Saturday, November 22, 2014

HARTMAN LIFTS HOGS IN OVERTIME

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By: Ryan Harr


Photo by Greg Hamil
Hartman lights the lamp twice in a thrilling 4-3 overtime victory

Rockford, Ill. – At the end of 40 minutes of play on Friday night at the BMO Harris Bank Center, the Rockford IceHogs (12-4-0-1) were on the wrong end of a 3-2 score to the Iowa Wild (4-11-1-0). Good thing the game went 60 minutes and more for the IceHogs as they came back to knock off the Wild 4-3 in overtime.

Down by a goal with 11:08 left in the final frame, Ryan Schnell ripped a shot at the Iowa net that Johan Gustafsson kicked right to the stick of Ryan Hartman and he fired it to the back of the net to tie the score at 3-3. The assist for Schnell was his second point (1g-1a) of the night, and along with a fighting major he completed a Gordie Howe hat trick.

Then, it was Hartman again that sent the home crowd happy after he beat Gustafsson 3:14 into the extra session. T.J Brennan raced around the Iowa cage before slipping a pass for Hartman, who was parked in front of Gustafsson, to deliver the game-winner.

Things did not start out well for the Hogs as the Wild took a lead just 91 seconds into the first period when the IceHog were on the wrong end of a 5-4 man advantage. Seven seconds into the Wild power play, Tyler Graovac picked up his team leading 12th point (5g-7a) of the season and gave the visitors an early 1-0 lead. Michael Keranen notched an assist on the goal.

With the IceHogs trailing by a goal to the start the middle frame, Schnell picked up his first marker of the season and first goal since Dec. 10, 2013 when he was a member of the St. Johns IceCaps. Alex Broadhurst and Pierre-Cedric Labrie each factored in on the Schnell goal with 16:28 remaining in the second period.

A Justin Falk marker with 6:03 left in the second period broke the 1-1 tie and the Wild regained the lead. Less than a minute later, Viktor Svedberg fired a shot from the point that snuck through traffic and tied the game at two. Garret Ross and T.J. Brennan each helped set up Svedberg with 5:20 remaining in the second period.

Iowa wasted little time to regain the lead as Kurtis Gabriel picked up a loose puck in front of Scott Darling and delivered the go ahead goal just 22 seconds after the IceHogs tied the contest at two. Stephane Veilleux and Falk scored an assist on the goal with 4:58 left in the sandwich stanza.

Schnell registered his first multi-point game since Dec. 7, 2012 when he was a member of the ECHL’s Colorado Eagles.

Darling made 22 saves in a winning effort and improved his record to 6-2-0-0 for Rockford, while Gustafsson was handed a loss despite turning away 37 chances.

NEXT HOME GAME: Saturday, Nov. 22, vs. Milwaukee Admirals.  Face off is set for 7 p.m. The IceHogs try to break their eight-game skid against Milwaukee when they meet for the third time in eight days. Fans can stick around after the game to take a shot from center ice for a chance to win pizza and prizes, courtesy of Papa John’s.

Monday, November 17, 2014

WEEK 6 RECAP: ROCKFORD TAKES ONE OF THREE

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By: Brent Hollerud
Photo by Greg Hamil
IceHogs bounce back from consecutive losses to beat defending champs on Sunday

Week 6 Recap: 

Rockford’s AHL franchise record eight game winning streak came to a halt as the IceHogs dropped both sides of a home-and-home series with Milwaukee to begin their first three-in-three set of the season. After taking tough 4-1 and 2-1 losses to the Admirals, Rockford rebounded to take down the 2014 Calder Cup Champion Texas Stars 3-2 at the BMO Harris Bank Center, ending the busy weekend on a high note.

Week 6 Results:               
Friday, Nov. 14, Milwaukee 4 vs. Rockford 1           
Saturday, Nov. 15, Rockford 1 at Milwaukee 2          
Sunday, Nov. 16, Texas 2 vs. Rockford 3            

Week 7 Schedule:
Friday, Nov. 21, vs. Iowa, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 22, vs. Milwaukee, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 23, at Chicago, 4 p.m.


