SPLIT IN HOUSTON KEEPS HOGS JAMMED IN THE WEST

By: Mike Peck
IceHogs winger Derek Nesbitt has points in seven of his last nine games. (Photo by Jim Orlando)
03/17/2008 11:50 AM -

Two contests slated for Week 25 for Rockford

Week 24 Recap
A two-game Week 24 set for the Rockford IceHogs against the Houston Aeros didn’t clear a whole lot up.  The Hogs and Aeros split the series and Rockford is still stuck in a tight West Division playoff race.  Another light two-game week is on tap for the IceHogs during Week 25 as a pair of home games are slated.

Week 24 Results   
Thursday, March 13: Rockford 4 at Houston 0
Saturday, March 15: Rockford 2 at Houston 3

Week 25 Schedule
Friday, March 21 vs. Quad City, 7:30 p.m.    
Saturday, March 22 vs. Milwaukee, 7:05 p.m.

Bacon Bits:
-Rockford has just four more road games remaining on its 2007-08 regular season schedule

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Defenseman Tyson Marsh scored his first career AHL goal on Saturday in Houston

-Winger Petri Kontiola has an assist in six straight games dating back to Feb. 24, matching an IceHogs season high

-Winger Derek Nesbitt has points in seven of his last nine games totaling 6g-5a-11pts

-IceHogs goalie Wade Flaherty has made seven appearances this season in which he did not receive a decision

-Flaherty has started five straight games for Rockford and has a record of 3-1-0-0 during that stretch with a 2.42 goals against average and a .928 save percentage

-With their power-play goal on Wednesday in Houston, the IceHogs snapped the Aeros stretch of 46 power plays without giving up a goal

-Rockford went 3-for-9 against Houston on the power play in two games last week

-In Saturday’s 3-2 loss against Houston, four different defensemen accumulated all five goals

-Those four defenseman have combined for 12 goals overall this season 

-Rockford has nine different players who have more than 12 goals this season

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Winger Troy Brouwer became the 10th player in IceHogs history to hit the 30 goal plateau when he notched this 30th marker of the season on Thursday

Hot Hog Week 24:
Rockford goalie Wade Flaherty turned in his second shutout of the season during Week 24 and helped the IceHogs earn a split in Houston against the Aeros.  Flaherty turned away 23 Aeros shots to earn his 298th career win and 32nd career shutout on Thursday.

Upcoming Games:
Friday, March 21 vs. Quad City Flames.  Game time is slated or 7:30 p.m.  The Hogs meet up with the Flames for the final MetroCentre meeting of the season.  The IceHogs, along with Comcast, welcome SpongeBob SquarePants to the game.  Kids can meet and take pictures with the popular Nickelodeon cartoon character.

Saturday, March 22 vs. Milwaukee Admirals.  The puck drops at 7:05 p.m.  The IceHogs match-up with the Admirals for the final time at home this season.  The first 1,000 fans to the game will pick up a Puckhead Bobblehead courtesy of ComEd and 23 WIFR.  Also, following the game fans can bring their skates and skate with the IceHogs.  The “Skate With The Hogs” is presented by CoCo Key Water Resort.

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 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 $6, you can catch all of the IceHogs action on your computer.  Also, fans with Insight 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 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 Insight 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.

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 2007-08 season.  Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Rockford MetroCentre Box Office in downtown Rockford or on the web at www.centreevents.com.  Tickets start at just $9.



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