Rockford, IL – The Rockford IceHogs, proud American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL), visit the Grand Rapids Griffins tonight at 6:00 CT at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI. Tonight is the sixth of eight scheduled meetings between the two clubs and the first contest of three consecutive meetings over the next six days.
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Hello, Old Friend
The IceHogs have not seen the Griffins since March 16 when they snared their second of back-to-back OT winners against their Central Division rivals. Forward Dylan McLaughlin buried both game-winning overtime goals on Mar. 13 and Mar. 16 in Grand Rapids in matching 2-1 OT wins. It was the is the first time an IceHogs player has buried consecutive OT winners since Dylan Sikura during the 2017-18 season. Sikura potted overtime goals on Dec. 2 and Dec. 7, 2018, vs. San Antonio and Grand Rapids.
Through five games in the head-to-head series between the IceHogs and Griffins, the road team has earned every victory. The Griffins skated away with 3-1 (Feb. 18), 9-4 (Mar. 3) and 3-1 (Mar. 11) wins at BMO Harris Bank Center this season while the IceHogs picked up 2-1 OT wins in Grand Rapids on Mar. 13 and Mar. 16.
Hogs and Griffins Engage in Second Three-Game Mini Playoff Series
Tonight marks the start of the IceHogs’ second three-game mini-series against the Griffins this season. The two clubs collided in three consecutive meetings from Mar. 11-16 with the IceHogs going 2-1-0. The Griffins took Game 1, 3-1, on Mar. 11 at BMO Harris Bank Center, but the IceHogs rattled off back-to-back 2-1 overtime wins on Mar. 13 and Mar. 16 in Grand Rapids. Prior to the 2020-21 season, the IceHogs and Griffins had never met for three consecutive contests.
Gicewicz Grows IceHogs List of Firsts this Season
With his first professional point (assist) on Saturday at Iowa, IceHogs forward Carson Gicewicz became the 16th member of the Icehogs to record their first professional/North American point this season. He also becomes the 13th IceHogs skater to pick up his first point in his first two professional games.
Good the Second Time Around
After dropping last Friday’s game in Iowa, the IceHogs earned a hard-fought 5-3 win over the Wild on Saturday, improving to 4-1-0 in Game 2 of a back-to-back this season. The IceHogs are 1-4-0 in Game 1s.
Don’t Be Sad It’s Over, Be Happy It Happened
Starting Wednesday at Grand Rapids, the IceHogs have only eight scheduled games remaining in the 2021 season. They will close their eight-game season series with the Griffins with the final three contests this week (Apr. 28 at Grand Rapids, May 1 at Rockford, May 3 at Grand Rapids), then wrap up their 10-game season set vs. Iowa on May 7 (at Iowa) and May 9 (at Rockford) and fittingly close the campaign and their 11-game season showdown against their in-state rivals, the Chicago Wolves, on May 10 (at Chicago), May 14 (at Rockford) and May 15 (at Chicago).
The Rockford IceHogs welcome the Grand Rapids Griffins to BMO Harris Bank Center on Saturday, May 1 at 6:00 p.m. and close a three-game set against the Griffins on Monday, May 3 at 6:00 p.m. at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI. 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, Sportsfanradio1330.com, IceHogs.com, and the IceHogs app!
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2020-21 Regular-Season Records:
Rockford: 9-14-1-0, 19 points (6th, Central Division)
Grand Rapids: 11-7-3-0, 25 points (3rd, Central Division)
2019-20 Regular-Season Records:
Rockford: 29-30-2-2, 62 points (5th, Central Division)
Grand Rapids: 29-27-3-4 65 points (3rd, Central Division)
2020-21 Head-to-Head Schedule:
Feb. 18 Griffins at IceHogs 1-3 Loss Recap & Highlights
Mar. 3 Griffins at IceHogs 4-9 Loss Recap & Highlights
Mar. 11 Griffins at IceHogs 1-3 Loss Recap & Highlights
Mar. 13 IceHogs at Griffins 2-1 Overtime Win Recap & Highlights
Mar. 16 IceHogs at Griffins 2-1 Overtime Win Recap & Highlights
Apr. 28 IceHogs at Griffins 6 p.m.
May 1 Griffins at IceHogs 6 p.m.
May 3 IceHogs at Griffins 6 p.m.
IceHogs vs. Griffins 2020-21 Head-to-Head Record
IceHogs vs. Griffins, All-Time
Rockford: Derek King (2nd season with IceHogs)
Grand Rapids: Ben Simon (3rd season with Griffins)
Rockford: Chicago Blackhawks
Grand Rapids: Detroit Red Wings