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HOGS KICK OFF HOME SCHEDULE WITH TWO WINS

By: Chris Etheridge
Rockford plays next eight games against division opponents

Week 3 Recap
The Rockford IceHogs kicked off 11 straight game against division opponents with a 2-1-0-0 record in Week 3.  The Hogs won in dramatic fashion on Saturday, scoring three unanswered goals and capping the victory with a nine-round shootout.  Rockford’s only loss came on Wednesday at the hands of the Chicago Wolves at the Allstate Arena, where the Hogs are 2-7-2-0 all time.

Week 3 Schedule

Wednesday, Oct. 14: Rockford 4 at Chicago 5
Friday, Oct. 16: Chicago 1 at Rockford 4
Saturday, Oct. 17: Peoria 3 at Rockford 4 SO

Week 4 Schedule
Wednesday, Oct. 21 at Peoria, 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 23 vs. Milwaukee, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 24 at Peoria, 7 p.m.

Bacon Bits:

Centerman Jake Dowell was named the third captain in IceHogs AHL history on Friday

His three assists on Saturday set a season high for Rockford skaters in points scored in a game

It’s also a professional career high for the third-year skater

Dowell has three multi-point games this season after recording just two in 2008-09

The Rockford IceHogs are 2-0-0-0 at home in 2009-10 and 2-2-1-0 on the road

The team plays seven of their next ten games on the road

In 29 games when trailing after two periods in 2008-09, the IceHogs were 0-26-0-3

Rockford trailed 3-1 going into the final frame on Saturday and won 4-3 in the shootout

Before Saturday the IceHogs had not trailed going into the third period in 2009-10

The last five games played between Rockford and Peoria have ended in an overtime or shootout

Rockford is 3-0-1-1 in those games

Defenseman Daryl Boyle has an active four-game point streak (1g-3a) and three-game assist streak (3a)

The second-year skater is +6 in those games and +7 on the season to pace the team

Rockford is 6-4-0-1 all time in home openers after beating Chicago 4-1 on Friday

The IceHogs play their next eight games against West Division opponents

Hot Hog Week 3:
The week that he was named the IceHogs team captain, center Jake Dowell paced Rockford’s offense with five assists during Week 3 of the regular season. Dowell chipped in two helpers on Friday in Rockford’s 4-1 win over the Chicago Wolves then a night later he tallied the primary assist on all three of the IceHogs goals in regulation during the team’s 4-3 come-from-behind victory over Peoria. The center also recorded a plus/minus rating of +4 for the week and he leads the IceHogs in points overall in 2009-10 with a goal and six assists through seven games.

Upcoming Games:
Wednesday, Oct. 21 at Peoria Rivermen: The home-and-home series continues at 7 p.m. Rockford and Peoria meet again at the Carver Arena, Rockford’s second of three trips to Carver Arena in October.  The game is the third of 10 on the campaign for the West Division rivals.

Friday, Oct. 23 vs. Milwaukee Admirals:
Game time is 7:05 p.m. The first annual Hogtoberfest gets underway at 5 p.m. as the IceHogs host a block party on Elm Street and pre-game concert from rock band Night Ranger.  Also, the first 4,000 fans will pick up a white long sleeve t-shirt thanks to Dental Dimensions, U.S. Cellular, Guerilla Graffix and ESPN 1380.

Saturday, Oct. 24 at Peoria Rivermen.
The game starts at 7 p.m. The Hogs make their second visit of the week to the Carver Arena to face the Rivermen for their fourth and final time in October.  The two team will clash ten times in 2009-10 but not again until Jan. 16 at Peoria.

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 AHL Live!  Visit the IceHogs Web site (icehogs.com) and click on the “click here to watch the AHL Live” icon, and for just $7, you can catch all of the IceHogs action on your computer.  Also, fans with Comcast 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 Comcast Post-Game Call-In Show following each game at (815) 874-8255.

Hog Talk Tonight At Cousin’s Bar and Grill:
Join Jim Stone from 6-7 p.m. tonight at Cousin’s Bar and Grill as he chats with IceHogs assistant coach Ted Dent as well as forward Bryan Bickell and defenseman Daryl Boyle. Cousin’s is located on the corner of East State St. and Perryville in Rockford, and take advantage of some great food and Bud Light specials.  If you can’t make it out to Cousin’s, tune into 1330 AM, 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 2009-10 season.  Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Rockford MetroCentre Box Office in downtown Rockford, at Hog Headquarters inside Cherryvale Mall or on the Web at www.centreevents.com.  Tickets start at just $10.


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