Week 8 brought 3 more games for the IceHogs with one coming at home against Abbotsford and two coming on the road against Charlotte. Unfortunately—or fortunately depending on how you look at it–for Rockford, they were only able to pick up one win.
The Hogs’ lone home game came on Wednesday, November 20th against the Abbotsford Heat. Kent Simpson got the call in net with Antti Raanta called up to Chicago. The Hogs trailed 2-0 in the first period and change and were never able to recover as they fell to the Heat 4-2 at the BMO Harris Bank Center. Center Drew LeBlanc tallied on the power play in the 2nd period to make it 2-1 and defenseman Viktor Svedberg scored his 2nd goal of the season in the 3rd period to make it 3-2, but that was all the offense the Hogs could muster up on that night.
On Saturday, November 23rd, the Hogs made their first trek down to Charlotte this season where goaltender Mac Carruth made his first AHL start. The Hogs battled back to tie the game twice in the contest with both tallies coming from Joakim Nordstrom. Charlotte pulled away in the 3rd though with 3 unanswered tallies to make the final score 5-2.
The following afternoon, the Hogs were back at it again in Charlotte. This game was a different story for Rockford as they jumped out to a 2 goal lead in the 1st period with tallies from Adam Clendening and Garret Ross. Charlotte tied the game by the late stages of the 2nd period, but the Hogs picked up the win with 2 more tallies in the 3rd from Philippe Lefebvre and Klas Dahlbeck. The final score ended up being 4-3 with Kent Simpson picking up the win.
–On Wednesday, the Hogs outshot the Heat 30-28. Rockford went 1-for-3 on the power play and the Heat went 1-for-4. The Hogs’ scratches were: Brad Mills, Wade Brookbank, Theo Peckham and Byron Froese. Adam Clendening led the Hogs with 4 shots on goal.
–On Saturday, Charlotte outshot Rockford 32-23. The Hogs went 0-for-2 on the man advantage and the Checkers went 4-for-6 on the man advantage… The Hogs’ scratches were: Brad Mills, Byron Froese, Kyle Beach and Blake Kessel. Joakim Nordstrom led the Hogs with 4 shots on goal.
–On Sunday, Charlotte outshot Rockford 32-30. The Hogs went 0-for-3 on the power play and the Checkers went 1-for-4. The Hogs’ scratches were: Brad Mills, Kyle Beach, Wade Brookbank and Blake Kessel. Klas Dahlbeck led the Hogs with 5 shots on goal.
–Philippe Lefebvre has not looked bad for the IceHogs in his first few games with the team. He made his Hogs debut on Wednesday and then picked up his first goal with the team on Sunday. He has been used on the penalty kill, even in his debut, which I found interesting, but he didn’t look that out of place.
-While he has yet to pick up his first professional goal, Pat Mullane is on a 2 game point streak as he has picked up assists in both of the Charlotte games. Lately, he has seemed to play with some more confidence and it’s only a matter of time before he picks up his first tally.
–Wednesday, November 20—The Blackhawks recalled winger Jeremy Morin before the Hogs’ game against Abbotsford.
–Tuesday, November 26—The Blackhawks reassigned winger Jeremy Morin to the IceHogs. The IceHogs also released defenseman Blake Kessel from his PTO and signed defenseman Brett Skinner to a PTO.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR ROCKFORD?
-Wednesday, November 27 vs. Milwaukee at 7 pm
-Friday, November 29 at Chicago at 7:30 pm
-Saturday, November 30 vs. Chicago at 7 pm