The Rockford Icemen JV team won it's third straight Illinois State High School Junior Varsity Combined Championship with a 7-3 win over Plainfield Wednesday night. The Icemen fell behind 2-0 after the first period but 2 Michael Butera goals and one each from Brendan Schoonover and Sean Daily put the Icemen up 4-2 after two periods. Butera wasn't done yet and added another 2 goals in the third period to take the Icemen home to a third straight title.
On a side note: four Icemen players have been a part of those three straight titles - Brandon Needham, Lou Gilbert, Chase Glidden, and Sean Daily have all raised the Blackhawk Cup three times in their careers! Congratulations to these fine boys and to the whole Icemen IV team!!!! THREE-PEAT!
For the 2nd year in a row, a Senior Icemen has received a CSDHL Scholarship worth $2,000. In 2013, Ryan Teagardin was a recipient. In 2014, it was Reno Murphy. Let's keep the streak going Rockford. Congratulations!!
Hockey camps and sessions conducted by Icemen Coach Tim Matilla.
Also, Congratulations to Michael Butera for being the top point getter for the entire JV Scholastic Hockey League. He ended the regular season with 30 goals & 9 assists for a total of 39 points. Great job Michael!
The 2013-2014 JV team picked up where it left off last year with a strong showing at the Pow Wow Tournament held this past weeked at the All Seasons Rink in Naperville. The Icemen won five straight games, out-scoring their opponents 28-6. Their most impressive win was a 5-4 shoot out win over Lincoln Way in the semi-finals. They beat Benet 4-0 on Sunday evening to bring home the trophy. Great start JV!!!!!!
The four high schools feeding the Icemen Varsity and Junior Varsity for the 2013-2014 season will be Hononegah, Harlem, Lutheran, and Boylan high schools.
The Icemen Junior Varsity team claimed the Blackhawk Cup State Championship tonight with a 5-0 win over the CCM Tigers!!! On their way to their State Championship, the Icemen outscored their opponents by a total of 23-0 in their four state tournament games.
The Rockford Icemem Varsity team started a new streak of State Championships this afternoon with a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory over BGHG at the United Center. Jonathan Pirrie started the Icemen scoring in the 3rd period when he tied it up at 1-1. Then, in the overtime Andy Cropp lifted it over the left shoulder of the BGHW goalie and the celebration was on!!! The Rockford Icemen Varsity and Junior Varsity now are holding down the State Championship in their respective brackets. WAY TO GO ICEMEN!!!!
The Icemen run to the Tier II National Championship came to a close tonight with an overtime loss to the Jr Panthers from Florida. In the first period Montana Bahls knocked in pass from Andy Cropp to open the scoring. The Panthers came back and scored twice, once on a power play, to take the lead . Anthony Heaslip tied it up again from a long pass assist from Brett Stewart. The Panthers got that hated late goal in the period when they put it past Rockford goalie Patrick Koski with three ticks left in the second period to take a 3-2 lead. The Panthers opened the scoring in the third and took a 4-2 lead. The Icemen came roaring back with goals by Erik Swanberg (assist by Jon Pirrie) and Montana Bahls (unassisted). At 7:40 in the third period it was tied 4-4 and that's how it stood at the horn at the end of regulation. But the Panthers found the back of the net early in the overtime period and the Icemen were knocked out of their first ever appearance in the USA Hockey National Tournament. Goaltender Patrick Koski started the game in net for the Icemen and had 8 saves while allowing 4 goals, and Brandon Roderick came in in relief and had 9 saves and allowed 1 goal. The Icemen will be coming home with a top four finish and should be extremely proud of their achievement!!!!! Wow! Thank you to Joy de Leon for all the updates to allow me to get the info to all the fans in a timely manner.
President: John Menzies
VP of Coaching: Sol Schmidt
NIHL Rep: Dennis Riemer
Supervisor of Officials: Ron Hart
In House Coordinator: Bill Hintz
Members at Large: Jeff Hill and Greg Padron