02/28/2018 8:14 PM
Article By: Chris Robinson
ROCKFORD, Ill. – With his assist tonight, blueliner Adam Clendening has set the IceHogs all-time records for both points and assists for a Rockford defenseman. Clendening notched his 135th point and 111th assist of his IceHogs tenure with a helper on Cody Franson’s first-period goal tonight against the Texas Stars.
Clendening, 25, surpassed the previous all-time marks held by Brian Connelly. Including his record-setting point tonight, Clendening has now combined for 24 goals, 111 assists and 135 points in 204 career games with Rockford.
Clendening originally made his Rockford debut during the 2012-13 campaign and skated with the team for three straight seasons from 2012-15. He led all Rockford defensemen in scoring with 46 points (9g, 37a) during his AHL debut year in 2012-13, finished with a team-high 59 points (12g, 47a) the following season in 2013-14 and collected 13 points (1g, 12a) in 38 contests in 2014-15. Since returning to the IceHogs on Jan. 23 of this year, Clendening has posted a team-best 17 points (2g, 15a) in 19 games.
Clendening now ranks second overall in franchise history in assists (trails only Brandon Pirri’s 132 assists) and seventh in overall scoring (Pirri ranks first with 200 career points).
Former IceHogs forward and AHL All-Star Matthew Highmore also set an IceHogs record last weekend during Rockford’s win at the Hershey Bears on Saturday. Highmore potted his 21st goal of the year in the victory to set the team’s AHL franchise record for rookie goals in a single season. Highmore surpassed Tanner Kero’s previous record of 20 goals from the 2015-16 season.
Highmore, who was recalled by the Chicago Blackhawks on Feb. 26, is now Rockford’s first skater to score more than 20 goals in his rookie season during the team’s AHL affiliation (since 2007-08).
Next Home Game: Saturday, March 3 | Rockford vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (6 p.m.)
The IceHogs host the Penguins for the first time in franchise history at the BMO Harris Bank Center. Saturday is Autism Awareness Night, where fans can purchase mystery pucks signed by both Chicago Blackhawks and Rockford IceHogs players. The first 1,500 fans will also receive a free puzzle piece cookie cutter and cookie recipe card, courtesy of the Autism Program of Easterseals.