By Chris Block
If the AHL playoffs were to begin this weekend, the first round would include a matchup between the Rockford IceHogs and Grand Rapids Griffins.
Those two clubs were set to face off Friday and Saturday in a home-and-home set that will be their final two meetings in the regular season.
Rockford prevailed in a roller-coaster affair on Friday night before a crowd of 5,223 at the BMO Harris Bank Center. The IceHogs topped the Midwest Division leading Griffins 5-4 behind goals from Brad Mills, Mathieu Brisebois, Brian Connelly and two from Adam Clendening.
Friday’s game got off to a clumsy beginning with the IceHogs guilty of several icings before the first scheduled television time out. Their struggles got worse after Mathieu Brisebois bumped Colin Campbell down as the two chased a loose puck in the ‘Hogs zone and was sent off for tripping.