Proud American Hockey League Affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks

Buy Tickets

IceHogs News

HATS OFF TO WISNIEWSKI, HOGS BEAR-Y WOLVES 7-2

By: Chris Etheridge
Defenseman James Wisniewski records a hat trick at the IceHogs beat the Wolves 7-2 at the Rockford MetroCentre. (Photo by Greg Hamil)
James Wisniewski records his first professional hat trick on Teddy Bear Toss Night

Rockford, Ill.-  Tim Brent brought on the teddy bears then James Wisniewski caused the hats to fly as the Rockford IceHogs beat the Chicago Wolves 7-2 at the Rockford MetroCentre.

Wisniewski rocketed two goals past Chicago's Robert Gherson and slapped in a sweet feed from Jack Skille to complete the hat trick in his second conditioning game off of knee surgery this summer.

His three goals helped the Hogs return the favor to the Wolves after Rockford took a 6-1 loss on the chin just a week ago at the Allstate Arena.  The rehabbing defenseman also tacked on an assist in his second game with the IceHogs.

In the first period, Tim Brent was dinged for a high-sticking penalty, but took advantage of a bad situation when a perfectly-timed pass from Wisniewski flew past the box as he was coming out.  The IceHogs captain took it, drove for the goal, and gave Rockford a 1-0 lead at 12:09.  The assist was Wisniewski's first AHL point since Nov. 11, 2006 when he served as a blueliner for Norfolk.

Brophey was also credited with an assist.

Wisniewski's first period was not finished however, firing a laser between the pads of Gherson.  The one-timer was set up by Mike Radja and Niklas Hjalmarsson.  The goal was Wisniewski's first AHL marker since March 8, 2006.  The power-play score ended an IceHogs 0-for-28 slump on the advantage.  The last power-play goal scored by the Hogs came on Nov. 28 against Peoria.

Joe Motzko chopped the Hogs lead in half with a power-play goal at 0:57 in the second period.  It was Motzko's fifth goal against the IceHogs in just three games in the 2008-09 season.  The assists were credited to Jamie Rivers and Jon Insana.

The IceHogs added to the lead over the rival Wolves with a Pete MacArthur tally in the second period.  The Hogs regained the two-goal lead at 7:20 in the second frame.  Kontiola and Radja were credited with the helpers.

Jeff Hamilton then recorded a power-play goal at 9:42 in the second period with helpers from Rivers and Brett Sterling making the score 3-2 in favor of the Hogs.

Wisniewski's second lamp-lighter of the night was a blast from the blue line at 14:30 in the second with helpers from Danny Groulx and Petri Kontiola.  

With a 4-2 lead in the second intermission, the IceHogs broke the game open with goals from Pascal Pelletier at 2:39 and Evan Brophey at 5:12 in the third frame.  Wisniewski's third-period goal at 13:52 summoned the hats from the 4,757 fans in attendance.

Corey Crawford kept the Chicago Wolves at bay stopping 42 of the Wolves' 44 shots.  Crawford's save total was a team season high, as is his five game-winning streak.

Gherson recorded 24 saves in the loss.  Rockford went 1-for-6 on the power play as Chicago converted on two of their seven power play opportunities.

Next Home Game: Friday, Dec. 19: Houston Aeros vs. Rockford IceHogs at 7:30 p.m. Rock Valley College, WTVO and the Rockford IceHogs are bringing back The Superfan. Cameron Hughes will be giving away t-shirts and causing a general ruckus throughout the night.



Search Archive »




Browse by Year »

2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
200

Browse by Month »

November 2014
October 2014
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