The fall down the slippery slope continued for the IceHogs in week 17 as they took on some Texas teams. The Hogs set a new franchise record for consecutive losses with their tilts down South. Guess it only makes sense since everything’s bigger in Texas, right? That also makes a win just as big.
Friday, February 1 at San Antonio – The IceHogs’ first contest of the season down in San Antonio was also the first start in net for goaltender Henrik Karlsson in an IceHogs sweater. Karlsson had a shutout going until 10:09 of the third period when John McFarland scored his first goal of the 2012-13 season to give the Rampage the 1-0 lead. Despite firing 30 shots on Rampage netminder Jacob Markstrom, and making a push to tie the game up, the Hogs couldn’t crack the scoresheet and dropped the decision for their fifth consecutive loss.
-Rockford outshot San Antonio 30-19.
-The IceHogs went 0-for-2 on the power play and the Rampage went 0-for-3 on their man advantages.
-IceHogs forward Jimmy Hayes led the team as he fired five shots on goal.
-The three stars were: 1 – Jacob Markstrom 2 – John McFarland 3 — Quinton Howden
-There were two skaters for Rockford that made their IceHogs debuts on Friday: center Brad Mills and winger Mathieu Beaudoin.
-Carter Hutton was the back-up goalie to Henrik Karlsson on Friday.
-The scratches were: Rob Flick (suspended), Ben Smith (injured), Ben Youds, and Terry Broadhurst (healthy).
Sunday, February 3 at Houston – The Sunday afternoon matinee against the Aeros started much better for the IceHogs than it had in a while. Forward Jimmy Hayes struck on the power play at the 5:28 mark of the first period as he fired one home from the right halfwall for his 13th goal on the 2012-13 season. The IceHogs continued to play some good hockey in the opening frame as Kyle Beach tipped in a Klas Dahlbeck feed for his 10th tally of the year. Kyle Medvec cut the lead to one with 21 seconds left in the first period as his bouncing shot from the point squeaked by Carter Hutton.
Hutton made some spectacular saves in the second to preserve Rockford’s one goal lead. Unfortunately, the walls came tumbling down late in the third period for the visitors. Brett Bulmer tied the game at two with his second goal of the season as his shot from the far side of the right circle beat Hutton high glove side. With 5:20 left in regulation, David McIntyre gave the Aeros their first lead of the night with a snipe from the left circle and the home team never looked back. They took the victory in their own barn and the IceHogs dropped a franchise record sixth straight game to make their record 20-23-1-1 (42 points).
-Rockford outshot Houston 36-26.
-The IceHogs went 1-for-5 on the power play and killed off all five of the Aeros’ man advantages.
-Kyle Beach led the IceHogs with five shots on goal.
-The three stars were: 1 – David McIntyre 2 – Brett Bulmer 3 — Chay Genoway
-Former IceHogs defenseman Brian Connelly did not play in this game.
-IceHogs netminder Carter Hutton was credited with the secondary assist on Jimmy Hayes’ first period tally. That apple is Hutton’s second on the season.
-Some of the power play units that the IceHogs used were:
Brandon Pirri – Martin St. Pierre – Jimmy Hayes
Dylan Olsen – Adam Clendening
Kyle Beach – Brandon Pirri – Martin St. Pierre
Dylan Olsen – Adam Clendening
Kyle Beach – Martin St. Pierre – Jimmy Hayes
Dylan Olsen – Adam Clendening
Mathieu Beaudoin – Brandon Pirri – Jeremy Morin
Joe Lavin – Ben Youds
-Some of the penalty killers that the IceHogs used were: Philippe Paradis, Kenndal McArdle, Shawn Lalonde, and Dylan Olsen; David Gilbert, Brad Mills, Ben Youds, and Ryan Stanton; Jimmy Hayes, Brandon Svendsen, Shawn Lalonde, and Dylan Olsen; Martin St. Pierre, Jeremy Morin, Ryan Stanton, and Klas Dahlbeck.
