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Pigs in Zen: I-90 Adventures

The IceHogs had a home-and-home series against the Chicago Wolves during week 25 of the AHL schedule. The I-90 rivalry is normally good for providing entertaining match-ups, but there were a few more adventures than normal this weekend.

The IceHogs traveled down I-90 to Rosemont on Friday night. On the scoreboard, it was all Chicago, all the time. The Wolves took the game 6-0. Kent Simpson was in net for Rockford, but only one of the goals could be considered his fault. He didn’t get much help from in front of him defensively.

The most “exciting” parts of the game came when tempers flared. In the second period, Eric Selleck fought Pat Mullane and IceHogs captain Jared Nightingale did not approve. He came off the bench, seemingly to talk to the referee about the penalties, but ended up going at Selleck; Nightingale landed a pretty good left, too. Nightingale was handed 2 for instigating, 5 for fighting and a 10 minute misconduct, but was suspended the next day for 6 games for leaving the bench.

Later in the second period, Bobby Shea and Ty Rattie got into it after Shea elbowed Rattie in the head. A scrum with the majority of the players on the ice ensued and both Shea and Rattie were sent to their respective dressing rooms after getting fighting majors since there was only 34 seconds left in the period. As they were walking down the tunnel on their respective mats, Shea got on his knees, crawled across the concrete to Rattie in order to avoid stepping on it with his skates, and went after him again. The police in the tunnel had to break them up. Shea was then handed another game misconduct, in addition to the one he received for elbowing.

In the third period, Brandon Mashinter got a hold of Selleck and bloodied him in a good bout. Other than that, the third period was quieter than most people expected it to be.

-The Wolves outshot the IceHogs 37-23.

-The IceHogs failed to convert on their lone power play whereas the Wolves converted on 2 of their 5 man advantages.

-Defenseman Adam Clendening led the IceHogs with 4 shots on goal.

-Defenseman Bobby Shea was suspended for 9 games for his elbow on Ty Rattie and for fighting off the ice. His total penalty minute count for Friday’s game was 30.

-The three stars of the game were:  1 – Keith Aucoin (1 G, 2 A, +2, 1 SOG) 2 – Jake Allen (23 saves) 3 – Adam Cracknell (1 G, 1 A, +2, 2 SOG).

-The scratches for the IceHogs were:  Viktor Svedberg (injured), Wade Brookbank, Mathieu Brisebois, Theo Peckham and Philippe Lefebvre (all healthy).

-The lines and D pairs for the IceHogs were:

Pierre-Marc Bouchard – Joakim Nordstrom – Brad Mills

Brandon Mashinter – Drew LeBlanc – Garret Ross

Terry Broadhurst – Alex Broadhurst – Mark McNeill

Phillip Danault – Pat Mullane – David Gilbert

Klas Dahlbeck – Adam Clendening

Brian Connelly – Bobby Shea

Brett Skinner – Jared Nightingale

Saturday night was a completely opposite game for the IceHogs and Wolves. There were only two goals scored during regulation and they both came during the second period. Cody Beach scored on a breakaway, but Brad Mills tied the game up with 42 seconds remaining in the middle frame.

The game went into a shootout where Jason LaBarbera only let one puck by him and the IceHogs scored twice in 5 rounds in order to pick up the 2-1 victory at the BMO Harris Bank Center.

-The Wolves outshot the IceHogs 36-33.

-The IceHogs failed to covert on all 3 of their power plays and they killed off all 5 Wolves man advantages.

-Forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard led the IceHogs with 4 shots on goal.

-The shootout order for the IceHogs was:  Brad Mills (no goal), Joakim Nordstrom (no goal), Garret Ross (goal), Pierre-Marc Bouchard (goal) and Terry Broadhurst (no goal).

-The three stars of the game were:  1 – Jason LaBarbera (35 saves) 2 – Matt Climie (31 saves) 3 – Brad Mills (1 G, +1, 3 SOG).

-The scratches for the IceHogs were:  Viktor Svedberg (injured), Jared Nightingale, Bobby Shea (both suspended), Pat Mullane and Brett Skinner (both healthy–probably).

