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12/21/2009 11:23 AM -

Rockford returns from Christmas Break to take on Milwaukee

Week 12 Recap
The Rockford IceHogs leave for Christmas break with a split, beating the Chicago Wolves 3-2 at home on Friday but losing 2-1 to the San Antonio Rampage on Saturday. The team picked up two points in Week 12 and returns from the holiday to face the Milwaukee Admirals on Saturday at the Rockford MetroCentre before heading to Chicago on Sunday.

Week 12 Results        
Friday, Dec. 18: Chicago 2 vs. Rockford 3
Saturday, Dec. 19: San Antonio 2 vs. Rockford 1

Week 13 Schedule     
Saturday, Dec. 26 vs. Milwaukee, 7:05 p.m.   
Sunday, Dec. 27 at Chicago, 3 p.m.

Upcoming Games:
Saturday, Dec. 26 vs. Milwaukee Admirals: Game time is 7:05 p.m. The IceHogs and the Admirals tangle at the Rockford MetroCentre for the third time this season.  The first 2,500 fans into the building will receive an IceHogs winter scarf courtesy of Mega Truck Rental and Q98.5.  One lucky fan will also have the chance for the IceHogs to pay their electric bill for the duration of the 2009-10 season.

Sunday, Dec. 27 at Chicago Wolves: The puck drops at 3 p.m. Rockford faces the Wolves for the eighth time this season, their fourth game at the Allstate Arena. The game is the final one between the West Division rivals until Feb. 28.

Bacon Bits:
- In 27 meetings with the Chicago Wolves, the home team has won 23 times.

- The IceHogs improved 12-2-0-0 all-time against Chicago at the MetroCentre in regular season games.  

- Defenseman Richard Petiot had his second multi-point game of the season, assisting on two goals on Friday. 

- The IceHogs are 11-4-2-0 when team-leading Mark Cullen (11g-16a) records a point. They are 5-11-0-1 when Cullen is held scoreless. 

- The IceHogs allowed a season-low four shots on goal in the third period on Saturday against San Antonio. 

- Bracken Kearns has tallied 19 points in the last 24 games after netting only two points in the first ten games of the season. 

- The last five contests in which Jack Skille has recorded a point, he has finished with a multi-point game (5g-5a).

- Kyle Greentree has recorded points (7g-7a) in 11 of his last 12 games after scoring only five points (1g-4a) in his first 14 games.

- The line combination of Kearns, Skille and Greentree accounted for 48.5% of the Hogs’ goals (16 of 33) since Nov. 25. 

- The IceHogs have had a total of three players (Bryan Bickell, Jake Dowell and Skille) recalled to Chicago 12 different times.

- The IceHogs have gone 24 straight games without being involved in a shootout or overtime, the team’s second longest streak since 1999-2000 (27 games).

- Rockford is tied for second with Chicago for fewest overtime or shootout affairs with four. Hershey has the fewest with three. 


Photo by Greg Hamil
Hot Hog Week 12:
Forward Bracken Kearns tallied three points in two games for the IceHogs this weekend. He notched a goal, the game winner, and an assist on Friday against Chicago.  Kearns was also credited with a helper in Rockford’s lone goal on Saturday against San Antonio.  He had a plus/minus rating of +1 in both games.  

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 At Cousin’s Bar and Grill:
Bud Light Hogs Talk returns on Dec. 28.  The team is off for Christmas Break this Monday.  Join WXRX’s Jim Stone from 6-7 p.m. most Mondays throughout the season at Cousin’s Bar and Grill as he chats with IceHogs coaches, players and front office staff. Cousin’s is located on the corner of East State St. and Perryville in Rockford.  So stop by and take advantage of some great food and Bud Light specials.  If you can’t make it out to Cousin’s, 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.