ROCKFORD, Ill. -- The Rockford IceHogs look to remain undefeated against the Grand Rapids Griffins as the teams face off for the third time at the BMO Harris Bank Center Saturday night.
Puck drop is at 6 p.m. and fans can tune in to all the action on Cozi TV 23.3, Comcast Cable channel 434, Charter Cable channel 19 or Dish Network Channel 252, beginning with IceHogs Warmup at 5:30 p.m. IceHogs fans can also listen to the game at WXRX.com or sportsfanradio1330.com, or watch live at AHLlive.com (subscription required).
Matchup: The IceHogs (8-7-0-0, 5th Central) dropped their fifth game in six outings on Wednesday morning against Iowa, but have won both matchups against the Griffins in 2017-18.
Forward Vinnie Hinostroza and defenseman Erik Gustafsson continue to lead the Hogs this season with 15 and 11 points, respectively. Gustafsson’s 11 points are good for a share of fifth in scoring among AHL blueliners. Forward David Kampf notched his 10th point of the season in the Hogs’ last game and has now cracked the top 10 in AHL rookie scoring.
Through two games against the Griffins, forward Anthony Louis paces the Hogs with 1g-2a-3pts, followed by Ville Pokka (3a) and Matthew Highmore (2g). Goaltenders J.F. Berube and Jeff Glass have each recorded a win over Grand Rapids.
Grand Rapids (8-8-0-1, 6th Central) has won three of its last five outings, but fell 4-2 to the Iowa Wild last night. Forward Matt Lorito leads the team with 6g-8a-14pts, including two assists in two contests in Rockford. Turner Elson, Eric Tangradi and Dominic Turgeon are knotted with 11 points each. Tangradi’s two goals against the IceHogs give him the team scoring lead in the series, while Matthew Ford follows with a goal and an assist of his own.
Next Home Game: The IceHogs host the Chicago Wolves on Sunday, Nov. 19 for Discovery Center Night. The Discovery Center will be on-hand with science demonstrations and other fun experiments. This will also be the first game in the 2017-18 Illinois Lottery Cup competition between the two teams. Tickets can be purchased at IceHogs.com, by calling (815) 968-5222 or in-person at the BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office.