-The lines and D pairs for the IceHogs were:

Pierre-Marc Bouchard – Joakim Nordstrom – Brad Mills

Brandon Mashinter – Drew LeBlanc – Garret Ross

Terry Broadhurst – David Gilbert – Mark McNeill

Phillip Danault – Alex Broadhurst – Philippe Lefebvre

Klas Dahlbeck – Adam Clendening

Theo Peckham – Brian Connelly

Wade Brookbank – Mathieu Brisebois

TRANSACTIONS

-Thursday, March 20 – The Blackhawks reassigned forward David Gilbert to the IceHogs from the Toledo Walleye (ECHL).

-Friday, March 21 – The Blackhawks recalled winger Jeremy Morin from Rockford.

-Tuesday, March 25 – The IceHogs signed defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk to an AHL contract.

OBSERVATIONS

-Brandon Mashinter continues to be a key part of the IceHogs line-up. His presence helps keep the other team in-check in terms of physicality and fighting.

-Brad Mills played well on Saturday. He was solid in all situations, especially on the penalty kill where it really matters. He scored a big goal on a deflection of an Adam Clendening shot to give the Hogs hope and keep things equal on the scoreboard.

-Mathieu Brisebois played well on Saturday as well. He has a heavy rocket of a shot from the point that could be very useful for the IceHogs down the line. He also looks good in the defensive zone.

-The IceHogs now have a record of 31-25-5-4 (71 points) and are in 7th place in the Western Conference standings.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR ROCKFORD?

Friday, March 28 vs. Grand Rapids at 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 29 at Grand Rapids at 6 p.m. CT

Sunday, March 30 vs. Chicago at 4 p.m.

*Grand Rapids is in 2nd in the Western Conference with a record of 41-19-2-4 (88 points) and leads the Midwest Division; the Griffins have 66 games played, which is 1 more than Rockford. Chicago is in 4th in the West with a record of 37-19-5-3 (82 points); the Wolves have 64 games played, which is 1 less than Rockford.

  • Bob Lanz

    Kim thanks for the update. With the recent loss of morin and Pirri and likely a bunch of prospects coming towards the rock soon what do you think the chances of this year holding on to a playoff spot? Of the 2011 draft picks not in Chicago who’s the most likely to see Chicago next season? Last query. Maxim shalunov is he no longer in the rock or injured and when he was what did he look like to you? Thank keep up the good work

    • kimwrona

      Thanks for reading!

      Honestly, it could go either way. They have the talent and skills to keep winning and hold a playoff spot, but if they continue to only score a few goals a game/one every two games like this past weekend, it’ll be tough. Hopefully if they get guys like Hayes, Hartman, etc., it will help them out in that department.

      As far as guys from the 2011 draft for next year, Clendening, Dahlbeck, Danault and McNeill all have an extremely good chance. But it also depends on injuries/any off-season moves. But look for those guys to be call-ups next season for sure–as they could well be this year if the injury bug bites too hard.

      Shalunov is in Toledo right now. He never really impressed me when he was with Rockford. I haven’t been paying attention to what he’s been doing in Toledo either, FWIW.

      Thanks!

      • mazer_rackham

        Are they developing both McNeill and Danault as wingers now?

        • MattC86

          Yeah, I was surprised to see the latter move – McNeill on the other hand hasn’t played center since juniors. Block says the Hawks asked his WHL team to move him to wing, and they complied. Of course, this was before the emergence of Saad as the sizable, strong and skilled winger they envisioned McNeill as (plus better speed), and the failure to pan out of Pirri and other C options, so they may be regretting this somewhat now, I don’t know.

        • kimwrona

          Going off of what Matt said, I think they are with McNeill. I’m pretty sure Danault on wing though is just a result of having too many centers down there. He is still used down the middle when lines get switched up and also on the penalty kill.

      • MattC86

        Thanks as always for the great updates, Kim.

        • kimwrona

          Thanks for reading! :)

      • Bob Lanz

        Thank you Kim I enjoy your updates. I’m one of those geeks always looking to the minors to see if there is a gem, outside of top draft picks. Ala smith shaw and the like. Keep up the great work!

        • kimwrona

          No problem. Thank you! :)

  • wanker751

    Well that “good left” Nightingale got in was while the linesman had a hold of the Wolves player and he could not defend himself. Shea compleetly embarrassed himself as well. Elbow a guy, then punch guy before he can even drop the gloves, then attack guy crawling past police in tunnel as Ty Rattie was with the trainer. Shea got as many PIM (30) on that play than Rattie had all year! Seriously why does the Hawks brass allow the thuggery to continue down there? Wouldn’t it be better for the prospects to just play good sound hockey?

    • putmeinthemadhouse

      shea isnt blackhawks property.

