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ROCKFORD SET TO WRAP UP SEASON LONG ROAD SWING

By: Mike Peck
Photo by: Scott Paulus
02/09/2009 1:48 PM -

IceHogs are 4-2-0-0 after six games of seven game swing

Week 18 Recap
After reeling off four straight wins on their seven-game road swing, the Rockford IceHogs’ offense went cold during Week 18.  In three games during Week 18, Rockford scored just four goals, coming away with one win.  The IceHogs seven-game roadie will come to an end on Wednesday and Rockford will finally return home on Friday to face off against Peoria.

Week 18 Results        
Wednesday, Feb. 4: Rockford 2 at Rochester 1
Friday, Feb. 6: Rockford 1 at Milwaukee 4
Saturday, Feb. 7: Rockford 1 at Iowa 4

Week 19 Schedule     
Wednesday, Feb. 11 at Peoria, 7 p.m.   
Friday, Feb. 13 vs. Peoria, 7:30 p.m.     
Saturday, Feb. 14 vs. Rochester, 7:05 p.m.


Bacon Bits:
-Rockford is 4-2-0-0 after six games of their season-long seven-game road swing


-Rockford has scored the first goal in all six of the road games

-The IceHogs are 0-19 on the power play during the previous three games

-In the last five games against Iowa, Rockford has been outscored 12-4 in the second period by the Chops 

-Rockford is getting outscored 61-42 overall this season in the second period

-Petri Kontiola scored Rockford’s sixth short handed goal of the season on Saturday

-The IceHogs had five short handed goals a season ago

-Defenseman Jimmy Sharrow played in his 200th career game on Saturday

-Despite ranking seventh in the AHL scoring with 3.04 goals per game, the IceHogs have score one or two goals in a game in 30 of their 52 games this season

-Tim Brent attempted Rockford’s first penalty shot of the season on Wednesday in Rochester and missed

-Rockford’s last penalty shot was also against Rochester, coming on 12/14/07 when Troy Brouwer scored on Adam Dennis

Hot Hog Week 18:

Defenseman Tim Hambly chipped two points in three games during 18 of the 2008-09 AHL regular season. Hambly assisted on both of Rockford’s goals on Friday and Saturday and leads the IceHogs with two short handed assists. The White Bear Lake, Minn. native also registered a plus/minus rating of +1 for the IceHogs.

Upcoming Games:
Wednesday, Feb. 11 at Peoria Rivermen.  Game time is 7 p.m.  The seventh and final game of the IceHogs season-long road swing happens on Wednesday in Peoria.  The game is the front end of a home-and-home series between the two clubs.

Friday, Feb. 13 vs. Peoria Rivermen. Rockford returns home at 7:30 p.m. The IceHogs come home after a 19 day hiatus to take on the Rivermen. The first 1,500 kids to the game 14-and-under will receive an IceHogs Youth Jersey courtesy of Feldco Windows and Doors, FOX 39 and 104.9 FM, WXRX.

Saturday, Feb. 14 vs. Rochester Americans. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. The IceHogs and Amerks meet up for the second time in February and for the final time in 2008-09. Clodius and Company will give away over $5,000 worth of merchandise at the game.  The game is also sponsored by B103.


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 goalie Antti Niemi and center Judd Blackwater.  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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