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Pigs in Zen: It’s All Over Now

Week 29 of the AHL schedule featured the IceHogs’ final 2 games.  The IceHogs still had a slim shot at making the post season going into their final games of the regular season, but the first game of the weekend sealed their fate of being on the outside, looking in.

The IceHogs started their final homestand of the 2013-14 season with a match-up against the Chicago Wolves at the BMO Harris Bank Center on Friday night.  The Wolves took the first lead of the game in the opening period, but the IceHogs were able to fight back and tie the game on David Gilbert’s first goal of the AHL season at 14:09 and then take the lead with Ryan Hartman’s first professional goal at 15:27.

The second period saw the Wolves tie the game up at 2, but Phillip Danault tallied his 6th goal of the season to put Rockford back ahead. The Wolves were able to re-tie the game with just over 4 minutes left in the middle frame. Chicago then took control of the scoreboard in the third period and never looked back as the Wolves took the game 5-3.  This loss, paired with an Oklahoma City Barons victory, eliminated the IceHogs from playoff contention.

-The IceHogs outshot the Wolves 35-30; Jason LaBarbera was in net for the IceHogs.

-The IceHogs failed to convert on all 5 of their power plays and killed off 4 of the Wolves’ 5 man advantages.

-Forwards Terry Broadhurst and Brad Mills and defenseman Adam Clendening led the team with 4 shots on goal each.

-The 3 stars of the game were:  1 – Nathan Longpre (GWG, 3 SOG) 2 – Ryan Hartman (G, A, -1, SOG, 2 PIMs) 3 – Tyler Shattock (G, A, +1, SOG).

-The scratches for the IceHogs were:  Viktor Svedberg (injured), Pierre-Marc Bouchard (injured), Brian Connelly, Philippe Lefebvre, Theo Peckham, Bobby Shea and Brett Skinner (healthy).

-The IceHogs’ lines and D pairs were:

Garret Ross – Alex Broadhurst – Brad Mills

Brandon Mashinter – Teuvo Teravainen – Mark McNeill

Terry Broadhurst – Phillip Danault – Ryan Hartman

Pat Mullane – Drew LeBlanc – David Gilbert

Klas Dahlbeck – Stephen Johns

Adam Clendening – Mathieu Brisebois

Wade Brookbank – Jared Nightingale

The IceHogs concluded their season with a contest against the Charlotte Checkers on Saturday night. The first period was a see-saw affair as the Checkers tied the game up twice. The IceHogs’ goal scorers who gave them the lead both times were Ryan Hartman and Brian Connelly (PPG).

The IceHogs pulled away in the second period with tallies from Teuvo Teravainen (PPG) and Hartman (PPG). Kent Simpson played extremely well in net during the sandwich stanza for Rockford as he made 11 saves, many of which were of high quality.

The IceHogs expanded their lead in the third period with markers from Terry Broadhurst, Brandon Mashinter (PPG) and Pat Mullane (PPG). The Checkers scored with just over 7 minutes remaining in regulation, but the IceHogs held on for the 7-3 victory to wrap up their season.

-The Checkers outshot the IceHogs 41-37.

-The IceHogs’ power play was fantastic as it scored on 5 of 6 opportunities; the penalty kill on the other hand wasn’t as fantastic. The Checkers scored on both of their man advantages.

-Forward Ryan Hartman led the IceHogs with 7 shots on goal.

-The 3 stars of the game were:  1 – Ryan Hartman (2 G, +1, 7 SOG) 2 – Kent Simpson (38 saves) 3 – Stephen Johns (2 A, +1, SOG).

-The scratches for the IceHogs were:  Viktor Svedberg, Pierre-Marc Bouchard (injured), Wade Brookbank, Adam Clendening, David Gilbert, Theo Peckham and Bobby Shea (healthy).

