IceHogs Score Late, Then Win In Shootout

For the second straight night, the Admirals were able to keep their opponent scoreless after 40 minutes.  But after Rockford tied the game at 1 with 3:47 left to play, the IceHogs scored on three of their four shootout attempts, while the Admirals didn’t get any past Carter Hutton, and the IceHogs skated away with the 2-1 win.

Atte Engren stopped 35 of 36 shots and deserved a better fate.  Hutton stopped 23 of 24.

Jani Lajunen got the Admirals on the board first, after he intercepted a pass from Joe Lavin at the far circle in the offensive zone.  With his proceeding goal, it gave Lajunen a point in four straight games, as he continues his very strong play, especially in on the forecheck.

That 1-0 lead held up for most of the rest of the game, but Brandon Bollig put a rebound in off of Engren with 3:47 left in the third.

In overtime, Jon Blum took a tripping penalty just 53 seconds into the extra period after he failed to clear the zone.  But the PK was strong late in the game, as it was the whole game.  The Ads killed off all six IceHog power plays.

On the flip-side, the Ads were 0-6 on their own power plays, including some time on a 5-on-3, and a 4-minute power play in the start of the 3rd period that came up empty.

Ads were out-shot 37-24 tonight.  They were out-shot by 9 last night.  Out-shot by 19 in their two games in Oklahoma City last weekend.  Quite the burden being put on their goaltenders, and Smitty and Engren have done a nice job.  But the offense needs to pick it up and make the most of their shots.  One goal isn’t going to cut it most nights.

Still, good to get a point, and if they take down the San Antonio Rampage tomorrow, it’d make for a successful weekend.  5 out of 6 points would be nice.  Teemu Laakso will likely still be out tomorrow, and we’ll see how Scott Ford is feeling in the morning….he didn’t make the trip tonight as he’s fighting a flu-bug.

So the Rampage tomorrow.  It’ll be their 10th game of an 11 game road trip.  They’ll also be playing their third game in three days, after two 2-1 wins over Peoria tonight and last night.  Former Admiral Dov Grumet-Morris was in net on Friday, Jacob Markstrom was in net tonight….so we’ll see who gets the green light tomorrow afternoon.  We may also see former Admirals Nolan Yonkman, Bracken Kearns, and Wacey Rabbit.

I know a lot of you made the trip to Rockford tonight….how did it look?  Was Engren as sharp as Aaron Sims’ cell phone made it sound? (if you didn’t know, there were some technical issues in the press box).  How dumb was the Blum penalty in OT?  Do you feel confident saying that the penalty kill is now off of life-support?

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7 Responses to IceHogs Score Late, Then Win In Shootout

  1. CreedFeed says:

    What do you think of the reported trade offer Nashville has on the table for Columbus – Colin Wilson, Laakso, Ellis and a 1st rd pick for Nash?

  2. Ryan says:

    I don’t like it. Three first round picks and a third rounder for a guy that’s -23 right now? I know some people don’t care that much about plus/minus…but that number is astonishing, even on a bad team. If that translates to a lack of interest on defense, it wouldn’t be a happy marriage.

    But it’s a seller’s market. Someone is probably going to pay a high price.

  3. playtowin says:

    Your assessment of the game was quite good but I’ll add a few observations. Engren was sharp — possibly the best game I’ve seen him play. PP was very flat. Lengthy parts of the game were “scrambly” — lots of give-aways & take-aways for both teams. The Ads many times would get the puck into the offensive zone & immediately lose it. Lots of credit to Engren and some of our D. There was a similar situation in the D-zone tonight as last night which could have resulted in an easy goal for Rockford if Engren had not been sharp. Bartley lost the battle for the puck & a scoring chance was created. Not a great game for Bartley tonight. He was on for the goal which tied the game and had 3 penalties …. the last one about 7 minutes into the 3rd. Had it not been for the Ads quality PK they wouldn’t be going home with a point tonight. Hopefully Ford didn’t share his “flu” germs with anyone else on the team!

  4. adsfan says:

    Creed: Swap Blum for Ellis and I would make that deal to try and win the SC. The pick should be conditional on Nash’s stats, GP, goals etc…

  5. Wade Bea says:

    Swap Blum for Ellis? That’s like telling Columbus that rather than the Human Rocket Ship, we’re going to swap in this model rocket made of plastic. Forget scoring goals on the moon. Here’s a nice picture of the moon. Sound fair?

  6. Wade Bea says:

    In happier news for the Ads, nemesis Ben Bishop has been traded from Peoria to Ottawa for a 2nd round pick.

  7. Laura says:

    Engren kept them in the game in the 1st and 3rd periods but couldn’t stop a beach ball in the shootout. Best period for the Ads was the 2nd, bad time for the PP to go cold, they could have had 1 or 2 in the second easily but guys either didn’t finish or Hutton came up big.

    Blum still sucks, I didn’t think Ellis had as strong of a game as Friday night. Still digging Lajunen and Puustinen together on a line. The PK is better but doctors would still like it to be on oxygen and stay overnight for observation.

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