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ICEHOGS TAKE SHOOTOUT IN WEEK 7

By: Kate Munson
Week 7 Recap:
Entering Friday’s contest against the division-leading Charlotte Checkers, the Rockford IceHogs were riding a three game skid. But in their first shootout of the season, Rockford rebounded by defeating Charlotte 3-2 after outdistancing the Checkers 3-1 in the extra session. The IceHogs were unable to keep up the pace on Sunday, falling to the Checkers in the teams’ third meeting. Rockford continued to struggle at home earlier in the week, falling to the Oklahoma City Barons at the BMO Harris Bank Center.

Week 7 Results 
                      
Wednesday, Nov. 16: Oklahoma City 5 vs. Rockford 4       
Friday, Nov. 18: Rockford 3 at Charlotte 2 SO         
Sunday, Nov. 20: Rockford 3 at Charlotte 4          


Week 8 Schedule
Wednesday, Nov. 23 vs. San Antonio, 7:05 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 25 vs. Peoria, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 26 vs. Oklahoma City, 7:05 p.m.

Bacon Bits

Alec Richards set an IceHogs AHL single-game record with 48 saves on Friday in Charlotte, backstopping Rockford to a 3-2 shootout win

The IceHogs faced 50 shots overall on Friday, a team single-game AHL record

Rostislav Olesz had a goal and an assist in each of his first two games with Rockford

Olesz figured in on four of Rockford’s five goals in regulation over the weekend and added a marker in the shootout

Rockford’s 4-3 loss on Sunday ended the team’s four-game point streak (3-0-1-0) on the road dating back to Oct. 28 in Peoria

Beginning Wednesday, the IceHogs open up a season-high five-game homestand. The IceHogs will play on home ice in 10 of their next 13 contests and are in the midst of a six-game losing streak (0-6-0-0) at the BMO Harris Bank Center

The home losing streak dates back to Oct. 22 when the IceHogs fell to Chicago 4-1 at home

Friday’s shootout in Charlotte was Rockford’s first shootout of the season in 15 games

Dating back to Dec. 10, 2010, Rockford has participated in just three shootouts in their last 70 games

Center Brandon Pirri has 2g-5a-7pts over his past five games. Pirri now leads Rockford with 15 points, including 5g-10a

Rockford is 1-6-0-0 when they outshoot their opponent this season and 5-1-0-0 when they are outshot

Rockford has recorded 30 or more shots on goal in 12-straight games dating back to Oct. 21, averaging 37.2 shots on goal per game during that stretch

The IceHogs are averaging 3.44 goals per game over their past nine games but have a record of 3-5-1-0 during that time period


Hot Hog: Week 7:

Rostislav Olesz Left Wing
In his first two games with the IceHogs after getting reassigned by Chicago, Rostislav Olesz put up two multi-point nights in Week 7. The winger potted a goal and an assist in regulation on Friday night and added a tally in the shootout to help propel the IceHogs to a 3-2 win at Charlotte. On Saturday, Olesz chipped in with another goal and assist in Rockford’s 4-3 loss against the Checkers. Overall, Olesz figured in on four of Rockford’s five goals over the weekend.

Upcoming Games:
Wednesday, Nov. 23 vs. San Antonio: The IceHogs return to the BMO Harris Bank Center at 7:05 p.m. to take on the San Antonio Rampage for the first of four meetings this season. The first 1,500 fans 21-and-older get an IceHogs bottle opener thanks to Bud Light. Also take advantage of Taco Bell Dollar Days at the BMO Harris Bank Center, as fans can get $1 beers, sodas, hot dogs and companion tickets.

Friday, Nov. 25 vs. Peoria: Game time is 7:05 p.m. as the Peoria Rivermen return to the BMO Harris Bank Center for another Illinois Lottery Cup tilt. It's also Country Night at the BMO Harris Bank Center, as the PennyMaeDixon Band will perform before the game and during the two intermissions. Country Night is sponsored by Q98.5.

Saturday, Nov. 26 vs. Oklahoma City: The game gets underway at 7:05 p.m. as the Oklahoma City Barons return to the BMO Harris Bank Center for the two teams’ second meeting of the season and final showdown in Rockford. The IceHogs travel to Oklahoma City on Jan. 13 and March 13.

Bye Week For Bud Light Hog Talk:
Bud Light Hog Talk will not make its weekly appearance at Granite City Food and Brewery tonight. Most weeks, fans can join Mike Peck from 6-7 p.m. as he chats with IceHogs players, coaches and front office members. Take advantage of food and Bud Light specials. If you can't make it to Granite City, tune into 100.5 NTA FM or 1330 AM WNTA. Granite City is located at 7140 Harrison Ave. next to CherryVale Mall.

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 100.5 NTA FM, 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 website (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 BMO Harris Bank Center this season. All Saturday home games 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 2011-12 season. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office in downtown Rockford or on  the Web at www.theBMOHarrisBankCenter.com.  Tickets start at just $7.



Illinois Lottery Cup Series Standings

Teams       Record    Points
Chicago     3-2-0-0       6
Peoria        5-3-0-0     10
Rockford    2-4-1-0       5

Rockford vs. Peoria       2-2-1-0
Rockford vs. Chicago    0-2-0-0

Rockford’s Next Illinois Lottery Cup Game:
Nov. 25 vs. Peoria



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