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By: Mike Peck
IceHogs goalie Wade Flaherty helped backstop the IceHogs to a pair of wins during Week 23. (Photo by Jim Orlando)

Flaherty solid in net as Hogs keep pace in playoff race

Week 23 Recap
The playoff push is here, and IceHogs goalie Wade Flaherty has been there and done that.  Flaherty came up big during Week 23 to help Rockford keep pace in the wild West Divison.  Flaherty turned away 103 of 111 shots faced over three games to help lead Rockford to a 2-1-0-0 record.  The Hogs now hit the road for a pair of contests in Houston against the red-hot Aeros.

Week 23 Results        
Wednesday, March 4: Peoria 2 vs. Rockford 3
Saturday, March 8: Rockford 2 at Milwaukee 3
Sunday, March 9: Iowa 3 vs. Rockford 4 (OT)

Week 24 Schedule     
Thursday, March 13 at Houston, 7:05 p.m.    
Saturday, March 15 at Houston, 7:35 p.m.

Bacon Bits:

Jack Skille netted his first career hat trick on Sunday against Iowa

The three goal performance was the first this season by an IceHogs player

Before the hat trick, Rockford had a player score twice in a game 19 times

Beginning on Monday, Rockford will only play two games over the next 11 days, both in Houston against the Aeros

IceHogs Head Coach Mike Haviland won his 300th career game on Sunday against Iowa

Winger Mike Blunden appeared in his 100th career game on Sunday against Iowa

Rockford had a streak of five straight games with a power play goal snapped on Sunday against the Stars after going 0-for-4 on the advantage

Rockford was out-shot 111-81 in its three games during Week 23, but went 2-1-0-0

Goalie Wade Flaherty played in all three games and turned away 103 of the 111 shots faced (.927)

With his win on Sunday, Flaherty now has 297 career wins in the pro ranks including 134 victories in the AHL

-Rockford’s 4-3 overtime win over Iowa on Sunday marked the clubs’ first overtime win at home this season

Rockford hadn’t played an overtime or shootout game since Feb. 15 against Quad City

Hot Hog Week 23:
For the second straight week a rookie came up big for the IceHogs.  During Week 23 Jack Skille accumulated 3g-2a-5pts and most of the damage was done on Sunday.  Skille netted his first career hat trick against Iowa on Sunday including netting the overtime game winner.  The Madison, Wis. native also chipped in an assist on Saturday in Milwaukee.

Upcoming Games:
Thursday, March 13 at Houston Aeros.  Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m. The IceHogs hit the road for a brief two-game road trip in Houston against the surging Aeros.  The game is the second of the campaign at the Toyota Center for Rockford.

Saturday, March 15 at Houston Aeros.  The puck drops at 7:35 p.m.  Rockford and Houston conclude their six-game season series when they meet at the Toyota Center in Houston.  The game is the back-end of two straight between the West Division foes.

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 ( 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.

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  Tickets start at just $9.

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