The Rockford IceHogs, the Chicago Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate, beat the Chicago Wolves 5-2 Sunday and now lead the best of five series 2-0
Happy Monday, Chicago Blackhawks fans. Hope everyone had a great weekend.
I never thought I’d say this but the Rockford IceHogs are filling the void of playoff hockey in Chicago for the Blackhawks. Having already won their first playoff game on the road, the IceHogs took care of business at home Sunday beating the Chicago Wolves 5-2. Five different players scored goals including Matthew Highmore, William Pelletier, Chris DiDomenico, and Luke Johnson. Goaltender Colin Delia stopped 28/30 shots to win his second consecutive playoff game.
Here are the highlights from Sunday’s game:
After the game, head coach Jeremy Colliton praised Delia, but said the team could’ve been tighter defensively. It’s interesting that Colliton’s demeanor whether the team gets blown out or wins a playoff game is generally the same. He always feels the team can improve and is never overly emotional. Here is Colliton’s post game interview:
On hand at the game was Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville and GM Stan Bowman, among other Blackhawks front office personnel. The ‘Hawks have several prospects in the AHL including newly acquired center Victor Ejdsell who had two assists in Sunday’s game. Forwards Matthew Highmore and Anthony Louis lead the IceHogs in points in the regulars season who also had a point each Sunday.
The Calder Trophy finalists were announced Sunday which included New York Islanders forward Matthew Barzal, Vancouver Canucks forward Brock Boeser, and Arizona Coyotes forward Clayton Keller. Barzal is expected to win the award with Boeser getting injured late in the season. But Blackhawks forawrd Alex DeBrincat should definately a honorable mention. Leading the Chicago Blackhawks in goals with 28, DeBrincat had a great rookie season, exceeding many of our expectations.
Former Blackhawks forward Ryan Hartman had some discipline issues in the series against the Avalanche. He was a healthy scratch for the Predators Sunday in Denver.
And finally, Blackhawks prospect Henri Jokiharju has been turning heads at the Carlson Hockey Games with Team Finland. He is hoping to land a spot on Team Finland for the World Championship next month.
Hope you have a great start to your week!