  • BodomSlayer

    To be fair the Wolves scored on two back to back 5 minute misconducts. Friday was the last hockey game my brother would be seeing and the hogs were awful. The wolves co trolled the game right from the start and never gave up. Sicks we lost but my god was that an awful game. We only mustered 2 SOG in the second. Woof!

    • kimwrona

      Yeah, Friday was suuuuuuper ugly haha.

      • BodomSlayer

        It was such a shame. My brother left on Tuesday to be stationed in Germany for the next three years. I was hoping he’d get to see a win but he had to sit through…that. Hopefully I can get out to Rockford one more time this year.

  • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

    There’s the elbow and fight. And then there’s: “Shea got on his knees, crawled across the concrete to Rattie in order to
    avoid stepping on it with his skates, and went after him again.”

    Holy. That’s evidence of a brain that I’d want nowhere near any of my players if I were a GM (of either the Icehogs or the Hawks), unless maybe the brain was outside the head.

    • Z-man19

      Have you seen my brain? Swore I left it around here somewhere

      • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

        I’m only answering because you’ve asked. I’ve never seen your brain.

        Also … the previous thread, is it just me that gets a “can’t find page” notice when you click to get to comments?

        • Z-man19

          Never mind, I found it, my brain that is, the previous thread is definitely lost

          • VerStig

            Disqus is spreading its suckness to the non-Disqus part of TCI now…

          • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

            Damn. Neo replied to me and I’m kinda curious what he wrote. I think he thinks I’m an utter idiot, and it kind of makes me smile for some reason.

          • Z-man19

            VerStig told me she thinks you’re doofus, what’s that do for you?

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            she?

          • Z-man19

            Maybe? Help?

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            I’m fairly certain VerStig is a he. But then, can’t be to sure except for the peeps I’ve met.

          • Z-man19

            Are you certain or not? I get the feeling VerStig is watching thinking I’m a bloak

          • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

            In the old days VerStig’s signature at SCH was “This thing attached to the middle part of me is a penis.”

          • Z-man19

            Maybe Stig has an udder

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            kind of getting to the whole hentai area of the conversation…

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            Actually, I’m thinking an a new pronoun for such an occasion. There’s
            he/she…che
            him/her…hep
            his/hers…heps

          • VerStig
          • bizarrohairhelmet

            The Stig is in a coma right now…

          • red palace

            I’m fairly certain Z is an even number.

          • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

            That makes me smile too. But you lie! VerStig has been sending me monthly emails to let me know my posts–every single one of them–are eminently valued.

          • Z-man19

            Who doesn’t have your email address? You’re the digital slattern of TCI

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            No, he just thinks you’re an idiot about cows. Otherwise, he thinks you’re pretty smart.

          • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

            Heh. That made me laugh. But if he only knew what I know about cows! I used to milk them for a part-time Sunday job, for spending money. But it was in the country, obviously, so I could only spend it on rhubarb and tractor parts.

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            Did you get called an udder idiot by your mentor when you first started?

          • Z-man19

            I need some proof of this, I’m not buying it

          • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

            First part, true … when I was in PEI for Grade 9. But I spent the money on cafeteria things, not rhubarb. That was the lie. I have no proof. But I did have to put cheap rain gear on me and wear rubber boots, because cows would get a little tense walking up the deck and they’d shit.

          • Z-man19

            Got tense? That’s what cows do, walk, eat, walk and shit, then lay down for a bit. They can shit laying down too

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            they also low and pass gas

          • Z-man19

            Low?

          • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

            The cattle are lowing? Away in a Manger?

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            You’ve never heard of a cow lowing?

          • Z-man19

            Must be a Texas thing

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            au contraire:

            “The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes
            But little Prophet Jesus, no crying He makes
            I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky.
            And stay by my cradle till morning is nigh”

          • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

            The deck was a steel-barred, dirty, clangy “walkway” thing, though, where they’d be corralled and then the milkers would get put on. Lots of mooing and stress. there was room for two or three on there, and all the others would be mulling about in the pen listening to it all.

          • Z-man19

            I think you were experiencing the stress, the cows thought you were a doofus so they tried to shit on you and they’d laugh ‘ooh, nice one Betty, splatter right between the eyes’

          • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

            Wouldn’t surprise me. Some were seriously temperamental fuckwads.

