Led by a red-hot Carter Hutton in goal and a stingy penalty kill unit that has now killed off 23 consecutive power plays against, the Rockford IceHogs completed a weekend home-and-home sweep of the Chicago Wolves Saturday with a 3-2 win in Rosemont, Illinois.
In front of 15,920 at Allstate Arena, the largest crowd the IceHogs have played in front of in nearly three years, Rockford accomplished a third period come back for just the third time this season, all three coming in the past fourteen days. Saturday night’s victory also extended the Wolves losing streak to a season-high four games and brings Rockford’s road record to within one game of .500 at 9-10-1-2.
Carter Hutton stopped 37 shots on Saturday in his fifth consecutive start (4-1-0-0). In those five starts, Hutton boasts a 1.39 GAA and 95.1% save percentage.
Saturday re-matched two teams that had played 24 hours earlier in Rockford. On Friday night, Rostislav Olesz’s goal midway through the second period stood as the difference in a 3-2 IceHogs’ victory. Read more »
Jeremy Morin lit the lamp for his 7th and 8th goals of the season, but a series of IceHogs penalties swung the momentum Wednesday afternoon. From there, the Chicago Wolves got two third period goals from Mark Mancari to defeat Rockford 4-2.
A mostly school kids field trip day crowd of 6,113 in Rosemont, Illinois witnessed their Wolves down the IceHogs for the fourth time in five meetings this season.
“Our penalty killing did a good job,” head coach Ted Dent said in the wake of the IceHogs’ 20th regulation loss (13-20-1-3). “I thought some of the (penalty) calls were below average, but what can you do?” Read more »
A combination of Rockford’s offense gaining new life and Carter Hutton’s 32 saves ended the IceHogs’ four-game losing streak and lifted the baby-Hawks to a 6-3 win over rival Chicago Wolves.
“It was huge,” alternate captain Brett McLean said of the swoon-snapping victory. “We felt lately that maybe we had not gotten the results that we’ve deserved.”
After scoring just five goals total in their previous four games, the IceHogs’ offense exploded for a four-goal first period and six goals in all before a crowd of 4,272 at BMO Harris Bank Center.
“It was a good, hard-paced fast game,” said IceHogs’ head coach Ted Dent. “I thought we played as close to a 60-minute game as we could. There were a couple breakdowns in the second period, but other than that, I thought we played a solid game.”
Carter Hutton made his third-consecutive start since being recalled from Toledo last weekend after the Alexander Salak injury.
“I thought he was good, especially on the power play in the third (period),” Dent said of Hutton’s performance after his team defeated the Wolves for the first time this season in three matchups. “I thought he was solid. He gave us a real good chance to win tonight.” Read more »
It’s another 3-in-3 this weekend for the Rockford IceHogs, beginning tonight when the Chicago Wolves drive up Interstate 90 to the BMO Harris Bank Center for a 7:05 puck drop.
The Wolves have won each of two meetings two far, a back-to-back, home and home affair on October 21-22. Rockford and Chicago will see each other 12 times this season. The final meeting coming on Sunday February 26th in Rockford. After tonight, the two teams will next face off on December 29th at Allstate Arena. So, the other eight meetings will come in January and February.
Chicago (9-8-1-3) is 4th in the West Division, sitting 5 points (and with a game in hand) above 5th and last-place Rockford. It’s already becoming a broken record, but the IceHogs really need these two points tonight to keep from falling too far behind the pack.
Saturday night, Grand Rapids visits the BMO. It will be the final time this season to see Detroit Red Wings prospects at the BMO. Rockford has defeated the Griffins in two meetings already this season, including a 3-2 opening night victory in front of a crowd of 5,434. The two teams will wrap their 4-game season series this coming Wednesday night in Grand Rapids.
On Sunday, the IceHogs travel to Milwaukee (13-6-0-1) for their first visit to the Bradley Center this season. These two teams have yet to face off in 2011-12 and will do so 12 times before its all said and done. The Admirals are a modest 6-4 at home this year. By Sunday, Milwaukee will also be playing their 3rd game in as many days as they host Grand Rapids tonight, and visit the Chicago Wolves tomorrow evening.
