CRAWFORD HAS ICEHOGS ROLLING AT MID-WAY POINT

By: Mike Peck
IceHogs goalie Corey Crawford makes one of his 24 saves on Saturday against Toronto. (Photo by Greg Hamil)

Rockford skates six game point streak into Week 15

Week 14 Recap
One bad period didn’t damper Week 14 for the Rockford IceHogs. After giving up five goals in the first period on Wednesday in Grand Rapids, Rockford allowed just one goal in the following seven periods and an overtime while gaining five out of a possible six standings points.  The IceHogs hit the halfway mark of the 2008-09 regular season this week and currently sit in second place in the AHL’s West Division.

Week 14 Results  
Wednesday, Jan. 7: Rockford 5 at Grand Rapids 6 SO
Friday, Jan. 9: Chicago 1 vs. Rockford 3
Saturday, Jan. 10: Toronto 0 vs.
Rockford 1 

Week 15 Schedule    
Tuesday, Jan. 12 vs. San Antonio, 7:05 p.m.   
Friday, Jan. 16 vs. Chicago, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 17 vs. Grand Rapids, 7:05 p.m.


Bacon Bits:
The IceHogs have earned a point in six straight games (5-0-0-1) dating back to 12/31/08, matching a season high

Corey Crawford has appeared in a season-high five straight games

Crawford picked up his 100th career AHL win on Friday 

Winger Rob Klinkhammer set an IceHogs AHL record after notching a goal in five straight games from 12/31/08-1/9/09 accumulating six goals overall

Rockford held Toronto without a power-play goal on Saturday (0-4) halting a nine-game stretch in which the opposition tallied on the man advantage

Defenseman Danny Groulx and winger Jack Skille have recorded a plus/minus rating of +9 over their last six games

Skille finished the week with a four-game point streak (3g-4a), his third of such length this season

Rockford’s 1-0 shutout on Saturday against Toronto marked the first time in the Hogs AHL era in which they beat an opponent by that score

T
he AHL IceHogs were 0-19-0-2 all time when scoring one goal before that game

It was the seventh shut out since the team joined the AHL and fourth for Crawford in his IceHogs career

The last IceHogs 1-0 win was Feb. 8, 2006 at Motor City (UHL)

The 1-0 win marked the sixth time in Rockford’s 10 seasons in which they won 1-0

Rockford is seven games over .500 (21-14-0-4) for the first time this season

The IceHogs will hit the midway point of the 2008-09 regular season after Tuesday’s game against San Antonio

Rockford’s goalie combo of Crawford and Antti Niemi have allowed two or less goals in 19 of Rockford’s first 39 games this season

The IceHogs are 19-4-0-1 when scoring the game’s first goal this season 

R
ockford allowed a season-high five goals in the first period on Wednesday against Grand Rapids

The Hogs defense given up two goals in 168:42 minutes since then

After two wins at home over the weekend, the Hogs are 14-5-0-2 (.714) inside the MetroCentre in 2008-09

Photo by Greg Hamil
Hot Hog Week 14:
Corey Crawford helped backstop the IceHogs to a 2-0-0-1 week during Week 14 of the 2008-09 AHL regular season.  Crawford began the week by helping the Hogs comeback against Grand Rapids on the road on Wednesday.  Down 4-2 when he entered the game, Crawford kept Rockford in the contest after turning away 37 of 38 Griffins shots in a shootout loss. On Friday, Crawford blocked 34 of 35 Chicago Wolves shots to earn his 100th career AHL win and then followed that up with a 24 save shutout, his first blanking of the season, over the Toronto Marlies on Saturday.

Upcoming Games:
Tuesday, Jan. 13 vs. San Antonio Rampage.  Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m. The Rampage come to town in a game rescheduled from Feb. 21.  All fans can at the game can register to win a pair of Toby Keith concert tickets or Blackhawks tickets to an upcoming game.

Friday, Jan. 16 vs. Chicago Wolves.  The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. For the final time this season, the Wolves come to Rockford. The first 1,000 fans 21-and older to the game on Friday will pick up an IceHogs Jersey Koozie presented by Bud Light and the Eagle 96.7 FM.

Saturday, Jan. 17 vs. Grand Rapids Griffins.  The game begins at 7:05 p.m. Rockford welcomes the Griffins to the MetroCentre for the first of two straight meetings in Rockford.  The first 2,000 fans to the game on Saturday will get an IceHogs Fleece Blanket courtesy of Lonnie’s Carpet Max.

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 new winger Adam Pineault and defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson.  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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