Johngy's Beat made it back to Rockford to resume coverage of the Rockford IceHogs. Make that the 1st place Rockford IceHogs.
At 17-5-1-2 with 37 points, the IceHogs found themselves at the top of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the AHL. Their opponents for Saturday were the Grand Rapids Griffins, who were in 4th place with 23 points.
The IceHogs were coming of of 5 straight wins, while the Griffins had a 9 game win streak. Obviously, one streak would end. Unfortunately, the Griffins were just too much on this night and their streak lives on, while the IceHogs look to start another streak.
The Griffins jumped out to a 1-0 lead and seemed to be playing more aggressively than the IceHogs. The IceHogs hung tough though and tied the score to end the first period.
The second period seeme dto see a slight shift as the IceHogs seemed poised to start taking control. The game headed into the third period tied at one, but the UIceHogs looked like they had taken the best punch from the Griffins.
The third period was a battle, but the Griffins struck first and second and then added an empty net goal to make it 4-1, which is where the game ended. Despite the 4-1 margin, the game was a lot tighter.
After the game, we took part in a media session with Head Coach Ted Dent. Dent was his usual honest and open self. There were no excuses or no apologies. That media session can be found at can be found at Postgame Ted Dent 12/12/15. Yours truly got in a question near the end.
Stay tuned for more coverage of the IceHogs tomorrow. Thank you to the Rockford IceHogs for their continued hospitality. GFor more info on the Icehogs, go to IceHogs.com.
Ted Dent and me in Rockford, IL-December 2015.