IceHogs Tuesday: It’s Gonna Be a Nail Biter ‘Til the End

Ben Smith scores his third goal to complete the hat trick on Friday night against the Chicago Wolves. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

Ben Smith scores his third goal to complete the hat trick on Friday night against the Chicago Wolves. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona

The trend continued for the IceHogs in week 27 of the AHL schedule:  get 6 out of 6 points and they’ll be that much closer to grabbing a playoff spot. Well, that didn’t go according to plan, but with 4 of 6 points, they’re still right in the middle of the log jam that is the race for 8th place in the Western Conference standings.

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Wednesday, April 10 at Peoria The Rivermen were out of the playoff picture when the IceHogs faced off against them for the 3rd straight game on Wednesday, but that didn’t mean they were going to roll over easily for them. The first period was a scoreless affair, but the 2nd period opened up for the home team. At 4:18 of the middle frame, Andrew Murray scored his 13th goal of the season to give the Rivs the 1-0 lead. Newly acquired forward from the Chicago Wolves, Nathan Longpre, made it 2-0 Rivs as he got a shot by IceHogs goalie Henrik Karlsson for his 5th tally of the year at 17:12.

Murray struck again for Peoria at 3:25 of the 3rd period when he was brought down on a breakaway and awarded a penalty shot. Murray easily put the biscuit in the basket and brought the score to 3-0. Defenseman Jeff Woywitka added to the Peoria lead and made it 4-0 with just over 2 minutes to go and that’s how the final score looked as the Rivs were able to protect Mike McKenna’s shutout.

-Rockford outshot Peoria 36-20.

-The IceHogs didn’t convert on any of their 4 power plays and they killed off all 3 Rivermen man advantages.

-IceHogs winger Jeremy Morin led the team with 5 shots on goal.

-The 3 stars were:  1 – Andrew Murray (2 G, +3, 3 SOG, 2 PIMS) 2 – Mike McKenna (36 saves, shutout) 3 – Nathan Longpre (1 G, +1, 2 SOG).

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

Mark McNeill – Martin St. Pierre – Rostislav Olesz

Jimmy Hayes – Adam Clendening

Maxime Sauve – Brandon Pirri – Jeremy Morin

Brad Mills – Shawn Lalonde

-Some of the penalty killing units that the IceHogs used were:  Brad Mills, Brandon Svendsen, Shawn Lalonde and Klas Dahlbeck; Jimmy Hayes, Jeremy Morin, Joe Lavin and Ryan Stanton; Brandon Pirri, Martin St. Pierre, Klas Dahlbeck and Shawn Lalonde; Brandon Pirri, Jeremy Morin, Ryan Stanton and Shawn Lalonde.

-IceHogs defenseman Shawn Lalonde skated in his 200th professional & AHL game on Wednesday night.

-The scratches for Rockford were:  Ben Smith, Dylan Olsen (both injured), Wade Brookbank, Steve Montador, Mathieu Beaudoin, Joakim Nordstrom, Kyle Beach and Garret Ross (all healthy).

-The lines and D pairs were:

Martin St. Pierre – Jimmy Hayes – Jeremy Morin

Rostislav Olesz – Brandon Pirri – Brad Mills

Max Sauve – Brandon Svendsen – Terry Broadhurst

Kenndal McArdle – Phillip Danault – Mark McNeill

Ryan Stanton – Adam Clendening

Klas Dahlbeck – Shawn Lalonde

Joe Lavin – Ben Youds

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Friday, April 12 vs. Chicago The IceHogs laced on their skates and pulled their white sweaters over their heads for one last home game at the BMO Harris Bank Center this 2012-13 regular season on Friday night against their bitter rivals, the Chicago Wolves. The Wolves looked like they were about to play spoiler on this night as Brett Sterling scored his 23rd goal of the season at 8:30 of the 1st period. At 17:43 of the period, the IceHogs converted on their 2nd power play of the night. From the left circle, defenseman Shawn Lalonde found Ben Smith standing in front of Wolves goalie Matt Climie. Lalonde sauced the puck over to Smith, who easily tapped it in for his 20th goal of the year in his first game back from his right wrist/hand injury.

The IceHogs absolutely came to life in the 2nd period. Brandon Pirri got the party in the middle frame started early as he got Climie down and scored on a shorthanded breakaway at 1:42. 47 seconds later, Rostislav Olesz got around a Wolves defender and also found himself all alone with Climie; he took advantage of Climie going down early to roof one and to give Rockford the 3-1 lead. With 4:02 left in the period, the Wolves cut the Hogs’ lead to one as Eric Kattelus deflected a Brad Hunt shot past Hogs netminder Carter Hutton for his 3rd goal of the year. The Hogs restored their 2 goal lead with 45 seconds remaining in the period. Smith grabbed a Pirri rebound from out in front of Climie and put it home for his 2nd of the evening.

