IceHogs Thursday: Down the Stretch

IceHogs defenseman Mathieu Brisebois tallied on Friday night for Rockford. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

IceHogs defenseman Mathieu Brisebois tallied on Friday night for Rockford. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

In their last five games spanning over the course of weeks 25 and 26 of the AHL schedule, the IceHogs have picked up six of a possible ten points and have maintained a playoff spot.
During week 25, the IceHogs played a home-and-home series against the Chicago Wolves. Friday, March 21, saw the IceHogs travel to Rosemont for the first game of the series. The Hogs lost 6-0 and did not play very well. The following night, the Hogs redeemed themselves and beat the Wolves 2-1 in a shootout at the BMO Harris Bank Center.

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Friday, March 28 vs. Grand Rapids – The road team got off to a good start on Friday night. Well, at least Landon Ferraro did. He scored twice for Grand Rapids on the power play just over a minute apart a few minutes before the halfway mark of the opening frame.

With 3:04 left in the period, Brad Mills scored to bring the IceHogs within a goal with his seventh goal of the season. The IceHogs were able to tie the game up and then take the lead in the second period. Adam Clendening tallied a power play goal with a shot from the point at the 7:31 mark of the middle frame to knot it up at two. Later, Mathieu Brisebois let a rocket shot from the point go that found the back of the net to put the home team up 3-2.

Clendening notched his second goal of the game at the 2:45 mark of the third period to put the IceHogs up 4-2; Clendening’s marker was his tenth of the season. 1:25 later, Brian Connelly tallied a power play goal with—you guessed it—a shot from the point to give the IceHogs a three goal cushion. Andrej Nestrasil tallied twice on the power play for the Griffins before the third period concluded, but the IceHogs were able to hang on for the 5-4 victory.

-Rockford outshot Grand Rapids 33-27.

Jason LaBarbera was in net for Rockford.

-The IceHogs went 2-for-3 on the power play and the Griffins went 4-for-7 on the man advantage.

-IceHogs defenseman Adam Clendening led the team with six shots on goal.

-The three stars of the game were: 1 – Adam Clendening (2 G, +1, 6 SOG) 2 – Alex Broadhurst (2 A, +2, 1 SOG, 2 PIMs) 3 – Pierre-Marc Bouchard (2 A, +1, 2 PIMs).

-The IceHogs’ scratches were: Viktor Svedberg (injured), Jared Nightingale, Bobby Shea (both suspended), Pat Mullane, Brett Skinner, Trevor van Riemsdyk and Joe Gleason (all healthy).

-The IceHogs’ lines and D pairs were:
Pierre-Marc Bouchard – Joakim Nordstrom – Brad Mills
Brandon Mashinter – Drew LeBlanc – Garret Ross
Terry Broadhurst – Alex Broadhurst – Mark McNeill
Philippe Lefebvre – Phillip Danault – David Gilbert
Klas Dahlbeck – Adam Clendening
Theo Peckham – Brian Connelly
Wade Brookbank – Mathieu Brisebois

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Saturday, March 29 at Grand Rapids – The following night, the IceHogs were in Grand Rapids for another game against the Griffins. After a scoreless first period, the IceHogs cracked the scoresheet during the second period. Alex Broadhurst tallied his 13th goal on the 2013-14 campaign to put the visitors up 1-0.

The Griffins tied the game and took the lead before the end of the middle frame with goals from Mitch Callahan and Colin Campbell. In the third period, the Griffins padded their lead with tallies from Jordin Tootoo and Teemu Pulkkinen. The Griffins cruised to a 4-1 victory from there.

-Grand Rapids outshot Rockford 29-23.

-Jason LaBarbera was in net for Rockford.

-The IceHogs went 0-for-5 on the power play and the Griffins went 1-for-2 on their man advantages.

-IceHogs defenseman Adam Clendening led the team with four shots on goal.

-Defensemen Brian Connelly and Theo Peckham were both -3 on the evening.

-The three stars were: 1 – Mitch Callahan (1 G, 1 A, +1, 3 SOG) 2 – Petr Mrazek (22 saves) 3 — Adam Almquist (2 A, +1).

