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ROCKFORD ROLLS INTO BREAK, PICK UP 7 OF 8 POINTS IN WEEK 16

By: Chris Etheridge
01/19/2010 11:39 AM -

In Week 17, Hogs face Peoria and Grand Rapids in encore of Week 16

Week 16 Recap
With seven out of a possible eight points, the Rockford IceHogs cruised to their best week of the year in Week 16.  The Hogs head into the All-Star Break with a 4-0-0-1 point streak on their hands.  They currently sit in second place in the West Division and turn to face Peoria and Grand Rapids in Week 17.

Week 16 Results        
Wednesday, Jan. 13: Houston 2 vs. Rockford 3
Friday, Jan. 15: Houston 1 at Rockford 5
Saturday, Jan. 16: Rockford 3 at Peoria 4 SO
Sunday, Jan. 17: Rockford 4 at Grand Rapids 3

Week 17 Schedule
Friday, Jan. 22 at Peoria, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 23 vs. Grand Rapids, 7:05 p.m.

Bacon Bits:
-Rockford went 5-2-0-1 in an eight game stretch over 12 days leading into the All-Star Break

-Rockford leads the AHL with 47 games played at the break

-Rockford’s three leading goal scorers, Mark Cullen, Kyle Greentree and Jack Skille, all scored first period goals on Friday and Sunday and are tied for the team lead with 15 tallies

-The IceHogs are six games over .500 for the first time this season

-Rookie defenseman Brian Connelly set an IceHogs AHL rookie record with 20 assists on the season, surpassing Skille’s 18 assists in 2007-08

-With their win in Grand Rapids on Sunday, the IceHogs improved to 3-0-0-0 at Van Andel Arena this season

-With their shootout loss in Peoria on Saturday, Rockford fell to 0-2-1-1 at Carver Arena in 2009-10

-Since the Christmas break, Rockford is 8-3-0-2

-The IceHogs are outscoring its opponents 47-35 in the first period this season

-Rockford recorded a season-low and matched a team AHL record with one shot on goal in the second period on Friday in their 5-1 win over Houston

-The shot was by Richard Petiot and resulted in a goal

Hot Hog Week 16:
After coming back from injury, IceHogs goalie Corey Crawford has helped backstop the IceHogs back into second place in the AHL’s West Division. Crawford went 2-0-0-1 in Week 16. The Hogs goaltender began the week with a 24-save win over Houston on Wednesday and came back with a 34 save performance in Rockford’s 5-1 win over the Aeros on Friday. On Saturday Crawford helped the IceHogs earn a point with 36 saves in a shootout loss at Peoria. 

Upcoming Games:
Friday, Jan. 22 at Peoria Rivermen: The Rockford IceHogs pick up on the other side of the All-Star Break with a trip to Central Illinois to face the Peoria Rivermen for the final time at Carver Arena in 2009-10.  The puck drops at 7 p.m.  It is the sixth of ten meetings on the season.

Saturday, Jan. 23 vs. Grand Rapids Griffins:
The Hogs welcome the Grand Rapids Griffins into the Rockford MetroCentre for a 7:05 p.m. start. The first 2,500 fans will pick up an IceHogs fleece blanket thanks to Lonnie’s Carpet Max.

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 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.

No Bud Light Hog Talk Tonight At Cousin’s Bar and Grill:
Bud Light Hog Talk returns after the All-Star Break on Jan. 25.  Join WXRX’s Jim Stone from 6-7 p.m. at Cousin’s Bar and Grill as he chats with IceHogs coaches, players and front office staff. Cousin’s is located on the corner of East State St. and Perryville in Rockford.  So stop by 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.

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 2009-10 season.  Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Rockford MetroCentre Box Office in downtown Rockford, at Hog Headquarters inside Cherryvale Mall or on the Web at
www.metrocentre.com.  Tickets start at just $10.


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