Three-in-three and Game Notes
02/27/2010 3:21 PM - Chris Etheridge
This might be a note for tomorrow, but I'm going to write it now. The schedule gods may have given the IceHogs a bit of an advantage for tomorrow's contest against the Chicago Wolves. The Hogs are playing in back-to-back games, but Chicago is playing in their third game in three days.
Energy-wise this will play in Rockford's favor. Players need time to recover after playing an intense game like hockey and often 24 hours is not enough time. So a game on Saturday can sometimes be a bit slower than a game on Friday and by the time both teams get to Sunday, they are both pretty beat.
When one team has a Friday or Saturday off, they'll likely have a bit more left in the tank on Sunday, so the Hogs (who didn't play Friday night) will need to use that to their advantage. Score first and play a physical game and the Hogs will have a good shot at sneaking away with a win.
The Hogs already have two strikes against them in this goal. The Wolves have not lost at home since Dec. 27, when Rockford beat them 6-4 and the IceHogs have historically struggled in Rosemont, winning only three games in their three years in the league.
Here are some notes for tonight:
It’s Easy To Score Into An Empty Net: In Thursday’s 4-1 win over Milwaukee, Rockford tallied two empty-net goals. Rockford is tied with Texas and Worcester with 12 empty netters this season. Bryan Bickell leads the IceHogs with two into the empty cage while 10 other skaters have registered an empty-net tally.
More Against Peoria And San Antonio: Entering tonight’s game, IceHogs winger Matt Keith has scored eight of his 15 goals against Peoria and San Antonio. Keith has tallied four against both clubs and leads Rockford is goals against Peoria.
Twice Is Nice For Cullimore: Defenseman Jassen Cullimore chipped in his first multi-point game of the season on Thursday in Rockford’s 4-1 win over Milwaukee. The veteran d-man assisted on Rockford’s second and third goal and has 2g-6a-8pts in 44 games this season for the IceHogs.
Feeling The Love In February: Thursday night’s 4-1 win over Milwaukee ensured the IceHogs of their fourth straight winning month. Entering play tonight, Rockford has a February record of 7-3-0-0. The only below .500 month for the IceHogs this season came in October when the club finished 5-6-1-1.
Double The Help On The Power Play: Rockford has scored 41 power play markers this season and all of them have been accompanied by two assists. Mark Cullen leads Rockford with 14 assists on the advantage this season.
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