IceHogs Thursday: On a Roll

IceHogs winger Jeremy Morin recorded his first professional hat trick on Saturday night. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

IceHogs winger Jeremy Morin recorded his first professional hat trick on Saturday night. In this particular photo, he is about to score his second goal of the night. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

The IceHogs hosted two games on Saturday and Sunday at the BMO Harris Bank Center to wrap up week 19 of the AHL schedule.

icehogs-vs-iowa-wild-logoSaturday, February 8 vs. Iowa – The IceHogs took on Midwest Division rival Iowa on Saturday night and the home team got on the board first. Phillip Danault scored for the first time in 29 games (November 9 vs. Iowa) as he put home a puck in a mess of traffic to give Rockford a 1-0 lead. 14 seconds later, Jeremy Morin tallied from the side of the net to put the IceHogs up by a pair.

6:30 into the second period, Drew LeBlanc recorded his seventh goal on the 2013-14 campaign to extend the IceHogs’ lead to three. 41 seconds later, former IceHogs defenseman Brian Connelly got the Wild on the board with his fourth goal of the season. The Wild quickly brought the score to within one as Marc Hagel tallied 44 seconds after.

At 11:48 of the sandwich stanza, Danault tallied his second goal of the game with a backhanded shot from out in front of the net to put the Hogs up 4-2. Iowa answered with a power play goal by Hagel to cut the Wild’s deficit to one about four minutes later.

With 1:57 to go in the middle frame, Terry Broadhurst scored a similar goal to Danault’s second one to restore the IceHogs’ two goal lead. The Hogs struck again with 42 seconds left in the period with a Brad Winchester deflection of an Adam Clendening shot to go up 6-3.

The third period was all about Morin as he scored two more times. His second goal of the contest came at 4:28. While on a breakaway, he got the Iowa goaltender down and then roofed a shot. His third goal of the game came less than five minutes later while on the power play as his shot from the left circle found a way to the back of the net to complete his first career professional hat trick; Brandon Mashinter provided a good screen on the tally as well.

The Hogs were able to preserve their five goal lead and win the game 8-3.

-Rockford outshot Iowa 41-33.

Kent Simpson was in net for the IceHogs.

-The IceHogs went 1-for-4 on the power play while the Wild went 1-for-3 on the man advantage.

-IceHogs forwards Jeremy Morin and Phillip Danault led the team with six shots on goal each.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard made his IceHogs debut on Saturday night after being traded to the Blackhawks organization from the New York Islanders organization. He recorded three assists—all of which came on Jeremy Morin’s goals—and was a +1.

-IceHogs forwards Drew LeBlanc and Phillip Danault and IceHogs defensemen Klas Dahlbeck and Zach Miskovic were all +3 on the evening.

-Some of the power play units that the IceHogs used were:

Brandon Mashinter – Alex Broadhurst – Pierre-Marc Bouchard

Jeremy Morin – Klas Dahlbeck

(5-on-3) Pierre-Marc Bouchard – Brandon Pirri – Brad Winchester

Adam Clendening – Jeremy Morin

-Some of the IceHogs penalty killing units were:  Phillip Danault, Joakim Nordstrom, Klas Dahlbeck and Theo Peckham; Mark McNeill, Garret Ross, Adam Clendening and Viktor Svedberg; Jeremy Morin, Joakim Nordstrom, Adam Clendening and Viktor Svedberg; Alex Broadhurst, Phillip Danault, Klas Dahlbeck and Theo Peckham.

-The three stars of the game were:  1 – Jeremy Morin (3 G, 1 A, +2, 6 SOG) 2 – Phillip Danault (2 G, +3, 6 SOG) 3 – Drew LeBlanc (1 G, 2 A, +3, 2 SOG).

-The scratches for Rockford were:  Brad Mills (injured), Philippe Lefebvre, Brett Skinner, Wade Brookbank, Pat Mullane and Byron Froese (all healthy).

