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WEEK 9 REPORT: HOT HOGS TAKE WEEKEND WINS

By: Peter Dewar
BACON BITS
-The Rockford IceHogs allowed a season-high eight goals in an 8-1 loss to Manitoba last week before rebounding with back-to-back wins against the Chicago Wolves (4-3 OTW) and Texas Stars (6-2 win)...The Hogs have won five of their last eight games and points in six of those eight contests since Nov. 18...Rockford enters the week with an overall record of 13-9-1-0 (27 points) and ranked second in the Central Division behind Manitoba (17-5-1-1).
 
-Rockford has fired 30+ shots in eight straight games since Nov. 15 and in 16 of their last 17 contests dating to Oct 22...The Icehogs have combined for a league-high 809 shots through their first 23 games - 57 more than second-place Laval in its first 24 games - and are currently pacing the AHL with 35.17 shots per game.
 
-The Hogs won two of three home games last week to cap that stretch of games with their league-leading ninth home win this season...Rockford now boasts an overall home record of 9-5-1-0 thus far in 2017-18 and enters the week tied with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for the most points at home in the AHL (19 points).
 
-Jeff Glass won two of his three starts last week, stopping 32 of 35 pucks against the Wolves and 29 of 31 pucks against the Stars...Glass has won seven of his last nine starts since Oct. 21 and is unbeaten in eight of those nine appearances after taking Iowa to overtime on Nov. 24.
 
-Vinnie Hinostroza tallied a career high-tying three points (3a) in the IceHogs’ win against the Stars on Teddy Bear Toss night...Hinostroza has yet to go more than two straight games without tallying a point and currently leads the team and ranks tied for ninth in the AHL in scoring with 9g-13a-22pts in 23 games.
 
-Rookie Matthew Highmore capped last week’s game with a multi-point effort (1g, 1a) against the Stars...Highmore has scored a team-high 10 goals on the campaign and currently ranks tied for third in goals among AHL rookies and tied for sixth in the league in rookie scoring.
 
UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Dec. 8: The IceHogs travel to Grand Rapids for the front end of a home-and-home series against the Griffins. Rockford has split its first eight road games in 2017-18 (4-4-0-0) but has won each of its last two contests away from the BMO Harris Bank Center.
 
Saturday, Dec. 9: Rockford returns to the BMO Harris Bank Center to take on the reigning Calder Cup champion Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday, Nov. 9. Puck drop is 6 p.m. and the Hogs will be hosting their annual Girl Scout Night during the contest. Rockford has won each of the first three games in the season series with Grand Rapids, including a pair of shootout victories.
 
BUD LIGHT HOG TALK
Bud Light Hog Talk returns to Vintage 501 on Monday, Dec. 11 from 6-7 p.m. Vintage 501 is located in downtown Rockford at 501 E. State St. Fans can join broadcasters Mike Peck and Brittany Toolis from 6-7 p.m. on the first Monday of every month throughout the season as the duo chats with IceHogs players, coaches and front office members. For those unable to attend the show in-person, Monday’s show will be streaming live on IceHogs.com. “Bud Light Hog Talk” will also be available on www.icehogs.com following the live show. Fans can access the podcast through the “Audio Highlights” link in the “Multimedia” menu. This month’s expected guests are Anthony Louis and Luc Snuggerud.
 
ICEHOGS BROADCASTING NETWORK
Catch every IceHogs game, home and road, in 2017-18 on WIFR’s Cozi TV on 23.3. The games can also be viewed on Comcast Cable channel 434, Charter Cable channel 194, Dish Network channel 252 or Mediacom 102 in the Rockford market and online through AHLLive.com. Every TV broadcast will start with “IceHogs Warm Up” 30 minutes prior to puck drop. Fans can also listen to the action for free at sportsfanradio1330.com and IceHogs.com. For a complete listing of TV stations carrying IceHogs games, visit IceHogs.com, and for the complete schedule of radio broadcasts, visit sportsfanradio1330.com.
 
TICKETS ON SALE FOR 2017-18!
IceHogs individual game tickets can be purchased by calling (815) 968-5222 to reserve your seats for any regular season home game during the 2017-18 season. Tickets can also be purchased online at IceHogs.com, in person at the BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office in downtown Rockford or at any Ticketmaster outlet, including Walmart.

 



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