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ROCKFORD CLOSES GAP ON CHICAGO, LOOK TO EVEN SERIES WEDNESDAY

By: Mike Peck
Photo by Greg Hamil


Home team is three-for-three in West Division Finals

Postseason Week 3 Results    
Thursday, May 1: Rockford 1 at Chicago 4 (Game One)
Saturday, May 3: Rockford 3 at Chicago 7 (Game Two) 
Sunday, May 4: Chicago 1 vs. Rockford 3 (Game Three)     

Postseason Week 4 Schedule 
Wednesday, May 7 vs. Chicago, 7:05 p.m. (Game Four)
Friday, May 9 at Chicago, 7 p.m. (Game Five)
Sunday, May 10 vs. Chicago, 4:05 p.m. (Game Six)*
* if necessary
 
Postseason Week 3 Recap
Home-ice advantage has been key through three games of the West Division Finals as the Rockford IceHogs trail the best-of-seven series 2-1.  Rockford took Game 3 at the MetroCentre after falling in the series’ first two contests at the Allstate Arena.  Game 4 is slated for Wednesday and a Rockford win would force a Game 6 at the MetroCentre on Sunday.

Bacon Bits:
Rockford has 88 shots over its past two games, the second highest shot combination over a two game playoff stretch in franchise history

The IceHogs accumulated 92 shots in back-to-back games last year in Games 3 and 4 against the Fort Wayne Komets

Over Rockford’s last four periods against Chicago, the club has chipped in 65 shots on goal

Winger Petri Kontiola has a six game postseason point streak totaling 3g-3a-6pts

The IceHogs and their opponents have combined to score 21 goals in eight postseason games

In the first and second periods combined, the Hogs and opponents have combined to score 15 goals

Rockford has outscored the opposition 12-9 in the third period, but have been outscored 5-2 in the opening stanza
 
Winger Derek Nesbitt netted his team-leading second game-winning goal of the playoffs in Game 3 against Chicago

Nesbitt also had the game winner in Game 3 of the West Division Semifinals

Rockford is 4-0 in the postseason when scoring the game’s first goal and just 1-3 when the opponents light the lamp first

Hot Hog Postseason Week 3:
Winger Petri Kontiola continued his postseason point streak with a point in all three games against the Chicago Wolves in the West Division Finals.  Konitola now has a six-game point streak dating back to the West Division Semifinals against Houston. Overall in the postseason, Kontiola has 3g-3a-6pts, ranking third on the IceHogs.

Upcoming Games:
Wednesday, May 7 vs. Chicago Wolves. (Game Four) Game time is 7:05 p.m. The West Division Finals resumes after a two- day hiatus.  Game Four at the Rockford MetroCentre as the IceHogs will try to even the series at 2-2 while the Wolves will look to grab the crucial game before returning home.

Friday, May 9 at Chicago Wolves. (Game Five) The puck drops at 7 p.m. Will Chicago have an opportunity to clinch and move on in the Calder Cup Playoffs?  Or will it be the IceHogs taking control of the West Division Finals?  The series shifts back to the Allstate Arena and the IceHogs will try for its first ever win in Rosemont.

Sunday, May 11 vs. Chicago Wolves. (Game Six, if necessary)  The game starts at 4:05 p.m. If the series gets this far, one team will be facing elimination and the other will try to do the eliminating.  A Game 6 will be necessary if the IceHogs win either Game 4 or 5.

The IceHogs Broadcasting Network:
Rockford IceHogs fans can catch all of the IceHogs postseason games on the Hogs flagship radio station Rockford’s Voice, WNTA-AM 1330 as well as Games One, Four and Seven against the Wolves on ESPN Radio 1380-AM, WTJK.  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 $7, you can catch all of the IceHogs action on your computer.  Also, fans with Comcast Cable television can tune into Channel 57 for all the IceHogs hockey action at home 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 Comcast 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.

Playoff Tickets Now On Sale!
Keep checking local media and icehogs.com for information about playoff tickets!  Once home games are confirmed, call (815) 968-5222 to reserve your seats at the Rockford MetroCentre.  Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Rockford MetroCentre Box Office in downtown Rockford, at Hogs Headquarters in Cherryvale Mall, or on the Web at www.centreevents.com.  Tickets start at just $10.
 



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