By Chris Block
Looking to return to their recent winning ways and stay within striking distance of first-place Grand Rapids ahead of two all-important matchups next week at the BMO with those same Griffins, the Rockford IceHogs (17-14-1-1) traveled to Hamilton, Ontario on Friday night to face a down-and-out Hamilton Bulldogs squad.
Hamilton came into Friday’s contest against Rockford with the worst record (11-18-1-2) in the AHL. Hamilton, the AHL affiliate to the Montreal Canadiens, had lost 8 of their past 9 contests since defeating Rockford 6-4 at the BMO Harris Bank Center on December 15th.
Worse yet, Hamilton had not scored a goal in more than three games before facing the IceHogs for the second and final time this season. The Bulldogs had been shutout in each of their previous three games, all road losses.
For these reasons, and perhaps a little too much confidence in the way they’ve played of late, the IceHogs may have taken the Bulldogs for granted on Friday night.
Despite the IceHogs getting out to a quick start, sloppy passing and poor work in the defensive zone contributed to a 3-1 Rockford loss before a crowd of 4,505 at Copps Coliseum on Friday.
Backup Alec Richards got the start in net, his first in nine games. Read more
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Tagged Adam Clendening, AHL, Alec Richards, Ben Smith, Brandon Bollig, Brandon Pirri, Bulldogs, Frederic St-Denis, Gabriel Dumont, Hamilton, IceHogs, Jeremy Morin, Kyle Beach, Mark Bernard, Martin St. Pierre, Michael Blunden, Mike Commodore, Olivier Fortier, Patrick Holland, Pete Leblanc, Philippe Lefebvre, Robert Mayer, Rockford, Shawn Lalonde, Ted Dent, TJ Luxmore, Video Review, Zack Stortini
By Chris Block
The American Hockey League released its 2012-13 regular season schedule on Friday.
For the Rockford IceHogs, the 76-game jaunt begins on Saturday October 13th at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois against the Chicago Wolves. The two teams will face off again in the same venue the next afternoon.
Rockford’s home opener takes place Saturday October 20th in the first of a two-game weekend set with the Charlotte Checkers at BMO Harris Bank Center.
You can download a PDF of the Rockford IceHogs schedule here. You can also view it here.
The IceHogs’ regular season home finale comes on Friday April 12th against the visiting Chicago Wolves.
Six of the IceHogs final eight regular season games will come on the road, including their final three.
Rockford completes the regular season in Austin, Texas on Saturday April 20th.
This season’s slate also comes with a neutral site game to be played on Sunday November 18th at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. The IceHogs opponent will be the Houston Aeros, the AHL affiliate of the Minnesota Wild. Read more
By Chris Block
Top Blackhawks prospect and Rockford IceHogs winger Jeremy Morin was suspended on Tuesday for the team’s next 3 games as result of an elbowing incident during Sunday’s 5-4 shootout loss in Milwaukee.
With six minutes remaining in the second period, Morin collided with Milwaukee Admirals center Joel Champagne, while chasing a loose puck deep in the Admirals’ zone.
Morin’s elbow connected with the left side of Champagne’s jaw as Morin attempted to box his opponent off the loose puck in the right corner behind the Admirals’ goal line.
Champagne was moving on the ice but did lay prone for several minutes while attended to by both the IceHogs and Admirals trainers. He was eventually placed on a backboard and stretchered across the ice before being sent to a hospital for further evaluation.
The play sequence began with a weak Champagne turnover in the neutral zone, forced by an Andrew Shaw backcheck. Seconds later, Brandon Pirri gained the Admirals’ blue line by lifting a puck, tossed backhand across the ice, leading Shaw along the far boards. Shaw won a one-on-one physical battle with defenseman Tyler Sloan and advanced that puck down low into the right corner. At this point, Morin read the play and came down from the middle of the slot in pursuit of the puck.
Joel Champagne actually should have gotten to that puck first, but he was slow to get there. Champagne saw Morin coming and pulled up to avoid a hit. Morin had time to adjust, and instead of throwing a check on Champagne, Morin chose to box him off the puck since Champagne was, in effect, surrendering possession to Morin. In seeing Champagne pull up and making his adjustment, Morin shifted his weight in turning his back to Champagne to shield the Milwaukee player off the puck.
As far as the elbow, Champagne was struck by an accidental blow from Morin’s left, trailing elbow. Read more
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Tagged Admirals, AHL, Andrew Shaw, Ben Smith, Ben Youds, Brandon Pirri, IceHogs, Jeremy Morin, Joe Sullivan, Joel Champagne, Keith Kaval, Suspension, Ted Dent