IceHogs Thursday: Hogs’ Winning Ways Continue

IceHogs forward Mark McNeill scored on Saturday night. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

IceHogs forward Mark McNeill scored on Saturday night. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

The IceHogs played in three Midwest Division games to end week 21 and begin week 22 of the AHL schedule. Two of the three games were at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford as the IceHogs took on the Chicago Wolves and the Milwaukee Admirals. The other contest saw the IceHogs travel to Iowa to take on the Wild.

icehogs-at-chicago-wolves-logosFriday, February 21 vs. Chicago – The IceHogs hosted the Wolves on Friday night. The first period didn’t feature any scoring as IceHogs netminder Jason LaBarbera made six saves and Wolves netminder Jake Allen made 12 saves.

At the 13:55 mark of the second period, Jeremy Morin sent a feed over to Brandon Pirri, who fired it home from the door step to give the IceHogs a 1-0 lead. The tally was Pirri’s ninth of the season. Less than two minutes later, the IceHogs added another goal as Garret Ross tallied a power play goal.

The IceHogs took their 2-0 lead into the third period, but the Wolves cut the deficit to one with Chris Porter’s seventh goal of the season at the 7:06 of the final frame. But the IceHogs were able to hang on and take the game 2-1.

-Rockford outshot Chicago 32-22.

-The IceHogs went 1-for-3 on the power play and the Wolves were not able to score on any of their man advantages.

-IceHogs center Brandon Pirri led the team with six shots on goal.

-The IceHogs power play units were:

Pierre-Marc Bouchard – Alex Broadhurst – Brad Winchester

Brett Skinner – Jeremy Morin

Brandon Mashinter – Brandon Pirri – Garret Ross

Joakim Nordstrom –Adam Clendening

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

-The three stars of the game were:  1 – Brandon Pirri (1 G, 1 A, +1, 6 SOG) 2 – Jake Allen (30 saves) 3 – Jeremy Morin (1 A, +1, 4 SOG, 2 PIMS).

-The scratches for Rockford were:  Viktor Svedberg (injured), Brad Mills and Wade Brookbank (both 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

Theo Peckham – Adam Clendening

Klas Dahlbeck – Zach Miskovic

Brett Skinner – Jared Nightingale

icehogs-vs-milwaukee-admirals-logos1Saturday, February 22 vs. Milwaukee – The IceHogs got out to a quicker start on Saturday night than on Friday night. Brad Winchester’s shot from the left halfwall area found a way past Hannu Toivonen at the 9:19 mark of the first period to give the IceHogs a 1-0 lead. Brandon Pirri then struck at 16:07 as he ripped a one-timer from the right circle while on the power play to make it a 2-0 game.

With 32 seconds to go in the sandwich stanza, Jeremy Morin tallied his eighteenth goal of the season with a shot from the right circle to expand the IceHog lead to 3-0.

Toivonen—the former IceHogs netminder—was pulled to start the third period and Scott Darling came in net for Milwaukee. Terry Broadhurst got an early period goal as he fired the puck home through a mess of traffic to put the Hogs up 4-0. Jason LaBarbera’s shutout bid came to an end at the 9:13 mark of the period as Vinny Saponari scored his eleventh goal of the year to make it 4-1, which was the final score.

-Milwaukee outshot Rockford 37-26.

-The IceHogs went 1-for-4 on the power play and The Admirals went 1-for-5 on their man advantages.

-IceHogs winger Jeremy Morin fired seven shots on goal for the team.

-The IceHogs power play units were:

Jeremy Morin – Brandon Pirri – Brad Winchester

Pierre-Marc Bouchard – Adam Clendening

Brandon Mashinter – Drew LeBlanc – Terry Broadhurst

Brett Skinner – Joakim Nordstrom

-Some of the IceHogs penalty killing units were:  Alex Broadhurst, Joakim Nordstrom, Klas Dahlbeck and Zach Miskovic; Phillip Danault, Garret Ross, Jared Nightingale and Theo Peckham; Joakim Nordstrom, Mark McNeill, Klas Dahlbeck and Zach Miskovic; Jeremy Morin, Alex Broadhurst, Klas Dahlbeck and Theo Peckham.

-The three stars of the game were:  1 – Jason LaBarbera (36 saves) 2 – Adam Clendening (2 A, +1, 2 SOG, 2 PIMs) 3 – Brandon Pirri (1 G, 3 SOG, 2 PIMs).

-The line-up was the same as Friday night.

icehogs-at-iowa-wild-logo

Tuesday, February 25 at Iowa – The IceHogs’ start on Tuesday night was even quicker than on Saturday night. Joakim Nordstrom scored his fifteenth goal of the season 41 seconds into the contest. Jonathon Blum tied the game just before the halfway mark of the period, but Jeremy Morin was able to regain the IceHogs’ lead with 1:52 remaining in the frame.

The second period was a scoreless affair and saw Jason LaBarbera and John Curry both make eight saves for Rockford and Iowa respectively.

At 11:34 of the third period, Morin tallied his second goal of the game—and 20th of the season—to put the IceHogs up 3-1. Klas Dahlbeck added his tenth goal of the season at the 16:15 mark to make it 4-1 Rockford, which stood as the final.

-Rockford outshot Iowa 37-20.

-The IceHogs went 1-for-5 on the power play and the Wild failed to convert on their two man advantages.

-IceHogs winger Jeremy Morin led the team with eight shots on goal.

-The three stars of the game were:  1 – Jeremy Morin (2 G, +1, 8 SOG) 2 – Jonathon Blum (1 G, 1 SOG) 3 – John Curry (33 saves).

-The scratches for Rockford were:  Viktor Svedberg (injured), Theo Peckham (suspended for an illegal check to the head during the Milwaukee game) and Brad Winchester (healthy).

-The IceHogs now have a record of 29-21-4-3 (65 points) and sit in sixth place in the Western Conference standings.

TRANSACTIONS

Wednesday, February 26 – The Blackhawks traded forward Brad Winchester to the Minnesota Wild for (former IceHogs) defenseman Brian Connelly. Connelly was then reassigned to Rockford. In addition, the IceHogs traded defenseman Zach Miskovic to the Iowa Wild for future considerations and recalled defenseman Bobby Shea from the Toledo Walleye (ECHL).

UPCOMING GAMES

Friday, February 28 at Oklahoma City at 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 1 at Oklahoma City at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, March 4 vs. Rochester at 7 p.m.

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