By Chris Block
I continue to receive questions regarding Kyle Beach’s status. There is no real update other than he’s out indefinitely with a severe right shoulder injury. His shoulder was dislocated during a fight with Peoria’s Stefan Della Rovere in Peoria back on October 28.
Beach’s right arm is currently in a harness. He’s been telling people he’ll be back before the end of the regular season. I don’t know for sure if that’s accurate, but there is hope he’ll return sometime in March.
Season on the brink
With the loss to Toronto this past Wednesday night, the Rockford IceHogs home record drops to a dismal 6-11-0-0. They are 3-2-0-0 over their most recent five home games. One of those wins came via the shootout.
I suppose its good news that 9 of Rockford’s next 10 games are on the road. Last season’s IceHogs turned their misfortunes around and finished strong (17-5-1-1) beginning with an early March 7-game road trip.
That current stretch of 9 of 10 begins Monday night in Milwaukee where the IceHogs will face off with third-best team percentage wise in the Western Conference. The Admirals are currently second in the division behind Charlotte, but they’ve also played five fewer games than the Checkers and trail Charlotte by just two points in the standings.
Rockford is now 11-15-1-2 overall.
% Points Earned-wise, the IceHogs are the 2nd-worst team in the AHL (.431).
By Goal Differential, Rockford (-16) ranks 25th out of 30 AHL teams.
They are 6th in Goals Scored per game (3.1)
However, the IceHogs are dead-last in Goals Allowed per game (3.7). The Bridgeport Sound Tigers, in the other conference and have no like opponents with the Hogs, are the next-worst, allowing 3.4 goals per contest.
The only team in the AHL with a worse record is the Binghamton Senators (11-19-1-1, .375), which is Rob Klinkhammer’s new home.