-The IceHogs’ scratches were: Viktor Svedberg (injured), Jared Nightingale, Bobby Shea (suspended), Wade Brookbank, Joe Gleason, Trevor van Riemsdyk and Philippe Lefebvre (all healthy).

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Sunday, March 30 vs. Chicago – The IceHogs finished off their 3-in-3 weekend with a home contest against the Wolves. Like Saturday night, the first period was scoreless and the IceHogs got on the board first in the second period.

At 4:32 of the middle frame, Mark McNeill tallied his 16th goal of the season with a nice shot that beat Wolves goaltender Jake Allen. Ty Rattie tied the game up just over a minute later with his 28th goal of the season. 1:06 later, Joakim Nordstrom gave Rockford the lead back with his 17th goal of the season. Brandon Mashinter made it 3-1 Rockford with 3:31 left in the sandwich stanza while the IceHogs were on the power play.

Rattie and Mike Davies tied the game up for Chicago before the six minute mark of the third period, but the IceHogs fought back. At 10:04, Brad Mills recorded a power play goal to put the IceHogs up 4-3; the goal was his eighth of the season. Mashinter and Phillip Danault both tallied inside 1:30 to play in regulation to seal the IceHogs’ 6-3 win over their I-90 rivals.

-Rockford outshot Chicago 38-31.

Kent Simpson was in net for Rockford.

-The IceHogs went 2-for-5 on the power play and the Wolves went 1-for-6 on the man advantage.

-IceHogs forward Mark McNeill led the team with eight shots on goal.

-IceHogs forward Ryan Hartman made his pro debut on Sunday. He didn’t record a point, was -1, and took a hooking penalty, but played very well overall for his first pro game.

-IceHogs defenseman Klas Dahlbeck was +3 on Sunday.

-One of the IceHogs’ power play units was:
Pierre-Marc Bouchard – Brad Mills – Garret Ross
Adam Clendening – Brian Connelly

-Some of the IceHogs’ penalty killing units were: Phillip Danault, Mark McNeill, Wade Brookbank and Theo Peckham; Terry Broadhurst, Garret Ross, Wade Brookbank and Theo Peckham; Phillip Danault, Joakim Nordstrom, Mathieu Brisebois and Klas Dahlbeck; Brad Mills, Joakim Nordstrom and Klas Dahlbeck.

-The three stars of the game were: 1 – Brad Mills (1 G, +1, 6 SOG) 2 – Mark McNeill (1 G, +1, 8 SOG) 3 – Ty Rattie (2 G, 9 SOG).

-The IceHogs’ scratches were: Viktor Svedberg (injured), Jared Nightingale, Bobby Shea (both suspended), Brett Skinner, Philippe Lefebvre, Trevor van Riemsdyk, Joe Gleason and Pat Mullane (all healthy).

-The IceHogs’ lines and D pairs were:
Pierre-Marc Bouchard – Joakim Nordstrom – Brad Mills
Brandon Mashinter – Drew LeBlanc – Garret Ross
Terry Broadhurst – Alex Broadhurst – Mark McNeill
David Gilbert – Phillip Danault – Ryan Hartman
Klas Dahlbeck – Adam Clendening
Theo Peckham – Brian Connelly
Wade Brookbank – Mathieu Brisebois

ROSTER TRANSACTIONS
Thursday, March 27 – Defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk was signed to an AHL contract and defenseman Joe Gleason was recalled from Toledo.

Saturday, March 29 – Forward Ryan Hartman was assigned to Rockford from Plymouth of the OHL by the Blackhawks.

Tuesday, April 1 – Defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk apparently was released from his contract? The Blackhawks also recalled forward Joakim Nordstrom.

Wednesday, April 2 – Defenseman Stephen Johns was signed to a PTO for the rest of the season and defenseman Joe Gleason was reassigned to Toledo.

Thursday, April 3 – Goaltender Mac Carruth was reassigned from Florida of the ECHL to Rockford by the Blackhawks.

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, April 4 at Abbotsford at 9 p.m. CT
Saturday, April 5 at Abbotsford at 9 p.m. CT
Tuesday, April 8 at Milwaukee at 7 p.m

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