THREE GAME SWEEP PUTS THE HOGS BACK ON TOP OF THE WEST

By: Mike Peck
Rookie winger Derek Nesbitt had a goal in all three games during Week 15 for Rockford. (Photo by Jim Orlando)

 

Three come from behind wins boosts Rockford

Week 15 Recap
Late game heroics is becoming a common theme for the Rockford IceHogs.  In three games during Week 15, the IceHogs went 3-0-0-0 with three come-from-behind victories.  The wins catapulted the IceHogs back on top of the AHL’s West Division and Western Conference.  Rookie winger Derek Nesbitt played a big role in the late game comebacks as he chipped in the game tying marker on Saturday in Milwaukee then won the contest Sunday with an overtime goal in Quad City.

Week 15 Results                                                   Week 16 Schedule
Friday, Jan. 11: Toronto 1 vs. Rockford 3                    Wednesday, Jan. 16 vs. Manchester, 7:05 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12: Rockford 3 at Milwaukee 2 SO     Friday, Jan. 18 at Iowa, 7:07 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 13: Rockford 4 at Quad City 3 OT         Saturday, Jan. 19 at Iowa, 7:07 p.m.

Bacon Bits:
Center Martin St. Pierre figured in eight of Rockford nine goals during Week 15

Winger Troy Brouwer, who leads the IceHogs with 18 goals, has a plus/minus rating of +12 over his past 24 games

Rookie winger Derek Nesbitt scored the game tying goal on Saturday in Milwaukee with 55 seconds left in regulation and the overtime game winner on Sunday in Quad City 40 second into the OT

Goalie Corey Crawford has a franchise record streak of 11-straight road games (6-0-1-4) without a regulation loss

Overall, Rockford has set a franchise mark for consecutive road games without a regulation loss, as the club has gone 12-straight games away from home without a loss in regulation

Rockford’s last road regulation loss was on Nov. 24 at Chicago

The IceHogs did not score a goal in the first period over the weekend and the opponent scored first in all three games.  Rockford won all three games.

Rockford is 9-5-0-1 when trailing after one period

Rookie defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson chipped in his first career AHL multi-point game on Sunday with a goal and an assist

The IceHogs are 4-0-0-1 in the third game of back-to-back-to-back contests this season

Hot Hog Week 15:
Rockford center Martin St. Pierre figured in eight of Rockford’s nine goals scored during Week 15, a week in which the Hogs went 3-0-0-0.  St. Pierre totaled 1g-7a-8pts with a plus/minus rating of +5 in three games.  The Embrun, Ontario native set up all three IceHogs goals on Friday in Rockford’s 3-1 win over Toronto and followed that up with two assists in the IceHogs 3-2 shootout win at Milwaukee.  St. Pierre completed Week 15 with a goal and two assists in Rockford’s 4-3 overtime win at Quad City on Sunday.

Upcoming Games:
Wednesday, Jan. 16 vs. Manchester Monarchs.  The puck drops at 7:05 p.m.  The Hogs welcome its first Eastern Conference opponent to the MetroCentre this season.  The game is the second and final overall between the two teams and the contest is presented by Crown Royal.

Friday, Jan. 18 at Iowa Stars.  Game time is set for 7:07 p.m.  Rockford travels back to Des Moines for the first time since Oct. 13 to face-off against the Stars.  The game is the front end of a a two-game series in Iowa and Rockford will put its franchise record streak of 12 straight road games without a regulation loss on the line.

Saturday, Jan. 19 at Iowa Stars. The game starts at 7:07 p.m.  The back end of two straight games at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines as the IceHogs and Stars mix it up for a third time this season. The game is the third of eight on the season between the West Division foes and third of four in Iowa.

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 the B2 Networks!  Visit the IceHogs Web site (icehogs.com) and click on the “click here to watch the game live” icon, and for just $6, you can catch all of the IceHogs action on your computer.  Also, fans with Insight 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 Post-Game Call-In Show following each home game at (815) 874-8255.

Where to Watch the IceHogs:
IceHogs fans can now catch every IceHogs regular season game live on TV!  Every IceHogs home game during the 2007-08 season can be viewed on Insight Cable Channel-57.  When the IceHogs are on the road fans can watch them live at Damon’s Grill in Rockford.  Fans can take advantage of great Bud Light specials and food specials at Damon’s Grill.

Hog Talk Returns This Week At Cousin’s Bar and Grill:
Bud Light Hog Talk returns tonight at Cousin’s Bar and Grill!  The show runs from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and is hosted by Jim Stone and Double T.  Tonight’s show will feature IceHogs forwards Troy Brouwer and Bryan Bickell.  IceHogs Head Coach Mike Haviland will also be on hand.  Come out to Cousin’s to enjoy some great food and Bud Light specials.  If you can’t make it out to Cousin’s you can listen live on 1330AM WNTA.

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 2007-08 season.  Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Rockford MetroCentre Box Office in downtown Rockford or on the web at www.centreevents.com.  Tickets start at just $9.

Check Out The Hogs New Web Site:
The IceHogs have a new cyber home!  Check out the all new www.icehogs.com.  The Hogs new Web site features a fresh new look, player bios, audio highlights, merchandise store and much more!



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