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ROCKFORD'S OFFENSE COOLED OFF DURING WEEK 11

By: Mike Peck
Photo by Ross Dettman
12/22/2008 11:46 AM -

IceHogs resume on Friday following holiday break

Week 11 Recap
Week 11 is a week that the Rockford IceHogs would like to forget.  It all fell apart in the third period on Friday with the IceHogs leading the Houston Aeros 2-0.  The Aeros battled back and won the contest in a shootout and the IceHogs would go onto score just three more times the rest of the weekend.  A four-day break leads the IceHogs into Week 12 and two more games against West Division opponents.

Week 11 Results
Friday, Dec. 19: Houston 4 vs. Rockford 3 (SO) 
Saturday, Dec. 20: Houston 2 vs. Rockford 1
Sunday, Dec. 21: Rockford 1 at Chicago 4     

Week 12 Schedule    
Friday, Dec. 26 vs. Chicago, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 27 at Iowa, 7:05 p.m.

Bacon Bits:
 
-Rockford matched a season low with a three-game road losing streak

-Corey Crawford is unbeaten in regulation in a season high six-straight games dating back to Nov. 15 (5-0-0-1)

-Five of Rockford’s 29 games have been decided by a final score of 2-1 this season

-Sunday’s 4-1 loss marked Rockford’s first loss on Sunday this season and first loss in the third game in three days

-Rockford has three more three-in-threes this season

-Petri Kontiola chipped in his team-leading eighth multi-point game on Friday

-Kontiola has 29 career multi-point games, sixth most in IceHogs history 

-Before Sunday Rockford had not lost two straight in regulation since Nov. 7 and Nov. 8 at Norfolk 

-This weekend was also the second time in 2008-09 that Rockford has scored one goal in back-to-back games (3-1 loss at Norfolk on Nov. 8; 2-1 shootout loss at Milwaukee on Nov. 12)

-The goaltending opponents on Saturday (Barry Brust, 1.91 GAA, .933 Sv%) and Sunday (Ondrej Pavelec, 1.49 GAA, .948 Sv%) were the top two active netminders in the American Hockey League

-After starting the season 3-0 in shootouts, the IceHogs are now 4-3 including 2-2 at home

-Only Manchester (4-4) has played in more shootouts than the IceHogs

-Jack Skille has four points (1 g-3a) in his last four games

-Defenseman Jimmy Sharrow finished minus on Sunday for the first time since joining the IceHogs

-He has a point and is +4 in six games

-Between Dec. 14 and Dec. 25 (11 days) Rockford will have played three games

-Between Dec. 26 and Jan. 3 (9 days) the IceHogs will play seven games

Hot Hog Week 11:
IceHogs winger Jack Skille posted a two point week in a week in which Rockford’s offense was stymied by strong goaltending.  Skille chipped in an assist in Saturday’s 2-1 loss against Houston on Saturday and Rockford’s only goal on Sunday in a 4-1 loss at Chicago.

Upcoming Games:
Friday, Dec. 26 vs. Chicago Wolves.  The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.  The IceHogs Wolves match-up in a post-Christmas showdown at the Rockford MetroCentre.  Come dressed in your ugliest Christmas sweater and you could walk away with round trip airline tickets courtesy of Allegiant Airlines to Tampa, Fla. and a pair of tickets to see the Chicago Blackhawks play the Tampa Bay Lightning on Feb. 17 in Tampa.

Saturday, Dec. 27 at Iowa Chops.  Game time is 7:05 p.m.  Rockford returns to the road for a quick trip to Des Moines and the Wells Fargo Arena to battle the Chops.  The game is the second in Iowa on the season and fourth of 10 overall.  Rockford is 3-0-0-0 against the Chops this season.

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 This Week At Cousin’s Bar and Grill:
There will be no Bud Light Hog Talk at Cousin’s Bar and Grill tonight due to the holiday break. The show, which runs from 6-7 p.m., will resume on Monday, Jan. 5.  Bud Light Hog Talk is hosted by Jim Stone and features IceHogs Head Coach Bill Peters along with a pair of IceHogs players.

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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