February was a great month for the IceHogs as they went 9-0-1-1. They were looking to keep their momentum rolling into March as they headed down to Oklahoma to take on the Oklahoma City Barons to end week 22 of the AHL schedule. To start week 23, the Hogs faced off against the Rochester Americans back home at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford.
Friday, February 28 at Oklahoma City – The IceHogs got off to a quick start in OKC on Friday night as defenseman Bobby Shea—just recently recalled from Toledo—tallied his second goal of the season to put the visitors up 1-0. Terry Broadhurst recorded his twelfth goal of the season at 13:39 to make it 2-0 IceHogs. Matthew Ford cut the Barons’ deficit to one before the first period ended as he broke Jason LaBarbera’s shutout bid.
Broadhurst tallied again at 2:24 of the second period to restore the IceHogs’ two goal lead. Ford answered Broadhurst’s second with a second goal of his own just after the halfway mark of the period.
Shea scored his second goal of the game during the third period to put the IceHogs up 4-3. Former Blackhawks forward Ben Eager tied the game up at four with just under three minutes to go in regulation and that sent the game into overtime.
It didn’t take long for the Barons to end the game on home ice as Tyler Pitlick scored his seventh goal of the season 46 seconds into the extra frame, giving OKC the 5-4 win.
-OKC outshot Rockford 37-36.
-The IceHogs went 0-for-2 on the power play and the Barons went 2-for-4 on their man advantages.
-IceHogs center Brandon Pirri led the team with five shots on goal.
-IceHogs defenseman Bobby Shea led the team as he was a +3 on the evening. On the flip side, IceHogs center Joakim Nordstrom was -3 on the night.
-IceHogs defenseman Brian Connelly rejoined the IceHogs on Friday night after being traded back to Rockford earlier in the week. He’s donning no. 11 as his jersey number.
-The three stars of the game were: 1 – Matthew Ford (2 G, 2 A, +1, 3 SOG) 2 – Mark Arcobello (1 G, 1 A, -2, 3 SOG) 3 – Tyler Pitlick (GWG, 1 A, +2, 2 SOG).
-The Rockford scratches were: Viktor Svedberg (injured), Theo Peckham (suspended) and Wade Brookbank (healthy).
Saturday, March 1 at Oklahoma City – The IceHogs found themselves down by a goal just past the halfway mark of Saturday’s opening period. Matthew Ford scored the power play goal for OKC.
Mark Arcobello gave the home team a 2-0 lead with an early second period goal. The IceHogs battled back though. At 2:27, Jeremy Morin tallied his 21st goal of the season to put the IceHogs on the scoreboard. Around eight minutes later, Adam Clendening tied the game up at two with his eighth goal of the season. Steve Pinizzotto and Curtis Hamilton tallied for OKC just over three minutes apart to restore the team’s two goal lead. Brad Mills tallied at 18:33 to bring Rockford within a goal before the second intermission.
The IceHogs were able to come back to tie the game in the third period as Brandon Pirri notched his eleventh goal of the season at the 9:27 mark. Unfortunately for Rockford, Austin Fyten tallied at 16:11 to give the Barons the 5-4 lead, which was how the final stood.
-Rockford outshot OKC 35-34.
–Kent Simpson started in net for the IceHogs, but he was pulled in the second period after giving up three goals.
-The IceHogs went 1-for-6 on the power play and the Barons went 2-for-4 on the man advantage.
-IceHogs winger Jeremy Morin and IceHogs defenseman Adam Clendening fired five shots on goal on Saturday night.
-The three stars of the game were: 1 – Mark Arcobello (1 G, 2 A, +2, 1 SOG) 2 – Brandon Pirri (1 G, 1 A, +1, 3 SOG) 3 — Austin Fyten (GWG, 2 SOG).
-The Rockford scratches were: Viktor Svedberg (injured), Wade Brookbank and Brett Skinner (both healthy).
Tuesday, March 4 vs. Rochester – Jeremy Morin quickly got the IceHogs on the board on Tuesday night at the BMO Harris Bank Center. He danced around a defenseman and got his shot past Americans goaltender Nathan Lieuwen at 6:23 of the opening period to give Rockford a 1-0 lead. 52 seconds later, Pat Mullane—who had just been recalled from Toledo—tallied his fifth goal of the season to extend Rockford’s lead to two.
After Lieuwen misplayed the puck in the second period, Terry Broadhurst picked it up and fired it home to make it 3-0 on his fourteenth goal of the season.
In the third period, Kevin Porter tallied twice for Rochester, bringing the visitors to within a goal, but the IceHogs were able to seal the 4-2 win as Brandon Mashinter picked up an empty net goal with eleven seconds remaining in regulation.
-Rochester outshot Rockford 35-29.
–Jason LaBarbera was in net for Rockford.
-The IceHogs went 0-for-9 on the power play while the Americans went 2-for-5 on the man advantage.
-IceHogs winger Jeremy Morin led the team with four shots on goal.
-The IceHogs power play units were:
Drew LeBlanc – Mark McNeill – Garret Ross
Joakim Nordstrom – Adam Clendening
Jeremy Morin – Brad Mills – Brandon Mashinter
Pierre-Marc Bouchard – Brian Connelly
-Some of the IceHogs penalty killing units were: Joakim Nordstrom, Phillip Danault, Klas Dahlbeck and Jared Nightingale; Brad Mills, Mark McNeill, Adam Clendening and Theo Peckham; Joakim Nordstrom, Jeremy Morin, Theo Peckham and Adam Clendening.
-The three stars of the game were: 1 – Jason LaBarbera (33 saves) 2 – Kevin Porter (2 G, -1, 3 SOG) 3 – Jeremy Morin (1 G, +1, 4 SOG).
-The Rockford scratches were: Viktor Svedberg (injured), Philippe Lefebvre, Wade Brookbank and Brett Skinner (all healthy).
-The Rockford lines and D pairs were:
Pierre-Marc Bouchard – Joakim Nordstrom – Jeremy Morin
Brandon Mashinter – Drew LeBlanc – Garret Ross
Terry Broadhurst – Alex Broadhurst – Mark McNeill
Pat Mullane – Phillip Danault – Brad Mills
Klas Dahlbeck – Brian Connelly
Theo Peckham – Adam Clendening
Bobby Shea – Jared Nightingale
-The IceHogs now have a record of 30-22-5-3 (68 points) and are in sixth in the Western Conference Standings.
–Sunday, March 2 – The Blackhawks traded IceHogs center Brandon Pirri to the Florida Panthers for draft picks. The Blackhawks also reassigned forward Philippe Lefebvre to Rockford from Toledo while the IceHogs recalled forward Pat Mullane from Toledo.
–Tuesday, March 4 – Defenseman Mathieu Brisebois was reassigned to the IceHogs from the Blackhawks after Chicago acquired him in a trade.
Friday, March 7 at Milwaukee at 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 8 vs. Milwaukee at 7 p.m.