Weekend Farmin’ (A Day Late)

So here’s your weekend update from all Blackhawks prospects.  This covers Saturday and Sunday activity as the Friday night action was covered in the Vancouver recap.

–The IceHogs travelled to San Antonio for a weekend set with the Rampage.  On Saturday night, Rockford used a big first period to ice the game away early.  Matt Keith, Derek Nesbitt, and Bracken Kearns scored the goals.  Newly acquired Danny Richmond assisted on two of the goals.  San Antonio responded with a goal midway through the second, but Nesbitt scored his second goal of the game and Richmond collected his third assist of the game to give Rockford a 4-1 win.

Hannu Toivonen got his first start with Rockford and stopped 32 of 33 shots.   

Sunday, the game started with a very similar feel.  The IceHogs jumped out to a 2-0 lead within the first five minutes of the game with goals from Bryan Bickell and Matt Keith.  Bickell also assisted on Keith’s goal.  The similarities between Saturday and Sunday ended there, however.  San Antonio scored the next 7 goals en route to a 7-2 victory. 

Corey Crawford was chased four minutes into the second period after only stopping 13 of 17 shots.  Toivonen came on in relief and stopped 24 of the 27 shots he faced.

As is the usual custom in minor league blowouts, the game saw a ton of penalties.  The IceHogs racked up 69 minutes in penalties.  Nick Boynton was given the heave-ho ten minutes into the game for being the third man in.  Danny Bois collected 19 minutes in penalties and Kyle Hagel was right behind him with 14 minutes in penalties.

Rockford’s leading scorer Kyle Greentree missed the weekend set with San Antonio because of an undisclosed injury.

Shawn Lalonde had an assist on Sunday in Belleville’s 4-2 loss to the Barrie Colts.

Byron Froese had a goal and assist in Everett’s 7-2 win over Prince George on Saturday night. 

Kyle Beach scored his 50th and 51st goal in Spokane’s 4-1 win over Seattle.  His second goal of the game was of the empty-net variety.  He also had an assist and was named 1st star of the game. 

Dylan Olsen had no points and was a +1 in UMD’s weekend split with Alaska-Anchorage.  2009 3rd round pick Dan DeLisle was, once again, scratched for the whole weekend.  There’s no official word on an injury. 

Billy Sweatt didn’t register a point in Colorado College’s 7-3 loss to top-ranked Denver on Saturday.  The WCHA’s regular season has concluded and this weekend will be the opening round of the conference tournament with CC opening up against Dylan Olsen and Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs.

Brandon Pirri scored a goal and added an assist in RPI’s 4-1 win over Brown on Saturday to force a Game 3 in the first round of the ECAC tournament.  Sunday, Pirri was pointless in RPI’s 3-2 loss. 

The loss ended RPI’s season and Pirri’s phenomenal freshman year.  Pirri finished second on the team in points with 11 goals and 32 assists.  He finished only behind Hobey Baker candidate, Chase Polacek.  For now, Pirri is ranked 5th in the nation in assists behind the likes of Red Wings 4th round pick Gustav Nyquist and Rangers 2nd round pick Derek Stepan.  That will likely change as other players continue their seasons.

Nick Leddy scored Minnesota’s 5th goal in their Sunday 6-1 blowout over rival Wisconsin.

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2 Responses to Weekend Farmin’ (A Day Late)

  1. modnar says:

    @John – thanks for the update as always. i was looking and saw that aliu had 2 goals and an assist in his first 2 games at toledo and denis-pappin had 3 assists in his first 3 games.

    any further word on why they might have been sent down (other than just clearing space)? i know it’s a small sample size, but those numbers are far superior to what they put up in the a and would seem to indicate maybe not enough competition?

    curious for your thoughts.

  2. John says:

    If two former 2nd round picks get sent to the ECHL and don’t produce, then there’s big problems. In addition, they’ve played the whole year against much better competition in the AHL and are now playing against the minor league retreads.

    Aliu being sent down is still a curious question with no clear cut answer, other than maybe Rockford was not happy with his progression. Pepin was strictly a numbers game as Cullimore, Boynton, and Richmond are far more likely to help the Hawks this year than him.

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