The IceHogs went on a rare trip to New York during week 18 of the AHL schedule. They took on the Rochester Americans and the Utica Comets in back-to-back games before coming back home to the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford to take on the Hamilton Bulldogs to start week 19.
Friday, January 31 at Rochester – The IceHogs kicked off their lone trip to the Empire State with a tilt against the Rochester Americans. The first period was a scoreless affair, but when the scoring started, it was the home team that got on the board first.
Colton Gillies scored at 3:52 of the middle frame to put the Americans up 1-0. Brayden McNabb and Alex Hutchings also scored during the second period to put the home squad up 3-0.
Just over halfway through the third period, Kevin Sundher put Rochester up 4-0. Matt Hackett looked like he was going to be on his way to a shutout, but Philippe Lefebvre tallied his fourth goal of the season to make it 4-1. But, Rochester was still able to hang on for the win.
-Rochester outshot Rockford 33-24.
–Jason LaBarbera was in net for the IceHogs.
-The IceHogs went 0-for-3 on the man advantage while the Americans went 1-for-4 on their power play opportunities.
-Winger Jeremy Morin led the IceHogs with six shots on goal.
-The three stars of the game were: 1 — Mark Pysyk (2 A) 2 — Alex Hutchings (1 G, +2, 5 SOG, 2 PIMs) 3 — Johan Larsson (1 G, -1, 5 SOG).
-The IceHogs’ scratches were: Brad Mills (injured), Byron Froese, Wade Brookbank and Brett Skinner (all healthy).
Saturday, February 1 at Utica – The IceHogs’ first game against the Utica Comets did not start off in the best way as the home team jumped out to a 1-0 lead 28 seconds in. Former IceHog Pascal Pelletier recorded his ninth goal of the season on Kent Simpson. The IceHogs were able to tie the game up less than two minutes later with Pat Mullane’s fourth marker on the 2013-14 campaign.
At 10:33 of the second period, Brandon Mashinter tallied his sixth goal of the season to put the IceHogs up 2-1, which is what the final score was.
-Utica outshot Rockford 35-30.
-The IceHogs went 0-for-1 on the power play and the Comets went 1-for-5 on their man advantages.
-IceHogs forward Pat Mullane led the team with five shots on goal.
– The three stars of the game were: 1 – Kent Simpson (34 saves) 2 – Brandon Mashinter (1 G, +1, 2 SOG, 2 PIMs) 3 — Pascal Pelletier (1 G, 2 SOG).
-The IceHogs’ scratches were: Brad Mills (injured), Philippe Lefebvre, Wade Brookbank and Theo Peckham (all healthy).
Tuesday, February 4 vs. Hamilton – Tuesday’s contest against the Bulldogs at the BMO Harris Bank Center saw the IceHogs get the first goal of the game. At the thirteen minute mark of the first period, Terry Broadhurst grabbed his own rebound and fired it by Bulldogs netminder Dustin Tokarski for his ninth goal of the season.
Two minutes into the second period, Joakim Nordstrom’s shot from the top of the left circle went top shelf on Tokarski to give the home squad a 2-0 lead; the marker was Nordstrom’s fourteenth of the season. The Bulldogs pulled within one as Sven Andrighetto scored on the power play at 10:36. With 2:21 left in the sandwich stanza, Brandon Mashinter gave the Hogs their two goal lead back as he deflected in a Brett Skinner shot from the point while on the power play.
21 seconds into the third period, Hamilton made it a one goal game again with Greg Pateryn’s eighth goal of the season. About a minute and a half later, Alex Broadhurst put home a sweet cross-ice pass from Mark McNeill to make it 4-2 in favor of Rockford. The marker was Broadhurst’s ninth of the season.
Maxime Macenauer and Christian Thomas (PPG) scored exactly two minutes apart a few minutes later for Hamilton to tie the game up at four. The Hogs wouldn’t let this game slip away though as they were able to get back on top of the scoreboard with 4:31 remaining in regulation. Mark McNeill scored his thirteenth goal of the season from below the right hashmarks to make it 5-4. Mashinter then tallied an empty net goal with 2:23 left to give the Hogs a 6-4 victory.
-Hamilton outshot Rockford 25-24.
–Jason LaBarbera was in net for Rockford. He picked up a secondary assist on Brandon Mashinter’s empty net goal.
-The IceHogs went 1-for-4 on the power play and the Bulldogs went 3-for-6.
-Martin St. Pierre returned to the BMO Harris Bank Center for the first time since captaining last season’s IceHogs squad. He picked up an assist and was -1 for Hamilton on Tuesday.
-IceHogs defenseman Adam Clendening played a solid game and it showed on the scoresheet. He was a +4 on the evening and recorded two assists.
-IceHogs forwards Alex Broadhurst, Mark McNeill, Jeremy Morin and Brandon Mashinter all fired three shots on goal for Rockford on Tuesday.
-The IceHogs power play units were:
Garret Ross – Brad Winchester – Jeremy Morin
Joakim Nordstrom – Adam Clendening
Brandon Mashinter – Mark McNeill – Alex Broadhurst
Brett Skinner – Klas Dahlbeck
-Two of the IceHogs penalty killing units were: Phillip Danault, Joakim Nordstrom, Klas Dahlbeck and Zach Miskovic; Byron Froese, Garret Ross, Jared Nightingale and Viktor Svedberg.
-The three stars from the game were: 1 – Mark McNeill (1 G, 2 A, +1, 3 SOG, 2 PIMs) 2 – Sven Andrighetto (1 G, 3 A, -1, 2 SOG) 3 – Brandon Mashinter (2 G, +1, 3 SOG, 7 PIMs).
-The IceHogs’ scratches were: Brad Mills (injured), Wade Brookbank, Philippe Lefebvre and Theo Peckham (all healthy).
-The IceHogs’ lines and D pairs were:
Brandon Mashinter – Joakim Nordstrom – Garret Ross
Brad Winchester – Pat Mullane – Jeremy Morin
Terry Broadhurst – Alex Broadhurst – Mark McNeill
Phillip Danault – Drew LeBlanc – Byron Froese
Klas Dahlbeck – Zach Miskovic
Viktor Svedberg – Adam Clendening
Brett Skinner – Jared Nightingale
Saturday, February 8 vs. Iowa at 7 pm
Sunday, February 9 vs. Utica at 4 pm