By Chris Block
Rockford’s losing streak extended to three games on Thursday when the IceHogs dropped a 5-3 decision at Iowa.
Collin Delia got his first AHL start for the IceHogs and allowed 4 goals against 16 shots. It was not a pretty afternoon for the Rancho Cucamonga native, who allowed a couple goals he’d certainly like to have another chance at.
Rockford trailed in the game 2-0 in the first period and 4-2 early in the third. Vince Hinostroza roofed a perfectly placed wrister by Iowa starter Steven Michalek with 7:20 to play in regulation. But, Rockford couldn’t convert on two late power play opportunities and a Pat Cannone potted an empty-net tally with 1:06 to go to seal the Wild victory.
Rockford’s weekend continues tonight, hosting the 7-3-1-0 San Antonio Rampage at the BMO Harris Bank Center. Then, Saturday the IceHogs bus back up to Milwaukee for their 5th meeting with the Admirals this season. Rockford was lost 3 of the 4 versus Milwaukee thus far.
Laurent Dauphin injured in Iowa
Center Laurent Dauphin was injured with 9:47 to go in the 3rd period of Wednesday’s 5-3 loss at Iowa.
Dauphin suffered an “upper body” injury and is considered day-to-day for the time being.
The first-year Blackhawks prospect was pursuing a puck down the left side half wall in Iowa’s end when he was lined up by Iowa defensemen Hunter Warner. The 6’4” Wild blue liner’s left elbow appeared to strike Dauphin in the head at the point of contact, just as the puck arrived. Warner appeared to jump into the hit as well. Dauphin may have tried to duck to absorb the hit he saw coming, or he slipped. Either way, Dauphin was hit hard and then fell to the ice, with the back of his head appearing to bounce badly off the ice surface.
Dauphin immediately turned over to his stomach but stayed there prone on the ice as Warner and IceHogs’ forward Andreas Martinsen tussled over him. That near-fight was quickly haulted by the linesmen and Dauphin was eventually helped off the ice by trainer D.J. Jones and Vince Hinostroza.
He will at least miss Friday’s game.
Rockford’s game Friday night against San Antonio has scouts from 10 NHL teams in attendance. San Antonio is the AHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche.
Six teams from the West and four in the Eastern Conference are represented including; Colorado, Los Angeles, San Jose, Vancouver, Winnipeg, St. Louis (2), Montreal, Pittsburgh, New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning.
Collin Delia Returned to Indy
Following his first AHL start and appearance, Collin Delia was reassigned to the Indy Fuel (ECHL).
Delia got the start Thursday, in part, because Rockford’s second goalie Jeff Glass was nursing injury. Glass is back dressed and serving as J-F Berube’s backup tonight against San Antonio.
Iacopelli, Snuggerud, Fortin & Norell getting “scratch” treatment
With Rockford carrying an extra forward and defenseman much of the season so far, head coach Jeremy Colliton has had some tough choices to make some nights.
Ten different IceHogs have been healthy scratches through Friday night’s game. Defenseman Robin Norell leads the way in that distinction with 6.
Behind Norell are Darren Raddysh (3), Luc Snuggerud (3), Alexandre Fortin (2), Matheson Iacopelli (2), Graham Knott (2), Tyler Sikura (2) and Anthony Louis (1).
Radovan Bondra (3) and Robin Press (1) were up with the team during the first couple weeks of the season while Snuggerud became healthy and Andreas Martinsen got a visa issue worked out. Both are now in Indy.
“We’re looking for consistency from everyone,” said Collition following the IceHogs last home game, a night he had sat Fortin and Snuggerud.
“We’ve had some success. So, it’s been tough. We’ve had to take some guys out who we feel are playing well. The thing, for them, is when they get back in, they have to make sure they do a great job. What we told them is make it impossible for us to take you out again.”
Raddysh is the lone healthy scratch on Friday. Nathan Noel was on Rockford’s roster from October 18th to November 7th but was never healthy enough to play during that time. He is now and will play in Indianapolis for the time being.