ADS EEK BY HOGS WITH 4-3 WIN AT METROCENTRE

By: Mike Peck
Colin Fraser had two assists in a three-goal comeback in the third period of Wednesday's game. (Photo by Greg Hamil.)
02/27/2008 2:39 PM - Hogs put in three in the third, but finish 2-2-0-0 in the four-game set against the Ads

Rockford, Ill.- The Rockford IceHogs comeback just barely fell short.

After a quiet first period, the Milwaukee Admirals broke the game open with three goals in the second period. The Ads tacked on a fourth in the third, but the IceHogs came back with three of their own against one of the AHL's top goalies.

Still, it wasn't enough as the Hogs fell 4-3 at the Rockford MetroCentre.

The lesson from the first period is if you don't shoot you can't win. The IceHogs and Admirals combined for eight shots in the first 20 minutes of hockey.

The Admirals finally took advantage of their fifth power play in the second period with a goal from Janne Niskala at 7:55 to go up 1-0. Rich Peverley and Cody Franson recorded the assists.

Then it was a game of drought-breakers for both teams.

Milwaukee's leading scorer Antti Pihlstrom ended his 12-game streak of games without a goal with a short-handed marker at 15:04 in the second period with helpers from Rich Peverley and Alexander Sulzer.

Matt Ellison made the score 3-0 at 17:27 in the second with a pass from Cal O'Reilly. With the assist, O'Reilly moves to two points behind Martin St. Pierre in the overall AHL scoring.

Pihlstrom added his second goal at 9:26 in the third period to make it a 4-0 game with assists from Peverley and Jason Guerriero.

And then the IceHogs comeback began.

Evan Brophey scored a goal for the first time since Jan. 16 with a marker at 11:16. Colin Fraser and Niklas Hjalmarsson were credited with the assists.

Mike Blunden broke his 14-game point drought with a goal at 13:48 in the third to make the score 4-2. Fraser and Brophey had the helpers.

And Jack Skille barely pushed a goal under Milwaukee's Pekka Rinne at 14:20 to put a tie within one. With a scrum in front of the net, Skille powered the puck under Rinne and the referee ruled that it crossed the goal line before the netminder pulled it back into play. Jake Dowell and Jim Fahey were credited with the assists.

But the comeback ended there as the Admirals held the Hogs scoreless in the final 14 minutes of play.

Wade Flaherty finished with 18 saves, compared to Rinne's 23. The Ads finished with 1-for-6 on the power play, while the Hogs were 0-for-5.

Next Home Game: Friday, Feb. 29 vs. Lake Erie Monsters. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. It’s Leap Day hockey for the IceHogs when the Monsters invade the big orange box.  The game is the fourth and final on the 2007-08 slate between the Hogs and Monsters.  The first 1,000 fans to the game will pick up an IceHogs cowbell courtesy of Members Alliance Credit Union.


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