By Chris Block
On Friday, the American Hockey League suspended Rockford IceHogs winger Andrew Shaw for 1 game in response to a boarding infraction Shaw committed in Wednesday night’s game against the Chicago Wolves.
Shaw was called for boarding by official Trent Knorr at the 15:45 mark of the second period when Shaw left his feet while finishing a check on Chicago forward Brett Sterling deep in the Wolves’ zone.
Shaw’s point of contact on Sterling appeared to be a shoulder or arm directly to the side of Sterling’s head. Sterling went down and was shaken up for a few moments but stayed in the game. Play continued on while the Wolves maintained possession of the puck.
During the delayed penalty call, Andrew Shaw retreated to the Rockford IceHogs’ bench where he walked behind the bench where the coaches stand, where he picked up a folding chair. Shaw appeared to be contemplating throwing the chair onto to the ice when he was stopped by one of the team trainers. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, IceHogs, News and Notes
Tagged Andrew Shaw, Blackhawks, Boarding, Brett Sterling, Chicago, Headshot, IceHogs, Mike Smith, Rockford, Suspension, Ted Dent, Trent Knorr, Wolves
By Chris Block
On Monday, the AHL announced its decision to suspend Rockford IceHogs third-year defenseman Shawn Lalonde 3 games for his actions in last Friday (Nov 16) night’s game against the Houston Aeros in Rockford.
Lalonde’s suspension is result of an illegal check to the head on Aeros’ defenseman Steven Kampfer. The incident took place at 9:40 of the second period in Friday night’s game while the Aeros were on the power play.
There was no penalty called on the play by either of the two referees, Joe Sullivan and Jean Hebert.
The hit temporarily knocked Kampfer unconscious and Kampfer was eventually stretchered off the ice and taken to a Rockford hospital where he was evaluated and released the next day. Read more
Posted in IceHogs, News and Notes
Tagged Aeros, Andrew Conboy, Andrew Shaw, Concussion, Corey Tropp, Dylan Olsen, Head trauma, Houston, IceHogs, Kyle Beach, Michigan, Michigan State, Mike Milano, Minnesot, Rockford, Shawn Lalonde, Spartans, Steven Kampfer, Suspension, Ted Dent, Wade Brookbank, Wild, Wolverines
By Brad Vandenberk
All the traditional jerseys were worn and all the superstitions acted upon as the Chicago Blackhawks tried to stave off elimination in the 2012 NHL playoffs. Captain Jonathan Toews took his team aside after the morning skate on Saturday with no coaches involved. The message was quite clear, they needed the win from this road game and needed the stars to pick up their game and get a win, preferably in regulation.
The last four games have gone to overtime with Mikkel Boedker winning the last 2 in Chicago with two weak goals getting by Corey Crawford. Whispers were in the air of veteran Ray Emery possibly getting the start for game five. Coach Q made the announcement that they were sticking with Crawford. Mike Smith was automatically in for the Coyotes.
Earlier in the afternoon it was decided that Raffi Torres would sit in a suit for 25 games. He was suspended for his hit on Marian Hossa during the first period in Game 3. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap, Stanley Cup Playoffs
Tagged Blackhawks, Brandon Saad, Corey Crawford, Coyotes, Gilbert Brule, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Michael Frolik, Mike Smith, Nick Leddy, Phoenix, Raffi Torres, Stanley Cup Playoffs, Suspension, Viktor Stalberg
By Brad Gardner
Another tightly contested game between Phoenix and Chicago saw the visiting Coyotes take the series advantage. The visiting Coyotes escaped with a 3-2 overtime win on Tuesday night. Mikkel Boedker was the ovetime hero for Phoenix on a sharp-angle goal at the 13:15 mark of the extra session.
The first period was marred by a late hit from Raffi Torres on Marian Hossa right in front of the ‘Hawks bench. Early signs were not good, as Hossa dropped to the ice, slamming the back of his head, and Blackhawks medical staff jumped over the boards before the puck was even blown dead. Little time was wasted before the stretcher was brought out and Hossa wheeled to an ambulance, at which point he was communicating but had still not yet regained movement. Fortunately, he was able to return home, under further monitoring, with what is being called a broken jaw. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Brad Gardner, Game recap, Stanley Cup Playoffs
Tagged Andrew Brunette, Brandon Bollig, Corey Crawford, Coyotes, Hit, Marian Hossa, Michael Frolik, Mike Smith, Mikkel Boedker, Patrick Kane, Phoenix, Raffi Torres, Ray Whitney, Rostislav Klesa, Stanley Cup Playoffs, Suspension
By Chris Block
Top Blackhawks prospect and Rockford IceHogs winger Jeremy Morin was suspended on Tuesday for the team’s next 3 games as result of an elbowing incident during Sunday’s 5-4 shootout loss in Milwaukee.
With six minutes remaining in the second period, Morin collided with Milwaukee Admirals center Joel Champagne, while chasing a loose puck deep in the Admirals’ zone.
Morin’s elbow connected with the left side of Champagne’s jaw as Morin attempted to box his opponent off the loose puck in the right corner behind the Admirals’ goal line.
Champagne was moving on the ice but did lay prone for several minutes while attended to by both the IceHogs and Admirals trainers. He was eventually placed on a backboard and stretchered across the ice before being sent to a hospital for further evaluation.
The play sequence began with a weak Champagne turnover in the neutral zone, forced by an Andrew Shaw backcheck. Seconds later, Brandon Pirri gained the Admirals’ blue line by lifting a puck, tossed backhand across the ice, leading Shaw along the far boards. Shaw won a one-on-one physical battle with defenseman Tyler Sloan and advanced that puck down low into the right corner. At this point, Morin read the play and came down from the middle of the slot in pursuit of the puck.
Joel Champagne actually should have gotten to that puck first, but he was slow to get there. Champagne saw Morin coming and pulled up to avoid a hit. Morin had time to adjust, and instead of throwing a check on Champagne, Morin chose to box him off the puck since Champagne was, in effect, surrendering possession to Morin. In seeing Champagne pull up and making his adjustment, Morin shifted his weight in turning his back to Champagne to shield the Milwaukee player off the puck.
As far as the elbow, Champagne was struck by an accidental blow from Morin’s left, trailing elbow. Read more
Posted in IceHogs, News and Notes
Tagged Admirals, AHL, Andrew Shaw, Ben Smith, Ben Youds, Brandon Pirri, IceHogs, Jeremy Morin, Joe Sullivan, Joel Champagne, Keith Kaval, Suspension, Ted Dent