Bacon Bits:
     
-Rockford’s eight game winning streak, which ended with Friday’s loss to Milwaukee, was the longest unbeaten streak since the 2008-09 season, setting an AHL franchise record

-The previous longest winning streak came when the IceHogs won six straight from Oct. 12 to Oct. 26, 2008

-Through 16 games this season, Rockford has four regulation losses, and three of them are against the Milwaukee Admirals

-Rockford has scored four goals in the three losses to Milwaukee, an average of 1.33 goals per contest

-In the IceHogs other 13 contests, the club is averaging 3.54 goals per outing

-Friday and Saturday’s losses were the first two times this season Rockford has been held to a single goal

-Overall, Rockford has dropped eight straight against the Admirals dating back to March 7 and the IceHogs have scored just 16 goals in those eight losses

-The two losses to Milwaukee extended Rockford’s winless streak against the Admirals to eight games, dating back to last season

-Rockford was whistled for a season-high 45 penalty minutes in Saturday night’s loss in Milwaukee

-Defenseman Klas Dahlbeck logged 19 penalty minutes in the game, a season-high for one player

-Brandon Mashinter’s second-period power play goal against Texas was the first goal the IceHogs scored with the man advantage at home since their 5-4 OT win against Lake Erie on Nov. 4, and just the second this season

-Defenseman T.J. Brennan has points in seven of his last eight games, totaling 2g-8a-10pts with a plus/minus rating of +7

-Brennan leads all Rockford skaters and ranks second among all AHL defensemen with an overall plus/minus rating of +12

-Brennan tied an individual season-high in shots on goal with seven against Texas on Sunday, and leads Rockford with 44 shots through 15 games played

-Center Mark McNeill had his team season-high six-game point streak snapped on Saturday in Milwaukee after racking up 7g-4a-11pts during his hot stretch

-McNeill also sustained a lower body injury in Saturday’s game and did not play on Sunday, snapping his 91 consecutive games played streak dating back to 4/20/13, the longest active streak on the IceHogs

-Goaltender Antti Raanta turned aside 33 shots to pick up the win on Sunday, in his first start after being assigned to Rockford the previous day

-Raanta’s last win for the IceHogs came exactly one year earlier, in a 4-2 victory against San Antonio on Nov. 16, 2013

-Rockford had their nine game streak of scoring a third period goal snapped on Friday against Milwaukee

-In those nine contests, Rockford had tallied 16 times, an average of 1.78 goals per third frame

-The IceHogs accumulated a single-game (regulation) season-high 45 shots on goal on Sunday, marking the third time in six games the IceHogs eclipsed the 40 shot total

-Rockford ranks seventh in the AHL, averaging 31.5 shots on goal per game

-Pierre-Cedric Labrie played in his 400th-career AHL game on Sunday

Hot Hog: Week 6
Teuvo Teravainen     Center (1g-2a)
First year center Teuvo Teravainen picked up three points in three games during Week 6 for Rockford. On Saturday in Milwaukee, Teravainen potted his second goal of the season, Rockford’s lone marker in a 2-1 loss. Then on Sunday, the Finnish center marked two primary assists to help lead the IceHogs to a 3-2 win over the Texas Stars. Overall this season, Teravainen has 2g-8a-10pts in 14 games with the IceHogs.

Upcoming Games:

Friday, Nov. 21, vs. Iowa Wild: Game begins at 7 p.m.  The IceHogs’ second meeting with the Wild kicks off with another Blues Flame Lounge Pre-Game Party at the BMO. All ticketed fans 21-and-up can arrive early to enjoy free appetizers, live music and drink specials before enjoying the game. Doors open at 5:15 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 22, vs. Milwaukee Admirals: Face off is set for 7 p.m. The IceHogs try to break their skid against Milwaukee when they meet for the third time in seven days. Fans can stick around after the game to take a shot from center ice for a chance to win prizes courtesy of Papa John’s.

Sunday, Nov. 23 at Chicago Wolves: Game starts at 4 p.m. Rockford makes its first visit to Allstate Arena to play the second of twelve against their intrastate rivals in an Illinois Lottery Cup matchup. The IceHogs are hoping to improve upon their 1-4-0-1 record in Rosemount a year ago.


