By Chris Block
Rockford continued its recent road winning ways with a 5-2 come from behind win before a crowd of 6,549 in Charlotte on Saturday night. The IceHogs handed the Charlotte Checkers, the second-place team in the Western Conference, their 6th loss of the season though it was Charlotte’s 4th in 7 games in its home rink.
With the team’s hottest goal scorer, Andrew Shaw, out of the lineup serving a one game, and most recent, suspension Rockford looked to its big guns to pull them out of another big whole the team dug itself early on Saturday night.
The IceHogs got unanswered goals from Brandon Saad, Ben Smith, Jeremy Morin and two from captain Martin St. Pierre. The captain, recognized as one of the slickest set-up men in the AHL, also fell an assist shy of registering the Gordie Howe Hat Trick on Saturday.
Rockford has now strung four consecutive road wins together after starting the season 1-4-0-1 on opposing ice surfaces.
And, for the first time this season, the IceHogs sit two games above the .500 mark at 11-9-0-1 with their win in Charlotte. Read more
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Tagged Adam Clendening, Ben Smith, Brandon Saad, Brett Bellemore, Brett Lebda, Brett Sutter, Carter Hutton, Charlotte, Checkers, Chris Block, IceHogs, Jamie Koharski, Jeremy Morin, Jerome Samson, Jimmy Hayes, Justin Peters, Kyle Beach, Marc Andre Gragnani, Marcus Kruger, Martin St. Pierre, Michal Jordan, Nicolas Blanchard, Rockford, Scotty Bowman, Zach Boychuk
By Chris Block
Alexander Salak showed no signs of a goaltender who hadn’t played in two months on Friday night as he backstopped the Rockford IceHogs to a 2-1 victory over the visiting Chicago Wolves.
In fact, it was probably the best Salak has played in his 11 starts thus far as an IceHog.
“He was real good,” IceHogs coach Ted Dent said of his goaltender’s 27 save performance. “So was their guy (Eddie Lack). It was a low scoring game and real good goaltending both ways.”
The returning Salak, out of action since suffering an ankle injury during the opening seconds of the second period in a game on December 2nd against Lake Erie, looked as sharp and composed as he has to date. The Wolves came at him hard, as they had in two previous contests back in October (Salak’s first two starts of the season), bumping and crowding the goaltender’s crease often. Previously, those sorts of actions seemed to nudge Salak off his focus, once even causing Salak to throw his equipment across the ice, but not on Friday evening before a crowd of 4,501 at the BMO Harris Bank Center. Read more
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Tagged Alexander Salak, Ben Smith, Brandon Segal, Brian Fahey, Chicago Wolves, Chris DiDomenico, Eddie Lack, Jamie Koharski, Nolan Baumgartner, Rostislav Olesz, Ryan Stanton, Wolves