The IceHogs are recharging their batteries after two emotionally charged wins on the road. Those two wins have them believing that a playoff appearance could be in their future.
First came their 3-2 win in Chicago last Saturday. That was followed by an even more impressive 5-2 win at Iowa on Monday. The IceHogs have more momentum now than at any point this season.
“It’s a funny think when you don’t have momentum you try to get it and now that we have momentum you want to keep it,” says goaltender Jeff Glass. “We’re not going to change anything we’re doing. We feel good in the dressing room. We have a lot of confidence as a group right now.”
“I think we’re just riding the momentum,” says defenseman Darren Raddysh. “We got a couple big wins a couple weeks ago and we’ve just been riding that lately. We’re just trying to gear up for the playoffs and trying to get in there.”
The IceHogs are one point behind Grand Rapids for the final playoff spot in the Central Division. If they keep playing the way they have over the last three weeks odds are they’ll get in. Over their last 11 games they have eight wins in regulation and in two other games they picked up points by going into overtime and into a shootout before falling.
“We’ve got that enthusiasm and that hunger and competitiveness. That’s what’s required to win,” says IceHogs coach Jeremy Colliton.
The big games keep coming this weekend. The IceHogs will play back-to-back divisional games at home. They host Milwaukee Friday night and Chicago Saturday night.
“I think everyone knows what’s at stake here,” says defenseman Viktor Svedberg. “We’re playing against division teams and everyone knows every game is going to be important. I think people are starting to feel that too.”