Chops back in 2nd place with thrilling 4-3 win on Tuesday

January 20, 2009 - American Hockey League (AHL)
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Led by 35 saves by David LeNeveu, two goals from TJ Trevelyan and Charlie Kronschnabel's first career AHL goal, the Iowa Chops (22-16-2-3, 49 pts.) finished out their six-game homestand in style with a thrilling 4-3 win over the Rockford IceHogs (22-17-0-4, 48 pts.) at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

The Chops dominated the start of Tuesday's game, but after outshooting the 'Hogs early 10-1, could not find the back of the net thanks to some good saves by IceHogs goaltender Antti Niemi. The IceHogs ramped up their offense after the early Chops flury which resulted in the game's first goal thanks to a second chance by Mike Radja, who followed up his own rebound after a save from Chops goaltender David LeNeveu and buried one past the glove for a 1-0 Rockford lead. Despite the early shot advantge in the period, the teams each managed 11 shots in the opening period.

The 2nd period was maybe the best offensive one for the Chops so far since the New Year. TJ Trevelyan tied the game at 1-1 with a power play goal, as his shot from the top of the circle squeezed between the pads of Niemi and into the net with assists to Petteri Wirtanen and Brian Salcido. Trevelyan would add his second goal of the game midway through the period as he gave the Chops a 2-1 lead with a snipe over the blocker glove of Niemi. However, the IceHogs would answer right back seconds later as a shot from the point was redirected in by Nathan David to tie the game at 2-2. The Chops finished the 2nd period in style with two more late goals :55 seconds apart. First, Ryan Dingle collected a rebound down low to smash home the loose puck past Niemi with assists to Brennan Evans and Matt Caruana to give the Chops a 3-2 lead. Less than a minute later Charlie Kronschnabel got a pass from Ajay Baines and skated in the right wing, pulling the puck to his forehand and beating Niemi over the blocker for his first career Iowa Chops and AHL goal to put the Chops up 4-2 heading into the 3rd period.

The 3rd period was the David LeNeveu show, as the Chops goaltender made 13 saves, allowing only a Pascal Pelletier goal to make it 4-3. With less than two minutes in the game, the IceHogs had a 6 on 4 power play, but LeNeveu made several point-blank saves to preserve the 4-3 win for the Chops, moving them back into sole possession of 2nd place in the West Division.

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