ROCKFORD, Ill. -- The Rockford IceHogs host the Iowa Wild in their annual “School Day Game” Wednesday morning at the BMO Harris Bank Center.
Puck drop is at 10:30 a.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 10 a.m. IceHogs fans can also listen to the game at sportsfanradio1330.com or watch live at AHLlive.com (subscription required).
As part of the School Day Game, the IceHogs will host several local area schools for the morning matchup. Students in attendance will be invited to take the “IceHogs Buddy Pledge,” and the game will also feature interactive videos, including a spelling bee with the IceHogs players.
Fans can take advantage of a “Downtown Lunch Break” ticket package on Wednesday. The tickets are available for $10 and includes entry to the IceHogs game at 11:30 a.m. and lunch provided by Dickey’s Barbecue Pit. Tickets can be purchased onsite at the Mercy Health Club Lounge door (located on the Chestnut St. side of the BMO Harris Bank Center) or at the BMO box office.
In addition, fans have the option of securing their lunch break tickets in advance by calling the BMO box office at 815-986-5222.
NOTE: Lunch break tickets will grant access to the game from roughly the second period through the end of the contest.
Matchup: The IceHogs (8-6-0-0, 3rd Central) snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Milwaukee Admirals Saturday night.
Forward Vinnie Hinostroza continues to lead the team with 15 points (7g, 8a) on the season, good for a share of eighth in AHL scoring. Defenseman Erik Gustafsson paces the IceHogs blueliners in points, and ranks tied for second among AHL defensemen with 11 points (3g, 8a).
Hinostroza also leads the Hogs in scoring against the Wild with 2g-3a-5pts through three games. Both he (1g, 1a) and Andreas Martinsen (2a) each recorded multi-point efforts in Rockford’s last matchup with Iowa. Matthew Highmore has also starred for Rockford, notching 2g-1a-3pts in games against Iowa this season.
Iowa (6-6-2-0, 6th Central) is unbeaten over its last three games, dating back to its win over the IceHogs last Thursday. Forward Zack Mitchell has taken over the Wild scoring lead with 3g-9a-12pts in nine games and potted 1g-2a-3pts in Iowa’s last meeting with Rockford. Forward Colton Beck follows with 6g-4a-10pts through 14 games, including two goals against the Hogs.
Next Home Game: The IceHogs welcome the Grand Rapids Griffins to town on Sat. Nov. 18. The first 2,500 fans in attendance will receive a free T-shirt, courtesy of Toyota. Tickets can be purchased at IceHogs.com, by calling (815) 968-5222 or in-person at the BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office.