Some Former Hogs Still Fighting For Rings
05/22/2012 3:36 PM - Mike Peck
It’s been well over a month now since the Rockford IceHogs last took to the ice, but there are five former IceHogs skaters (at three different levels) still playing playoff hockey and looking to add some hardware heading into the offseason.
Former IceHogs center Colin Fraser is with the L.A. Kings and the club is one win away from a Stanley Cup Finals appearance. Fraser was a member of the Blackhawks 2010 Stanley Cup Championship team and combined with the 2009 Hawks playoff run, the center played in just five combined postseason games.
This time around, Fraser has skated in all 11 Kings playoff contests so far. After spending a season in Edmonton in 2010-11, Fraser appeared in 67 games with Kings this past regular season, notching 2g-6a-8pts after beginning the year on the IR.
An extremely hard working player, I’d love to see Fraser get a second Stanley Cup ring! He was a key member of Rockford’s 2007-08 team, the first in the AHL era.
For the second straight season, an IceHogs player was dealt around the trade deadline to an AHL Calder Cup contender and is helping fuel a run to the title. Brandon Segal’s Norfolk Admirals are also one win away from the Finals round as they are up 3-0 on St. John’s.
The former Hogs captain has 2g-3a-5pts in 13 Calder Cup Playoff games after accumulating 5g-6a-11pts in eight regular season tilts with the Admirals following his trade from Rockford. Segal also appeared in 10 games with Tampa Bay.
Three former Hogs are locked up in a tight ECHL Kelly Cup Playoff title run. Goalie Joe Fallon and forwards Peter MacArthur and Judd Blackwater are trying to earn their first professional championship with the Las Vegas Wranglers.
Both Fallon and MacArthur faced their former team in the AHL this season with Fallon playing twice against the IceHogs in March while with the Houston Aeros and MacArthur twice in April with Lake Erie. Fallon has been spectacular in the postseason, posting a 7-3 record with a 2.01 goals against average and a .927 save percentage.
MacArthur ranked fourth on the Wranglers in scoring during the regular season (16g-32a-48pts in 38 games) despite playing 25 games in the AHL. During the Kelly Cup Playoffs, the Clifton Park, New York native has 4g-5a-9pts in 13 games.
Blackwater has been a key contributor offensively in the playoffs as well for Las Vegas. The winger has 6g-8a-14pts in 15 playoff games, third best on the club. Blackwater had three goals in nine games with Rockford in 2008-09.
Las Vegas is down 2-1 in their best-of-seven championship series against the Florida EverBlades with Game 4 on Tuesday night in Florida.
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