MORIN, HOGS MASH MARLIES 4-1

By: Fritz Stillings
Photo by Greg Hamil

Rockford, Ill. – To keep pace in the tight Western Conference playoff race, the Rockford IceHogs need to keep winning, and Wednesday night at the BMO Harris Bank Center the Hogs did just that by defeating the North Division leading Toronto Marlies in 4-1 fashion.

Jeremy Morin led the way for Rockford as he potted his 26th and 27th goals of the season, both coming on the special teams.

With the score 1-0 in the second period and on the Hogs third power play chance, Brandon Pirri set-up Morin on the doorstep, who one-timed the puck past Toronto goaltender Drew MacIntyre and evened the score at one apiece.

Ten minutes later it was Morin again, this time shorthanded. The winger picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and skated in on a breakaway, where he hesitated at the faceoff circle before sniping his 27th goal of the season over MacIntyre’s right shoulder, giving Rockford the 2-1 edge.

In the third, Steve Montador gave Rockford some insurance. Pirri found the veteran defenseman on the top of the faceoff circle, who blasted in his second goal of the season, upping the Hogs lead to 3-1.

Toronto pulled MacIntyre with two minutes left in the contest in a desperation attempt to claw back into the contest. But Rockford kept the Marlies at bay and with 21.3 seconds remaining, Brad Mills potted the empty-netter to solidify the Hogs victory, 4-1.

The Marlies opened the scoring in the first period when IceHogs goaltender Carter Hutton blocked Toronto forward Tim Connolly’s shot from the point, however Spencer Abbott was on the doorstep to clean up the rebound and flicked in his 10th goal of the season. Greg Scott also assisted on the play to give the Marlies the 1-0 advantage.

Morin’s shorthanded goal was his team-leading third on the campaign and also set an IceHogs AHL-era record 10th shorthanded goal on the campaign.

Rockford entered the contest with a league-best 22.1% power play and connected on one of their five opportunities, while the penalty kill unit dismissed Toronto’s two man-advantages.

Hutton made 19 saves in the winning effort, while MacIntyre finished with 26 saves.

Next Home Game: Friday, March 29 vs. Milwaukee Admirals at 7:05 p.m. The Midwest Division showdown between the IceHogs and Admirals is the ninth meeting between the two teams on the campaign, with each squad holding a 4-3-1-0 record in the season series.



Search Archive »




Browse by Year »

2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
200
0

Browse by Month »

September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010

December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
December 0200