HOGS CAN'T TOP LAKE ERIE IN WEEK 27

By: Amy Spivey
Rockford plays three at home in Week 28

Week 27 Recap:
Both games in Week 27 ended with one-goal differences, but unfortunately the Rockford IceHogs couldn’t overcome the Lake Erie Monsters in either contest. The Hogs finished their 2011-12 road schedule in Week 27 and conclude the regular season with three games at the BMO Harris Bank Center against the Charlotte Checkers and Milwaukee Admirals in Week 28.

Week 27 Results                           
Friday, April 6: Rockford 1 at Lake Erie 2           
Saturday, April 7: Rockford 3 at Lake Erie 4           

Week 28 Schedule
Tuesday, April 10 vs. Charlotte, 7:05 p.m.
Friday, April 13 vs. Milwaukee, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, April 14 vs. Charlotte, 7:05 p.m.

Bacon Bits:
Rockford finished their 2011-12 road schedule with a 17-16-2-3 record, the fifth straight season that the IceHogs finished their road slate .500 or better

The IceHogs will close out their 13th season of professional hockey in Rockford, including fifth as the AHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks, with three home games

Phillip Danault registered his first career point on Saturday with an assist at Lake Erie

After getting swept in their four-game season series against Lake Erie, Rockford went 3-7-1-1 against the AHL’s North Division this season

The IceHogs were 3-0-0-1 against Grand Rapids and a combined 0-7-1-0 against Lake Erie, Hamilton and Toronto

Rockford coughed up a three-goal lead on Saturday and lost for just the fourth time this season in regulation (23-4-0-2) when leading after the second period

The IceHogs have played 39 one-goal games this season (20-11-2-6), including their last six contest

Heading into the final weekend of the regular season, center Brandon Pirri leads all Rockford skaters in points (53), goals (23-tied with Peter LeBlanc), assists (31), multi-point games (16) and plus/minus (+10)

Peter LeBlanc scored his 23rd goal of the season on Saturday, 11 more than he had during his rookie campaign in 2010-11

Winger Wade Brookbank has 1g-4a-5pts in 14 games with Rockford this season

Before this year, Brookbank registered five or more points in a season twice in his last eight campaigns going back to 2002-03

Rockford has scored 202 goals this season and needs 14 to tie the modern day team record for fewest goals in a season (216; 2010-11)

Hot Hog: Week 27:
Jeremy Morin, Left Wing
Winger Jeremy Morin registered a point in each of Rockford’s games during Week 27. On Friday, Morin helped set up Rockford’s lone goal in a 2-1 loss at Lake Erie. Then on Saturday, the second-year winger notched a goal as the IceHogs fell 4-3 to the Monsters. In 66 games this season, Morin has 17g-21a-38pts with the IceHogs.

Upcoming Games:

Tuesday, April 10 vs. Charlotte Checkers. Game time is 7:05 p.m. The Checkers are in town for the sixth of eight matchups between the Midwest Division rivals on the campaign. It's also the last Taco Bell Dollar Day presented by WXRX at the BMO Harris Bank Center. Fans can get hot dogs, beers, sodas and companion tickets for just one dollar a piece.

Friday, April 13 vs. Milwaukee Admirals. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. Midwest Division rivals Rockford and Milwaukee faceoff for the 12th and final time this season and for the sixth matchup at the BMO Harris Bank Center. The first 5,000 fans in attendance will receive an IceHogs team photo courtesy of the Rockford Register Star.

Saturday, April 14 vs. Charlotte Checkers. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m. The IceHogs conclude the 2011-12 regular season against the Checkers. It is the sixth meeting between the division rivals. Saturday is Fan Appreciation Night at the BMO Harris Bank Center. The first 5,000 fans through the doors will receive an IceHogs team photo sponsored by the Rockford Register Star, plus all fans will have the opportunity to win a variety of prizes. After each whistle, the IceHogs will give away gift certificates and speical offers from local businesses. In addition, fans will have the chance to win a jersey off the back of a current IceHogs skater following Saturday’s game.

Final Bud Light Hog Talk Takes Place Tonight:
Bud Light Hog Talk makes its final appearance for the 2011-12 season at Granite City Food and Brewery tonight as Mike Peck hosts IceHogs assistant coach Steve Poapst, rookie forward Phillip Danault and rookie goaltender Kent Simpson. Granite City is located at 7140 Harrison Ave. next to CherryVale Mall. Stop by to 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.

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 100.5 NTA FM and 1330 AM WNTA, 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 Standings
Teams       Record      Points

Peoria        12-7-1-0      25
Rockford    11-12-1-0    23
Chicago     10-10-1-0    21

Rockford vs. Peoria    5-6-1-0
Rockford vs. Chicago    6-6-0-0

Upcoming Illinois Lottery Cup Games:

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