HOGS DRAW LARGEST CROWD OF THE SEASON IN WEEK 16

By: Mike Peck
Photo by Greg Hamil
Rockford drops two of three contests on home ice

Week 16 Recap
A season-high crowd of 6,267 watched the Rockford IceHogs and San Antonio Rampage skate on pink ice on Saturday at the Rockford MetroCentre. Closing out a stretch 15 of 19 contests on home ice, the IceHogs went 1-2-0-0 during Week 16, with all three games at the MetroCentre. There are three more games on the slate for the IceHogs in Week 17.


Week 16 Results                       
Monday, Jan. 17: San Antonio 1 vs. Rockford 2          
Friday, Jan. 21: Oklahoma City 4 vs. Rockford 3       
Saturday, Jan. 22: San Antonio 4 vs. Rockford 1               
              
Week 17 Schedule         
Tuesday, Jan. 25 at Peoria, 7:05 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 28 at Grand Rapids, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 29 vs. Milwaukee, 7:05 p.m.

Bacon Bits:
    Rockford finished a stretch of 15 of 19 games on home ice on Saturday and had a home record of 7-6-1-1 during the home binge

    Rookie winger Kyle Beach had his career-best six-game point streak come to an end on Saturday after compiling 3g-4a during his hot stretch

    Hugh Jessiman scored his 100th career goal on Monday against San Antonio

    A sellout crowd of 6,267 on Saturday was Rockford’s largest crowd of the season and the IceHogs second sellout of 2010-11

    The crowd was the fourth largest during Rockford’s AHL era

    The IceHogs have played 13-straight games that finished in regulation, the longest such streak of the season

    Rockford had played 10 overtime/shootout contests in their first 28 tilts in 2010-11

    The IceHogs have gone six-straight games without having a player record a multi-point contest

    Rockford has outshot its opponent in 26 of their 41 games this season but have a record of just 12-11-1-2 in those contests

    The IceHogs have outshot the opponent overall in all three periods this season but have been outscored in all three stanzas

    The IceHogs have outshot their opposition in nine of their last 10 games

Hot Hog: Week 16
Jeff Taffe     Right Wing
Winger Jeff Taffe tallied goals in back-to-back games for the IceHogs during Week 16 and now leads the IceHogs with 26 points and 12 goals.  The veteran forward notched a power-play goal on Friday night in Rockford’s 4-3 loss to the Oklahoma City Barons and then scored his team-leading 12th goal of the campaign on Saturday in Rockford’s 4-1 loss to the San Antonio Rampage.

Upcoming Games:
Tuesday, Jan. 25 at Peoria Rivermen: Game time is 7:05 p.m.  Rockford returns to Peoria for the first time since November to take on the Rivermen at Carver Arena. The game is the fourth of five on the season in Peoria between the two clubs and sixth of 10 overall.

Friday, Jan. 28 at Grand Rapids: Puck drop is at 6 p.m. The IceHogs and Griffins meet up for a fourth time this season and second at the Van Andel Arena. Rockford looks to keep their hot streak alive against Grand Rapids as Rockford is 10-0-0-1 over their past 11 contests against the North Division foe.

Saturday, Jan. 29 vs. Milwaukee Admirals: The puck gets on the ice at 7:05 p.m. The IceHogs match-up with the Milwaukee Admirals for a fifth time this season and third at the Rockford MetroCentre. The first 2,500 fans to the game on Saturday will receive an IceHogs winter hat courtesy of Rasmussen College, FOX 39 and ESPN 1380.

Bud Light Hog Talk Tonight At Swilligan’s Pub:
Bud Light Hog Talk returns to Swilligan’s Pub tonight. Swillgan’s Pub is located in downtown Rockford at 200 North Church St. Fans can join Matt Prefontaine and Courtney King from 6-7 p.m. tonight as he chats with IceHogs players, coaches and front office members. This week’s guests include IceHogs forward Wade Brookbank and rookie defenseman Dylan Olsen along with Developmental Goaltending Coach Wade Flaherty. Stop by and take advantage of some great food and Bud Light specials. If you can’t make it, tune into 1330 AM, WNTA.

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 $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 MetroCentre this season. All Saturday home game 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 2010-11 season. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Rockford MetroCentre Box Office in downtown Rockford or on the Web at www.metrocentre.com. Tickets start at just $7.




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