By Chris Block
The long-awaited return of Jeremy Morin took place in southern British Columbia on Friday night where the IceHogs travelled to take on the Abbotsford Heat.
In just his second shift since January 15th, Morin got a puck entering the Abbotsford zone from Chris DiDomenico. Given time and space through the middle, Morin wasted no time cutting down the slot and deked Abbotsford goalie Leland Irving down and slipped the puck through to give Rockford a 1-0 lead five minutes into the game. Morin gave a the big fist pump salute to himself in celebration.
Morin looked very good considering he’s largely been inactive for the past nine months. It was a good sign on the goal that Morin did not hesitate to take open space through the middle of the ice when it was given to him. After all, it was a similar situation against the Chicago Wolves back on January 15 that Morin was hip-checked and came down landing head first on the top of his helmet, sidelining the 19-year old for the remainder of the 2010-11 season and still feeling the effects of that unfortunate collision during training camp in September.
Rockford lost the game 4-3, after leading throughout the first 41 minutes of the contest.
Morin started the game on a line with Brandon Bollig and center Chris DiDomenico. It can basically be considered the IceHogs’ fourth line at the moment. By the end of the first period, Morin was bumped up to the top line with Brett McLean and Brandon Segal, taking Rob Klinkhammer’s spot. Morin returned to DiDomenico’s line during the second period but eventually Ted Dent had Morin back up on the top line.