Bud Light Hog Talk Monday Night At Mulligan’s and Grill:

Bud Light Hog Talk is back on Monday, Nov. 17 at Mulligan’s Pub and Grill from 6-7 p.m. Mulligan’s is located on North Main St. Fans can join Mike Peck or TJ Hogan from 6-7 p.m. on most Mondays throughout the season, as they chat with IceHogs players, coaches and front office members. This week’s guests will include IceHogs defenseman Kyle Cumiskeyand General Manager of Minor League Affiliates Mark Bernard. Take advantage of food and Bud Light specials at Mulligan’s. The show will be re-aired on Tuesdays from 7-8 p.m. on WIFR’s 23.2 “Antenna TV.”

The IceHogs Broadcasting Network:
Catch every IceHogs game, home and road, in 2014-15 on WIFR’s 23.2, “Antenna TV.” The games can also be viewed on Comcast Cable channel 436, Charter Cable channel 193 or Mediacom 101 in the Rockford market and online through AHLlive.com. Fans can listen to the action for free on AHLlive.com. For a complete listing of TV stations carrying IceHogs games, visit IceHogs.com. Every broadcast will start with the IceHogs Warmup 30 minutes prior to puck drop.

Tickets On Sale for 2014-2015!
IceHogs individual game tickets are now on sale! Call (815) 968-5222 to reserve your seats for any IceHogs regular season game during the 2014-15 season. Tickets can also be purchased online at IceHogs.com, in person at the BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office in downtown Rockford, or any Ticketmaster outlet, includating Walmart.

RAANTA, TERAVAINEN LEAD ICEHOGS OVER TEXAS

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By: Brent Hollerud
Photo by Todd Reicher
Rockford rebounds to 3-2 win over defending champs
Rockford, Ill. - Despite entering Sunday tired, banged up and on the wrong side of their two previous games, the Rockford IceHogs (11-4-0-1) rebounded with a complete team performance, dispatching the defending Calder Cup Champion Texas Stars (6-4-4-0) in front of a sell-out crowd of 6,390 at the BMO Harris Bank Center.
While the game ended in the slimmest of margins on the scoreboard, Rockford's spirited play gave the home team a stranglehold in the time-on-attack and scoring chance categories. Only three IceHogs skaters failed to register a shot on goal, as Rockford poured a three-period season-high 45 shots on Texas goaltender Jack Campbell. 
Campbell kept the game from becoming lopsided with an impressive 42-save performance, but was unable to keep the combination of Teuvo Teravainen and Brandon Mashinter from providing the offensive firepower the IceHogs needed to pick up the win. 
Mashinter tallied the first goal of the game in the second and added the primary assist on T.J. Brennan's eventual game-winner at the halfway point of the third period. During a strong shift in the Texas zone, Mashinter waited out Campbell in the slot before dishing a feed to Brennan, who fired it upstairs to give himself a two-point night (1g-1a) and Rockford a 3-1 lead. 
Also tallying a pair of points was Teravainen, who accounted for the primary assist for the IceHogs' first two goals. The young forward now has eight helpers on the year, tying him for the team lead.
Texas added a late marker to make it 3-2 with 2:02 left in the third, but newly assigned goaltender Antti Raanta held tough to pick up the win. Raanta played a composed game, turning aside 33 of 35 shots in his first appearance with the IceHogs in 2014-15.
Rockford came out guns-blazing in an opening period where they controlled the pace of play from the outset, but could not find the cage thanks to 21 stops by Campbell. 
The IceHogs carried their offensive pressure into the second period, when Mashinter was finally able to break through with the man advantage at 5:11. The power play goal capped a solid night for the Rockford special teams, going 1-for-3 on the power play while killing off all three Texas opportunities. 
Rockford's lead was short lived, as five minutes later a defensive zone turnover came back to bite them. The Stars pinned the IceHogs deep in their end, forcing goalie Raanta to make a couple stops before a botched clearing attempt gave Texas a 3-on-1 in the slot. Gemel Smith fed Matej Stranski a cross-ice pass for a tap-in goal at 10:40 to tie the game at one. 
Instead of retreating after the goal against, Rockford kept attacking, which culminated in the go-ahead goal by Garret Ross at 14:00 of the second period. Wide open in the slot, Ross tallied his fourth of the year when he buried a feed from Teravainen on the half wall to send the IceHogs into the third up 2-1. 
Next Home Game: Friday, Nov. 21 vs. Iowa Wild. Game begins at 7 p.m.  The IceHogs second meeting with the Wild kicks off with another Blues Flame Lounge Pre-Game Party at the BMO. All ticketed fans 21-and-up can arrive early to enjoy free appetizers, live music and drink specials before enjoying the game. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

