By Chris Block
After allowing 17 goals in their last two losses, 7 coming while the team was short-handed, the Rockford IceHogs held team and organizational meetings all last week focusing on eliminating the mindless and careless minor penalties which have plagued this team all season.
That’s all fine and well, but when it takes until late January to correct an issue that should have been nipped in the bud at least two months ago, losses like the one to the Chicago Wolves on Friday night sting even more.
On Friday, Rockford was narrowly outplayed by the Chicago Wolves, handing the IceHogs a 2-1 defeat in front of a sellout crowd of 6,097 fans at the BMO Harris Bank Center.
The loss extends Rockford’s current losing streak to three games, but this loss wasn’t anything like the previous two. Read more
Posted in Game recap, IceHogs
Tagged Barry Smith, Ben Simon, Bill Sweatt, Brandon Svendsen, Carter Hutton, Chicago, Darren Haydar, David Gilbert, Henrik Karlsson, IceHogs, Joe Cannata, Peter Andersson, Rockford, Shawn Lalonde, Steve Poapst, Ted Dent, Wolves
By Chris Block
Rockford IceHogs (19-17-1-1) are hosting the Peoria Rivermen (17-17-2-2) tonight at the BMO Harris Bank Center.
It’ll be the fourth of twelve meetings between the two clubs this season. The Rivermen have been victorious twice. Rockford defeated Peoria 5-4 in a seesaw affair when the teams last met on November 21st in Rockford. The IceHogs got off to a quick start when Adam Clendening scored his 3rd goal on the campaign 56 seconds in. Rockford went up 2-0 eleven minutes later when Brandon Saad scored an unassisted short-handed goal. Peoria though responded by notching three unanswered even-strength tallies in just under six minutes and led 3-2 heading into the first intermission. Between periods Ted Dent changed some lines around and altered his top two defense pairings, pairing Nick Leddy with Clendening and Ryan Stanton with Klas Dahlbeck. The rest of the game was controlled by Rockford. Martin St. Pierre tied the game late in the second period and two power play goals from Jeremy Morin sealed the victory. Read more
Posted in Game Preview, IceHogs, News and Notes, Prospects
Tagged Adam Clendening, Blackhawks, Blomington Blaze, Brandon Pirri, Brandon Saad, Cody Beach, David Gilbert, IceHogs, Jimmy Hayes, Kenndal McArdle, Peoria, Rivermen, Rockford, Ryan Stanton, Ted Dent
By Chris Block
While it can’t officially be announced until after the NHLPA membership ratifies the new CBA on Saturday, the Chicago Blackhawks have jumped the gun a bit by recalling four players from AHL Rockford.
Nick Leddy, Marcus Kruger, Andrew Shaw and Brandon Bollig were all recalled by the Blackhawks on Monday January 7th. This, one day after the NHL and Player’s association hammered out the framework for a new collective bargaining agreement to end the NHL Lockout.
All four players were held out of Rockford’s home game Wednesday night against first-place Grand Rapids. The transactions will be made official this weekend. Three of the four were in Chicago skating with most of the other Blackhawks players at informal on-ice workouts beginning Tuesday. Nick Leddy joined in on Thursday.
One player who was surprisingly left out of the initial group of four call-ups is Rockford IceHogs alternate captain, and the team’s leading goal scorer, Ben Smith.
Smith, 24, scored his 15th goal of the season on Wednesday night. He also ranks second in points scored by an IceHogs player, 26, seven behind team captain Martin St. Pierre. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, IceHogs, Prospects
Tagged Andrew Shaw, Ben Smith, Ben Youds, Blackhawks, Brandon Bollig, Brandon Svendsen, Chicago, Dan Carcillo, David Gilbert, IceHogs, Jamal Mayers, Jeremy Morin, Marcus Kruger, Nick Leddy, Rockford, Terry Broadhurst, Transaction
On this edition of TTMI~Radio I’m joined by Mike Peck, the voice of the Rockford IceHogs.
Mike returns to help us preview the 2011-12 IceHogs’ season by examining the coaching change, new bench boss Ted Dent and the AHL squad’s roster turnover. We also get Mike’s scouting report on Brandon Segal, who spent the last half of the 2004-05 season in Rockford while a member of the Nashville Predators’ organization.
We also take a look at important players up front and on the defense this year in the wake of key losses offensively as well in experience and leadership. Ben Smith, Joe Lavin, Jimmy Hayes and Jeremy Morin are discussed as well. We also get an update on rink refurbishments currently going on at the Beemo Center.
