ROCKFORD, Ill. – The Rockford IceHogs dropped their eighth game of the last 10 contests last night in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and will look to salvage the back-end of a two-game road trip Saturday night in Hershey.
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 (26-23-3-3, 6th Central) special-teams unit continued its funk on Friday, allowing at least one power-play goal for the eight game of the last 10 tilts. Rockford’s penalty kill has combined to allow 12 total power-play goals over those 10 games and now enters Saturday with opponents going 12-for-28 on the man-advantage in that span.
Chris DiDomenico scored a goal in his team debut last night for his 17th point (7g, 10a) in 29 games this season. The forward has now skated for three different teams in 2017-18 between the IceHogs, Syracuse Crunch and Belleville Senators, and scored at least one goal with each of his three teams.
Fellow Hogs forward Tyler Sikura also found twine in Friday’s loss for his 16th marker of the campaign. Sikura, including last night’s effort, has now scored 11 of his 16 goals while on the road in 2017-18, and amassed 12 points (9g, 3a) in his last 13 road games since Dec. 28.
Hershey (23-25-3-4, 7th Atlantic) takes the ice with the potential to even the two-game series with Rockford. The Bears were blanked 5-0 in the series opener with the Hogs on Oct. 22, when IceHogs netminder J.F. Berube turned away each of the 23 shots faced in the contest.
The Bears are led by center Travis Boyd, who paces the team with 41 points (14g, 27a) in 54 appearances on the year. In addition to leading the team in overall scoring, Boyd also ranks first among Hershey skaters and fourth overall in the AHL with 22 points on the power play this season.
In net, Pheonix Copley has helped the Bears during the current five-game winning streak by chipping in victories in each of his last three outings. Copley has allowed just four goals during his streak and combined for 76 saves in that stretch.
Next Home Game: Wednesday, Feb. 28 | Rockford vs Texas Stars (7 p.m.)
The IceHogs welcome the Texas Stars to the BMO Harris Bank Center for a Fas Fuel Winning Weekday at 7 p.m. Fans can enjoy discounted hot dogs, select beer and companion tickets. If the Hogs win, tickets from Wednesday’s game can be redeemed for a ticket of equal or lesser value to the following Fas Fuel Winning Weekdays game on Tuesday, March 13. Former Chicago Blackhawks defenseman and Stanley Cup champion Brian Campbell will also be in attendance, and a select number of fans will have the chance to get an autograph. Tickets can be purchased at IceHogs.com, by calling (815) 968-5222 or in-person at the BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office.