Rockford put the smack down on the Milwaukee Admirals on Friday night beating them 6-1 in front of 3,200 fanatics at the Rockford Metro Centre. The IceHogs jumped out to 2-0 in the first period with goals by Evan Brophey and Jack Skille. In the second, Danny Bois extended the lead with his fourth goal of the year.
After Milwaukee cut the deficit to two, Rockford put the game away with three more goals. Mark Cullen and Brian Connelly scored on the power play while Akim Aliu added his third goal of the season.
Kyle Greentree, Rob Klinkhammer, and Cullen each had two assists. Connelly had an assist to go with his goal as did Evan Brophey.
Corey Crawford was named the number one star of the game stopping 33 of the 34 shots he faced.
—Byron Froese was held scoreless in Everett’s 4-2 loss to the Vancouver Giants. He was sent off, however for a 5-minute fighting major so the night wasn’t a total loss.
—Dylan Olsen did not play in Minnesota-Duluth’s 3-3 tie with St. Cloud State due to an illness. He’s questionable for tonight’s game. Dan DeLisle was not a factor in the outcome.
—Brandon Pirri scored two goals in RPI’s 4-3 win over Sacred Heart including the game-winner in overtime. He’s scored three goals in his last two games.
–Colorado College’s Billy Sweatt played a part in every goal for the Tigers in their 4-1 win over Michigan Tech. Sweatt opened the scoring with a power play goal in the first. Then he assisted on their next three goals including an empty-netter to clinch the victory.
As far as games closer to home, Cristobal Huet will be getting the start tonight for the Hawks against the Predators. Jonathan Toews and Brent Seabrook will be both out of action as they recover from ‘concussion-like’ symptoms. Jake Dowell was recalled from Rockford and will skate on the fourth line. Andrew Ebbett will take Toews’ spot at center.
If you’re lucky enough to attend the game, be sure to pick up a “Committed Indian” and say hi to Sam. It should be required reading for all Hawk fans. Our column will be found towards the back of tonight’s issue.