Hail To Half Shield
03/30/2009 12:41 PM - Mike Peck
One of the best rules ever instituted by the American Hockey League is the mandate of half shields on helmets. If you need proof on how good the rule is, you need to look no further than two players on the IceHogs roster.
Game Notes for 3/28/09
03/27/2009 11:55 PM - Chris Etheridge
Extra, Extra, Extra Hockey: It took Rockford 13 rounds to beat the Houston Aeros on Friday. The shootout is Rockford’s longest since joining the American Hockey League. It ties a franchise record for most rounds in a shootout with Rockford’s 2-1 win over Kalamazoo on March 12, 2007. The Hogs went 3-for-13 on Friday compared to 2-for-13 against the K-Wings.
Crawford Dominates at AT&T: Goalie Corey Crawford has stopped 87 of 89 shots in two starts (2-0-0-0) in San Antonio this season. The Rockford netminder is 4-0-1 with nine goals allowed on 192 shots (.954 save percentage) at the AT&T Center in his career.
No. 12 is No. 3 with No. 20: Winger Jack Skille became the third Rockford IceHogs skater (Pascal Pelletier, 28 and Tim Brent, 20) to score 20 goals in 2008-09. Last year, only Troy Brouwer (35) and Martin St. Pierre (21) hit that plateau with three other skaters within two goals of 20.
Lucky Number Eight: Skille’s power-play marker on Friday is his eighth of the season, giving him a tie with Pelletier for the team lead. His 12 career power-play goals in an IceHogs uniform puts him third on the all-time AHL list behind Brouwer (26) and Petri Kontiola (14).
The Plus/Minus Dan-imal: Defenseman Danny Groulx leads all IceHogs skaters with a plus/minus of +22, six more than anyone else on the roster. Groulx’s +22 is double his rating from last season and five more than last year’s high of +17 set by Kontiola.
Late-Game Heroics: Rockford’s goal in the last three minutes of the third period on Friday is the second time in the last four games that a late Rockford marker has forced an overtime. The IceHogs have scored in the last five minutes of the game in each of the last four contests (3-1-0-0).
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