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IceHogs Open Three-Game Road Trip Tonight with Game 1 of Back-to-Back Set Against Wild

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Rockford, IL – The Rockford IceHogs, proud American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL), visit the Iowa Wild tonight at 7:00 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA. Tonight is the seventh of 10 scheduled meetings between the two clubs and the first game of back-to-back meetings.

Tune in on the IceHogs Broadcast Network Presented by BMO Harris Bank
Fans can watch all of this season’s action LIVE on AHLTV and 23.2 Antenna TV WIFR (home games)! Tune in to every broadcast for free on SportsFanRadio 1330 AM,,, and the IceHogs app!

Join the [email protected] Gameday Experience on the IceHogs Mobile App
Enjoy the [email protected] on the IceHogs mobile app! Play the Meijer First Goal Frenzy for a chance to win a $25 gift card and check-in for a chance to grab dinner for two from Texas Roadhouse! The IceHogs Gameday Jersey Raffle is back too! Download the App and Play!

IceHogs Support the Autism Program of Easterseals During #AutismAwarenessMonth
Throughout the month of April, the Rockford IceHogs will honor and celebrate Autism Awareness Month presented by Lawncare By Walter, Inc. To pay tribute to Autism Awareness, the IceHogs will showcase special puzzle-piece logos on the ice at BMO Harris Bank Center for the remainder of the 2021 season and host special raffles and auctions through the team’s DASH platform. Full Details, Raffles, Auctions & More Here

IceHogs Go Wild with Comeback Win over Wolves in Last Outing
Trailing 2-1 after the first period and 3-2 after the second last Saturday, the IceHogs fought back to defeat the Chicago Wolves, 4-3, in the shootout at BMO Harris Bank Center. The win marked the second consecutive victory for the IceHogs against the Central Division’s top team, having earned a 4-3 win at the BMO on Apr. 7.

Comeback Kids
Saturday’s comeback win marked the second victory for the IceHogs when trailing after two periods. Down 3-2 after 40 minutes to the Iowa Wild on Mar. 7, forward D. J. Busdeker scored the game-tying marker midway through the third period and forward Andrei Altybarmakian netted the game-winning goal in overtime for a 4-3 win.

IceHogs Having a First Goal Frenzy
The IceHogs have opened the game scoring in each of the last five contests and in six of the last seven games. With each game-opening goal scored by the IceHogs, Meijer donates $50 to Rock House Kids and this season’s total is currently at $500! The IceHogs are 4-5-1-0 when scoring the game's opening goal.

Shot, Shot, Shot, Shot, Shot, Shot, Shot…EVERYBODY!
Saturday’s showdown vs. Chicago also marked a new season-high for the IceHogs, 41 shots on goal with 16 of the 18 IceHogs skaters (goalies exempt) recorded at least one shot on goal. The feat is the most since the IceHogs recorded 39 shots vs. Chicago on Feb. 16. The 41 shots are the first time the IceHogs hit the 40-mark since the final game of the 2019-20 season, Mar. 8 at Chicago, when Wolves goalie Garrett Sparks made 38 saves on 40 shots in a 3-2 overtime win. The last time the IceHogs hit above 40 was Nov. 8, 2019 in a 4-0 loss to Manitoba behind goalie Mikhail Berdin’s 41-save shutout.

Hello Again Des Moines
Tonight is the third time this season that the IceHogs have stopped by Well Fargo Arena after picking up a standings point on Feb. 13 in a 3-2 overtime loss and falling 4-1 on Apr. 13. Tonight is the second of four consecutive meetings (Apr. 13, Apr. 23-24 and May 7) between the two clubs in Des Moines before closing out the season series on Sunday, May 9 at BMO Harris Bank Center.

Hot Starts Key for Wild Success
Through six games in the head-to-head series against the Wild, the IceHogs have scored in the opening period in five contests and nine of the IceHogs’ 19 goals in the series have come in the opening frame.

Four Score and Five IceHogs
Forward Brandon Pirri enters tonight’s contest on a four-game point streak (five goals, two assists), which is tied for the longest streak by an IceHogs skater this season. Defenseman Cody Franson registered a four-game streak (two goals, four assists) from Mar. 16-28, forward Dylan McLaughlin had points in four-straight games (two goals, five assists) from Mar. 13-22, forward Reese Johnson racked up three goals and three assists for six points over four games from Mar. 7-27 and forward Josiah Slavin had the most recent stretch (three goals, two assists) from Mar. 28-Apr. 13.

The Rockford IceHogs close a back-to-back set against the Iowa Wild tomorrow, Saturday, Apr. 24 at 6:00 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA. Watch all of the action LIVE on AHLTV and 23.2 Antenna TV WIFR (home games)! Tune in to every broadcast for free on SportsFanRadio 1330 AM,,, and the IceHogs app!

Every active full IceHogs Season Ticket Holder and 20-Game holder who have paid for their tickets in full or who have a deposit down on their tickets for 2020-21 will receive FREE access to every IceHogs game through AHLTV on the IceHogs Broadcast Network presented by BMO Harris Bank! Want to upgrade to a Full Season or 20-Game plan? Contact us at (815) 968-5222 or email us at [email protected]!

2020-21 Regular-Season Records:
Rockford: 8-13-1-0, 17 points (6th, Central Division)
Iowa: 11-10-4-0, 26 points (4th, Central Division)

2019-20 Regular-Season Records:
Rockford: 29-30-2-2, 62 points (5th, Central Division)
Iowa: 37-18-4-4, 82 points (2nd, Central Division)

2020-21 Head-to-Head Schedule (all times Central):

Feb. 13 IceHogs at Wild 2-3 Overtime Loss Recap and Highlights

Mar. 6 Wild at IceHogs 3-2 Win Recap and Highlights

Mar. 7 Wild at IceHogs 4-3 Overtime Win Recap and Highlights

Mar. 19 Wild at IceHogs 3-5 Loss Recap and Highlights

Mar. 20 Wild at IceHogs 6-1 Win Recap and Highlights

Apr. 13 IceHogs at Wild 1-4 Loss Recap and Highlights

Apr. 23 IceHogs at Wild 6 p.m.

Apr. 24 IceHogs at Wild 6 p.m.

May 7 IceHogs at Wild 7 p.m.

May 9 Wild at IceHogs 4 p.m.

IceHogs vs. Wild 2020-21 Head-to-Head Record

IceHogs vs. Wild, All-Time

Head Coaches
Rockford: Derek King (2nd season with IceHogs)

Iowa: Tim Army (2nd season with Wild)

NHL Affiliate
Rockford: Chicago Blackhawks
Iowa: Minnesota Wild