The Rockford IceHogs, the Chicago Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate, eliminated the Chicago Wolves from the AHL playoffs late Thursday night in triple overtime, 4-3, thanks to a clutch goal from Victor Ejdsell
The Rockford IceHogs, the Chicago Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate, had the Chicago Wolves on the ropes leading into the best-of-five series, ahead 2-0 Thursday in Rosemont. But it looks like nerves didn’t get the best of the IceHogs. The game eventually went into triple overtime, well past midnight when forward Victor Ejdsell scored on the IceHogs’ sixth powerplay of the night.
The IceHogs came into this game aggressive, putting a ton of shots on net. They ended the game with a total of 76 shots in six periods of hockey. The Wolves scored the first two goals, but the IceHogs answered with three goals in the second period. The Wolves tied it up in the third and sent the game to overtime. The IceHogs got goals from Cody Franson, Chris DiDomenico and Victor Ejdsell twice.
Goaltender Collin Delia stood tall, stopping 52 of 55 shots Thursday night. The rookie won his third straight postseason game in impressive fashion. The two best players in front of him Thursday were Ejdsell, who had two goals that included the game-winner, and DiDomenico, who had a goal and two assists.
Another rookie who is having a fantastic season is head coach Jeremy Colliton. In his first season as Rockford’s coach, he has brought the IceHogs to the postseason and defeated the top team in the Central Division. He and the IceHogs will have to wait to see who their opponent will be, giving the team plenty of time to rest and prepare for Round 2.
In Blackhawks news, it was announced Thursday that there would be changes to the NHL draft lottery. Per Bob McKenzie of TSN, picks 15 through 4 will be announced during the regular draft show. However, fans will have to wait until the second intermission of the San Jose Sharks-Las Vegas Knights playoff game for picks 3 through 1. The game begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
The Blackhawks currently have a 6.5 percent chance of winning the lottery and a 20.4 percent chance of drafting inside the top three. If the ‘Hawks make it to the final remaining three picks, I’m sure fans will have no problems waiting until the second intermission to find out where their team will pick.
Hope you have a great weekend!
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- Older, wiser Brandon Pirri still pushing for NHL – The Athletic