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Pigs in Zen: 4 Points Earned In 3 Games

The IceHogs played in 3 games during the extended holiday weekend. 2 of the games were well played by the boys from RockVegas, while the other was one they would love to forget ever happened.

The IceHogs welcomed the Milwaukee Admirals into the BMO Harris Bank Center on Thanksgiving Eve. Kent Simpson and Magnus Hellberg played fantastic for Rockford and Milwaukee respectively throughout the whole game. As a result, the 1st tally of the contest wasn’t scored until the 3rd period when Joakim Nordstrom got the Hogs on the board with his 4th goal of the season. Milwaukee wouldn’t go down that easy though and tied the game up to send it into overtime. The Hogs were able to win it on a Mark McNeill power play goal in overtime. He had parked himself right in front of Hellberg and put home a Jeremy Morin rebound on the backhand.

-Milwaukee outshot Rockford 34-31.

-The IceHogs went 1-for-4 on the power play and killed off all 4 of Milwaukee’s man advantages.

-The 3 stars were:  1 – Mark McNeill (1 G, 1 A, 2 SOG) 2 – Kent Simpson (33 saves) 3 – Magnus Hellberg (29 saves).

-Jeremy Morin led the IceHogs with 7 shots on goal.

-The scratches for Rockford were:  Brad Mills (injured), Kyle Beach, Wade Brookbank, Byron Froese and Bobby Shea (healthy).

-Lines and D pairs:

Joakim Nordstrom – Phillip Danault – Jeremy Morin

Garret Ross – Pat Mullane – Alex Broadhurst

Terry Broadhurst – Drew LeBlanc – Mark McNeill

Philippe Lefebvre – Brad Winchester – Maxim Shalunov

Klas Dahlbeck – Adam Clendening

Viktor Svedberg – Brett Skinner (IceHogs debut)

Theo Peckham – Jared Nightingale

The IceHogs apparently had too much turkey to eat on Thanksgiving because on Friday night they crapped the bed—and that’s putting it nicely. A big hit by Joel Edmundson on Pat Mullane 1:50 into the game at the Allstate Arena set the tone and the Hogs were never able to recover. Kent Simpson was pulled at the 9:41 mark of the first period after 3 goals on 6 shots, but he didn’t necessarily have a whole lot of help in front of him. Mac Carruth came in to replace Simpson—who also didn’t have the best of help in front of him–and gave up 4 goals on 22 shots as the Wolves took the game 7-1; Terry Broadhurst scored the lone marker for the Hogs at 16:24 of the 3rd period.

To sum it up in 2 words:  Super Ugly.

-Chicago outshot Rockford 28-20,

-The Wolves went 3-for-8 on the power play while the Hogs went 1-for-6.

-The 3 stars of the game were:  1 — Dmitrij Jaskin (2 G, 1 A, +2, 4 SOG) 2 — Cade Fairchild (3 A, +1, 1 SOG) 3 – Taylor Chorney (2 G, +3, 3 SOG, 2 PIMs).

-Jeremy Morin led the IceHogs again with 4 shots on goal.

-Brett Skinner recorded his 1st point in an IceHogs sweater with his primary assist on Terry Broadhurst’s goal.

-The scratches were:  Brad Mills (injured), Kyle Beach, Garret Ross, Jared Nightingale and Maxim Shalunov (healthy).

-The lines and D pairs were different than Wednesday:

Terry Broadhurst – Phillip Danault – Mark McNeill

Alex Broadhurst – Joakim Nordstrom – Jeremy Morin

Pat Mullane – Drew LeBlanc – Byron Froese

Wade Brookbank – Brad Winchester – Philippe Lefebvre

Klas Dahlbeck – Adam Clendening

Viktor Svedberg – Brett Skinner

Theo Peckham – Bobby Shea

Saturday night’s game against the Wolves at the BMO Harris Bank Center started off with a bang. And stuffed animals. On Teddy Bear toss night—and in his 1st game back in the line-up since November 20th—Kyle Beach scored 21 seconds into the contest to give the Hogs a 1-0 lead. Beach stole the whole show on Saturday as he went on to record a hat trick—his first as a professional. The 3rd goal of his feat was a shorthanded goal to boot. Joakim Nordstrom also tallied in this contest off of a beautiful set-up and rush by Phillip Danault. Kent Simpson was steady in net and recorded 32 saves in this 4-3 Hogs victory.

-Chicago outshot Rockford 35-26.

-The IceHogs didn’t score on any of their 7 power plays and the Wolves scored on 1 of their 6 man advantages.

-Kyle Beach led Rockford with 5 shots on goal.

-It was Terry Broadhurst’s 25th birthday on Saturday.

-The 3 stars were:  1 – Kyle Beach (3 G, +2, 5 SOG) 2 – Phillip Danault (1 A, +2, 1 SOG, 2 PIMs) 3 – Kent Simpson (32 saves).

-The scratch were:  Brad Mills (injured), Theo Peckham, Wade Brookbank, Brad Winchester and Byron Froese (healthy).

