HOGS GOALTENDING LEADS THEM TO 1-1-0-1 WEEK 7

By: Mike Peck
The Rockford IceHogs received outstanding goaltending in Week 7 of the 2010-11 American Hockey League regular season and finished the week with a 1-1-0-1 record in three road games. The goaltending combination of Hannu Toivonen and Alec Richards combined for a .956 save percentage and a 1.31 goals against average. After a five-game road swing, the IceHogs return home for two of three games on the Week 8 slate.

Week 7 Results   
Thursday, Nov. 18: Rockford 1 at Manitoba 0
Friday, Nov. 19: Rockford 1 at Manitoba 3
Sunday, Nov. 21: Rockford 2 at Peoria 3 SO

Week 8 Schedule
Wednesday, Nov. 24 vs. Lake Erie, 6:35 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 26 at Grand Rapids, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 27 vs. Peoria, 7:05 p.m.

Bacon Bits:
Rockford finished their five-game road swing with a record of 1-3-0-1

Goalie Hannu Toivonen has a save percentage of .925 and a goals against average of 2.08 over his past six games

Goalie Alec Richards has a .910 save percentage and a 2.99 goals against average over his last six games

Combined, Rockford’s goalies have a save percentage of .917 and a goals against average of 2.48 over that 12 game span

Over Rockford’s last 12 games the team has scored 24 goals

The IceHogs are 4-6-0-2 in their past 12 games

Rockford had a team season-high 20 shots on goal in the second period on Sunday in Peoria

The single-period shot total was the highest since 11/20/09 when Rockford had 23 shots in the second period at Chicago

Rookie winger Jeremy Morin has a three-game point streak (2g-1a)

Defenseman Brian Connelly notched his first goal of the season on Sunday in Peoria and leads Rockford with 12 assists and 13 points

Rookie defenseman Nick Leddy accumulated his first career multi-assist game (2a) on Sunday and now has 2g-6a in 13 games

With their 1-0 win on Thursday in Manitoba, Rockford played in two 1-0 contests in three games

Coming into the season, Rockford had played three 1-0 games in three AHL seasons

Hot Hog Week 6:

Hannu Toivonen Goaltender
Rockford’s puckstopper Hannu Toivonen turned away 67 of 69 shots faced during Week 7 of the 2010-11 AHL regular season and carried a record of 1-1-0-0. On Thursday night in Manitoba, Toivonen blocked all 29 Moose shots to lead Rockford to a 1-0 shutout.  The next night at the MTS Centre Toivonen turned in a season-best 38 saves in Rockford’s 3-1 loss to the Moose and completed Week 7 with a .971 save percentage and a 1.02 goals against average.

Upcoming Games:
Wednesday, Nov. 24 vs. Lake Erie Monsters: Puck drop is at 6:35 p.m.  Wednesday nights are Taco Bell Dollar Days at the MetroCentre, which includes dollar hot dogs, beers, sodas and companion tickets.  The first 2,500 fans (21 and older) will receive Stanley Cup bottle holders courtesy of Bud Light and WXRX.

Friday, Nov. 26 at Grand Rapids Griffins: Game time is slated for 6 p.m. The IceHogs return to the road to face-off against the Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday night. The game is the first of three at the Van Andel Arena for Rockford in 2010-11 and second of six meetings with the Griffins overall this season.

Saturday, Nov. 27 vs. Peoria Rivermen:
The game begins at 7:05 p.m. The IceHogs complete Week 8 when the Rivermen visit the Rockford MetroCentre for a second time this season. The first 2,500 fans to the game will receive a Jack Skille bobble head courtesy of Dental Dimensions and 23 WIFR.

Bud Light Hog Talk Is Back Tonight At Swilligan’s Pub:
Bud Light Hog Talk returns to Swilligan’s Pub tonight. Swillgan’s Pub is located in downtown Rockford at 200 North Church St. Fans can join Matt Prefontaine and Courtney King from 6-7 p.m. tonight as they chat with IceHogs players, coaches and front office members. This week’s guests include IceHogs wingers Brandon Bollig and goaltenders Alec Richards along with the Blackhawks General Manager of Minor League Affiliations Mark Bernard. 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.




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