By Chris Block
One night after picking up a huge 7-3 victory over the Chicago Wolves in their regular season home finale, the Rockford IceHogs hit the road, again set out to keep their AHL postseason bid alive in a crucial divisional matchup with the 8th place Milwaukee Admirals.
Rockford came into Saturday’s contest in 9th place in the Western Conference, tied at 81 in points with Milwaukee, though the Admirals hold two games in hand over the IceHogs heading into the final week of the regular season.
On the heels of Brandon Pirri’s franchise record 6-point (1 goal, 5 assists) night and Ben Smith’s hat-trick in the win over the Wolves, the IceHogs had to beat the Admirals on Saturday if they had any hopes of sneaking into the postseason.
Backed by a 20 save performance by Carter Hutton and goals by Adam Clendening, Ben Smith and Klas Dahlbeck, Rockford did just that, defeating the Admirals 3-1 on Saturday before a crowd of 8,895 fans at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee. Read more
Posted in Game recap, IceHogs
Tagged Adam Clendening, Admirals, Ben Smith, Brandon Pirri, Carter Hutton, Chris Block, Game recap, Garret Ross, IceHogs, Jeremy Morin, Klas Dahlbeck, Magnus Hellberg, Maxime Sauve, Michael Liambas, Milwaukee, Rockford, Rostislav Olesz, Shawn Lalonde
Joakim Nordstrom, photo credit: jesperzerman.se
By Chris Block
With the European leagues, U.S. collegiate hockey and Canadian junior hockey seasons winding down and beginning each of its playoffs, several Chicago Blackhawks prospects will soon arrive in Rockford, Illinois to cap off their seasons with a trial showcase at the American Hockey League level.
As we noted Sunday on Twitter, the first of those prospects will arrive in Rockford later this week.
Joakim Nordstrom, who the Blackhawks selected with the final pick (90th overall) in the 3rd round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, is expected to join the Rockford IceHogs by the end of the week. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, IceHogs, News and Notes, Prospects
Tagged AIK, Alex Broadhurst, Chris Block, Garret Ross, IceHogs, Joakim Nordstrom, Mark McNeill, Phillip Danault, Rockford, Rostislav Olesz, Stephen Johns, Steve Montador, Stockholm
By Chris Block
TTMI contributor and HockeysFuture.com Blackhawks writer Brad Gardner joined me Saturday afternoon for a special Chicago Blackhawks 2012 Prospect Camp review edition of PuckChatter~Radio.
Brad was on hand for all five days this summer’s camp and breaks down the performances of the players involved.
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Some of the topics discussed on the show….
-TTMI/PuckChatter~Radio turns 3 today
-Stephen Johns skips out on this camp
-Brandon Saad, Teuvo Teravainen and Phillip Danault a cut above
-Which prospects we’ll see next in a Hawks uniform
-Mark McNeill a year later
-Chris Calnan’s next move
-Joakim Nordstrom and Klas Dahlbeck coming to America
-Garret Ross the next Shaw?
-Kevin Hayes improving
-Kent Simpson or Mac Carruth
-Son of Chris Chelios
-A 6-foot 9-inch Swedish defenseman
-And much, much more
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Posted in Audio, Podcast, Prospects, Puck Chatter~Radio
Tagged Adam Clendening, Alex Broadhurst, Blackhawks, Brad Gardner, Braden Birch, Brandon Saad, Brandon Whitney, Chris Block, Chris Calnan, Garret Ross, Justin Holl, Kevin Hayes, Klas Dahlbeck, Mark McNeill, Phillip Danault, Prospect Camp, Stephen Johns, Teuvo Teravainen