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ROCKFORD REBOUNDS AND GRABS FIVE OF SIX POINTS

By: Mike Peck
Photo by Greg Hamil

IceHogs bounce back to take a pair of wins in Week 6

Week 6 Recap
Coming off of five straight losses, the Rockford IceHogs righted the ship during Week 6 of the 2008-09 American Hockey League season and grabbed five out of a possible six standings points.  Rockford halted the losing streak on Wednesday when they picked up a point in a shootout against Milwaukee and then snatched two straight wins to pull back into the second spot in the West Division.

Week 6 Results
Wednesday, Nov. 12: Milwaukee 2 vs. Rockford 1 SO 
Saturday, Nov. 15: Rockford 5 at Milwaukee 2
Sunday, Nov. 16: Peoria 1 vs.
Rockford 4

Week 7 Schedule    
Friday, Nov. 21 vs. Peoria, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 22 vs. Quad City, 7:05 p.m.


Bacon Bits:

-During Rockford’s six-game winless streak, the team scored just eight goals

-In Rockford’s two wins over the weekend to end the winless drought, the club notched nine goals

-Antti Niemi is the third rated goalie in the AHL with a 1.63 goals against average and a .943 save percentage

-Overall, Rockford ranks fourth in the AHL with a 2.44 goals against average

-Niemi hasn’t allowed more than three goals in a game yet this season and has allowed three markers just twice

-Rockford has six regulation wins in 2008-09 so far and have received game-winning goals from six different players

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Defenseman Danny Groulx played in his 400th career professional game on Wednesday against Milwaukee

-After outshooting their opponent just three times in the first 13 games, the IceHogs have outshot the opposition in three straight games

-Entering Week 6, Rockford was getting outscored in the third period 16-7

-During Week 6, the IceHogs outscored their opponents 6-0 in the third period

-Rockford is one of four teams in the AHL to have a top 10 ranking in both power play and penalty kill

-The IceHogs currently rank second on the power play (23.1%) and tenth on the penalty kill (85.6%)

Photo by Greg Hamil
Hot Hog Week 6:
Defenseman Tim Hambly helped anchor down an IceHogs defense that allowed just four goals in three games during Week 6 of the American Hockey League season.  Hambly also chipped in his first goal of the season, the game winner on Sunday, an assist and a plus/minus rating of +3 for the week. 

Upcoming Games:
Friday Nov. 21 vs Peoria Rivermen:  The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. The IceHogs and Rivermen meet for the second straight game at the Rockford MetroCentre. The IceHogs welcome the Chicago Sky Drumline to the MetroCentre on Friday night as they entertain fans during the intermissions and timeouts.

Saturday, Nov. 22 vs. Quad City Flames:  Game time is set for 7:05 p.m.  The IceHogs and Flames renew their rivalry at the Rockford MetroCentre on Saturday night with their third meeting of the season.  The first 2,000 fans to the game on Friday will pick up an IceHogs winter hat courtesy of Rasmussen College, FOX 39 and 104.9 FM, WXRX.

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 forwards Mike Radja and Jake Dowell.  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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