs defenseman Viktor Svedberg led the team with five shots on goal.
– The three stars of the game were: 1 — Colton Sissons (1 G, 4 SOG) 2 – Mark Van Guilder (1 G, +1, 2 SOG) 3 – Austin Watson (1 G, 3 SOG).
-The IceHogs’ scratches were: Brad Mills (injured), Philippe Lefebvre, Byron Froese, Wade Brookbank and Theo Peckham (healthy).
Saturday, January 25 vs. Milwaukee – The IceHogs hosted the Admirals at the BMO Harris Bank Center on Saturday for Pink in the Rink night. Milwaukee spoiled the party as Vinny Saponari scored an unbelievable goal where he deked out the majority of the IceHogs on the ice in the Rockford zone and managed to get his shot by Jason LaBarbera with 3:01 left in the opening frame.
The first intermission was extended by an hour as the ice had to be ground down and resurfaced. The pink dye had somehow started to undo itself and made the ice nearly unskateable.
Once the game resumed, the IceHogs were able to tie the game up as Brad Winchester deflected in a Brandon Pirri shot from the right halfwall area while Rockford was on a power play with four minutes to play in the sandwich stanza.
The IceHogs were able to break the tie at the 16:51 mark of the third period as Garret Ross led a 2-on-1 rush into the Milwaukee zone with Brandon Mashinter. Ross dished the puck over to Mashinter, who put it home for his fifth goal of the season. The Hogs were then able to hang on for the 2-1 victory.
-Rockford outshot Milwaukee 31-27.
-The IceHogs went 1-for-4 on the power play and killed off the Ads’ lone man advantage.
-IceHogs winger Jeremy Morin led the team with eight shots on goal.
-The IceHogs’ power play units were:
Joakim Nordstrom – Brandon Pirri – Brad Winchester
Jeremy Morin – Klas Dahlbeck
Garret Ross – Mark McNeill – Brandon Mashinter
Viktor Svedberg – Zach Miskovic
-Some of the IceHogs penalty killing units were: Joakim Nordstrom, Philippe Lefebvre, Theo Peckham and Klas Dahlbeck; Phillip Danault, Garret Ross, Zach Miskovic and Viktor Svedberg; Brandon Pirri, Jeremy Morin, Viktor Svedberg and Zach Miskovic.
– The three stars of the game were: 1 – Brandon Mashinter (GWG, +1, 1 SOG) 2 – Brandon Pirri (2 A, 2 SOG) 3 – Jason LaBarbera (26 saves).
– The scratches for Rockford were: Brad Mills (injured), Adam Clendening, Byron Froese, Brett Skinner and Pat Mullane (healthy).
-The lines and D pairs were:
Brandon Mashinter – Brandon Pirri – Garret Ross
Brad Winchester – Joakim Nordstrom – Jeremy Morin
Terry Broadhurst – Alex Broadhurst – Mark McNeill
Phillip Danault – Drew LeBlanc – Philippe Lefebvre
Klas Dahlbeck – Theo Peckham
Viktor Svedberg – Zach Miskovic
Wade Brookbank – Jared Nightingale
Sunday, January 26 at Milwaukee – The IceHogs closed the weekend out in Milwaukee. Much like the previous night, Vinny Saponari got the Ads on the board first at 12:38 of the first period. Alex Broadhurst was able to tie the game up at one just under five minutes later.
Miikka Salomaki (PPG) and Joonas Jarvinen scored in the second period for Milwaukee to put the home team up 3-1. The IceHogs were able to fight back in the third period as Jeremy Morin tallied twice in 23 seconds to tie the game up at three, starting at the 2:20 mark.
Morin’s two tallies caused the game to go into overtime, where IceHogs defenseman Adam Clendening—a night after being a healthy scratch—scored the game winning goal at 4:39 to give the Hogs their second consecutive win.
-Rockford outshot Milwaukee 43-28.
–Jason LaBarbera was in net for the IceHogs.
-The IceHogs were not able to convert on their two power play opportunities whereas the Admirals went 1-for-3 on their man advantages.
-IceHogs winger Jeremy Morin fired seven shots on net.
– The three stars of the game were: 1 – Jeremy Morin (2 G, 7 SOG) 2 – Miikka Salomaki (1 G, 1 A, 4 SOG) 3 — Joonas Jarvinen (1 G, 1 SOG).
– The scratches for Rockford were: Brad Mills (injured), Byron Froese, Pat Mullane, Brett Skinner and Wade Brookbank (healthy).
-The IceHogs now have a record of 20-20-4-2 (46 points) and are in seventh in the Western Conference.
-Sunday, January 26 – The Blackhawks recalled center Brandon Pirri from the IceHogs. In addition, the IceHogs signed defenseman Brett Skinner to another PTO.
Friday, January 31 at Rochester at 6:05 pm CT
Saturday, February 1 at Utica at 6 pm CT
Tuesday, February 4 vs. Hamilton at 7 pm