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ROCKFORD GRABS TWO WINS IN WEEK 11

By: Mike Peck
WEEK 11 RECAP
12/24/2012 10:00 AM -

Week 11 Results
Wednesday, Dec. 19: Rockford 3 at Milwaukee 1
Friday, Dec. 21: Rockford 1 at Milwaukee 2
Saturday, Dec. 22: Abbotsford 2 vs. Rockford 3

Week 12 Schedule

Thursday, Dec. 27 vs. Chicago, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 29 vs. Milwaukee, 7:05 p.m.

Week 11 Recap:
The American Hockey League’s Midwest Division is as tight as any in the league and the Rockford IceHogs are keeping pace. The IceHogs won two of three games in Week 11, capped by a thrilling 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the Abbotsford Heat at the BMO Harris Bank Center on Saturday. Heading into the Christmas break, Rockford sits in second place in the Midwest Division, two points behind Grand Rapids with two games on the Week 12 docket, both against divisional opponents.

Bacon Bits:
   
    Rockford picked up their fifth, third period come-from-behind win on Saturday and are now 5-9-1-0 when trailing entering the third period

    Goalie Carter Hutton allowed just five goals in Week 11 in three games

    Hutton finished the week with a .950 save percentage and a 1.68 goals against average

    Center Brandon Pirri tallied his team-leading fourth game-winning goal on Saturday

    Pirri now has 10 career game-winning goals with Rockford, tied with Jack Skille and Evan Brophey for most in Hogs history

    The center’s goal on Saturday was also his 45th career lamp lighter with Rockford, moving him into second on Rockford’s all-time AHL goal scoring list

    Jack Skille tops the list with 59 goals

    Rockford fell 2-1 in Milwaukee on Friday night, the club’s sixth game this season to finish 2-1 through 30 contests

    The IceHogs are 3-4-0-0 when giving up two goals in a game this season

    The IceHogs are 2-4-0-0 in those six 2-1 decisions

    16 of Rockford’s first 30 games have finished as one-goal contests

    10 of Rockford’s first 30 games have finished as two goal contests

Hot Hog: Week 11
Carter Hutton        Goalie
Rockford goaltender Carter Hutton turned in three strong performances in Week 11 for Rockford, earning a pair of wins and just five total goals. On Wednesday, Hutton shutdown the Milwaukee Admirals after giving up an early first period goal, making 29 saves in a 3-1 win. In Friday’s rematch in Milwaukee, Hutton turned away 36 of 38 shots in a tough 2-1 loss. Hutton and the Hogs rebounded on Saturday as the backstop picked up his 11th win of the season. After giving up two first period goals, Hutton blanked the Abbotsford Heat the rest of the way, turning away 31 shots in a 3-2 come-from-behind win. In three games, Hutton finished with a .950 save percentage and a 1.68 goals against average.

Upcoming Games:
Thursday, Dec. 27 vs. Chicago Wolves: Puck drops at 7:05 p.m. as the Hogs play host to the Chicago Wolves in an Illinois Lottery Cup matchup and for the sixth time on the campaign. Rockford holds a 1-3-0-1 record thus far against their division rival.

Saturday, Dec. 29 vs. Milwaukee Admirals: Beginning at 7:05 p.m. the two foes will meet for the sixth time this season, and for the fifth and final time during the month of December. The two squads will square off another six times during the season. The first 1,500 kids (14 and under) will receive a youth jersey courtesy of Rockford Orthopedic.

Bud Light Hog Talk Back in 2013:
Bud Light Hog Talk will be off the next two weeks, but returns on January 7 to District Bar and Grill from 6-7 p.m. District is located one block north of the BMO Harris Bank Center. Fans can join Mike Peck from 6-7 p.m. most Mondays as he chats with IceHogs players, coaches and front office members. Take advantage of food and Bud Light specials at District. The show will be re-aired on Tuesdays from 7-8 p.m. on 23.2 Antena TV.

The IceHogs Broadcasting Network:
Catch every IceHogs game, home and road, in 2012-13 on 23.2 Antenna TV. The games can also be viewed on Comcast Cable Channel 436, Charter Cable-970 or Mediacom 101 in the Rockford market and online through AHLlive.com. Every game will be streamed through IceHogs.com as well and inside the BMO Harris Bank Center on 104.3 FM. For a complete listing of TV stations carrying IceHogs games, visit IceHogs.com. Every broadcast will start with the U.S. Cellular Pregame before Mike Peck calls the action.

Tickets On Sale for 2012-2013!
IceHogs individual game tickets are on sale! Call (815) 968-5222 to reserve your seats for any IceHogs regular season game during the 2012-13 season. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office in downtown Rockford, any Ticketmaster outlet or on the web at www.IceHogs.com. Tickets start at just $7.

llinois Lottery Cup Series Standings
Teams      Record    Points
Chicago    6-3-1-0     13
Peoria       4-1-1-0      9
Rockford   2-5-0-1     5

Rockford vs. Chicago 1-3-0-1
Rockford vs. Peoria    1-2-0-0

Upcoming Illinois Lottery Cup Games:
Dec. 27: Chicago vs. Rockford, 7:05 p.m.
Jan. 18: Peoria vs. Rockford, 7:05 p.m.
Jan. 25: Chicago vs. Rockford, 7:05 p.m.



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