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HOGS CLOSE OUT SEASON LONG HOMESTAND 3-2-1-1

By: Mike Peck
Photo by Greg Hamil
First four-game week of 10-11 slated for Week 13

Week 12 Recap

With one lone game on the Week 12 schedule, the Rockford IceHogs slipped below the .500 mark with a 2-1 loss to the Milwaukee Admirals on Sunday. After closing out a seven-game homestand, Rockford will play three of their four games during Week 13 on the road, including their first ever visit to Oklahoma City to take on the Barons to open the 2011 calendar year.

Sunday, Dec. 26: Milwaukee Admirals 2 vs. Rockford IceHogs 1


Week 13 Schedule
Tuesday, Dec. 28 at Milwaukee, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 30 vs. Houston, 6:35 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 1 at Oklahoma City, 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 2 at Oklahoma City, 3:05 p.m.

Bacon Bits:
    Rockford finished their season-long seven-game homestand with a record of 3-2-1-1

    The IceHogs will play three of their next four contests on the road and then return home to play seven of their next eight games at the MetroCentre

    Rookie winger Peter LeBlanc had his team season-high four-game goal scoring streak come to an end on Sunday against Milwaukee

    Winger Rob Klinkhammer has points in three straight games (1g-2a) and five of six overall (1g-4a) since his first career NHL recall on Dec. 8

    Rockford allowed two power-play goals in a game on Sunday for the first time since Nov. 7 and for just the second time since the team’s third game of the season on Oct. 12

    Rockford will play their first four-game week of the 2010-11 season during Week 13

    The IceHogs have scored a league-low 18 first period goals

    All three games in the Rockford-Milwaukee season series has been decided by one-goal so far this season

    Rockford is 9-4-1-4 in one-goal games in 2010-11

    The IceHogs are 3-9 in games decided by more than one goal

    Rockford will play 11 of their next 13 games against the West Division

Hot Hog Week 12:
Shawn Lalonde  Defenseman
Rockford rookie defenseman Shawn Lalonde tallied Rockford’s lone goal on Sunday in their 2-1 loss to the Milwaukee Admirals at the Rockford MetroCentre. Lalonde now has four goals on the season, most among all IceHogs d-men. He also has 15 overall points, fourth most on the club and second most for all Rockford blueliners.

Upcoming Games:
Tuesday, Dec. 28 at Milwaukee Admirals: Game time is 7 p.m. The IceHogs and Admirals close out a home-and-home series at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee. The game is the fourth of 10 on the season between the West Division foes and second of five in Milwaukee.

Thursday, Dec. 30 vs. Houston Aeros:
The game starts at 6:35 p.m. Houston makes their first visit to the MetroCentre in 2010-11 in the third overall match up between the two clubs. Thursday is WIFR Sell Out Night.  WIFR, channel-23 in Rockford has bought the remaining tickets for the game and there are no tickets available for the game.

Saturday, Jan. 1 at Oklahoma City: New Year’s hockey starts at 7:05 p.m. Two first for the IceHogs: A trip to Oklahoma City and New Year’s Day hockey. The IceHogs open the 2011 portion of their schedule at the Cox Convention Center against the Barons in the team’s first ever New Year’s Day game.

Sunday, Jan. 2 at Oklahoma City: The rematch is set for 3:05 p.m. The IceHogs and Barons meet up for the second straight night at the Cox Convention Center. The game is the second of three on the season in Oklahoma City and third of six overall between the two teams.

No Bud Light Hog Talk Tonight At Swilligan’s Pub:
There will be no Bud Light Hog Talk tonight at Swilligan’s Pub. The show resumes on Monday, Jan. 10. Swillgan’s Pub is located in downtown Rockford at 200 North Church St. Fans can join Mike Peck from 6-7 p.m. most Monday’s as he chats with IceHogs players, coaches and front office members. Stop by and take advantage of some great food and Bud Light specials. If you can’t make it, tune into 1330 AM, WNTA.

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 in Rockford can tune in to Channel 57 for all the IceHogs hockey action at the MetroCentre this season. All Saturday home game will also be televised on My Network TV digital subchannel 17.2 along with Comcast and Charter Cable channel 16. The broadcast begins with the U.S. Cellular 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.

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 2010-11 season. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Rockford MetroCentre Box Office in downtown Rockford or on the Web at www.metrocentre.com.  Tickets start at just $7.



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