ROCKFORD, Ill. -- The Rockford IceHogs host the Iowa Wild for a second time this week at the BMO Harris Bank Center Friday night. The two teams squared off on Wednesday, with Rockford taking a 3-1 win behind Matthew Highmore’s hat trick.
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 (11-7-0-0, 2nd Central) defeated the Wild on Wednesday to stretch their winning streak to three games. The Hogs have now won four of their last five outings to reclaim second place in the Central Division.
Forward Matthew Highmore notched his first AHL hat trick in Wednesday’s win, taking over the team lead in goals and bringing his point total to 15 (9g, 6a) on the season. Highmore has now tallied four points in his last three games.
Fellow forward Luke Johnson also has points in consecutive games, recording two goals and two assists in his last two contests. Goaltender J.F. Berube stopped 23 pucks to win his first game since Oct. 25 on Wednesday.
Iowa (8-7-2-0, 5th Central) enters Friday’s tilt after seeing their five-game winning streak snapped by Rockford on Wednesday.
Forward Gerald Mayhew scored the lone goal for the Wild in the loss—his first since Iowa’s season opener. Defenseman Alex Grant earned an assist on the play and now leads the current Iowa roster in scoring against the IceHogs with five points (1g,4a). Goaltender Niklas Svedberg turned aside 37 shots, but his record dropped to 1-2-1-0 against the Hogs in 2017-18.
Next Home Game: The IceHogs host the Manitoba Moose on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. for the second of nine Fas Fuel Winning Weekdays in 2017-18. If the Hogs win, tickets from Wednesday’s game can be redeemed for a ticket of equal or lesser value to the following Fas Fuel Winning Weekdays game on Tuesday, Dec. 12. The matchup also marks the debut of Taco Tuesday. Fans can enjoy $2 tacos, select beer, and companion tickets. Tickets can be purchased at IceHogs.com, by calling (815) 968-5222 or in-person at the BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office.