-With two big road wins against San Antonio, the Rockford IceHogs extended their winning streak to five games. More importantly is that they’re pacing out the scoring amongst the roster. With his hat-trick (or treat) on Friday, Garret Ross boosted himself into a five-way tie for the team goal-scoring lead with Mark McNeill, Matt Carey, Joakim Nordstrom, and Dennis Rasmussen. With Scott Darling‘s trip to the NHL, Michael Leighton has held down the fort for the IceHogs.
-It was a bad weekend for the St. John’s IceCaps, as they went 0-2-1 against the Portland Pirates, Manchester Monarchs, and a shootout loss against the Providence Bruins. Only scoring seven goals and letting up 15, the IceCaps are licking their wounds coming out of the northeast. Two bright spots were John Alberts and Ben Chiarot, who contributed four of the seven goals on the trip. The defense was a big let-down for Peter Budaj and Connor Hellebuyck, giving up 119 shots on the weekend (average of 39.6 shots a game).
-After starting off hot, the Orlando Solar Bears have lost five straight, including this past weekend’s home-and-home series against the Florida Everblades. That should take nothing away from the Everblades, who are one of the hottest teams in the league with four straight wins, all four over the Solar Bears. This past weekend, Evan Bloodoff had a big weekend with three goals and an assist in the weekend set, while Allen York stopped 51 of 53 shots on the weekend, probably on his way to some weekly honors.
-Last week, I mentioned the defensive prowess of the Idaho Steelheads; but this weekend they used their offensive side of things in order to get two wins against the Stockton Thunder, potting 13 goals in the two game set. Wade MacLeod and Jesse Root each had two goals and three assists, with James Livingston having two goals and two assists on the weekend.
-The Knoxville Ice Bears and Pensacola Ice Flyers are still undefeated after the second weekend of the season, with Pensacola sweeping Peoria in a two-game set, with Adam Pawlick putting up three goals and two assists, while Corey Banfield had two goals and five assists for the Ice Flyers. The Ice Bears won their game against the Mississippi RiverKings, as Ben Power had two goals and an assist, including a penalty shot goal.
-It was quite the event Saturday night with the Columbus Cottonmouths and Fayetteville FireAntz throwing down with six fights during the course of the game, four equipment violations, and one safety equipment violation misconduct. The FireAntz Ryan Hand and John Clewlow were the top team with 23 PIMs between them. The game overall had the Cottonmouths lose their third straight game with Fayetteville winning their first of the season under a new regime.
-Though they’re an expansion team, the Watertown Wolves are dominating the league as they are undefeated and leading the league in goals with 35. Leading the way is Justin MacDonald with 10 assists and 15 points, while Dane Erickson and Ludlow Harris tied for the team league in goals with six. Josselin St. Pierre has been solid in net with four wins and a .928 save percentage.