OFFENSE COMES TO LIFE FOR ROCKFORD IN WEEK 10

By: Mike Peck
Photo by Kris Gray
Rockford begins homestand with a 1-0-1-1 record

Week 10 Recap
After scoring 16 goals in their previous 10 games, the IceHogs matched that total in their three games during Week 10. The offensive outburst helped lead the team to a 1-0-1-1 record to open a season-high seven game homestand. Week 11 features three more games on home ice for Rockford including a pair against the Chicago Wolves and a contest against the Lake Erie Monsters.

Wednesday, Dec. 9: Texas Stars 5 vs. Rockford IceHogs 8
Friday, Dec. 11: Milwaukee Admirals 4 vs. Rockford IceHogs 3 SO
Saturday, Dec. 11: Oklahoma City Barons 6 vs. Rockford IceHogs 5 OT

Week 11 Schedule

Wednesday, Dec. 15 vs. Chicago, 6:35 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 17 vs. Chicago, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 18 vs. Lake Erie, 7:05 p.m.


Bacon Bits:
    Rockford scored 16 goals in their three games in Week 10 after scoring 16 total goals in their previous 10 games

    The 16 goals over the three-game stretch is the most since Rockford scored 18 goals from 11/9/07-11/11/07

    The IceHogs have earned a standings point in a season-high five-straight games (2-0-1-2) dating back to Dec. 2

    Center Jeff Taffe is riding a team season-high five-game point and assist streak accumulating 3g-6a during his hot stretch

    After being held without a point in his first four games this season, winger Mathis Olimb has a point in his last four games (3g-3a) and a goal in each of his past three games (3a)

    Shawn Lalonde turned in his first two career three-point games, notching a goal and two assists on Wednesday and Saturday

    Defenseman Brian Connelly had three assists in Week 10 raising his team-leading point total to 19 on the season, including a team best 16 assists

    Kyle Hagel scored his first career goal on Wednesday against Texas in the second period and then notched his second goal in the same frame

    Five of the IceHogs last nine games have gone to overtime or shootout

    Rockford is 1-0-1-1 three games into their season-high seven-game homestand

    Alec Richards faced Rockford’s first penalty shot of the season on Saturday and denied Oklahoma City’s Alexandre Giroux’s attempt in overtime

    The penalty shot marked the first time Rockford faced one in overtime in franchise history

    It was the eighth penalty shot faced all-time for Rockford and the goalies have stopped six of them
Photo by Greg Hamil
Hot Hog Week 10:
Shawn Lalonde Defenseman
Rookie defenseman Shawn Lalonde turned in his first two career three-point games during Week 10 of the AHL regular season. Lalonde helped jump start Rockford’s offense on Wednesday when he chipped in a goal and two assists in the IceHogs 8-5 win against the Texas Stars. Then on Saturday, the first-year defenseman had another three point night, including a goal and two assists, in Rockford’s 6-5 overtime loss to Oklahoma City. Lalonde now has 3g-11a on the season.

Upcoming Games:
Wednesday, Dec. 15 vs. Chicago Wolves. Game time is slated for 6:35 p.m. The Wolves return to the Rockford MetroCentre for the second time this season to open up a two-game set with the IceHogs in Rockford. Wednesday is another Taco Bell Dollar Days presented by WXRX. Fans can purchase $1 beers, hot dogs, soft drinks and companion tickets.

Friday, Dec. 17 vs. Chicago Wolves: Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m. Chicago returns to the MetroCentre for the second time in three days to take on the IceHogs. The first 1,000 fans to the game will receive an IceHogs poster courtesy of Comcast,  Medicine Man and Meridian.

Saturday, Dec. 18 vs. Lake Erie Monsters: Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m. Rockford hosts the Monsters for the second time this season at the Rockford MetroCentre. The first 2,500 fans to the game will pick up an IceHogs Pillow courtesy of OSF and The Eagle 96.7 FM.

Bud Light Hog Talk Is Back Tonight At Swilligan’s Pub:
Bud Light Hog Talk returns to Swilligan’s Pub tonight. Swillgan’s Pub is located in downtown Rockford at 200 North Church St. Fans can join Mike Peck from 6-7 p.m. tonight as he chats with IceHogs players, coaches and front office members. This week’s guests include IceHogs defenseman Simon Danis-Pepin and rookie forward Peter LeBlanc along with Head Coach Bill Peters. Stop by and take advantage of some great food and Bud Light specials. If you can’t make it, tune into 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, 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 $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 MetroCentre this season. All Saturday home game 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 2010-11 season. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Rockford MetroCentre Box Office in downtown Rockford or on the Web at www.metrocentre.com.  Tickets start at just $7.


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