ROCKFORD, Ill. -- The Rockford IceHogs host the Chicago Wolves at the BMO Harris Bank Center for the third Illinois Lottery Cup matchup of 2017-18. The Hogs took the first meeting in a shootout, but the Wolves responded with a 4-3 win last Saturday in Rosemont.
Puck drop is at 7 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 6:30 p.m. IceHogs fans can also listen to the game at sportsfanradio1330.com or watch live at AHLlive.com (subscription required).
Matchup: The IceHogs (11-9-1-0, 4th Central) were rolled over by Manitoba on Tuesday 8-1, stretching Rockford’s winless streak to three games.
Forward Anthony Louis scored the lone goal against the Moose to notch his third point in four games and bring his total to 3g-6a-9pts on the season. Fellow forwards Matheson Iacopelli and Tomas Jurco each tallied last weekend in Rosemont, and defenseman Ville Pokka recorded his second goal of the season on the power play in the loss to the Wolves.
Chicago (5-10-3-1, 7th Central) enters Friday’s tilt having won just one of its last 10 outings.
Forward Teemu Pulkkinen leads the Wolves in scoring with 7g-12a-19pts, and assisted on a tally in last weekend’s contest against the Hogs. Former IceHogs forward Brandon Pirri follows with 14 points for Chicago, and has notched one assist in two games against Rockford this season.
Netminder Kasimir Kaskisuo earned the win for Chicago last weekend, and is complemented between the pipes by former Rockford goaltender Michael Leighton.
Next Home Game: The IceHogs host the Texas Stars on Dec. 2 for Teddy Bear Toss night. Fans are invited to bring stuffed animals into the BMO Harris Bank Center to throw onto the ice after the IceHogs score their first goal of the game. The stuffed animals will then be collected and donated to local hospitals and kids charities. Tickets can be purchased at IceHogs.com, by calling (815) 968-5222 or in-person at the BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office.