The Rockford IceHogs dropped their only game on the schedule this week. The Hogs are in action Tuesday at the BMO Harris Bank Center, where they will host Milwaukee before heading to Manitoba this weekend.
One area Rockford should not be short in is the crease. By my count, there should be four candidates for the job of guarding the net. Apparently three guys weren’t enough for the IceHogs. Or…maybe someone is on his way out.
Jeff Glass was reassigned to Rockford Sunday afternoon, restoring the trifecta that had been in place for much of the last two months. Today, the Hogs signed Wouter Peeters, last summer’s third-round pick of the Blackhawks, to an amateur tryout.
There are several players I would have expected to turn up in Rockford in these last few weeks of the season. It surprised me a bit to see Peeters coming over. I would imagine he would at least get a start or two in order for the organization to get a look-see at the 18-year-old. After all, the IceHogs have little to play for at this point of the campaign. There’s just going to be a lot of goalie equipment in the locker room.
Glass, Lars Johansson and Mac Carruth are all on NHL deals, so if anyone (read: Carruth) were to be pegged for a trip to Indy, they’d have to sign off on it. Kinda makes you wonder who leads the IceHogs out of the tunnel against the Admirals.
Here Come The Prospects
In what should be a steady influx of young talent in the next couple of weeks, Chicago signed Anthony Louis, their sixth-round selection in the 2013 NHL Draft. Louis just finished his Senior season at Miami (Ohio) with 39 points in 36 games. He will be reporting to Rockford, where I would assume he will sign a PTO with the IceHogs.
Louis and Peeters are probably just the first in what should be several new faces to watch in Rockford as the season comes to a close.
Let’s Get To The Recap
Friday, March 10-Milwaukee 5, Rockford 2
The IceHogs were able to rally from a two-goal deficit but wound up taking a sixth-straight defeat.
The action was up and down the rink in the opening period, though neither team was getting much through to the net. Milwaukee took a 1-0 lead 15:04 into the period when Stephen Perfetto skated behind the net and found Pontus Aberg in the slot. The Admirals stretched their advantage to 2-0 late in the first on an Andrew O’Brien shot from the point.
The IceHogs stormed back to tie the game up with a strong second period. Rockford got its first goal of the evening 1:40 into the middle frame. Vinnie Hinostroza took a pass from Brandon Mashinter and skated behind the Admirals net. Michael Latta got open in the crease and Hinostroza found him with the biscuit. Latta misfired on his initial attempt but beat Milwaukee goalie Marek Mazanec to cut the Ads lead to 2-1.
Just over six minutes into the period, Hinostroza got his first goal since coming down to Rockford, converting on a pass from Jake Dowell. Hinostoza fired from the right post and tied the score at two goals apiece.
The Admirals took control of the game early in the third with a Frederick Gaudreau strike 1:27 into the fianal frame. Aberg provided some insurance with his second of the night at 17:07, and Gaudreau potted an empty-netter with five seconds left to account for the final margin.
Lines (Starters in italics)
Brandon Mashinter (A)-Vinnie Hinostroza-Kyle Baun
Michael Latta (A)-Jake Dowell (C)-Martin Lundberg
Tyler Motte-Jeremy Langlois-Luke Johnson
Chris DeSousa-Evan Mosey
Erik Gustafsson-Ville Pokka
Nolan Valleau-Viktor Svedberg
Robin Press-Gustav Forsling
Power Play (0-2)
Penalty Kill (Ads were 1-4)
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