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HOGS FINISH YEAR AND BEGIN NEW YEAR STRONG

01/03/2011 11:24 AM - Week 13 Recap
Week 13 kept the IceHogs busy with four games in one week and three of them being on the road. Rockford picked up six of eight points during Week 13 and moved above the .500 mark. Week 14 includes a pair of home games on the first weekend of the new year at the Rockford MetroCentre.

Tuesday, Dec. 28: Rockford 4 at Milwaukee 1
Thursday, Dec. 30: Houston 1 vs. Rockford 3   
Saturday, Jan. 1 Rockford 1 at Oklahoma City 2
Sunday, Jan. 2: Rockford 6 at Oklahoma City 5

Week 14 Schedule

Friday, Jan. 7, vs. Toronto,  at 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 8, vs. Grand Rapids, at 7:05 p.m.   

Bacon Bits:
-Rockford finished their first four-game week of the 2010-11 regular season 3-1-0-0

-The IceHogs have played 23 games against the West Division and 14 of them have been decided by one-goal and Rockford’s record is 5-4-1-4 in those games

-Winger Rob Klinkhammer has recorded a +1 plus/minus rating in seven straight games

-During that stretch, Klinkhammer has 2g-5a-7pts

-Center Jeff Taffe has been even or plus in 18 straight games dating back to Nov. 7 and is +6 during that stretch

-Peter LeBlanc turned in his first career three-point game on Sunday in Rockford’s 6-5 win at Oklahoma City

-Since getting recalled from Toledo on Dec. 6, LeBlanc has 6g-4a-10pts in 11 games with two game-winning goals

-Hannu Toivonen is 3-1-0-0 with a 1.19 goals against average and a .956 save percentage over his past five appearance dating back to Dec. 15

-Rockford will play seven of their next eight games at home

-Rockford’s 2-1 loss on Saturday in Oklahoma City marked the first time this season the IceHogs didn’t earn a point when leading after two periods (10-1-0-2)

-Rockford is 10-2-0-2 in games following a regulation loss in 2010-11

Rockford IceHogs Week 13 Reebok Player of the Week Nominee
Hannu Toivonen     Goaltender
Hannu Toivonen picked up two wins during Week 13 for the Rockford IceHogs, helping lead the club to a 3-1-0-0 record during their first four-game week of the season. Toivonen opened the week with a 22 save performance as Rockford knocked off Milwaukee 4-1 on Tuesday. On Thursday, Toivonen allowed just one-more goal in Rockford’s 3-1 win over the Houston Aeros in Rockford.  Then, Toivonen was on the losing end of a 2-1 IceHogs loss in Oklahoma City on Saturday despite making 24 saves.

Upcoming Games:

Friday, Jan. 7 vs. Toronto Marlies: Game time is 7:05 p.m. Fans can purchase a family four pack for the game for 49.99 which includes four tickets, four hotdogs and four soft drinks.

Saturday, Jan. 8 vs. Grand Rapids Griffins: The game starts at 7:05 p.m. The first 2,500 fans through the doors will recieve a Kyle Beach Bobblehead thanks to Rockford Health System and WIFR.

No Bud Light Hog Talk Tonight At Swilligan’s Pub:
There will be no Bud Light Hog Talk tonight at Swilligan’s Pub. The show resumes on Monday, Jan. 10. Swillgan’s Pub is located in downtown Rockford at 200 North Church St. Fans can join Mike Peck from 6-7 p.m. most Monday’s as he chats with IceHogs players, coaches and front office members. Stop by and take advantage of some great food and Bud Light specials. If you can’t make it, tune into 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, 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 (icehogs.com) 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 MetroCentre this season. All Saturday home game 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 2010-11 season. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Rockford MetroCentre Box Office in downtown Rockford or on the Web at www.metrocentre.com.  Tickets start at just $7.