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03/05/2012 10:39 AM

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Rockford earns five of six possible points

Week 22 Recap:
February ended with a tough shootout loss, but the Rockford IceHogs bounced back to start the month of March with two consecutive victories. The Hogs now have points in six straight contests, posting a 5-0-0-1 record. On Wednesday, Rockford came away with one point but Abbotsford claimed the win after seven rounds of a shootout. In Milwaukee, Carter Hutton turned away 44 Admirals’ shots and Brandon Pirri notched three points (1g-2a) as the IceHogs stole a 3-1 win on Friday. Then, Peter LeBlanc and Ben Youds tallied in the third period on Saturday to lift Rockford over Peoria 2-1. The IceHogs play a home-and-home series against Milwaukee in Week 23.

Week 22 Results                     
Wednesday, Feb. 29: Abbotsford 3 vs IceHogs 2 SO      
Friday, March 2: Rockford 3 at Milwaukee 1           
Saturday, March 3: Rockford 2 at Peoria 1

Week 23 Schedule
Saturday, March 10 at Milwaukee, 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 11 vs. Milwaukee, 5:05 p.m.

Bacon Bits:
Rockford ran their point streak to six straight games (5-0-0-1) in Week 22, one game shy of their team season-high

The IceHogs picked up points in seven straight contests (6-0-0-1) from 1/16/12-1/28/12

Carter Hutton has been in goal for all six games and has a .962 save percentage with a 1.12 goals against average during the hot stretch

In those six games, Hutton has allowed two or fewer goals in all of them and two goals twice

Since Jan. 8, Hutton is 12-4-0-2 with a 2.01 GAA and a .928 SPCT

After their win on Saturday in Peoria, Rockford climbed back to the .500 mark (26-26-2-5) for the first time since Oct. 28 (4-4-0-0), a span of 51 games

On Jan. 12, Rockford’s team goals against average was 3.76, last in the AHL by .43 goals

Entering Week 24, Rockford’s GAA was 3.17, a .59 goals per game improvement in 22 games, now ranking the team 26th in the AHL

Since Jan. 8, Rockford is 5-2-1-1 when trailing after the second period on the road

Center Brandon Pirri tied an IceHogs single season record with his sixth game-winning goal on Friday in Milwaukee

Jack Skille was the last IceHogs skater to notch six game winners in a season during the 2008-09 season

Pirri currently leads Rockford in scoring (40), goals (22), assists (28), plus/minus (+9) and multi-point games (15)

Brandon Bollig became the fourth different IceHogs skater to make his NHL debut this season with the Blackhawks, joining Jimmy Hayes, Dylan Olsen and Andrew Shaw, all of whom are still in Chicago

Bollig became the 46th different IceHogs alumnus to skate in the NHL

Hot Hog: Week 22:

Carter Hutton, Goaltender
Carter Hutton kept the IceHogs on the winning track as he helped the team earn points in all three games (2-0-0-1) and ran his point streak to six straight games (5-0-0-1). On Wednesday, Hutton made 35 saves in a 3-2 shootout loss to Abbotsford at the BMO Harris Bank Center. The 26-year-old then backstopped the IceHogs to a 3-1 win in Milwaukee on Friday night, making 44 saves against the Admirals. On Saturday, Hutton helped Rockford to their fifth come-from-behind victory on the road since Jan. 8, making 24 saves in a 2-1 win at Peoria. On the week, the Thunder Bay, Ontario native finished with a .963 save percentage and a 1.30 goals against average.

Upcoming Games:
Saturday, March 10 at Milwaukee Admirals. It’s the eighth of 12 meetings between the Midwest Division rivals and the first of a home-and-home series between the clubs. Game time is 7 p.m. Rockford is 5-1-0-1 versus Milwaukee this season. In four of those wins, the IceHogs only gave up one goal to the Admirals.

Sunday, March 11 vs. Milwaukee Admirals. The 13th annual IceHogs jersey auction is Sunday night as Rockford takes on the Admirals. Puck drop is at 5:05 p.m. This year’s theme is “Rock Vegas” and the first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive a deck of IceHogs poker cards sponsored by Lou Bachrodt Auto Mall. There will be a live auction on the ice after the game for fans to win the special “Rock Vegas” jerseys worn by the IceHogs. The band “Dirty Fishnet Stockings” will perform before, during and after the game.

Bud Light Hog Talk Returns To Granite City Tonight:
Bud Light Hog Talk makes its weekly appearance tonight at Granite City Food and Brewery. Stephen Nelson hosts IceHogs video coach Matt Prefontaine, forward Matt Fornataro and goaltender Carter Hutton. Granite City is located at 7140 Harrison Ave. next to CherryVale Mall. Fans can join Mike Peck or Stephen Nelson from 6-7 p.m. most Mondays as they chat with IceHogs skaters and coaches. Stop by to take advantage of food and Bud Light specials. If you can't make it to Granite City, tune into 100.5 NTA FM or 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 100.5 NTA FM and 1330 AM WNTA, 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 website ( 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 BMO Harris Bank Center this season. All Saturday home games 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 2011-12 season. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office in downtown Rockford or on the Web at Tickets start at just $7.

llinois Lottery Cup Series Standings
Teams        Record       Points
Peoria        11-7-1-0        23
Chicago     10-9-1-0        21
Rockford    10-12-1-0      21

Rockford vs. Peoria    4-6-1-0
Rockford vs. Chicago    6-6-0-0

Upcoming Illinois Lottery Cup Games:
Mar. 30 vs. Peoria