–Watch the IceHogs: Tonight’s Rockford IceHogs – Chicago Wolves game will be televised locally in Chicago by the Wolves at 7pm on My50-Chicago, WPWR channel 50. Read more »
The American Hockey League was finally able to release their 2011-12 regular season schedule on Thursday, exactly fifty days prior to the league’s official opener, October 7th.
Rockford will open its season on Saturday night, October 8th versus the Grand Rapids Griffins at the formerly-named MetroCentre, now the BMO Harris Bank Center.
The next day the IceHogs play their first road game at Peoria. That October 9th contest against the Rivermen begins a four-game road trip continuing with two games in Abbotsford on Oct 14 and 16. After five days off, the IceHogs make their first trip to Allstate Arena in Rosemont for the ’11-12 seasons’ initial meeting with the Chicago Wolves, brand new affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks.
In all, the IceHogs and Wolves meet twelve times during the new campaign. In a weird twist, the Hogs-Wolves season series will be complete by Feb 26th. The rivals will meet on back-to-back days on three separate occasions: Oct 21-22, Jan 20-21 and Feb 10-11 (both of these games are in Rockford). Read more »
Adam Jahns of the Sun-Times has a quick Q&A with Dan Carcillohere.
Jahns asked Carcillo to describe himself away from the ice. Carcillo said what pretty much every one of his former teammates will say, and its that he’s “pretty much the exact opposite.” (Opposite, that is, of a loose cannon. My words)
Carcillo: “If something irks me or gets me upset, I usually take it out on the ice.”
That explains a lot.
–Former Blackhawk goaltender Jimmy Waite is the new goaltending coach for the Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL). Waite is the younger brother of current Blackhawks’ goaltending coach Stephane Waite. Jimmy, who is now 42, continued his playing career in Europe until retiring at age 40. He returns to coach the team he played junior hockey with, the same Chicoutimi organization Waite was playing for when the Hawks drafted him 8th overall in 1987 NHL Draft. The president of the current day Sagueneens is Guy Carbonneau.
–Apparently there is a site in Europe pushing a rumor saying David Aebischer will be traded to Fribourg-Gotteron soon and Cristobal Huet is out attributing me as the source. That’s not even close to what I wrote.
–The Maple Leafs revealed their roster for the round-robin rookie camp tournament taking place September 10 – 13 in Oshawa. The Blackhawks, Senators and Penguins are the other teams involved.
Rockford continues its busiest week of the season tonight when they bus to Rosemont, Illinois for the 7th of 10 matchups this season with the Chicago Wolves. The two teams have split the games even so far.
As a team, the IceHogs have been nothing short of awful of late.
Rockford has lost 13 of their last 15 games (2-11-2-0). Seven of those losses have come on home ice. When this recent stretch of losses began back on January 21st, Rockford was three games above the .500 mark (19-16-1-4) having won seven of ten.
Today, the IceHogs (21-27-3-4) are deeply trenched in last place in the West division, trailing 7th place Chicago by 15 points. With only 25 games left in the regular season, the IceHogs would essentially have to run the table now in order to grab a spot in the postseason. Just two teams in the league (Adirondack and Bridgeport) hold fewer wins than Rockford.
The chief culprit in this recent swoon has been some inexplicable poor starts.
Dating back to Jan 21st, Rockford is being outscored 27-11 in the opening period. It gets a little better in the middle stanza (10gf-15ga) while the 3rd period rings dead-even (14-14).
On five occasions in the last 15 starts, Rockford has trailed by two or more goals after the opening twenty minutes. Three times, they trailed by three or more. On Feb 13 at Milwaukee, the IceHogs trailed after the first period 5-1.
While the goaltending of Alec Richards and Hannu Toivonen has been less than adequate at times over the downturn, Rockford’s defense has largely been to blame. Read more »
Rockford is visiting their Interstate-90 rival Chicago Wolves on Wednesday night. It’ll mark the 7th of 10 regular season matchups between the two teams. The Wolves and IceHogs have split the first six even, with the Wolves technically having the better points percentage because it took overtime for Rockford to win their first meeting on October 23rd at the MetroCentre.
Here are the highlights from their most recent meeting…. Chicago’s 4-3 victory last Friday night in Rockford.