On Sunday afternoon, the Blackhawks assigned rookie defenseman Nick Leddy to the Rockford IceHogs. The move was probably three-fold.
One, the Hawks needed to get in compliance with the cap. With 8 defenseman currently on the roster, the Hawks were just above the cap for the two days Jassen Cullimore was on the roster.
Two, it made zero sense to keep Leddy here if he’s going to play 9 minutes a game. John Scott can do that.
And three, things were starting to get a bit too dangerous for him as the Hawks and Leddy dodged a huge bullet when Mike Grier tried sending him back to Eden Prairie on Saturday night. Good thing Scott went to center ice to see what Grier’s post-game plans were.
As for Rockford, they went to Abbotsford and swept the weekend with a 5-0 win on Friday and a 4-3 shootout win on Saturday. Brandon Pirri, Jeremy Morin, Evan Brophey, Rob Klinkhammer, and Jeff Taffe scored the goals on Friday. Ryan Stanton and Shawn Lalonde had two assists, Taffe and Brophey added an assist with their goals, and Brian Connelly and Ivan Vishnevskiy also added assists.
On Saturday, the IceHogs were trailing 3-1 late in the second period. Jeff Taffe scored a power play tally with a minute left in the second. Then seven minutes into the third, Ryan Potulny scored the equalizing goal. In the shootout, Morin, Vishnevskiy, and Pirri all scored to give the IceHogs the win. Morin also scored Rockford’s first goal. Vishnevskiy had two assists, and Brian Connelly, Igor Makarov, Brandon Pirri and Ben Smith each had one.
Alec Richards started both games and has cemented himself as Rockford’s number one goalie.
—Dylan Olsen had one assist and was a +2 in UMD’s weekend romping of Providence. Dan DeLisle did not register a point.
—Byron Froese scored two goals for Red Deer on Saturday. He was pointless in their Friday night loss.
—David Pacan had two goals and an assist for Niagara this weekend.
—Kevin Hayes had a goal and assist for Boston College in their Friday night win against Denver. Jimmy Hayes scored their first goal on Saturday night in a 3-0.
—Phillipe Paradis scored two goals and had an assist for PEI on Friday night. He was scoreless on Saturday.