DARLING AND RAANTA SWAP SPOTS

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11/15/2014 10:13 PM

By: Chicago Blackhawks
GOALTENDING SWAP
Chicago- The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have recalled goaltender Scott Darling from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League and assigned goaltender Antti Raanta to Rockford.
 
Darling, 25, has posted a 5-1-0 record in six games with the IceHogs; he ranks fifth in the AHL with a 1.79 goals-against average and sixth with a .939 save percentage. The Lemont, Ill., native posted a 2-1-0 record with a .933 SV% and a 1.98 GAA in three games with Chicago this season. He made his National Hockey League debut with the Blackhawks on Oct. 26 vs. Ottawa, turning aside 31 of 32 shots on goal for his first career win.
 
Raanta, 25, has registered a 1-2-0 mark, including one shutout, a .933 SV% and 2.63 GAA in three games with Chicago this season.
 
Next Home Game: Sunday, Nov. 16 vs. Texas Stars at 4 p.m. The IceHogs round out their first three-in-three set of the season as they host the defending Calder Cup Champion Texas Stars at the BMO Harris Bank Center. The game is officially sold out but those with tickets already can stay after the game’s conclusion to take the ice with their favorite players in another rendition of “Skate with the Hogs.”

TIGHT CONTEST SWAYS IN ADMIRALS DIRECTION

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11/15/2014 6:16 PM

By: Mike Peck
Photo courtesy of Scott Paulus
Hogs drop second in a row to Milwaukee

Milwaukee, Wis.-Apparently the Rockford IceHogs kryptonite is the Milwaukee Admirals. Rockford entered week six of the American Hockey League season with an eight game winning streak, but the Admirals have handed the Hogs back-to-back losses, including a 2-1 setback on Saturday in Milwaukee.

The IceHogs have now dropped eight straight to Milwaukee dating back to March 7, and three of the clubs four regulation losses in 2014-15 have come against the Ads.

Unlike their first two meetings with Milwaukee this season, Rockford claimed the first goal on Saturday. Seconds after a power play expired, T.J. Brennan spotted Teuvo Teravainen on the right face-off circle and the rookie beat Magnus Hellberg at 6:45 for his second goal of the season.

In the second frame, Milwaukee was able to tie the game after Rockford failed to clear the puck out of their zone. Anthony Bitetto crossed a pass to Garret Noonan and the rookie d-man beat Scott Darling at 16:32 for his second goal of the season.

Entering play on Saturday, Rockford's single game high for penalty minutes was 27. Through two periods of play, Rockford was whistled for 35 PIMs, including  three fights.

The tight contest continued in the third period, but Milwaukee was able to break the 1-1 tie. Admirals defenseman Joe Piskula fired home his first goal of the season through traffic at 12:28 to put Milwaukee out front.

Rockford outshot the Admirals 29-21 in the contest, but Magnus Hellberg picked up his second win in as many days against Rockford after losing seven straight against the IceHogs.

Next Home Game: Sunday, Nov. 16 vs. Texas Stars at 4 p.m. The IceHogs round out their first three-in-three set of the season as they host the defending Calder Cup Champion Texas Stars at the BMO Harris Bank Center. The game is officially sold out but those with tickets already can stay after the game’s conclusion to take the ice with their favorite players in another rendition of “Skate with the Hogs.”

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