By Chris Block
The Rockford IceHogs began the 2013-14 regular season on Saturday night with a porous performance in San Antonio, Texas.
A re-stocked group of young IceHogs led by now AHL veterans Brandon Pirri, Jeremy Morin and Dylan Olsen committed one careless turnover after another in route to a 3-1 loss to the Florida Panthers minor league affiliate.
The loss was also costly in that the IceHogs lost two players to injury.
Annti Raanta left the game at the 5:36 mark of the first period. Raanta had taken an Eric Selleck 12-foot one-time attempt off the inside of his left knee at the 2:58 mark of the first. Raanta smothered Selleck’s shot, but crumpled to the ice in obvious discomfort, favoring his left leg. After consulting with IceHogs’ trainer D.J. Jones, Raanta opted to stay in the game. He would stop one more San Antonio shot before deciding he couldn’t continue and Kent Simpson entered the contest with 14:24 to go in the opening period. Read more
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Tagged Adam Clendening, Alex Broadhurst, Alex Petrovic, Antti Raanta, Bobby Butler, Brad Mills, Brad Winchester, Brandon Pirri, Chris Block, Drew Leblanc, Dylan Olsen, Eric Selleck, Game recap, IceHogs, Jared Nightingale, Joe Gleason, Jon Matsumoto, Jonathan Racine, Kent Simpson, Opening night, Pat Mullane, Quinton Howden, Rampage, Rockford, San Antonio, Scott Clemmensen, Ted Dent, Vince Trocheck
By Jon Fromi
Saturday night afforded me a rare opportunity. With the Blackhawks hosting Tampa Bay and the IceHogs kicking off their season off in Texas, it was time for a little three-way action. Namely, the Hawks, the Hogs and me.
Could I handle two games at once? Here’s how the night shook out:
6:56 p.m.-The arena in Texas is playing Buddy Holly as I pick up the feed from AHL Live. I have Comcast Sportsnet on the big screen and the Hogs on the small screen via my laptop. I like to listen to the visitors broadcast to get the local flavor-isn’t that why the internet is so great? However, I have to get my (Mike) Peck on for at least a while tonight. Read more
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Tagged Alex Broadhurst, Alex Petrovic, Antti Raanta, Ben Bishop, Ben Smith, Blackhawks, Brandon Bollig, Brandon Saad, Eric Selleck, IceHogs, Jared Nightingale, Jon Fromi, Kent Simpson, Lightning, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Rampage, Ryan Stanton, San Antonio, Tampa Bay