By Brad Vandenberk
On a day when the NFL started its 2011-12 season in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the Chicago Blackhawk prospects were at it again in game 2 of the annual Prospect Tournament in Oshawa, Ontario. This time the opponents were the Ottawa Senators.
Johan Mattsson was the starter between the pipes for this match. Shawn Lalonde, Ryan Stanton, Peter Leblanc, Andrew Shaw and Rob Flick were on the ice for the opening faceoff. [Sunday's complete line up]
The teams wasted no time getting started. As in the previous contest against the Leafs, the Hawks found themselves trailing early. 5:01 into the opening frame, Ottawa’s Andre Petersson found the back of the net with a backhand over Mattsson’s pad, making it 1-0.
It didn’t take the Hawks long to get the equalizer. 39 seconds after the Sens’ opening tally, Flick won a faceoff in the Sens’ zone. Shaw got the puck and set Peter Leblanc up in the slot. With a quick shot over the blocker of the Senators netminder, Matej Machkovsky, it was 1-1.
Chicago drew the first penalty of the game when Ottawa was sent off for Interference. Although this was suppose to be the Hawks’ chance to show their power play, they were quickly fooled by a short handed goal by Ottawa’s crafty forchecker, Corey Cowick. Mattsson was out of position trying to play the puck which ended up on a Sens’ stick and then to the back of the net making it 2-1. Read more
Posted in Game recap, Prospects
Tagged Blackhawks, Brandon Saad, Jimmy Hayes, Joe Lavin, Johan Mattsson, Peter Leblanc, Philippe Paradis, Prospect tournament, Rob Flick, Senators
By Brad Vandenberk
Annual rookie tournaments have begun all over North America, getting fans and players excited with less than a week until training camp starts. The Chicago Blackhawks are in Oshawa, Ontario playing the likes of Ottawa, Pittsburgh and Toronto. Game 1 saw the Hawks square off against the Maple Leafs at the General Motors Centre.
Donned in their red jerseys, the Hawks began the tournament with a determined effort against the Leafs. Mac Carruth was the starting goalie joined by starters Shawn Lalonde and Dylan Olsen on defense. Mark McNeil was flanked by Ludvig Rensfeldt and Jimmy Hayes up front. [Hawks game roster]
The Hawks got their first chance at a power play as the ref made a hooking call at 1:52 of the first period. They were unable to capitalize however.
It didn’t take long for the fists to start flying as 5’10” Andrew Shaw took on 6’5” Jamie Devane with a David versus Goliath type match. [Highlights at bottom of this report]
After Devane served his 5 minute major for fighting, he opened the scoring for the Leafs as a puck was shot wide from the blue line and bounced to the side of the net. Devane, standing on the door step, quickly shot the puck over Carruth making the score 1-0 with just under 2 minutes remaining in the first.
Philippe Paradis left the 1st period after being hit hard in the offensive zone and grimacing his way back to the bench. Paradis did not return. [ed. note: Paradis did not dress in Sunday’s game vs Ottawa] Read more
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Tagged Andrew Shaw, Blackhawks, Brandon Saad, Chris DiDomenico, David Toews, Dylan Olsen, Jake Gardiner, Jimmy Hayes, Joe Lavin, Mac Carruth, Maple Leafs, Mark McNeil, Philippe Paradis, Phillip Danault, Rob Flick, Shawn Lalonde, Simon Danis-Pepin
Concerns about Rockford’s lack of size and experience were partially answered last week with two new player acquisitions.
First, the IceHogs signed 30-year old defenseman Brian Fahey on August 31 to a minor league contract.
Fahey (6-1, 215) spent most of this past season in Hershey with the Washington Capitals organization. Fahey also got his first taste of the NHL with the Capitals in seven games over separate call ups, the final being last December.
A fourth round pick of the Avalanche in 2000, Fahey has since bounced around the minors for Colorado, the Thrashers, Rangers, Capitals and on his own. Fahey’s best seasons came on stacked Chicago Wolves’ teams (2006-08) and on Hersey in 2010-11. Between those stops, Fahey had a forgettable year in Hartford that led to him getting dealt back to Colorado for bad seed Nigel Williams. He got back on track that year in Cleveland with the Monsters.
Fahey is a fundamentally sound veteran defender who provides the IceHogs with a strong right-handed shot from the point. He’ll make a sound pass into the neutral area, one area in dire need of improvement from last season. He’ll step into Ivan Vishnevskiy’s vacated spot on Rockford’s power play and Fahey will see time on the team’s revamped penalty kill but largely by default of better options. Read more
Posted in IceHogs
Tagged Andrew Shaw, Brandon Bollig, Brandon Segal, Brian Fahey, Byron Froese, Chris DiDomenico, Depth Chart, Jimmy Hayes, MetroCentre, RAVE, Rob Flick
Johan Mattsson, Aug 9, 2011, Lake Placid, NY – Yahoo.ca
In ten days, about 24 of the Blackhawks top prospects will arrive in Oshawa, Ontario to compete in the annual Toronto Maple Leafs Rookie Invitational Tournament.
The Leafs, Blackhawks, Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins will participate in the four-day, round-robin points-based tournament. The same four competed against one another last September when the exhibition was staged in London, Ontario. Chicago has been invited for the second consecutive year, having replaced the Boston Bruins, the only change in the foursome since 2009.
Toronto announced its roster way back on August 9. Ottawa and Pittsburgh did so on Tuesday. Click the links to preview their squads…. Read more
Posted in Prospects
Tagged Andrew Shaw, Ben Youds, Dylan Olsen, Joe Lavin, Johan Mattsson, Klas Dahlbeck, Ludvig Rensfeldt, Mirko Hoefflin, Phillip Danault, Prospect Camp, Prospect tournament, Rob Flick, Training camp
–We are now 60 days away from opening night of the Blackhawks’ regular season. The AHL’s too for that matter.
–Rockford IceHogs have announced two preseason home games. Both will be played at the MetroCentre.
Wed Sept 28 vs Chicago Wolves, 7:05pm
Sat Oct 01 vs Peoria Rivermen, 7:05pm
The IceHogs will have one other exhibition game in Milwaukee on September 30th. That game will be played at the Milwaukee School of Engineering inside the Kern Center.
–Hearing now the loan agreement of Cristobal Huet between the Blackhawks and Fribourg-Gotteron of the Swiss National League is a done deal. Read more
Posted in News and Notes
Tagged Adam Clendening, Andrew Brunette, Andrew Shaw, Andy Bohmbach, Bill Peters, Brent Sopel, Cristobal Huet, Daniel Carcillo, IceHogs, Johan Mattsson, Justin Holl, Kevin Hayes, Ludvig Rensfeldt, Mark McNeil, Patrick Kane, Ray Emery, Rob Flick, Schedule, Tony Salmelainen