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Rockford IceHogs single-game tickets are now on sale at IceHogs.com or you can buy tickets by calling (815) 968-5222. Advanced single-game tickets are available starting at $7.00, up to $22.00. Day-of-game sales are an additional $1 per seat.
The IceHogs open their regular season home slate on Saturday night October 8th against the Grand Rapids Griffins. You can view the entire IceHogs’ schedule here or in printable PDF form here.
Rockford will also host two preseason home games at BMO Harris Bank Center (formerly the MetroCentre). The first versus the Chicago Wolves on Wednesday night September 28th at 7:05pm. Then on Saturday October 1 against the Peoria Rivermen, also at 7:05.
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Tagged Brandon Pirri, Brandon Segal, Brian Connelly, Chris DiDomenico, David Gilbert, Dylan Olsen, IceHogs, IceHogs tickets, Jeff Taffe, Jeremy Morin, Jimmy Hayes, Joe Lavin, Kyle Hagel, Mike Peck, Paul Zanette, Peter Leblanc, Philippe Paradis, Podcast, Rob Klinkhammer, Ryan Stanton
TheThirdManIn~Radio returned last night as did a couple of our more popular guests.
Mike Peck, the play-by-play voice of the Rockford IceHogs joined us for the first half hour to recap the IceHogs’ season. Peck sees the IceHogs more than just about anyone not a coach of the team and discussed the progress of Kyle Beach, Brandon Pirri, Shawn Lalonde, Rob Klinkhammer, Igor Makarov, Brian Connelly and more. We also got his early observations of the Hawks’ next crop of prospects Philippe Paradis, David Gilbert and Jimmy Hayes and which veteran defenseman, in his mind, has the greater odds of returning to Rockford.
Al Cimaglia of Sirius/XM Radio and HockeyIndependent.com was along for the Peck discussion as well. We then moved on to talk Hawks-Canucks fallout; whether the series proved the Hawks were anything more than what they showed for the previous 82 games and a few players who are very unlikely to return next season. Al and I also went further into explaining why the Hawks top players, like Duncan Keith, cannot be relied on so mightily again next season. We also debate if the Hawks should re-sign Troy Brouwer, who Stan Bowman seems to love and who he didn’t sound too enthused about last week when the name was brought up.
For the final twenty minutes or so, Superstar and go more in-depth into Duncan Keith’s comments and season confessional post-Game 5; why he shouldn’t have said what he did and the misguided comparisons some have drawn.
It’s a John Scott free podcast. A solid 90 minutes. Hope you enjoy. Thanks to everyone as always for listening.
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The show returns next Monday night, May 9th at 8pm central. If we don’t have a special guest we’ll dig into player evaluations and recap losing entirely too much of our money at Arlington Park over the weekend.
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Tagged Al Cimaglia, Alexander Salak, Ben Smith, Blackhawks, Brandon Pirri, Corey Crawford, Cristobal Huet, David Gilbert, Duncan Keith, Evan Brophey, Garnet Exelby, Jake Dowell, Jassen Cullimore, Jimmy Hayes, Kyle Beach, Kyle Hagel, Mike Peck, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Philippe Paradis, Rockford IceHogs, Ryan Stanton, Shawn Lalonde, Troy Brouwer
Rockford can go without seeing the Oklahoma City Barons for another seven months.
The bubble burst on Rockford’s five-game winning streak and overall recent upswing in the form of a 7-0 pummeling Friday night in Oklahoma City.
Hannu Toivonen made his fifth start in six games but was pulled in favor of Alec Richards during the first intermission. Toivonen allowed three goals on nine shots. Richards didn’t fair much better, letting another three by himself in the second period. Richards stopped 14 of 18 Barons overall in finishing the game.
Toivonen has been pulled from 8 of his 41 starts this season. Four of those have come against the Barons.
Friday, Oklahoma City scored all seven of their goals at even strength. The Barons did go 0 for 2 on the power play but one of those lasted just 26 seconds and by the time they got their second chance the score was already 6-0.
The IceHogs finish the season series with OKC at a record of 1-4-1-0. They were dominated 29-16 (-13) in the scoring column and their lone win came back on Jan 2 in Oklahoma City when the IceHogs needed six goals to defeat the Barons 6-5. Read more
Posted in Game recap, IceHogs, Prospects
Tagged Alec Richards, Andrew Lord, Brandon Bollig, Colin McDonald, Contract Signing, David Gilbert, Hannu Toivonen, Jeff Deslauriers, Jeff Taffe, Jimmy Hayes, Kyle Beach, Kyle Hagel, Olivier Roy, Pete Leblanc, Wade Brookbank, Zach Stortini