Last night the Rivermen clearly out played the IceHogs, beating them 5-2. A professional hockey game is comprised of three 20 minutes periods. In order to win a game, a team must play as close to, if not the entire 60 minutes. Last night the IceHogs appeared to play for the first 20 minutes only, seemly forgetting that there were an additional 40 minutes that they needed to be active & present in too.
The IceHogs appeared to have finally made progress and were playing as a whole team during that first period. Passing appeared well thought out, with crisp tape to tape completions. Brian Connely put the IceHogs on the board first, with a slap shot through heavy traffic late in the first period. Who were these guys? But oops, during the 2nd period it became apparent that yes indeed, the old team was still there lurking, as they went back to their incomplete passing and turnovers galore. Sixty minutes boys, sixty minutes.
Alec Richards was tagged with the Loss and the Win went to Jake Allen for Peoria, stopping 42 out of 44 shots and earning himself the #1 Star of the Game.
Tonight at the BMO Harris Bank Centre in Rockford, the IceHogs take on the Milwaukee Admirals @ 7:05pm. Tickets are available at the door.
Photo highlights from the IceHogs well deserved 6-3 victory over the Chicago Wolves on 12/9/11.
Dylan Olsen and Kevin Connauton pictured during game action.
Rockford's Brandon Segal drives the puck towards the net, while Abbotsford's Leland Irving blocks his way.
The sparks always fly when the IceHogs play against the Abbotsford Heat and Saturday night’s game was no exception. The tension between the teams came to a boil several times, resulting in 2 fights and a handful of scrums. The game itself appeared to be heading for overtime when Ben Walter scored a goal late in the 3rd period, securing the 2-1 win for the Heat.
Saturday night was also Teddy Bear Toss Night and Rockford Fans did not disappoint. A grand total of 1,221 stuffed animals were tossed by fans to the ice after Brett McLean scored the first goal for the IceHogs at 14:26 in the first frame.
Former IceHogs player Evan Brophy is pictured with Alexander Salak.
The IceHogs players and fans received 3 hard blows to digest this past Friday December 2, 2011.
Blow #1 was a press release announcing that veteran IceHogs player Rob Klinkhammer had been traded that day to the Ottawa Senators. Many of the IceHogs players first learned of the trade after arriving to the BMO Harris Bank Centre for the game against the Lake Erie Monsters. Klinkhammer was currently in his 4th season with the IceHogs when the trade occurred. Ironically, December 17th is “Klinkhammer Bobblehead Night”, where the first 2500 fans entering the arena receive a bobblehead bearing his likeness. Perhaps this could now be considered a parting gift to fans.
Blow #2 came in the form of a injury. Starting goaltender, Alexander Salak went down very early in the second period with a lower body injury. His skate somehow apparently got hung up in the goal frame during play. He was seen requiring assistance leaving the ice, unable to bear weight on his left leg. He was transported to a area health center for further testing. A call went out immediately to Toledo for the recall of netminder Carter Hutton from the ECHL Walleyes. Also included in that recall was forward Rob Flick, to fill the hole in the roster made by Klinkhammer’s departure.
Blow #3 was the team’s loss to the Lake Erie Monsters 4-1. Starting cold apparently was not a good thing for Alec Richards, who replaced Salak in net, as the Monsters scored 3 times in 7 shots at him.
On a more cheerful note, fans were treated to the appearace of 3 former IceHogs players during the game. Evan Brophy, Mike Brennan and Hugh Jessiman are all playing for the Monsters this season. During the opening ceremony, a loud cheer went up when Brophy’s name was announced in the starting lineup for the Monsters. Brophy had played with the IceHogs for 4 seasons prior to being signed by Colorado this past July as a Free Agent.
Alexander Salak covers the puck, stopping play during the game between the IceHogs and the Oklahoma City Barons on Saturday night.
The IceHogs’ had their 2 game home winning streak cut short last night, as the Oklahoma City Barons took the win 3-1. Brian Connelly scored the lone goal for the IceHogs, with the assist going to Brett McLean. Philippe Cornet tallied twice in the 3rd frame the Barons, with Ryan O’Marra scoring a empty netter to secure the win.
The IceHogs are back at the BMO Harris Bank Centre on Friday December 2, 2011 when the IceHogs take on the Lake Erie Monsters. Puck drops at 7:05pm.
Pictured - IceHogs' Brandon Pirri and Brian Foster for the Rampage.
Wednesday night was Brandon Pirri’s night to shine. They say all things come in 3′s and Pirri’s night was no exception. The night ended with Pirri, a 20 yr old Toronto native, earning himself a Hat Trick during the game between the IceHogs and the San Antonio Rampage. His 2nd thrill of the night was being named #1 Star of the Game and cappping off a perfect night of hockey for him, was being named AHL’s #1 Star of the Night. In his 2nd year of a 3 year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks, Pirri currently the IceHogs leading scorer.
Completing the game’s Stars were Brian Connelly with 4 assists and Rostislav Olesz with a goal and a assist. Left winger Olesz was recently assigned to the IceHogs by the Chicago Blackhawks. Alexander Salak was in net for the IceHogs while Brian Foster backstopped the Rampage.
It’s no secret that the IceHogs have been struggling on home ice, having lost the last 6 games in a row. But hopefully their 6-3 win over the Rampage will help the team turn the corner and skate out of that skid. This upcoming month, the IceHogs have a chance to improve their record before the home crowd as on Friday night they start a 4 week Friday/Saturday bak-to-back home game schedule.