Joe Cannata came in for Climie for the beginning of the 3rd period. That didn’t make matters any better for Chicago though. 2:37 into the 3rd, Kyle Beach sent an absolute rocket of a shot flying by Cannata from above the left hashmarks to make it 5-2. The goal was Beach’s 16th marker of the season and center Joakim Nordstrom was the one who set him up. At 7:57, Smitty made it rain at the BMO. He was able to put home Jeremy Morin’s feed for the hat trick goal, and his 22nd of the season. With the touchdown in hand, the Hogs converted on the extra point. Smith led an odd man rush into the Chicago zone and passed the puck to Morin, who scored his team leading 29th goal of the year with exactly 4 minutes remaining in regulation to make it 7-2. Jim Vandermeer scored for Chicago with 29 seconds left in the game, but all it did was change the score to 7-3. The Hogs took home the 2 points and gave the BMO faithful what they wanted to see—a dominating victory.

-Rockford outshout Chicago 58(!!!)-37.

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

-IceHogs winger Jeremy Morin led the team with 9(!!) shots on goal.

-The 3 stars of the game were:  1 – Brandon Pirri (1 G, 5 A, +4, 6 SOG) 2 – Ben Smith (3 G, 1 A, +3, 5 SOG) 3 – Jeremy Morin (1 G, 2 A, +3, 9 SOG).

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

Ben Smith – Brandon Pirri – Brad Mills

Jeremy Morin – Shawn Lalonde

Rostislav Olesz – Martin St. Pierre – Maxime Sauve

Jimmy Hayes – Adam Clendening

-Some of the penalty killers that the IceHogs used were: Jimmy Hayes, Ben Smith, Ryan Stanton and Shawn Lalonde; Joakim Nordstrom, Ben Smith, Steve Montador and Klas Dahlbeck; Brad Mills, Brandon Svendsen, Ryan Stanton and Shawn Lalonde; Brandon Pirri, Ben Smith, Steve Montador and Klas Dahlbeck; Jeremy Morin, Jimmy Hayes, Ryan Stanton and Klas Dahlbeck.

-IceHogs center Brandon Pirri set an IceHogs AHL record for assists—5 of them—and points—6 of them—in a single game. Pirri also tied the AHL season high for points in a game this season.

-IceHogs defenseman Shawn Lalonde was a +6 on the night and was the one who set up Ben Smith for the power play goal in the 1st period—so he was on the ice for all 7 goals. His +6 plus/minus rating is also an IceHogs AHL record for best plus/minus in a single game.

-IceHogs defenseman Klas Dahlbeck skated in his 175th pro game on Friday night.

-IceHogs forward Ben Smith recorded his 100th AHL point with his 2nd goal of then night on Friday.

-4 IceHogs received 10 minutes misconducts after a scrum at 11:48 of the 3rd period:  Wade Brookbank, Joakim Nordstrom, Kyle Beach and Adam Clendening.

-The IceHogs won the Illinois Lottery Cup with their victory over the Wolves. The Illinois Lottery Cup is something that the Hogs, Wolves, and Peoria Rivermen battle for to see which Illinois team is superior against each other. Yup.

-The scratches for Rockford were:  Dylan Olsen (injured), Mathieu Beaudoin, Terry Broadhurst, Phillip Danault, Mark McNeill, Garret Ross, Ben Youds and Kenndal McArdle (all healthy).

-The lines and D pairs were:

Martin St. Pierre – Jimmy Hayes – Jeremy Morin

Rostislav Olesz – Brandon Pirri – Brad Mills

Maxime Sauve – Brandon Svendsen – Ben Smith

Wade Brookbank – Joakim Nordstrom – Kyle Beach

Ryan Stanton – Adam Clendening

Joe Lavin – Shawn Lalonde

Klas Dahlbeck – Steve Montador

icehogs-at-milwaukee-admirals-logosSaturday, April 13 at Milwaukee The IceHogs were back at it on Saturday night. This time, they were in Milwaukee to take on the Admirals for the last time during the 2012-13 regular season. The game was Garret Ross’ professional debut and on his first shift, he got into his first fight with Ads left winger Michael Liambas. Ross took one punch to the face and went down, but popped right back up and hung in there for the rest of the time. He came out of the fight with a bloody, and as he tweeted, a broken nose. Once he got himself cleaned up, he served the rest of the penalty and never missed another shift for the rest of the game.

