By Lauren Screeden | firstname.lastname@example.org
Springfield, Mass.- Adam Clendening has certainly been playing like an all-star lately and today, he was recognized for it. Clendening was one of six players to be named to the AHL First All-Star Team. As a rookie last year, Clendening was named to the Second-All Star team. With Thursday's honor, Clendening becomes the first defenseman in fourteen years to make a post-season all-star team in his first two pro seasons. Clendening ranks second among rearguards with 44 assists and 56 points and is leading the IceHogs in scoring while appearing in 70 of the team’s 71 games to date. He leads the IceHogs in scoring, which will be important heading into Friday's game against Milwaukee.
The IceHogs will face Milwaukee at home after losing Tuesday night. The playoff race is still on and the IceHogs slipped to ninth place in the Western Conference. The Milwaukee Admirals are ranked sixth and only the top eight teams make the playoffs. There will be some key things for the IceHogs to focus on if they want to beat the Admirals.
"We've got to start from the net out and our goalies have to come up big for us. We have to also take advantage of some of the shots we got. We got a ton of shots last weekend but we didn't get enough second and third whacks at it. We've got to pay the price in front of their net as well," says Ted Dent, IceHogs Head Coach.
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