          • Z-man19

            If some dumb teenage kid fondled you that way, you’d be pissy as well

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            eh, I’d probably let hep keep at it until it hurt

          • Z-man19

            You’re going to try and make the hep/che/heps thing a thing, aren’t you?

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            You should try it. It is totally relieving.

          • Z-man19

            I’ll mull it over

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            Well, our language clearly needs to evolve because the case that we are addressing people of unknown or questionable gender are going to be increasing exponentially due to faceless communication and gender-bending medical procedures. It’s going to happen sooner or later, so why not get in on the ground floor?

          • birdhead

            “they”.

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            I bought birdie a milkshake. Can you give it to they for me?

          • birdhead

            “them”.

            there are also a bunch of existing gender-neutral pronouns, you don’t have to invent them. zie and zir are the most common.

          • Z-man19

            Are there multiple birdheads?

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            You are supposed to figure that out with context that you may not have enough information regarding.

          • birdhead

            I estimate that there are billions of birds’ heads in the world, yes. But for the record “they/them/their” has been in usage as a singular pronoun for hundreds of years.

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            Yes, we know. And it’s awkward. The fact that English gender-neutral pronouns have been around for centuries is a good sign they are needed. The fact is, in a place like this, there is very rarely a need to associate gender with/of whom we are discussing and using the quantity ambiguous pronouns our language has insufficiently designated isn’t exactly elegant. Give hep heps milkshake!

          • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

            I DRINK HEPS MILKSHAKE.

          • VerStig

            *Can you give it to hep for me?

            bizarrocliff’d

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            You know who would know about this? Menno. But che is off playing with heps new toy:

            http://cdn.ebaumsworld.com/mediaFiles/picture/2315435/83967329.jpg

          • Z-man19

            Outside of not knowing what lowing is, I know cows. We may not see ben for weeks

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            think of all the counting…

          • CozBullsFan
          • bizarrohairhelmet

            1983?

          • CozBullsFan

            Close enough.

          • red palace

            Was there color already in 1983?

          • Z-man19

            We even had calculators you could put in your pocket

          • 1benmenno

            Texas Instruments made a better model.

          • bizarrohairhelmet
          • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

            I … I was not expecting that.

          • Z-man19

            like you never did that

          • red palace

            That was a laugh I very much needed.

          • 1benmenno

            Rhubarb and Tractor Parts is the name of BHH’s Alt-Country band.

          • Z-man19

            I thought it was The Low Cows

          • Joe Banks

            Tell him about the Twinkie…

      • Joe Banks

        Was the name “Abby something”?

        • 1benmenno

          Abby Normal?

  • CozBullsFan

    Evening TCI friends. I see Disqus ate our Morning Links thread.

    • bizarrohairhelmet

      Indeed. Which is strange because usually Disqus only sucks.

      • CozBullsFan

        Heh. Probably wasn’t Disqus. Just taking a jab at it. Seems like there is an issue with the database.

    • 10thMountainFire

      We don’t talk about Disqus.

      • CozBullsFan

        Oh, another secret club? Fun!

        • 10thMountainFire

          It’s fun for people who don’t like fun.

          • CozBullsFan

            I’m in.

      • Joe Banks

        Dicqus?

        • 1benmenno

          Biggus?

    • VerStig
      • VerStig

        I think a lot of the comments remain eaten, though

  • CozBullsFan

    In other news, Vancouver is lighting up Minnyhaha.

    • CozBullsFan

      5-1 Cannucks. Bryz on an adventure on that last goal.

      • CozBullsFan

        5-2! The comeback begins!

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  • red palace

    John and Troy on the radio last night (that’s right, I was not able to watch the Teubut) giving Dent all kinds of credit for helping Bollig become a more well rounded player. If that’s the case, it was very well hidden last year. (And this year too ha ha ha…) In any case, IIRC, the Hogs led the AHL in PIM last year, but they are in the middle of the pack this year. I have no way of knowing, but maybe the Hawks are sending the message?

    • kimwrona

      Dent works very well with the guys down there and has played a major role in the development of all those guys that have made it to the NHL that got their start in Rockford. But it’s nice to hear that John and Troy are giving him credit. :) Yes, the Hogs did lead the AHL in PIMs last year. And not sure, but last year was kind of different. You had Flick, Shaw for a little while, Brookbank saw more ice, the bench-clearer against Grand Rapids, shenanigans with the Wolves, etc. Could explain why there were more last year.

  • Joe Banks

    Teravainen… LADY!!!

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