-The scratches were: Rob Flick (suspended), Ben Smith (injured), Wade Brookbank, and Terry Broadhurst (healthy).
-The lines and D pairs were:
Kenndal McArdle – Brandon Pirri – Mathieu Beaudoin
Jimmy Hayes – Martin St. Pierre – Jeremy Morin
Brandon Svendsen – Brad Mills – Kyle Beach
Philippe Paradis – x – David Gilbert
Ryan Stanton – Joe Lavin
Dylan Olsen – Shawn Lalonde
Klas Dahlbeck – Adam Clendening
Ben Youds – x
Tuesday, February 5 at Texas – It looked like it was going to be another one of those nights for the IceHogs on Tuesday evening. Toby Petersen got Texas on the board at the 1:11 mark of the first period and Matt Fraser made it 2-0 less than two minutes later. The IceHogs cut the lead to one at the 4:33 mark as Terry Broadhurst tallied his first AHL goal off of a feed from David Gilbert. Francis Wathier gave the Stars their two goal lead back just past the halfway mark of the period. Colton Sceviour made it 4-1 Texas before the period ended and the gap seemed like one the Hogs weren’t going to climb out of, considering the way things have been going lately.
That mindset was the wrong one to have though as the Hogs came storming back in the second period. They got two power play tallies in the second period to cut the lead to one as Jimmy Hayes scored his 14th goal of the season and Jeremy Morin scored his 15th goal of the season. Joe Lavin knotted the game up at 4 at the 1:01 mark of the final frame with his first tally of the year. With Lavin’s marker, the Hogs chased Stars netminder Cristopher Nilstorp from the crease and 2010 World Junior Gold Medal winner Jack Campbell replaced him.
The game went into overtime, and then an 11 round shootout. The Hogs were scoreless in rounds 1-4, and in round 5, Hayes scored to give Rockford a chance to stay alive. They needed a save from goaltender Henrik Karlsson to send it into extra rounds and he provided it. No one scored until the top of the 11th round when IceHogs forward Kenndal McArdle got on the board. Karlsson shut down Patrik Nemeth in the bottom of the 11th round and the Hogs took the victory 5-4 to improve their record to 21-23-1-1 (44 points).
-Rockford outshot Texas 32-30.
-The IceHogs went 2-for-5 0n the power play and the Stars did as well.
-Jeremy Morin led the IceHogs as he fired six shots on net.
-The three stars of the game were: 1 — Jeremy Morin 2 — Matt Fraser 3 — Kenndal McArdle
-The scratches for Rockford were: Rob Flick (suspended), Ben Smith (injured), Wade Brookbank, and Ben Youds (healthy).
-Wednesday, January 30th – Center Brad Mills was released from his PTO and signed to an AHL contract.
-Thursday, January 31st – IceHogs forward Peter LeBlanc was recalled to Chicago for the purpose of trading him and winger Mathieu Beaudoin was added to the roster in a trade.
-As alluded to in the roster transactions, the Blackhawks traded forward Peter LeBlanc to the Washington Captials for future considerations. In addition, the IceHogs traded for forward Mathieu Beaudoin for future considerations. Read the press release here.
-Hog Talk is back on Monday, February 11th at District Bar and Grill in downtown Rockford. The guests are scheduled to be assistant coach Steve Poapst and forwards Brandon Svendsen and Terry Broadhurst. The taping of the show is from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will be broadcasted on channel 23-2 in Rockford on Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
-Currently, the IceHogs are tied for 4th place in the Midwest Division standings, but are essentially in last because Milwaukee has 3 games in-hand, and are tied for 12th in the Western Conference standings with Milwaukee and San Antonio. San Antonio has 46 games played just like the IceHogs. They are 7 points out of a playoff spot.
-IceHogs forward David Gilbert turns 22 this Saturday. Happy birthday, David!
Friday, February 8 at Peoria at 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, February 9 vs. Houston at 7:05 p.m.