A bad non-call in favor of the Chicago Wolves and an anemic Rockford IceHogs’ power play told the story Saturday night in a 4-1 Wolves’ victory at the BMO Harris Bank Center.
The crowd of 4,279, on hand for the IceHogs’ second home tilt of the season, witnessed Billy Sweatt clearly redirecting Chicago’s second goal in with his skate and past Alexander Salak early in the middle frame to give the visitor’s a 2-0 lead. However, veteran AHL referee Terry Koharski did not see it that way and allowed the goal to stand. The IceHogs blew a lot of smoke, but never truly recovered.
While they were on their heels most of the night, the Wolves withstood a barrage of IceHogs’ shots. Goaltender Matt Climie made 47 saves in all. One night after his teammate Eddie Lack stopped all 35 Rockford shots in a 2-0 Wolves victory down the road in Rosemont, Illinois.
The shot board tells a story of one-sided dominance for Rockford on Saturday night, but the truth is the IceHogs were not at their best in this game. Read more
Posted in Game recap, IceHogs
Tagged Alexander Salak, Andrew Shaw, Ben Smith, Billy Sweatt, Brandon Segal, Brett McLean, Brian Connelly, Dustin Friesen, Dylan Olsen, Jeremy Morin, Kyle Beach, Matt Climie, Mike Duco, Philippe Paradis, Rob Klinkhammer, Ted Dent, Terry Koharski, Tim Miller, Yann Sauve
By Brad Gardner
The Blackhawks and Avalanche met for the second time in three nights as they took the ice for the back half of their home-and-home series. Corey Crawford and Semyon Varlamov again started between the pipes after an excellent duel Thursday night in Colorado, but neither would have such a strong showing in Saturday’s tilt.
After the Blackhawks carried play for a bulk of the first period, Colorado began to turn the tables in the second half of the frame. The Avs eventually took the lead at the 16:09 mark of the first on a redirect in front of Corey Crawford. Paul Stastny beat everyone to a puck on forecheck and passed back to his blue line. Working his way across the slot, Stastny got his stick on a puck from Kyle Quincey and redirected it past Crawford to put Colorado on the board first.
The Avs took the one goal lead to the locker room, but it would not last long in the second. Michael Frolik brought the game even just 46 seconds into the middle period. Erik Johnson attempted an ill-advised pass up the center of the ice that was picked off by Frolik. He was wide open right in front of Varlamov’s net and buried the chance for his first goal of the season. Read more
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Tagged Avalanche, Blackhawks, Bobby Hull, Corey Crawford, Dan Carcillo, Jamal Mayers, Joel Quenneville, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Michael Frolik, Nick Leddy, Semyon Varlamov, Stan Mikita, Viktor Stalberg