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TWO SELL OUTS HIGHLIGHT FIVE GAME WEEK FOR ICEHOGS

By: Mike Peck
Photo by Greg Hamil

Rockford goes 3-2-0-0 during busiest week of the season

Week 13 Recap
After dropping the first two games of a packed five-game week, Rockford rebounded with three straight wins, including back-to-back victories over the Chicago Wolves, to keep pace in the tight West Division.  Overall, Rockford completed seven games in nine days with a record of 4-3-0-0.  Three more games await the IceHogs as the mid-way point of the regular season approaches.

Week 13 Results

Monday, Dec. 29: Iowa 6 vs. Rockford 3 
Tuesday, Dec. 30: Rockford 1 at Quad City 3 
Wednesday, Dec. 31: Quad City 2 vs. Rockford 3 SO
Friday, Jan. 2: Rockford 3 at Chicago 2
Saturday, Jan. 3: Chicago 4 vs.
Rockford 6

Week 14 Schedule    
Wednesday, Jan. 7 at Grand Rapids, 6 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 9 vs. Chicago, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 10 vs. Toronto, 7:05 p.m.


Bacon Bits:
 
-Winger Pascal Pelletier became the first IceHogs player in the AHL era to record two hat-tricks in one season when he notched three goals against Chicago on Saturday


-Bruce Watson was the last IceHogs skater to score two hat-tricks in one season when he did it in the UHL era on March 14 and March 30, 2007


-The IceHogs drew two sell outs during Week 13 at the MetroCentre including a season high 5,838 on Saturday against Chicago

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Rockford now has had five sell outs during its AHL era

-Winger Rob Klinkhammer has a three-game goal scoring streak netting four goals

-Rockford completed seven games in nine nights on Saturday, its busiest stretch in club history, with a record of 4-3-0-0

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The IceHogs have allowed a power-play goal in an AHL era low seven-straight games

-During that stretch, Rockford has allowed 13 power-play goals on 41 short handed situations, a 31.7 percent conversion rate by the opposition

-In their last 11 games Rockford has outscored its opponents 18-9 in the third period and have now scored 40 goals in the final frame, the most of any period

-Rockford’s regulation win in Chicago on Friday was the first in nine regular season games at the Allstate Arena for the IceHogs

-Center Evan Brophey matched his point total (8g-11a-19pts) from his rookie season (4g-15a-19pts) through 35 games in 2008-09 compared to 74 games in 2007-08

-Rockford completed a 23 game stretch against the West Division on Saturday with a record of 12-8-0-3

-The IceHogs haven’t played a game outside the division since Nov. 8 at Norfolk

-Rockford will play eight out of its next 13 games against North Division opponents beginning on Wednesday in Grand Rapids

Photo by Greg Hamil
Hot Hog Week 13:
In Rockford’s busiest week of the season, winger Rob Klinkhammer paced Rockford with six points and helped the club rebound from a tough home loss on Monday.  Klinkhammer’s week was highlighted by two multi-point games, including two goals in Chicago and the game-winning marker with 56 seconds left in regulation on Friday. One night later, Klinkhammer helped Rockford seal a home win against the Wolves with an empty net goal.

Upcoming Games:
Wednesday, Jan. 7 at Grand Rapids Griffins.  Game time is 6 p.m.  Rockford finally ventures outside the West Division again when they travel to the Van Andle Arena in Grand Rapids for the first of four games against the Griffins in 2008-09.  The game is the first of two in Michigan against the Detroit Red Wings top affiliate.

Friday, Jan. 9 vs. Chicago Wolves.  The rivalry resumes at 7:30 p.m. Another meeting between the IceHogs and Wolves at the MetroCentre.  The game is the fourth of five on the season in Rockford eighth of ten between the rivals.  The first 2,000 fans to the game will pick up a set of 2008-09 Rockford IceHogs player cards courtesy of ComEd.

Saturday, Jan. 10 vs. Toronto Marlies.  The puck drops at 7:05 p.m.  Rockford welcomes the Marlies to the MetroCentre for only time in 2008-09.  The first 2,000 fans to the game on Saturday will receive an IceHogs baseball hat courtesy of Frito Lay, Pepsi, WXRX and WIFR. 

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 $6, 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.

Hog Talk Returns Tonight At Cousin’s Bar and Grill:
Bud Light Hog Talk returns tonight at Cousin’s Bar and Grill.  Join Jim Stone from 6-7 p.m. at Cousin’s as he chats IceHogs hockey with Hogs Head Coach Bill Peters.  Tonight’s show will also feature center Evan Brophey and defenseman Jimmy Sharrow.  Stop out to Cousin’s, located on the corner of East State St. and Perryville in Rockford, and take advantage of some great food and Bud Light specials.  If you can’t make it out to Cousin’s, tune into 1330 AM, WNTA.

Where to Watch the IceHogs:
IceHogs fans can now catch every IceHogs regular season game live on TV!  Every IceHogs home game during the 2008-09 season can be viewed on Comcast Cable Channel-57.  When the IceHogs are on the road log onto the IceHogs official team Web site, www.icehogs.com, and watch the IceHogs through AHL Live for just $6.  Fans can also stop out to the Sports Page, located on Broadway near Alpine Road in Rockford, and watch the IceHogs when the team is on the road.

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 2008-09 season.  Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Rockford MetroCentre Box Office in downtown Rockford, at Hogs Headquarters inside Cherryvale Mall or on the Web at www.metrocentre.com.  Tickets start at just $10.


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