SPLIT IN WEEK 16 SENDS HOGS TO THE BREAK IN SECOND

By: Mike Peck
Photo by Greg Hamil
01/26/2009 11:01 AM -

Rockford set for season long seven-game road swing

Week 16 Recap
Taking on three of the top teams in the American Hockey League’s Western Conference, the Rockford IceHogs split a four game week during Week 16 of the 2008-09 and currently sit tied for second place in the West Division at the All-Star break.  Rockford will begin the post All-Star break schedule with a seven game road swing starting on Thursday in Manitoba against the Moose.

Week 16 Results
Monday, Jan. 19: Grand Rapids 1 vs. Rockford 2 OT  
Tuesday, Jan. 20: Rockford 3 at
Iowa 4 
Friday, Jan. 23: Iowa 2 vs. Rockford 6 
Saturday, Jan. 24: Milwaukee 4 vs. Rockford 2   


Week 17 Schedule
Thursday, Jan. 29 at Manitoba, 7:30 p.m.   
Friday, Jan. 30 at Manitoba, 7:30 p.m.   
Saturday, Jan. 31 at Toronto, 3 p.m.


Bacon Bits:

-Rockford had its third sellout of the season on Saturday, matching the total sellouts from the 2007-08 season


-The IceHogs are now 4-1-0-2 against the Grand Rapids Griffins all-time after rebounding for an overtime win on Monday

-It was the first overtime decision for the IceHogs in 2008-09 after nine straight shootout decisions 

-Rockford improved to 6-4 when tied after regulation this season

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The Hogs were 4-4 in overtime and 10-10 when tied after regulation in 2007-08

-14 different IceHogs skaters accounted for the 17 points scored in Friday’s win 6-2 over Iowa

-The win ended a three-game slide against the Chops (4-3-0-0 in 2008-09)

-The IceHogs begin a season long seven-game road swing on Thursday in Manitoba

-Rockford will go 19 days between home games

-Rookies accounted for four of Rockford’s eight goals scored over the weekend

-Dan Bertram has a goal in back-to-back games after scoring one goal in his first 32 contests

-Jimmy Sharrow and Pete MacArthur tied a team season low with -3 on Saturday

-Evan Brophey leads Rockford in the plus/minus department with a +15

-Petri Kontiola becomes the second IceHogs skater to play in the AHL All-Star Classic tonight in Worcester, Mass.

-He is the 22nd representative from Rockford (UHL and AHL) to compete in an all-star exhibition

-The IceHogs are 8-10-0-0 in the second game of back-to-back games

-The IceHogs are 5-4-0-0 when playing more than three games in a week

-The Hogs have one five-game week and no more four-game weeks in the second half of the season

Photo by Greg Hamil
Hot Hog Week 16:
All-Star center Petri Kontiola broke out of a personal scoring slump during Week 16 notching a pair of multi-point games in helping the IceHogs split four games.  Kontiola began the week with a goal and an assist in Rockford’s 2-1 overtime win over Grand Rapids.  The center also chipped in two helpers on Friday as Rockford knocked off the Iowa Chops 6-2.

Upcoming Games:
Thursday, Jan. 25 at Manitoba Moose.  Rockford’s post All-Star break slate starts at 7:30 p.m. The IceHogs begin a season long seven-game road swing on Thursday when they travel to Winnipeg to take on the Moose.  The game is the first of two straight in Manitoba for Rockford.

Friday, Jan. 26 at Manitoba Moose. Game time is 7:30 p.m.  For the second straight night the IceHogs and Moose meet up at the MTS Center in Winnipeg.  The game is the third of four on the seasons between the two teams and final at the MTS Center.

Saturday, Jan. 73 at Toronto Marlies. The puck drops at 3 p.m. A quick turnaround puts Rockford in Toronto to take on the Marlies.  The game is the only on the season at the Ricoh Colesium and second and final between the IceHogs and Marlies.

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.

No Hog Talk Tonight At Cousin’s Bar and Grill:
Bud Light Hog Talk tonight due to the All-Star break.  The show, which is hosted by Jim Stone and features IceHogs head coach Bill Peters along with a pair of players each week, is on hiatus until Monday, Feb. 9 due to the All-Star break this week and a 12-day road trip.

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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