ROCKFORD, Ill – The Rockford IceHogs cap a four-game road trip with a Tuesday night tilt against the Iowa Wild at the Wells Fargo Arena.
Puck drop is at 7 p.m. and fans can tune in to all the action on Cozi TV 23.3 or Dish Network Channel 252, beginning with IceHogs Warmup at 6:30 p.m. IceHogs fans can also listen to the game at sportsfanradio1330.com or watch live at AHLlive.com (subscription required).
Matchup: The IceHogs (39-26-4-4, 4th Central) snapped both a season-high six-game point streak and nine-game road point streak with a loss at the Texas Stars on Saturday. The IceHogs now enter tonight’s contest with points in 16 of the last 20 contests and with a magic number to clench a postseason berth of just one. Rockford will officially secure a spot in the 2017-18 Calder Cup playoffs with either a point against Iowa or a Milwaukee loss against Chicago tonight.
Forward Tyler Sikura potted a pair of goals in Saturday’s game at Texas for his 12th and 13th points over the last 11 contests. Sikura also finished with a +2 plus/minus rating on Saturday and now leads the team and ranks fourth among all AHL rookies with a +21 rating this season. Fellow Hogs forward Matthew Highmore has points in four of five games since returning from Chicago and currently leads all Hogs skaters with 42 total points in 2017-18.
In net, Collin Delia is unbeaten in regulation over his last 11 AHL appearances. The goaltender is 9-0-1-1 with a 2.04 GAA and .925 save percentage over that 11-game stretch.
Iowa (31-26-10-6) has won just one of its last 10 games and takes the ice with a record of 1-7-1-1 in that time. The Wild are led in scoring by a pair of forwards in Sam Anas and Cal O’Reilly, who have each logged a team high-tying 60 points this season. Anas has collected six points (4g, 2a) in his last five games, while O’Reilly leads Iowa with 10 points (1g, 9a) in 11 contests against Rockford.
Between the pipes, Niklas Svedberg ranks sixth in the AHL with 43 games played this year. Svedberg has combined for an 18-17-7 record with a 2.84 GAA and .906 save percentage in those 43 appearances.
Next Home Game: Friday, April 13 vs. Chicago
The IceHogs host their final home game of the 2017-18 regular season with an Illinois Lottery Cup series matchup against the Chicago Wolves. Friday is Fan Appreciation Night and the first 2,500 fans in attendance will receive a free copy of this season’s team photo, courtesy of American Solutions for Business.