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By: Mike Peck
Photo by Mark Newman
Rockford sits in second in AHL’s closest division

Week 18 Recap
Two wins in three games was enough to keep pace for the Rockford IceHogs in the AHL’s West Division. After getting shutout by the Hamilton Bulldogs on Wednesday, Rockford rebounded with wins against Peoria and Grand Rapids. Week 19 features three more games for Rockford, including Wednesday’s rematch with Grand Rapids and a pair in Lake Erie against the Monsters this weekend.

Week 18 Results
Wednesday, Jan. 27: Hamilton Bulldogs 5 vs. Rockford IceHogs 0
Friday, Jan. 29: Peoria Rivermen 2 vs. Rockford IceHogs 4
Saturday, Jan. 30: Rockford IceHogs 3 at Grand Rapids Griffins 2

Week 19 Schedule

Wednesday, Feb. 3 vs. Grand Rapids, 7:05
Friday, Feb. 5 at Lake Erie, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 6 at Lake Erie, 12 p.m.

Bacon Bits:

- Akim Aliu converted Rockford’s first penalty shot goal of the season on Saturday in Grand Rapids and the first since Troy Brouwer’s penalty shot marker on Dec. 14, 2007 against Rochester

-Rockford went 4-0-0-0 against Grand Rapids this season at Van Andel Arena

-All four games were decided by one goal

-The IceHogs are 7-2-0-0 on the road against the AHL’s North Division this season

-The IceHogs are 4-10-0-2 on the road against the AHL’s West Division this season

-Rockford is 14-4-0-1 in games following a regulation loss in 2009-10

-Rockford is riding a season best five-game road point streak (4-0-0-1) dating back to Jan. 10

-The IceHogs went 9-3-0-2 in January, making it the second January in a row that Rockford won nine games

-Rockford went 9-5-0-2 in January of 2009

-The nine wins in a month also match an IceHogs AHL record for most wins in a month as the team accomplished the feat in December 2008 as well

-Rockford averaged 4,424 fans in eight January home dates, the team’s best January in 11 seasons at the gate

-Defenseman Richard Petiot has points in seven of his last nine games totaling 1g-7a

-Petiot has set a career high this season with 19 assists and 21 points
Photo by Greg Hamil
Hot Hog Week 18:
IceHogs forward Jack Skille had two points in three games for the IceHogs during Week 18, helping them to a 2-1-0-0 record. After Rockford was blanked on Wednesday against Hamilton, Skille bounced back with a goal and an assist in Rockford’s 4-2 win over Peoria on Friday. The third-year winger accumulated 12 shots on goal during Week 18 and currently ranks fourth in the league with 159 shots on goal.

Upcoming Games:
Friday, Feb. 3 vs. Grand Rapids Griffins: The game starts at 7:05 p.m. The first 1,000 fans 21-and over will receive an IceHogs glass mug courtesy of Bud Light. All high school and college students with a valid student ID can purchase the best available seat for just $10 at the MetroCentre's Box Office up to one hour prior to the game with the WXRX Student Rush program.

Friday, Feb. 5 at Lake Erie Monsters: Game time is 6:30 p.m. Rockford travels to Cleveland to open a two-game set with the Lake Erie Monsters at the Quicken Loans Arena. The game is the second of three on the year in Lake Erie and third of six between the two clubs overall.

Saturday, Feb. 6 at Lake Erie Monsters: The matinee begins at noon. Rockford and Lake Erie conlcude a two game series at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The game is Rockford’s final one in Lake Erie in 2009-10.

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 ( 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.

No Bud Light Hog Talk Tonight:

Bud Light Hog Talk at Counsin’s Bar and Grill tonight has been cancelled as the IceHogs look for a new location to host the show. When the show resumes, fans can join WXRX’s Jim Stone most Mondays from 6-7 p.m. as he chats with IceHogs coaches, players and front office staff.  Stop by and take advantage of some great food and Bud Light specials. If you can’t make it, 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  Tickets start at just $10.

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