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The Rockford Rewind: IceHogs salvage a point in opening weekend

by Rockford IceHogs / Chicago Blackhawks
Brandon Saad made his AHL debut on Saturday in Chicago (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean / Chicago Blackhawks).

Week 1 Results:
Saturday, Oct. 13: Rockford 0 at Chicago Wolves 1 (SO)
Sunday, Oct. 14: Rockford 3 at Chicago 5

After five scoreless periods and an overtime, the Rockford IceHogs offense showed some signs of life in Week 1, but the American Hockey League team could only salvage one point in a two-game weekend set with the Chicago Wolves at the Allstate Arena. Jeremy Morin tallied twice on Sunday and Marcus Kruger added a marker in the third frame, but it wasn’t enough to propel the team to their first win. Week 2 features three contests, including Rockford’s home opener on Saturday against Charlotte.

Bacon Bits:

> Rockford dropped their first ever 1-0 shootout on Saturday during the team’s season opener in Chicago. Carter Hutton recorded his fourth career shutout in the game, second most during Rockford’s AHL era (Corey Crawford has the most with six).

> Hutton became the fifth different IceHogs goalie in six AHL seasons to start on Opening Night. Crawford is the only tender to start multiple openers (2007, 2008).

> The IceHogs are now 6-6-1-1 in 14 openers and 2-2-1-1 in the AHL era.

> Jeremy Morin recorded his third career multi-goal game on Sunday in Chicago.

> Martin St. Pierre chipped in two primary assists on Sunday and now has 90 career points with Rockford, moving him into sixth on the team’s all-time AHL scoring list

> Nick Leddy marked a pair of assists on Sunday as well, his third career multi-point game in the AHL

> Chicago’s Eddie Lack had allowed just one goal in a 174:07 stretch against Rockford before the IceHogs reeled off three goals in a time span of 4:29 in the third period on Sunday. Morin has tallied three of the last four goals for Rockford against Lack.

> The IceHogs penalty kill held the Wolves to 0-12 on the power play over the weekend

> St. Pierre, Ben Smith and Ryan Stanton wore the captain “A’s” over the weekend as Ted Dent has not named the team captain yet.

Hot Hog: Week 1: Martin St. Pierre, Center

Veteran center Martin St. Pierre helped jump-start Rockford’s third period comeback attempt on Sunday in Chicago with a pair of primary assists. St. Pierre’s seeing-eye passes to Jeremy Morin and Marcus Kruger closed Rockford’s deficit to 3-2 and his two helpers pushed his career IceHogs point total to 90, sixth most during the team’s AHL era. St. Pierre registered 88 points in his other season with Rockford in 2007-08, second most in the AHL that season. The Embrun, Ont. native also has 35 career power-play assists for Rockford, third most in club history.

Upcoming Games:

Friday, Oct. 19 at Peoria Rivermen: The puck hits the ice at 7:05 p.m. as Rockford travels to Peoria to take on the Rivermen at Carver Arena. The game is the first of 12 meetings on the year between the two clubs and an Illinois Lottery Cup contest.

Saturday, Oct. 20 vs. Charlotte Checkers: Game time is 7:05 p.m. The IceHogs open the home portion of their regular season slate against the Checkers at the BMO Harris Bank Center. The first 5,000 fans to the game will pick up an IceHogs “It All Starts Here” calendar.

Sunday, Oct. 21 vs. Charlotte Checkers: The game starts at 5:05 p.m. The IceHogs finish the weekend series with the Checkers at the BMO Harris Bank Center. It is the second of four meetings between the two squads on the year. The first 2,500 fans to the game will pick up an IceHogs picture frame magnet schedule courtesy of T6 Brtoadband.

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