ROCKFORD, Ill. – The Rockford IceHogs (12-9-1-0) seek back-to-back wins as they host the Texas Stars (13-8-0-1) on Teddy Bear Toss night at the BMO Harris Bank Center.
Puck drop is at 6 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 5:30 p.m. IceHogs fans can also listen to the game at sportsfanradio1330.com or watch live at AHLlive.com (subscription required).
Matchup: The IceHogs defeated the Wolves 4-3 in overtime Friday night to improve to 8-5-1-0 at the BMO this season. Rockford is second in the AHL with 17 points at home on the year, trailing only Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s 19 points on its home ice.
Forward Vinnie Hinostroza potted the game-winning tally against the Wolves last night and currently leads the team with 9g-10a-19pts in 22 contests this year. The winger has now struck for the game-winner in three contests already in 2017-18 to rank tied for second in the league in game-winning goals.
Goaltender Jeff Glass bounced back from a season-high eight goals against Manitoba to earn the win in Friday’s Illinois Lottery Cup contest against Chicago. The Rockford netminder has now won four of his last six outings, dating to Nov. 11 (4-1-1 record).
Texas takes the ice Saturday in the midst of a five-game winning streak and boasting an 8-2-0-0 clip over its last 10 games. The Stars are headlined by forward Travis Morin, who leads the team and ranks tied for sixth in the league with 22 points (4g, 18a) in 22 games, and center Jason Dickinson, who paces Texas with nine total goals.
The Stars’ roster also features former IceHogs forward, Mark McNeill. The veteran winger skated with Rockford in parts of six seasons from 2011-17 and currently ranks second in IceHogs franchise history in goals (72), third in points (157) and fifth in games played (242).
Next Home Game: The Rockford IceHogs return to the BMO Harris Bank Center to take on the reigning Calder Cup champion Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday, Dec. 9. Puck drop is 6 p.m. and the Hogs will be hosting their annual Girl Scout Night during the contest. Rockford has won each of the first three games in the season series with Grand Rapids, including a pair of shootout victories.