-The lines and D pairs for Rockford were:

Brandon Mashinter — Brandon Pirri – Garret Ross

Pierre-Marc Bouchard – Joakim Nordstrom – Jeremy Morin

Terry Broadhurst – Alex Broadhurst – Mark McNeill

Brad Winchester – Drew LeBlanc – Phillip Danault

Viktor Svedberg – Adam Clendening

Klas Dahlbeck – Zach Miskovic

Theo Peckham – Jared Nightingale

icehogs-vs-utica-comets-logosSunday, February 9 vs. Utica – The IceHogs hosted the Utica Comets for the first and only time on Sunday. Brandon Pirri scored the first goal of the tilt with a shot from the right circle for his fifth goal of the season and to put the IceHogs up 1-0 at the 14:27 mark of the first period.

2:56 into the second period, Terry Broadhurst set up Alex Broadhurst to give the IceHogs a 2-0 lead. The marker was Alex’s tenth of the season and came from out in front of the crease. 33 seconds later, Darren Archibald scored to cut Utica’s deficit to one goal. Jeremy Morin restored the two goal lead less than two minutes later with a rocket of a shot while on the power play.

Nicklas Jensen single-handedly gave Utica the 4-3 lead in the second period as he scored a natural hat trick.

It wasn’t until the 17:19 mark of the third period when the IceHogs were able to tie the game up at three. Garret Ross tallied a power play marker for his twelfth goal of the season to send the game into overtime.

With 2:51 remaining in the extra frame, T. Broadhurst led a two-on-one rush into the Utica zone. A. Broadhurst was right with him and Terry dished over to his brother, who buried the one-time shot to give the Hogs the 5-4 victory.

-Rockford outshot Utica 37-33.

Jason LaBarbera was in net for the IceHogs.

-IceHogs went 2-for-7 on the power play and the Comets went 1-for-4 on their man advantages.

-IceHogs forwards Jeremy Morin and Brandon Pirri led the team with five shots on goal each.

-The IceHogs’ power play units were:

Pierre-Marc Bouchard – Alex Broadhurst – Brandon Mashinter

Jeremy Morin – Klas Dahlbeck

Brad Winchester – Brandon Pirri – Garret Ross

Joakim Nordstrom – Adam Clendening

(5-on-3) Brad Winchester – Brandon Pirri – Pierre-Marc Bouchard

Jeremy Morin – Adam Clendening

-Some of the IceHogs’ penalty killing units were:  Phillip Danault, Joakim Nordstrom, Klas Dahlbeck and Jared Nightingale; Mark McNeill, Garret Ross, Adam Clendening and Viktor Svedberg; Phillip Danault, Jeremy Morin, Klas Dahlbeck and Jared Nightingale.

-The three stars of the game were:  1 – Alex Broadhurst (2 G, 2 A, +2, 2 SOG, 2 PIMs) 2 — Nicklas Jensen (3 G, +2, 8 SOG) 3 – Brandon Pirri (1 G, 1 A, 5 SOG).

-The IceHogs’ scratches were:  Brad Mills (injured), Pat Mullane, Philippe Lefebvre, Byron Froese, Wade Brookbank and Theo Peckham (all healthy).

-The IceHogs’ lines and D pairs were:

Brandon Mashinter – Brandon Pirri – Garret Ross

Pierre-March Bouchard – Joakim Nordstrom – Jeremy Morin

Terry Broadhurst – Alex Broadhurst – Mark McNeill

Brad Winchester – Drew LeBlanc – Phillip Danault

Viktor Svedberg – Adam Clendening

Klas Dahlbeck – Zach Miskovic

Brett Skinner – Jared Nightingale

TRANSACTIONS

Thursday, February 6 – The Blackhawks reassigned forwards Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Brandon Pirri to Rockford.

TIDBITS

-The IceHogs currently have a record of 24-21-4-2 (54 points) and sit in seventh place in the Western Conference standings.

-IceHogs center Brandon Pirri was named the MVP of the AHL All-Star game. Pirri posted two goals and an assist in the AHL All-Stars match-up against Färjestad BK of the Swedish Hockey League.

UPCOMING GAMES

Friday, February 14 vs. Chicago at 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 15 at Iowa at 7:05 p.m.

Sunday, February 16 at Iowa at 4:05 p.m.

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