-The lines and D pairs were different again:

Joakim Nordstrom – Phillip Danault – Mark McNeill

Garret Ross – Alex Broadhurst – Jeremy Morin

Terry Broadhurst – Drew LeBlanc – Kyle Beach

Philippe Lefebvre – Pat Mullane – Maxim Shalunov

Klas Dahlbeck – Adam Clendening

Viktor Svedberg – Jared Nightingale

Brett Skinner – Bobby Shea

OBSERVATIONS

-Phillip Danault played an outstanding game on Saturday night. From the drop of the puck, you could tell that he was determined to right the outcome from the previous night at the Allstate Arena. He was flying all up and down the ice, making good plays in all 3 zones in all situations, and also was the whole reason that Joakim Nordstrom goal happened. Danault was finishing his checks as much as possible as well.

-For being a scratch since November 20th, it was more than just on the scoresheet where Kyle Beach made an impact for the IceHogs on Saturday night. He was used a little bit on the power play and saw some minutes on the penalty kill as well. He was very composed and didn’t take any penalties. He utilized his shot to the best of his abilities, and that was key in scoring all 3 of his goals. It was good to see Beach have a big game–not only just for helping the team win, but for himself and his confidence as well.

-Klas Dahlbeck and Adam Clendening have turned into a solid defense pairing for Ted Dent and the Hogs this season. Clendening provides the offensive mind from the backend, while Dahlbeck’s more defensive minded—although he’s been putting up the points this season. The 2 sophomore AHLers have blossomed into reliable guys for the Hogs and will only get better with more time.

-Joakim Nordstrom has been on a line with Phillip Danault 9 out of last 10 games and the two seem very comfortable with each other on the ice. (Side note: normally, Mark McNeill is on the right side of that line). During that stretch, Nordstrom has scored all of his goals since being reassigned to Rockford from Chicago and getting back in the line-up after that minor injury he had.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR ROCKFORD?

Thursday, December 5 at Charlotte at 6 pm CDT

Saturday, December 7 at Charlotte at 6 pm CDT

  • KoltForty5

    Looks like Pirri got reassigned to the Rock.

  • Marian Brossa

    I’ll be at the Saturday game here in Charlotte (Teddy Bear Toss!) and I’ll share my poor observations. Hopefully the Piggies have it a little more together than they did last time when they got destroyed on the PK.

    Fandom rule check: It’s fine if I start to get Checkers season tickets, right? I’m sure I’ll build up an affinity for some future Hurricanes that way, but if Winnipeg and Florida have taught me anything it’s that I can cheer for players without cheering for their team.

    • ahnfire

      meh, I say no one defines fandom so if you want Checkers season tickets, do it :) As for the Teddy Bear Toss, I’ve always wanted to go to one of those games. It seems like fun.

      And if you need something to assuage your guilt, remember: just because they’re future Canes now doesn’t mean they’ll always be.

    • kimwrona

      I am extremely jealous! Have fun! (The Checkers are my 2nd AHL team because of the Canes haha) Yeah really, definitely don’t need a repeat of that PK performance.

      And go for it and get Checkers season tickets! I support you in that life choice haha.

    • Joe Banks

      After watching last night’s game in Charlotte, I’ll say this; That girl that sings the anthem has a great voice!

    • Marian Brossa

      Just got back from watching the IceHogs beat the Checkers
      5-3. Special teams were lights out for
      the piggies as they scored on two power plays, a 4-on-4 and the empty netter
      while short handed. Ross was the first
      star for scoring two goals, Mark McNeill left with a game misconduct for a
      fight in the second. Here are my poor
      observations:

      -D Men looked great tonight, in particular Dahlbeck who was
      a +3 and had a nice assist on a Nordstrom goal (as well as the ENG.) I would have given him second star. The way he was making and hitting stretch
      passes allowed the Hogs to play Hawk-like… although they did get burned in
      giving up a few odd-man rushes the other way when they overcommitted.

      -As ammo for those who think Pirri was sent down so that he
      could work on something, his two-way game seemed more noticeable tonight and he
      was getting PK minutes.

      -Brandon Meh-shinter.

      -Seeing Kostka play a more involved role led me to notice
      that he’s much better at moving and carrying the puck than I’d thought.

      -Mrs. Brossa and I were counting the Hogs bench as being 1 short throughout the third period and we didn’t see LeBlanc. Seems like he went to the dressing room at some point.

  • justforkicks

    Yay beachy! And thanks Kim for your recap as always!

    • kimwrona

      No problem, thanks for reading! :)

  • Joe Banks

    Kim, thanks for the updates – great job!
    Clendening and Dahlbeck look awesome as the 1-2, but it appears positions 3-6 are in a constant state of flux since Dylan Olsen left.

    • jordyhawk

      I have a recurring nightmare of a lonely strip of desert highway on which a pair ot tiremarks lead to a flattened Blackhawk wearing #8. I think this is symbolic. I am keen to see Dahlbeck.

      • kimwrona

        I think if the Hawks have any injuries on D this year that Klas will get a shot. He deserves a look at some point, IMO.

    • kimwrona

      Thanks, Joe! Yeah, they do change a lot. But then again, carrying 7 D-men will make that happen as well haha.

  • Joe Banks

    BOY! Hawks made sure the door didn’t hit Beach in the ass on the way out!
    Acticle headline says Hawks acquire Mashinter – not how…
    What did he do?