HOGS STRUGGLE TO WIN THE CLOSE ONES IN WEEK 14

By: Mike Peck
Photo by Ross Dettman
01/02/2012 10:23 AM - First Texas road trip slated for Week 15

Week 14 Recap:
Close, but not close enough for the Rockford IceHogs in Week 14. The IceHogs dropped all four contests (0-3-0-1) during the final week in 2011, including the last three games by a combined four goals. Saturday’s game began a season-long seven-game road swing that brings Rockford to Texas for the first time in 2011-12 to face the Houston Aeros and Texas Stars in Week 15.


Week 14 Results                       
Monday, Dec. 26: Rockford 3 at Milwaukee 7           
Thursday, Dec. 29: Rockford 3 at Chicago 5           
Friday, Dec. 30: Charlotte 4 vs. Rockford 3 SO           
Saturday, Dec. 31 Rockford 2 at Peoria 3
                                           
Week 15 Schedule
Friday, Jan. 6 at Houston, 7:35 p.m.
Saturday., Jan. 7 at Texas, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 8 at Texas, 5 p.m.
Bacon Bits:
    The IceHogs have dropped a season-high five-straight games (0-4-0-1), including all four during Week 14 (0-3-0-1)

    Rockford has lost seven-straight road games (0-5-0-2) dating back to Nov. 20

    Brian Connelly appeared in his 200th career professional game on Saturday, all with Rockford, becoming the fourth different IceHogs skater in the modern era to play in 200 games with the team

    Connelly is one assist shy of tying the franchise record for most career helpers with the IceHogs

    The third-year defenseman has points in four-straight games (1g-3a) and seven of eight overall (2g-6a)

    Jeff DaCosta is the current record holder for career assists as he accumulated 100 assists from 2000-2003 during the IceHogs UHL era
   
    Rookie winger Andrew Shaw totaled a team-high eight goals in December and added an assist for nine overall points in the month
   
    The IceHogs racked up a single-game season-high 59 penalty minutes on Saturday in Peoria

    The IceHogs and Rivermen also set a single-game season high with 102 combined PIMs

    Winger Jeremy Morin has points in seven of his last eight games, totaling 1g-8a-pts

    In those eight games, Morin has also accumulated 45 PIMs

    Saturday’s game in Peoria started a season-long seven-game road swing that runs through Saturday, Jan. 14 in San Antonio

    Rockford has scored just two goals in the first period over their past five games, both on Friday against Charlotte
   
    Rockford has had seven different skaters play for both the IceHogs and Toledo Walleye (ECHL) this season

    The IceHogs have lost three-straight shootouts, getting outscored 7-1 over that time period in the extra frame

Hot Hog: Week 14:
Andrew Shaw  Center
Rookie center Andrew Shaw had three goals and an assist during Week 14 to close out an impressive December for the rookie center. After getting held off of the score sheet on Monday in Milwaukee, Shaw tallied his third two-goal game of the month on Thursday in Chicago in Rockford’s 5-3 loss to the Wolves. On Friday, the Belleville, Ont. native tallied his 13th goal of the season in Rockford’s 4-3 shootout loss to Oklahoma City and then marked an assist on Saturday in a 3-2 loss at Peoria. Shaw totaled 8g-1a-9pts in December.

Upcoming Games:
Friday, Jan. 6 at Houston Aeros: The puck drops at 7:35 p.m. The IceHogs head to Texas for the first time this season for their first matchup of the campaign with the Aeros. The game is the first of four overall on the year between the two two clubs with two tilts slated at the Toyota Center.

Saturday, Jan. 7 at Texas Stars: Game time is set for 7 p.m. Rockford’s season-long seven game road swing continues in Cedar Park, Texas against the Stars. The game is the second of four on the season between the two clubs and opens a two-game season set at Cedar Park Center.

Sunday, Jan. 8 at Texas Stars: Face off is slated for 5 p.m. The Lone Star State swing continues against the Stars as the IceHogs meet up with Texas for a second straight day. The game is the second and final contest between the two teams at Cedar Park Center and third of four overall in 2011-12.

Bud Light Hog Talk Tonight At Granite City:
Bud Light Hog Talk makes its weekly appearance tonight at Granite City Food and Brewery from 6-7 p.m. Granite City is located at  7140 Harrison Ave. next to CherryVale Mall. Fans can join Mike Peck from 6-7 p.m. tonight as he chats with IceHogs defenseman Ryan Stanton and goalie Alec Richards along with assistant coach Ben Simon. Take advantage of food and Bud Light specials. If you can't make it to Granite City, tune into 1330-AM WNTA or 100.5-FM NTA.

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 100.5 NTA FM, 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.




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