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Rockford sets roster for Opening Night; a look at the IceHogs team, Blackhawks prospect lineup

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Mark McNeill skates in a preseason game Oct 2nd in Rockford
Photo courtesy of Rockford IceHogs

By Chris Block

Rockford IceHogs open their season tomorrow night when they host Milwaukee at the BMO Harris Bank Center at 7pm.

The Blackhawks have finalized the AHL roster and it was announced today. The IceHogs will carry 24 skaters to start the season, which is allowed in the American Hockey League.

Scott Darling and Michael Leighton, as expected, will be the IceHogs goalie tandem. Mac Carruth should be given a chance to do the heavy lifting in Indianapolis, on the Hawks’ new ECHL affiliate, Indy Fuel. It seems as though the Rockford duo will split the workload evenly for now.

What’s going to be interesting is how Rockford coach Ted Dent handles his defense. Though, that may be dictated to him by the Hawks’ brass. The IceHogs start the season with 8 defensemen – Adam Clendening, Klas Dahlbeck, T.J. Brennan, Ville Pokka, Stephen Johns, Viktor Svedberg, Zach Miskovic and Dillon Fournier.

Politically, I could see Rockford dressing seven defensemen some nights until something gives on that body count.

The forward group will look something like this…. Read more »

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Highlights from London Rookie Tournament; Hawks drop 5-4 shootout loss to Sens

The troop of selected Blackhawks prospects and non-roster invitees wrapped up their part of the 2014 London, Ontario Rookie Tournament on Monday.

Led by Teuvo Teravainen, Mark McNeill, Stephen Johns, Viktor Svedberg and others, those ‘Hawks dropped the decision, 5-4 to the Ottawa Senators’ prospects in the shootout round.

You can read Brad V’s full game report from London here.

Sens TV has the highlights….

Also check out highlights from the ‘Hawks other two games…

Saturday’s 4-2 loss to the Maple Leafs

And Sunday’s 5-4 shootout loss to Pittsburgh.

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Hawks prospects drop rookie tourney finale: Teuvo, McNeill shine; Full report from London

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By Brad Vandenberk

The last game of this year’s three-game rookie tournament saw the Blackhawks and Senators faceoff. Teuvo Teravainen, Mark McNeill and Kirill Gotovets worked their way back into the lineup, with Cody Caron, Ryan Van Stralen and Justin Holl all out for this one. Mac Carruth was in between the pipes for the Hawks with Chris Driedger on the Ottawa side.

Highly touted Ottawa rookie Curtis Lazar did not dress, nor did Matt Puempel, another top Sens prospect who scored in each of Ottawa’s first two games. Read more »

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IceHogs overcome rocky start and finish, defeat division-leading Grand Rapids 5-4

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. Read more »

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Odds and Saads: Teravainen, Future Watch

By Chris Block

I’ve been meaning to cook up something of a weekly feature here on the site as a way of producing more regular content.  Given Monday is a notable day in this site’s history, I am finally putting that into action now with “Odds and Saads.”  My plan is for this to be a late-Sunday night for Monday thing.

The title really is more influenced by The Who album having a good ring to it as this is designed to be a freeform random thoughts and news kind of thing.  It’ll mostly be Blackhawks focused, of course, but it will not be bound by Hawks topics.

-Wanted to thank everyone who complimented the podcasts with HockeeNight and The Committed Indian last week.

If you missed it, I was on “Live from the Five Hole” with Sam and Matt from TheCommittedIndian.com site last Friday.  My segment was taped Monday night, the 10th.

You can listen to it here.  I join the show about 12 minutes in and my portion is about a half hour long.  It was mostly a discussion of prospects in Rockford, prospect development and the Brandon Pirri situation.  Read more »

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Thoughts on Brandon Pirri, the Tallon link and what’s become of the Hawks’ center depth

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photo: Todd Reicher, courtesy of Rockford IceHogs

By Chris Block

I recall day two of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft in Montreal.  Then Blackhawks general manager Dale Tallon strained to holdback his excitement when talking to media types after drafting Toronto native, Brandon Pirri with the third-to-last pick in the second round of that draft.

“Terrific skills,” were the first Tallon gave when asked about Pirri.  “He’s really a good hockey player.  We’re very happy that we got him there.  It’s the old adage, ‘(we) can’t believe he was still there.’”

Pirri had just turned 18 two months prior and was a relatively untested commodity upon entering the draft, having stuck to the Canadian junior B level after committing to join Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in the fall of 2009.

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IceHogs extend point streak to 9 games with win over Milwaukee; Full recap, Faceoff stats, more notes

By Chris Block

A balanced attack and a solid goaltending performance turned in by Jason LaBarbera lifted the Rockford IceHogs to a 4-1 win over the visiting Milwaukee Admirals before a sold out crowd of 6,265 at the BMO Harris Bank Center on Saturday night.

Brandon Pirri and Jeremy Morin each scored goals to extend their personal point streaks while Brad Winchester and Terry Broadhurst bookended the IceHogs scoring to improve on the team’s season-best 9-game point streak (8-0-0-1).

Rockford moved to seven games above .500 while notching their 28th victory of the season.  The IceHogs finished last season nine games above the .500 mark only to watch Milwaukee eliminate them from the playoffs on the final day of the 2012-13 regular season in a win at Peoria.

Vinny Saponari scored the loan goal for Milwaukee on Saturday.  Rockford controlled the first period, benefitted from some weak goaltending on the Admirals side and held on while being outplayed much of the second and third periods. Read more »

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IceHogs weekend at a glance; Rockford earns 5 of possible 6 points; Morin, Pirri heat up; more news

By Chris Block

Rockford continued its recent hot streak over the weekend in pumping out 13 goals over the 3-in-3 weekend set, all against division foes.

Jeremy Morin led the way, notching 2 goals and 4 helpers to extend his consecutive game point streak to 7 games, matching his career best streak set in February 2013 (2/13/13 – 3/1/13).

In those seven games last season, Morin tallied 3 goals and 7 assists and had a plus-3 rating.

Over his current 7-game point streak, Morin has 6 goals and 7 assists for 13 points.  He’s also a plus-7 in this stretch to go along with 27 shots (22% shooting).

The IceHogs picked up 5 of a possible 6 points over the weekend.  The team extended its streak of consecutive games earning at least one point to seven (6-0-0-1).  In that time, Rockford has averaged 4.85 goals per game while allowing 3.00 against. Read more »

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3-2 defeat in Milwaukee hands Rockford IceHogs their 11th consecutive division road loss

By Chris Block

Countless forced passes and unforced turnovers resulted in another Rockford IceHogs road loss last night, 3-2 to the Milwaukee Admirals.

The loss drops the IceHogs to 2 games below the .500 mark (18-20-4-2) for the first time this season.

Friday’s defeat extends Rockford’s road losing streak to 7 games (0-5-1-1).

Rockford has now also dropped 11 consecutive division road losses (0-9-1-1) on the season.

The picture is much worse when you look at their last 15 road contests overall.  The IceHogs are 2-10-2-1 in those games.  They aren’t getting blown away, as their minus-25 goal differential over those last 15 road tilts does prove, but they aren’t playing good enough hockey with near enough consistency.  And finding ways to win on the road is not the IceHogs specialty. Read more »

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Video look-in at a recent IceHogs-Charlotte Checkers game through referee David Banfield’s helmet cam

A video look at the December 7, 2013 Rockford IceHogs – Charlotte Checkers contest through referee David Banfield’s helmet cam.

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