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Away Game Notes 12/30/08

12/30/2008 10:19 AM - Chris Etheridge

That’s A Lot of Goals: The Hogs have given up six goals in back-to-back games against the Iowa Chops.  Before the recent defense collapse, the Hogs had only allowed four goals in three games to the Chops.  The 12 goals in back-to-back games is the most given up by the IceHogs this season.

Fight for .500:  The Rockford IceHogs need to win their next two games to be above .500 in Dec. 2008.  The Hogs (4-6-0-1 in Dec.) play the Flames in their next two games, the final two nights of the month.  December is the only month in which Rockford has an all-time record below .500 as the Hogs are 59-64-1-12 entering play tonight, but were 9-1-1-3 in Dec. 2007.

Brent’s A Big Helper: Rockford center Tim Brent has assisted on a goal in an IceHogs season-high five straight games dating back to Dec. 20 against the Houston Aeros.  During his streak, Brent has chipped in five helpers, adding three goals as well. The streak is one game shy of Petri Kontiola’s and Martin St. Pierre’s IceHogs AHL team record of six set last season.

First Period Blues: Rockford has given up 23 first period goals this season, but five over their past two games, 21.7 percent of the markers given up all season in the opening frame.   The first period is still the best for goal differential for Rockford this season as they are outscoring their opponents 34-23.


Pregame Notes for 12/27/08

12/28/2008 10:22 AM - Chris Etheridge

Hogs Feast On Iowa:  Since joining the American Hockey League prior to the 2007-08 season, the Rockford IceHogs have had more success against both teams based in Des Moines.  Last season, Rockford went 6-2-0-0 against the Stars and in their first three meetings with the Chops in ‘08-09 the IceHogs are 3-0-0-0.

We Sense A Pattern Here: Tonight marks Rockford’s fourth game in a stretch of 11 straight contests in which they will alternate games between home and road.  After tonight, the IceHogs return home to play Iowa on Monday before a home-and-home against Quad City beginning in Moline on Tuesday. After another home-and-home against the Chicago Wolves, the Hogs will travel to Grand Rapids before yet another home tilt versus Chicago.

Another Pattern Emerges: The Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Wolves had played a string of hard-faught games until recently.  But since Rockford’s Dec. 6 loss in Chicago, the closest contest was the 4-1 Rockford loss in Chicago on Sunday.  Rockford has won their last two be five goals and four, while Chicago has won by five and three.

The Hot Hand: Goalie Corey Crawford extended his games without a regulation loss streak to seven (6-0-1) on Friday.  The netminder’s goals against average has dropped to 2.50, for 12th in the league.  His save percentage (.920) puts him in the top ten.  After starting the season 3-3-0, Crawford has now improved to 9-3-1.