By Chris Block
I awoke Saturday morning, thinking watching the IceHogs 2016-17 season opener in Cleveland from the night before would be a fun way to start my weekend.
Boy, was I wrong.
Rockford was beaten 2-1 on Friday in Cleveland. This, the banner-raising night for the former Lake Erie Monsters – the team that also eliminated the IceHogs in the opening round of this past spring’s AHL postseason.
Since, Lake Erie has become the Cleveland Monsters – because, apparently these two entities are no longer ashamed to be associated with the other – and former Blackhawks Stanley Cup champion, John Madden has taken over as head coach for the franchise, after Jared Bednar left in August to take over for Patrick Roy in Denver. It’s the first time Madden has been head coach of anything, by the way. Ex-Blackhawk Steve McCarthy serves as one of Madden’s assistants as well.
Friday’s 2-1 final didn’t accurately portray the distance between these two teams on this night.