-The IceHogs’ lines and D pairs were:

Pat Mullane – Teuvo Teravainen – Brad Mills

Brandon Mashinter – Drew LeBlanc – Mark McNeill

Terry Broadhurst – Phillip Danault – Ryan Hartman

Garret Ross – Alex Broadhurst – Philippe Lefebvre

Klas Dahlbeck – Stephen Johns

Brett Skinner – Jared Nightingale

Brian Connelly – Mathieu Brisebois

-The IceHogs gave out their 2013-14 team awards before the game on Saturday night:  MVP– Jeremy Morin; Top Defensemen – Adam Clendening and Klas Dahlbeck; Rookie of the Year – Garret Ross; Unsung Hero – Wade Brookbank; Heavy Hitter – Brandon Mashinter; Most Improved Player – Terry Broadhurst; Leading Scorer – Adam Clendening (12 G, 47 A for 59 PTS in 74 GP); Man of the Year – Pat Mullane.

TRANSACTIONS

Wednesday, April 16 – The Blackhawks recalled goaltender Mac Carruth from Rockford to be a part of the Black Aces.

Sunday, April 20 – The Blackhawks recalled defenseman Klas Dahlbeck and goaltender Jason LaBarbera from Rockford to be a part of the Black Aces.

Monday, April 21 – The Blackhawks recalled forwards Alex Broadhurst, Terry Broadhurst, Phillip Danault, Ryan Hartman, Drew LeBlanc, Brandon Mashinter, Brad Mills, Mark McNeill and Garret Ross, defensemen Mathieu Brisebois, Adam Clendening and Brian Connelly and goaltender Kent Simpson to be a part of the Black Aces.

OBSERVATIONS

-Forward Ryan Hartman recorded 7 points (3 G, 4 A) and was -1 in 9 games played for the IceHogs.  In the IceHogs’ last 2 games, he was one of their best players and continued to be used on the penalty kill. Hartman has a great nose for the net and causes a lot of havoc in front of opposing goaltenders.

-Forward Phillip Danault finished the season strong as he recorded 4 points (G, 3 A) in 2 games. Danault was playing well in all 3 zones and was used on the penalty kill, as he always is.

-Goaltender Kent Simpson played very well in net for the IceHogs on Saturday night against Charlotte. For most of the game, he had good control over his rebounds and was making many solid saves. It’s encouraging for Rockford to have one of their goaltenders finish on such a solid note.

-Defenseman Stephen Johns also continued to play well for Rockford. He picked up 2 assists in the last game of the season and was a force to be reckoned with on the ice.

-The IceHogs finished the season in 9th place in the Western Conference standings, missing the playoffs by 4 points. Their final record was 35-32-5-4 (79 points).

-The IceHogs’ home opener for the 2014-15 season is Saturday, October 11th. Mark your calendars.

  • ballyb11

    Overall, how did Teuvo look?

    • ballyb11

      And……..regardless of how he played,

      WHY ISN’T BOLLIG SITTING and TUEVO PLAYING IN HIS PLACE ?????????

    • kimwrona

      He was by far not as impressive as Hartman or even Johns (granted Johns plays a different position, but still). He was good defensively–impressive defensively actually. He got knocked off the puck kind of easily, but that should get better once he puts on some more muscle. He likes to pass instead of shoot, but that can also be cured. When he does shoot, he has a good shot.

  • raditzzzz

    many thanks for a season of icehog updates. can’t say enough how great they have been.

    • ballyb11

      With ya.

    • kimwrona

      Thank you very much. :)

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

    Damn. Shit. Wanted these guys to get some playoff experience. They wouldn’t have been going deep, but that kind of game experience can really be valuable imo. Damn. Shit.

    • kimwrona

      At least it wasn’t as heartbreaking as last year’s group not making it. :/

  • The Other One

    Thanks, Kim! Any clue why aren’t Tuevo and Johns aren’t Black Aces?

    • DJ

      For Johns, it might be a case of him finishing up at Notre Dame. I don’t know his second-semester class load, but he’d have to be carrying 12 credit hours, which would mean four classes, four final exams in the next couple of weeks…

    • kimwrona

      Teravainen is going to play with Finland for the World Hockey Championship and like DJ said, school for Johns and I also think it has something to do with the fact that his NHL entry level deal doesn’t start until next year. Don’t quote me on that though.

  • SuperHawk27

    They scored 5 PPGs in the second game? Am i reading that right?

    • Korab22

      Wow. 23.9% on the PP for the year and #1 in the AHL. Send Q and Jamie some tape.

    • kimwrona

      Yes, you are reading that correctly. It amazes me as well.