The IceHogs went 1-1 this weekend.
On Friday, they gave up a 2-0 lead, then won in a shootout against the Grand Rapids Griffins. Brandon Pirri scored his fifth goal of the season in the first period. In the second period, Ryan Potulny scored on the power play. Nick Leddy and Brian Connelly assisted.
In the shootout, Pirri and Jeremy Morin scored. Pirri is perfect thus far in the shootout, going 4 for 4. Alec Richards made 40 saves and stopped every shot in the shootout. Not surprisingly, he was also named the first star of the game.
Other notes of interest were Kyle Beach racking up 17 minutes in penalties. He was called for slashing in the first period, then had a fight in the second period and had an extra 10 minute misconduct for attempting to continue the altercation. Anyone who was worried about the Hawks finding a Ben Eager replacement should be relieved.
On Saturday, the IceHogs dropped a heartbreaker to the Peoria Rivermen, 5-0. Alec Richards was lifted after one period. Former IceHog Derek Nesbitt scored the second goal of the game. Also in the ‘Kyle Beach keeps things entertaining’ portion of the night, he had another 10 minutes in penalties by fighting and was a -4. He took on Basil McRae’s son, Phillip, in the third and then with 14 seconds left in the game, he fought again. Brandon Pirri was also a -4.
—Dylan Olsen, Dan DeLisle and the rest of the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs were off this week for Thanksgiving break.
—Byron Froese has gone pointless in his last five games for the Red Deer Rebels.
—Rob Flick had one assist in two games for Mississauga.
—David Pacan also had one assist in two games for Niagara IceDogs.
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