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CONNELLY, HUTTON AMONG ICEHOGS RECORD BREAKERS IN 2011-12

By: Amy Spivey
Photo by Greg Hamil
Rockford, Ill.- Goaltender Carter Hutton and former IceHogs defenseman Brian Connelly paved the way for another record-breaking season of Rockford IceHogs hockey in 2011-12, during which the Hogs set or tied 42 AHL records and established or matched 10 franchise records.

Hutton set a new AHL record for lowest goals against average, garnering a 2.35 GAA on the campaign. The Thunder Bay, Ontario native also matched five IceHogs AHL records this season, including number of shutouts (three) and highest save percentage (.917). In addition, Hutton tied the high mark for number of power-play points (one) and short-handed points (one) by an IceHogs goaltender during the AHL era.

Connelly established four franchise records and three AHL records during his time with Rockford before being traded by the Chicago Blackhawks to the Calgary Flames on Jan. 27. The Bloomington, Minnesota native set an IceHogs all-time record for number of assists with 105. Connelly also established franchise marks for Rockford defensemen, including number of games played (211), points (226) and assists (105). In addition, Connelly set IceHogs AHL records for number of goals by a defenseman with 21 and number of power-play assists with 44. Before being traded to Calgary, he played in 127 consecutive contests with Rockford, also an AHL record.

The IceHogs matched the franchise high mark for most wins versus an opponent in one season after they notched 10 victories against Midwest Division rival Milwaukee in 2011-12. Rockford also tied a franchise record for consecutive home losses when the Hogs failed to score a win on home ice for six straight games from 10/22/11 to 11/18/11.

Below is a complete list of the records set by the IceHogs in 2011-12:

Team Single Season

Least Wins – 35
Lowest Winning Percentage – .520
Least Home Wins – 18
Least Road Wins – 17
Least Standings Points – 79
Fewest Goals – 207
Fewest Power-Play Goals – 52
Least Power-Play Opportunities – 346
Fewest Short-Handed Goals – 3
Lowest Penalty Kill – 80.5%
Fewest Penalty Minutes – 1,391*
Most Wins vs. Opponent – 10 vs. Milwaukee*+
Most Wins/Month – 9 (March)+
                             9 (January)+

Individual Single Season

Highest Shooting Percentage – 18.1%, Ben Smith
Most Power-Play Goals/Defenseman – 4, Brian Fahey+
Multi-Goal Games – 4, Peter LeBlanc+
Lowest Goals Against Average – 2.35, Carter Hutton
Most Shutouts – 3, Carter Hutton+
Most PP Points/Goalie – 1, Carter Hutton (1a)+
Most PP Assists/Goalie – 1, Carter Hutton+
Most Short-Handed Points/Goalie – 1, Carter Hutton (1a)+
Most Penalty Minutes/Goalie – 17, Carter Hutton
Most Shootout Losses/Rookie – 1, Kent Simpson+

Team Single Game
Most Goals Combined – 13, 11/11/11 at PEO, 6-7 SOL+
Most Shots/Game – 49, 12/4/11 at PEO, 2-5 L
Most Shots Against/Game – 50, 11/18/11 at CHA , 3-2 SOW
Most Shots Combined/Game – 90, 12/4/11 at PEO, 2-5 L, RFD-49, PEO-41
Fewest Shots/Game – 13, 10/16/11 at ABB, 3-2 W*
Fewest Shots Against/Game – 13, 2/15/12 vs. PEO, 0-1 L
Fewest PIMs/Opponent – 2, 1/6/12 at HOU, 4-1 W+

Individual Single Game
Most Saves/Win – 48, Alec Richards at CHA 11/18/11, 3-2 SOW
Most Saves/Period – 21, Alec Richards at CHA 11/18/11, 3-2 SOW
Most Shots Faced – 50, Alec Richards at CHA 11/18/11, 3-2 SOW
Most Saves in a Loss/Rookie – 38, Kent Simpson vs. CHA 4/14/12, 3-4 SOL
Most Saves in a Period/Rookie – 17, Kent Simpson vs. CHA 4/14/12, 3-4 SOL
Most Assists – 4, Brian Connelly vs. SAN, 11/23/11
Most Assists/Defenseman – 4, Brian Connelly vs. SAN, 11/23/11*+
Points/Defenseman – 4, Brian Connelly vs. SAN, 11/23/11+

Career Records
Assists – 105, Brian Connelly*
Defenseman Games – 211, Brian Connelly*
Defenseman Points – 126, Brian Connelly*
Defenseman Goals – 21, Brian Connelly
Defenseman Assists – 105, Brian Connelly*
Defenseman PIMs – 208, Ryan Stanton
Shootout Goals – 12, Brandon Pirri
Overtime Game-Winning Goals – 2, Ben Smith *+
Power-Play Assists – 44, Brian Connelly
Save Percentage – .917, Carter Hutton+
Goals Against Average – 2.35, Carter Hutton+

Streaks

Consecutive Games Played – 127, Brian Connelly
Losing Streak/Home – 6, 10/22/11 to 11/18/11*+

All records are IceHogs AHL records unless indicated otherwise
+ -Ties AHL record
* -IceHogs franchise record
*+ -Ties IceHogs franchise record


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