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ROCKFORD APPROACHES MIDWAY MARK OF 07-08

By: Mike Peck
The IceHogs topped the Wolves 5-4 on Friday for its only win during Week 14 of the 2007-08 AHL regular season. (Photo by Jim Orlando)

 Three game week on the bend for the IceHogs

Week 14 Recap
It was not home-sweet-home for the Rockford IceHogs during Week 14.  The IceHogs went 1-3-0-0 during its first four-game week in 2007-08, but did knock off the division rival Chicago Wolves.  Rockford concludes a five-game homestand on Friday against Toronto before returning to the road.  After Friday’s game, Rockford will have hit the midway mark of the regular season.

Week 14 Recap                                                             Week 15 Schedule
Monday, Dec. 31: Milwaukee 5 vs. Rockford 3         Friday, Jan. 11 vs. Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 2: Hamilton 2 vs. Rockford 1       Saturday, Jan. 12 at Milwaukee, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 4: Chicago 4 vs. Rockford 5                   Sunday, Jan. 13 at Quad City, 5:05 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 5: Lake Erie 2 vs. Rockford 0

Bacon Bits:

Center Martin St. Pierre had his franchise record 15-game point streak (5g-17a) come to an end on Saturday against Lake Erie

The IceHogs were shutout for the first time this season when Lake Erie blanked them 2-0 at the MetroCentre on Saturday

Winger Troy Brouwer became the 12th different IceHogs skater to get re-called to the Chicago Blackhawks this season

Winger Sergei Samsonov accumulated an IceHogs single-game high 10 shots on goal on Saturday against Lake Erie

Entering Week 14, Rockford had only one home loss in 11 games. After a four game week at home, Rockford went 1-3-0-0.

Winger Mike Blunden chipped in his team-leading fourth game-winning goal of the season on Friday night against Chicago

 Rockford gave up a season-high 20 shots on goal in the first period against Lake Erie on Saturday

The Hogs then held the Monsters to 11 shots on goal during the final two periods

Out of Rockford’s last nine games, the only team to score a power-play goal against the IceHogs is Chicago

Rockford will hit the mid-way point of the season after Friday’s game against Toronto

Hot Hog Week 14:
Rockford center Colin Fraser picked up his team-leading fourth multi-goal game of the season on New Year’s Eve and chipped in a pair of assists during Week 14.  Overall, Fraser has 10 goals on the campaign and leads Rockford with a plus/minus rating of +15.

Upcoming Games:

Friday, Jan. 11 vs. Toronto Marlies.  Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.  Game time is 7:30 p.m.  The Hogs and Marlies meet for the second and final time this season and first at the MetroCentre in a battle of two of the top teams in the AHL.  The first 1,000 fans 21-and older will receive an IceHogs Jersey Koozie courtesy of Bud Light. 

Saturday, Jan. 12 at Milwaukee Admirals. The game starts at 7:30 p.m.  Rockford heads back on the road for its first trip to Milwaukee to battle the Admirals.  The game is the first of five on the season at the Bradley Center and third of 10 overall against the West Division rivals.

Sunday, Jan. 13 at Quad City Flames.  The puck drops at 5:05 p.m.  For the first time since opening night, Rockford returns to Quad City to try to extinguish the Flames at the I-Wireless Center.  The game is the fourth of eight on the regular season between Rockford and Quad City.

The IceHogs Broadcasting Network:
Rockford IceHogs fans can catch all of the IceHogs regular and post-season games on the Hogs flagship radio station Rockford’s Voice, WNTA-AM 1330 and 30 regular season games on ESPN Radio 1380-AM, WTJK.  Fans can also watch and listen to the Hogs on the World Wide Web with the B2 Networks!  Visit the IceHogs Web site (icehogs.com) and click on the “click here to watch the game live” icon, and for just $6, you can catch all of the IceHogs action on your computer.  Also, fans with Insight Cable television can tune in to Channel 57 for all the IceHogs hockey action this season.  The broadcast begins with the Pregame Show 30 minutes before the puck drops. Make sure to give your opinion during the Post-Game Call-In Show following each home game at (815) 874-8255.

Where to Watch the IceHogs:
IceHogs fans can now catch every IceHogs regular season game live on TV!  Every IceHogs home game during the 2007-08 season can be viewed on Insight Cable Channel-57.  When the IceHogs are on the road fans can watch them live at Damon’s Grill in Rockford.  Fans can take advantage of great Bud Light specials and food specials at Damon’s Grill.

Hog Talk Returns This Week At Cousin’s Bar and Grill:
Bud Light Hog Talk returns tonight at Cousin’s Bar and Grill!  The show runs from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and is hosted by Jim Stone and Double T.  Tonight’s show will feature IceHogs forward Derek Nesbitt and defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson.  IceHogs Head Coach Mike Haviland will also be on hand.  Come out to Cousin’s to enjoy some great food and Bud Light specials.  If you can’t make it out to Cousin’s you can listen live on 1330AM WNTA.

Tickets Now On Sale!
IceHogs individual game tickets are now on sale!  Call (815) 968-5222 to reserve your seats for any IceHogs regular season game during the 2007-08 season.  Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Rockford MetroCentre Box Office in downtown Rockford or on the web at www.centreevents.com.  Tickets start at just $9.

Check Out The Hogs New Web Site:
The IceHogs have a new cyber home!  Check out the all new www.icehogs.com.  The Hogs new Web site features a fresh new look, player bios, audio highlights, merchandise store and much more!



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