The Blackhawks' ECHL team, the Toledo Walleye, began their season with a shootout win and the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL came back late in back-to-back divisional games to improve to 4-2 on the season.
The Walleye won their season opener on Saturday night with a 4-3 shootout victory over the Fort Wayne Komets (Independent).
Daniel Koger scored the opening tally in the shootout and Scott Arnold added the game-winner in Toldeo's rookie goaltender Mac Carruth's professional debut, who recorded 32 saves in regulation and four in the shootout.
Arnold, Travis Novak, and Trevor Parkes scored for the Walleye in regulation while Mickey Lang scored two and Chris Auger added one for the Komets.
The Komets netted the opening tally when Mickey Lang found the back of the net in the first period. Arnold evened the score on a power play goal from Aaron Bogosian and Bobby Shea midway through the first.
Parkes gave the Walleye a 2-1 lead early in the second period before the Komets scored a shorthanded goal late in the second to tie it 2-2.
Novak regained the Walleye lead just 2:52 into the third period off a Parkes' feed. Lang scored his second goal of the night with 4:30 left to send it to overtime.
Koger opened the shootout with a goal and then Komets goaltender John Muse made the next three stops before Arnold's game-winner.
The Walleye faceoff in their second road game on Thursday against Cincinnati Cyclones (Florida Panthers/Nashville Predators) and have their home opener against the Wheeling Nailers Montreal Canadiens/Pittsburgh Pirates) on Saturday night.
The IceHogs scored five goals a piece in two games against Midwest division rivals, Chicago and Grand Rapids.
In the first game this week against the Chicago Wolves (St. Louis Blues) they scored twice in the final 1:31 after jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first period. IceHogs defenseman Klas Dahlbeck slap shot from the left of the point at 18:29 and centermen Mark McNeill's goal with 14 seconds remaining sealed the 5-3 victory.
Broadhurst opened the scoring 55 seconds, he was assisted by Hayes and Adam Clendening. 2013 Hobey Baker winner Drew LeBlanc and Viktor Svedberg assisted on Morin's second goal of the season. Clendening added his second assist on Hayes' goal at 14:47 for a 3-0 IceHogs lead.
Evan Oberg stole the puck in the neutral zone and sent a pass to Shattock to narrow the IceHogs lead 3-1. Oberg assisted Bolduc's shorthanded goal before scoring his own power-play goal with 2:36 left in the second to tie it 3-3.
Dahlbeck and McNeill added two goals in the final minute and half for IceHogs goaltender Kent Simpson's second win of the season.
In the second game and the IceHogs home opener against the 2012-13 defending Calder Cup champions, Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit Red Wings) came back again in the final 2:10 of regulation to force overtime. Brad Winchester's and Phillip Danault's scores took the IceHogs to overtime.
Hayes scored his second of the season at 6:33 and Morin added a power play goal at 17:40.
Teemu Pelkkinen quieted the capacity BMO Harris Bank Center with a goal with six-tenths of a second left in the second for a 3-2 Griffins lead heading into the third.
The IceHogs face off in four games next week: Tuesday at Hamilton Bulldogs (Montreal Canadiens), Wednesday at Toronto Marlies (Toronto Maple Leafs), Saturday vs Charlotte Checkers (Carolina Hurricanes), and Sunday against Texas Stars (Dallas Stars).
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