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Blackhawks Loss may be IceHogs Win in Battle of the Backup Goalies

By Cindy Crawford

Blackhawks loss may be IceHogs win in battle of the backup goalies. The saga continues and whichever one leaves Chicago will definitely be Rockford’s gain. Since it was announced today Corey Crawford will not be playing tonight in Ottawa against the Senators and Coach Q’s goalie choice is Scott Darling, it will be a while before we find out who, if any, will be making the trip. Since Darling was in goal last when the Blackhawks dropped the game against the Anaheim Ducks my thought was it would likely be Antti Raanta’s turn again. No doubt both Raanta and Darling have had outstanding NHL performances and have created a depth in the net we haven’t seen for a while in Chicago. Unfortunately, or fortunately for the IceHogs, when Crawford comes back there will not be a need for three netminders and it will be interesting to see who goes to Rockford. Once in the River City, they meet Michael Leighton, who also has had outstanding performances in the AHL this season and the battle continues.

In Grand Rapids Wednesday night as the IceHogs win 2-1, Michael Leighton’s defense was strong against the Griffins by turning away 38 shots compared to 25 stopped by Griffin’s goalie Tom McCollum. This being his third straight win, along with killing off all eight penalties definitely designates him as a Top Hog. We can only wonder who will be goalie and who will be backup goalies in the Rockford battle. Matt Carey and Joakim Nordstrom total the goals with Peter Regin and Teuvo Teravainen also racking up points.

Meanwhile, speaking of Joakim Nordstrom, the Rockford IceHogs have named the team captain for the 2014-15 season. Nordstrom, playing his fifth season, the 22-year-old Sweden native has 18 goals and 20 assists in his IceHogs history and played with the Chicago Blackhawks last season recording a goal and two assists. Alternate captains include Cody Bass, Adam Clendening, Klas Dahlbeck and Pierre-Cedric Labrie.

3 Top Hogs for Wednesday’s game start with 1 – Michael Leighton for his superb performance, 2 – Teuvo Teravainen for being a real team player and getting an assist for each of the two goals scored and 3 – Newly named Captain Joakim Nordstrom scoring the game winning goal late in the final frame and his second goal of the season.

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The IceHogs head to San Antonio to take on the Rampage Friday, October 31st and Saturday, November 1st. Their next home game is Tuesday, November 4th when the Lake Erie Monsters come to the BMO Harris Center in Rockford.

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