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ROCKFORD TAKES THREE OF FIVE TO KEEP PACE IN THE WEST

By: Chris Etheridge
The Rockford IceHogs picked up six points and kept pace in the 2009 Calder Cup West Division playoff race in Week 25. (photo by Greg Hamil)

IceHogs occupy the fourth spot with six games remaining

Week 25 Recap
After a busy five game week, little was resolved for the Rockford IceHogs in their quest for a Calder Cup Playoff spot. The IceHogs did win three of their five games to hang onto fourth place in the West Division and have closed within two points of second place. Rockford has three more games slated for Week 26.

Week 25 Results
Monday, March 23: Milwaukee 1 vs. Rockford 2
Wednesday, March 25: Iowa 5 vs. Rockford 4
Friday, March 27: Rockford 3 at Houston 2 (SO)
Saturday, March 28: Rockford 2 at San Antonio 3
Sunday, March 29: Houston 1 vs. Rockford 2
 
Week 26 Schedule 
Wednesday, April 1 at Lake Erie, 6 p.m.
Friday, April 3 at Syracuse, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 4 vs. Milwaukee, 7:05 p.m.

Bacon Bits:
-Rockford finished their second five-game week of the 2008-09 season 3-2-0-0

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The IceHogs also went 3-2-0-0 during a five game week from Dec. 29 to Jan. 4

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The IceHogs have held the opponents scoreless on the power play on 17 straight opportunities

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Pascal Pelletier scored his 100th career AHL goal on Sunday

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The goalie combination of Corey Crawford and Antti Niemi have allowed two or less goals 25 times this season

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Rockford has played eight straight one-goal games going 4-4-0-0 in that stretch

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Overall Rockford has played in 39 one-goal contests and have compiled a record of 20-13-0-6

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Niemi is unbeaten in regulation over his last six games (5-0-0-1) with Rockford dating back Feb. 11

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Winger Adam Hobson has five goals with Rockford this season and three of them are game winners

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Center Tim Brent has attempted an IceHogs AHL single season record 18 shootout attempts and is tied for the AHL lead with eight shootout goals

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Steve Cygan holds the IceHogs all-time single season record with 19 shootout attempts in 2002-03

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Rockford is 5-1-0-0 in the third game of three games in three days

-Rockford’s three wins in Week 25 came against teams with a better record while the two losses came against teams with a worst record than the IceHogs

Hot Hog Week 25:
Rookie winger Pete MacArthur has stepped up big for the IceHogs during the stretch run.  MacArthur began the week with goals in both of Rockford’s first two games against Milwaukee and Iowa.  On Friday, MacArthur ended the longest shootout in IceHogs history in round 13 with a goal.  MacArthur then chipped in an assist on Saturday in San Antonio.

Rookie winger Pete MacArthur led all IceHogs scorers with nine points (5g-4a) in March. (photo by Greg Hamil)

Upcoming Games:
Wednesday, April 1 at Lake Erie Monsters.
The puck drops at 6 p.m.  Rockford heads back on the road and to Cleveland for the second and final contest against Lake Erie.  Rockford will try to avenge a loss against the Monsters from January with their only stop to the Quicken Loans Arena this season.


Friday, April 3 at Syracuse Crunch. Game time is slated for 6:30 p.m. Rockford heads back to New York to face off against Syracuse at the Onondaga County War Memorial. The game is the second and final meeting on the season and the only one scheduled during the regular season in Syracuse.

Saturday, April 4 vs. Milwaukee Admirals. Game time is 7:05 p.m. The Annual Jersey Auction game is finally here as the IceHogs jump into “The Dark Hammy” jerseys to benefit the IceHogs Charitable Foundation. The first 2,000 fans will pick up a commemorative Dark Hammy t-shirt courtesy of Saturn, Pepsi, Guerilla Graffix, Lincoln Rent-All, 13 WREX and MedicineMan. Also, don’t miss the Stanley Cup as hockey’s most coveted trophy makes its first visit to the Rockford MetroCentre and every fan 18 or older will have a chance to win a 2009 Saturn Sky coutesy of Saturn of Rockford.

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 Double T 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 rookie forward Tyler Mosienko and defenseman Brian Connelly  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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