Down On The Farm-Hogs Report

By Keith Schultz

Jan 10, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Ben Smith (28) during the second period against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the United Center. The Blackhawks beat the Blue Jackets 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

While the NHL,NHLPA, Gary Bettman, and Donald Fehr are trying to ruin everyone’s hockey holidays by not ending the lockout, The Rockford Icehogs and all the young Blackhawks enjoyed a triple play of games all three nights this weekend only winning one out of the three contests.

On Friday night the IceHogs trailed 3-1 going into the third period (sounds familiar) then went 4-0 in the final frame for the 5-3 win over the Milwaukee Admirals. One of the stars of the contest was the one playoff game wonder Ben Smith who had a goal and an assist in the third period. Like the Blackhawks in the past years they got off to a bad start,but dominated the third period.

On Saturday night,  Kyle Beach was the only IceHogs player to find the back of the net in a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Wolves.  Is it just me or do you think it’s weird that our second biggest rival has an AHL affiliate in Chicago?

On Sunday against Grand Rapids like their big brother the past two seasons a slow start was their demise in a 4-2 fashion.

The leading scorers through 25 games for the IceHogs

-Martin St Pierre- 9 goals 12 assists

Ben Smith– 10 goals 10 assists

Brandon Pirri– 8 goals and 11 assists

In case you were wondering after a slow start and battling injury Brandon Saad has 5 goals and 4 assists in 18 games.

The Icehogs are currently in 2nd place in their division at 13-11-1 only one game out of first trailing Grand Rapids.

All of this playing time should be great for all the young players during the lockout without having to travel over seas.  The only thing better would be if the lockout was over with, but for now we can only dream about that scenario!


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