That right there was not the note to end it on. It was a stinker of a game, made worse by bad officiating from Ian Croft. Apparently, he's got a history elsewhere of making bad calls/no calls that I found. Texas didn't help matters much by reverting to their mid-season selves. Passes through the neutral zone ended up on IceHog sticks all night and an extended offensive attack was nowhere to be found. Now I know we're playing with a lot of guys out of the lineup and such, but the fans deserved better at the last game.
Rockford got the scoring started early when Jack Skille scored on a rebound of a Danny Richmond shot from the point. He managed to beat Climie to the puck on the right side and put it home just 91 seconds in. The first period ended with Luke Gazdic in the locker room after a spirited battle with Bollig of the Hogs. Gaz got in his punches but also managed to get his shirt ripped. He came out in the second wearing the number two.
All of the second period's goals were scored on the power play. Rockford went first. On a play where faceoff man Bracken Kearns should have been thrown out of the faceoff circle, Cullen scored on a screened Matt Climie stick-side high. Texas scored next with a pretty one. Travis Morin streaked down the left wing side and threw one towards the net that Warren Peters hit with his outstretched stick and deflected up into the top-right corner of the net and past Crawford. Finally, it was Rockford again with a goal by Greentree. Really, Climie beat himself. He stuck out the pad the deflect a puck to the corner and instead it jumped up on him and went roof.
Texas came out in the third with a lot of fire and almost had a goal or two. Mathieu Tousignant went to high on a shot where he had Crawford on the ice dead to rights. And then there was the no goal. The light went off, the crowd saw the goal, but Ian Croft waived it off. Crawford stopped play a few seconds later, but there was no review that we could see. It looked like the puck went in along the ice five-hole and bounced right back out at the same velocity due to hitting the center post hard.
There was no review. There were no replays. There was no clarification. As I've talked with some folks on Twitter, they indicate that they puck hit the sidepost and bounced out. I'm not sure about that given the angles we saw, but I would have liked to see it again. We probably won't though. That's how media coverage works in the AHL. Rockford scored twice more as the no-goal seemed to let the air out of the building and the team.
During all three periods, it seemed like there were all sorts of things not called. Mathieu Tousignant bore the brunt of it. Tousi got punched in the face on a scrum in front of the net and also got sat on back in the offensive zone as the IceHogs took the puck 200 feet away. There were others, but those stuck out most.
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
McCulloch, Sawada, Lindgren, Beaudoin, Rallo (injured)
Ty. Ludwig, Shelast, Graham, Krahn (scratched)
Tonight's attendance was 6,665.
AHL Gamesheet - Texas v. Rockford - April 9 2010