The first goal of the game came off of the stick of IceHogs defenseman Adam Clendening. At 3:14 of the 2nd period, his shot from the right point found its way past Ads goalie Magnus Hellberg for a power play goal and Clendening’s 8th goal of the season. The IceHogs were playing great defense throughout this game, especially during the middle stanza. The Ads didn’t register their first shot on goal of the period until after the halfway mark. At 14:08 of the period, the hot stick of Ben Smith warmed back up again as he pushed the puck over the goal line as it was lying in the blue paint after a Jeremy Morin chance slid by Hellberg.

Around 7 minutes into the 3rd period, the Hogs had a 5-on-3 power play, but they weren’t able to convert on it to make it 3-0. That 3rd goal came at 12:47 though as defenseman Klas Dahlbeck sent a shot from the left point that found its way into the back of the net for his first AHL goal and first goal of the season. Carter Hutton looked like he was going to earn a shutout in this contest, but Juuso Puustinen followed up on a rebound for the Ads with 5 minutes to go in regulation to break the shutout and make it 3-1. The IceHogs held on though and brought 2 gigantic points back to Rockford as they continue their push for the playoffs.

-Rockford outshot Milwaukee 36-21.

-The IceHogs went 2-for-10 (!!) on the power play and they killed off all 5 Admirals man advantages.

-IceHogs defensemen Ryan Stanton and Shawn Lalonde led the team with 4 shots on goal each.

-The 3 stars were:  1 – Ben Smith (1 G, 1 A, +1, 3 SOG) 2 – Klas Dahlbeck (1 G, +1, 2 SOG) 3 – Michael Liambas (1 SOG, 10 PIMS).

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

Maxime Sauve/Rostislav Olesz – Martin St. Pierre – Jimmy Hayes

Rostislav Olesz/Ryan Stanton – Adam Clendening

Jeremy Morin – Brad Mills – Ben Smith

Brandon Pirri – Shawn Lalonde

(On the 5-on-3 pp):  Jimmy Hayes – Brandon Pirri – Rostislav Olesz

Jeremy Morin – Martin St. Pierre

-Some of the penalty killers that the IceHogs used were:  Brad Mills, Jeremy Morin, Joe Lavin and Ryan Stanton; Brad Mills, Brandon Svendsen, Klas Dahlbeck and Steve Montador; Ben Smith, Brandon Pirri, Shawn Lalonde and Ryan Stanton; Jimmy Hayes, Joakim Nordstrom, Ryan Stanton and Klas Dahlbeck; Brad Mills, Ben Smith, Joe Lavin and Steve Montador; Brandon Pirri, Jeremy Morin, Ryan Stanton and Klas Dahlbeck.

-IceHogs head coach Ted Dent coached his 150th AHL game as a head coach on Saturday.

-IceHogs forward Maxime Sauve recorded his first point in an IceHogs sweater with his primary assist on Adam Clendening’s power play goal.

-The scratches for Rockford were:  Dylan Olsen (injured), Mark McNeill, Phillip Danault, Terry Broadhurst, Kenndal McArdle, Mathieu Beaudoin and Wade Brookbank (all healthy).

-The lines and D pairs were:

Martin St. Pierre – Jimmy Hayes – Jeremy Morin

Rostislav Olesz – Brandon Pirri – Brad Mills

Maxime Sauve – Brandon Svendsen – Ben Smith

Garret Ross – Joakim Nordstrom – Kyle Beach

Ryan Stanton – Adam Clendening

Joe Lavin – Shawn Lalonde

Klas Dahlbeck – Steve Montador

Roster Transactions

-Saturday, April 13 – The IceHogs sent defenseman Ben Youds back to Toledo (ECHL).

Tidbits

-The IceHogs set an all time average attendance record this 2012-13 regular season. Check out the press release.

-The IceHogs will finish the 2012-13 regular season schedule in week 28. They need to win both games and have Milwaukee and Chicago lose some games in regulation if they want to make it into the playoffs. Here’s a look at the standings before Tuesday’s games had been completed:

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Upcoming Games

Friday, April 19 at San Antonio at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 20 at Texas at 7:00 p.m.

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One thought on “IceHogs Tuesday: It’s Gonna Be a Nail Biter ‘Til the End

  1. chelseaxavier

    THIS TEAM IS GETTING BAD FOR MY HEALTH. Every time I think they’re out of playoff contention they somehow win it back and they’re just driving me crazy. COME ON, HOGS. YOU CAN DO IT.

    I sort of want to gather them all up and hug them and tell them that I’ll still love them if they don’t make playoffs, but FTLOG PLEASE WIN ALL THE GAMES AND MAKE THE PLAYOFFS. PLEASE. I KNOW YOU CAN.

    The best/worst thing about the lockout is how badly I fell in love with this team.

    Reply

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