It was an ugly weekend for Rockford. Then again, when is a weekend in Rockford considered a good thing.
In two home games, the IceHogs mustered up a lone goal in losses to Peoria and Texas on Friday and Saturday. Rob Klinkhammer scored the lone goal of the weekend when he tallied a goal midway through the first period against the Rivermen on Friday. The goal tied the game at 1, but Peoria got a goal from former IceHog Daryl Boyle to give them a lead they’d never lose.
Another former IceHog, goalie Joe Fallon, stopped 28 shots as he was named 1st star of the game.
Saturday, the Texas Stars blanked the IceHogs 2-0. Corey Crawford made 20 saves in the loss.
Shawn Lalonde made his professional debut on Friday night. He had 2 shots on goal and was a -1. The minus came from an empty net goal so take that for what you will. Saturday, Lalonde was also a -1 and had 3 shots on net. He’s wearing number 25 as a member of the IceHogs, different from the number 9 he sported in Belleville all season.
—Byron Froese had a goal and an assist in Everett’s Game 1 overtime win over the Kelowna Rockets on Friday. In Game 2, he assisted on Everett’s fifth and final goal in a 5-2 win. The Silvertips now head to Kelowna looking to close out the Rockets on their home ice.
—Kyle Beach scored two goals in Spokane’s 5-4 Game 1 victory including the game-winner which came with less than a minute and a half left in regulation. Beach was pointless in Spokane’s 4-2 Game 2 win.
–The NCAA announced the 16 teams that qualified for the National Tournament on Sunday. Neither Minnesota-Duluth or Colorado College received an invitation. So Billy Sweatt’s college career is officially over and an amateur contract with the Rockford IceHogs may soon be in his future.
Blackhawk property which will be participating in the tournament:
- David Pacan: 2009 6th round pick on Vermont. The Catamounts are a number 4 seed and draw number one seed Wisconsin in the opening round.
- Peter LeBlanc: 2006 7th round pick on New Hampshire. His first game comes against Cornell. (Ever heard of it?)
- Ben Smith: 2008 6th round pick on Boston College. Smith and the Golden Eagles are a number 1 seed and take on Alaska in their opening game.