By Jon Fromi
The fun thing about going to a hockey game is that you might get to see that puck bounce in any number of interesting directions. Saturday night at the BMO Center, it was pink ice, pink sweaters, and a charitable atmosphere that resulted in the IceHogs going Charlestown Chiefs on the Grand Rapids Griffins midway through the second period.
In full view of their parents no less.
I think back to the dustup last April 1 in Milwaukee and would have to say that this was probably several times more…er…interactive. Talk about Pink in the Rink… Read more
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Tagged Alec Richards, Bench clearing, Brawl, Carter Hutton, Grand Rapids, Griffins, IceHogs, Kyle Beach, Riley Sheahan, Rob Flick, Rockford
By Chris Block
There is still a lot more to come from Saturday night’s bench-clearing brawl between the IceHogs and Grand Rapids Griffins before a sellout crowd of 6,219 fans at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford. [Video of the brawl is posted again at the bottom of this post]
230 penalty minutes in all were dealt out in Saturday’s game. 202 of those came as result of the brawl.
Frustrations from an IceHogs perspective had boiled over at the 11:58 mark of the second period after Grand Rapids forward Landon Ferraro scored a power play goal to put the visiting team ahead 6-3.
The IceHogs had been assessed five-straight minor penalties by the officials in the first eleven minutes of the second period alone and the Griffins had capitalized on two of those opportunities with the man-advantage. To that point in the contest, Grand Rapids was 3 for 6 on the power play. Rockford had just one power play chance to that point and it resulted in a Dylan Olsen goal, giving the IceHogs a 1-0 lead at 3:57 of the first period.
No one on the Rockford side after the game was entirely blaming the refs for the lopsided power plays going in Grand Rapids favor. The IceHogs players and coach admitted most of the calls against them were warranted. Although, it was the hooking call referee Joe Sullivan gave Terry Broadhurst that gave Grand Rapids the power play that Landon Ferraro would use to put his team up 6-3 that had the IceHogs livid with the officiating. Read more
Posted in Game highlights, Game recap, IceHogs, News and Notes, Video
Tagged Adam Clendening, Ben Smith, Blackhawks, Brandon Bollig, Brawl, Brian Lashoff, Carter Hutton, Chris Block, Gleason Fournier, Grand Rapids, Griffins, IceHogs, Joe Sullivan, Kenndal McArdle, Kyle Beach, Landon Ferraro, Petr Mrazek, Philippe Paradis, Red Wings, Riley Sheahan, Rob Flick, Rockford, Shawn Lalonde, Ted Dent, Terry Broadhurst, Tomas Tatar, Trent Knorr, Triston Grant, Wade Brookbank