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02/08/2010 12:15 PM - Rockford tied for first in AHL’s West Division

Week 19 Recap
Taking four out of a possible six points in Week 19 kept the Rockford IceHogs near the top of the AHL’s West Division. After two solid wins during the week, Rockford fell for the first time ever in the Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday against the Lake Erie Monsters. Week 20 features a home-and-home with the Milwaukee Admirals on Friday and Saturday.

Week 19 Results
Wednesday, Feb. 3: Grand Rapids 3 vs. Rockford 5
Friday, Feb. 5: Rockford 5 at Lake Erie 3
Saturday, Feb. 6: Rockford 3 at Lake Erie 5

Week 20 Schedule

Friday, Feb. 12 at Milwaukee, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 13 vs. Milwaukee, 7:05 p.m.

Bacon Bits:

-All three of Rockford’s games during Week 19 finished 5-3 with the IceHogs winning two of them
-Rockford suffered their first loss at the Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday and have a 5-1-0-0 record against the Monsters there all-time

-Rockford held Lake Erie to just one power-play opportunity on Saturday marking the 13th time this season in which the IceHogs have held its opponents to two or fewer power play chances in a game
-Center Mark Cullen appeared in his 500th career professional game on Friday in Lake Erie

-Winger Matt Keith played in his 400th career AHL game on Friday

-Bracken Kearns recorded his 200th career professional point on Friday

-After going 2-1-0-0 in Week 19, Rockford improved their record to 13-6-0-1 against the AHL’s North Division in 2009-10
-The IceHogs have five more games against the North Division this season

-Since starting the season 9-11-2-1, Rockford is 21-9-0-2 since Nov. 25

-Rockford matched a season-low 18 shots on goal on Saturday at Lake Erie

-Four of Rockford’s next seven games are against the Milwaukee Admirals

-After going scoreless in nine straight contests, Akim Aliu has nine points (4g-5a) over his past 12 games

-Richard Petiot recorded a career-high three points (1g-2a) on Friday against Lake Erie with a plus/minus of +3

Hot Hog Week 19:
Bryan Bickell led the IceHogs in Week 19 with six points in three games.  Rockford’s winger began the week with a season-high three points (1g-2a) against Grand Rapids, including the primary assist on the Hogs game-winning goal. Bickell then came back with a goal and an assist in Rockford’s 5-3 win at Lake Erie on Saturday and finished off the three-game week with an assist on Saturday against the Monsters.

Upcoming Games:
Friday, Feb. 12 at Milwaukee: The IceHogs head to the Bradley Center for a home-and-home set against the second place Milwaukee Admirals. The game starts at 7p.m. It’s the sixth of ten matchups between the West Division rivals.

Saturday, Feb. 13 vs. Milwaukee:
Game time is 7:05 p.m. The first 2,500 fans to the MetroCentre will pick up a Mr. Potato Head courtesy of Frito Lay and Q98.5.

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.

Bud Light Hog Talk In New Location Tonight:
Bud Light Hog Talk moves to its new home at Hooters on near State and Perryville in Rockford tonight. Fans can join WXRX’s Jim Stone from 6-7 p.m. as he chats with IceHogs coach Bill Peters, goalie Corey Crawford and forward Mark Cullen. Stop by and take advantage of some great food and Bud Light specials. If you can’t make it, 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.