I only caught brief glimpses of Saturday’s tilt. To be honest, I’m more encouraged by the outcome then some probably are. I anticipated a royal beating at the hands of the Red Wings (mostly because all Chicago teams get pounded in their ‘banner’ game) and the fact that it could have gone either way makes me feel a little more comfortable than Friday morning. Feel free to disagree below.
–The IceHogs opened up their season Saturday with a 5-2 loss to the Manitoba Moose. Brandon Bollig and Kyle Beach were the goal scorers while Brian Connelly, Ryan Stanton, Peter LeBlanc, and Kyle Hagel added assists. Hannu Toivonen stopped 26 of the 31 shots he faced.
On Sunday, they beat the Grand Rapids Griffins 5-4 in a back-and-forth affair. Ryan Potulny scored the game-winning goal halfway through the third. He also had an assist. Simon Danis-Pepin had a goal and assist as did Rob Klinkhammer. Jeff Taffe had two assists. Evan Brophey and Igor Makarov scored the other goals for the Hogs.
Shawn Lalonde had an assist and was a +3. Beach had an assist and 3 shots on goal. Alec Richards made 25 saves on 29 shots.
The IceHogs signed Garnet Exelby to a professional tryout agreement on Friday. While he is not Blackhawk property per se, they will have the option to purchase his contract from Rockford if they see fit.
—Dylan Olsen had a goal and two assists as Minnesota-Duluth went 1-0-1 at the Superior Showcase. Dan DeLisle had an assist in Saturday’s 6-6 tie with Lake Superior.
–2010 2nd round pick defenseman Justin Holl scored a goal in his first NCAA game on Friday night.
—Jimmy Hayes had an assist in Boston College’s 2-0 win on Saturday.
—David Pacan had two assists in Niagara’s 4-1 win over the Barrie Colts. He scored his first goal as an IceDog on Friday night. He’s just under a point per game in the early going with 4 in five games.
—Byron Froese had an assist for Red Deer in their 3-0 win on Saturday. He had two assists on Friday night against the Brandon Wheat Kings. Froese is currently tied for the league-lead in points with 14 in 9 games. He has 3 goals and 11 assists.
—Phillipe Paradis had a goal and two assists for PEI on Saturday. He had an assist in Friday night’s win. He has 3 goals and 6 assists in 8 games so far.