The Rockford IceHogs head into the Christmas break with a record of 18-7-2-2 with 40 points, which is good for first place in the Central Division and first place overall in the Western Conference. That's pretty impressive and even more so because they started out 1-3.
Unfortunately, Monday night, Johngy's Beat Hockey Correspondent Jason Fleigel and I saw the IceHogs lose to the Milwaukee Admirals, their division rivals. The second place Admirals now have 39 points. The two teams will meet again December 26 in Rockford.
Monday's game was a bit ugly. There were 16 total penalties for 46 minutes. Coach Ted Dent discussed this in the post game media session, as did Ryan Hartman, who got a 2 minute misconduct and a 10 minute match for a check to the head. Thes penalties came early in the first.
Mark Visantan started in goal for the IceHogs. It was his eighth game of the season and not a good one for him. Coach Dent pulled Visantan in the second period after the Admirals jumped to a 3-0 lead.
On the bright side, Jeremy Morin kept up his hot streak. Morin scored the first IceHogs goal in the third period. That made the score 4-1 in favor of the Admirals. He now has 9 goals and 11 assists for 20 points, to lead the IceHogs. Morin extended his goal scoring streak to 4 games and his point streak to five games.
Check out the interview session with Morin. Also, be sure to check out an IceHogs game. Go to IceHogs.com for more info, including the schedule and other updates.
(Media session video courtesy of IceHogs.com)