Right winger Matheson Iacopelli is in his first full season with the IceHogs. He played 8 games last season, scoring a goal and three assists. He was selected 83rd overall by the Blackhawks in the 2014 NHL Draft.
Iacopelli had played 2 seasons with the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL, leading the league in goals in the 2013-14 season. In 114 games in 2 seasons, he scored 64 goals with 37 assists. He went on to play 2 seasons at Western Michigan University. scoring 21 goals with 22 assists in 67 games. After that, he joined the IceHogs.
After the tough 5-2 loss on Friday night, I was part of the postgame media session. I asked him about the team potentially being tired after they have played 5 games in 8 days with another game the next night. I followed up that question with asking about that next game. Iacopelli was open and honest with his answers.
I wrote more about the actual games on Puck Planet at IceHogs Split Weekend Games, Remain in 1st. I also covered the experience for the Patch at Rockford IceHogs Remain in 1st Place.
As always, thank you to the Rockford IceHogs for their hospitaity. Thank you also to Iacopelli for his time and willingness to talk after the game.
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