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IceHogs Weekly: IceHogs Open Four-Game Road Trip This Week with Stops in Hoffman Estates and Des Moines

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The Week That Was…

Previous Week’s Record: 1-1-0-0

Tuesday, Apr. 13 at Iowa Wild
Forward Josiah Slavin extended his personal point streak to four games (three goals, two assists), but the Rockford IceHogs (7-13-1-0) fell to the Iowa Wild (10-9-4-0) 4-1 at Wells Fargo Arena Tuesday evening. Recap & Highlights

Saturday, Apr. 17 vs. Chicago Wolves
The Rockford IceHogs (8-13-1-0) battled back from two one-goal deficits and fired a season-high 41 shots on goal to defeat the Chicago Wolves (15-4-0-2) 4-3 in the shootout at BMO Harris Bank Center Saturday night. Forward D.J. Busdeker recorded two assists and goaltender Ivan Nalimov recorded his first AHL win making 23 saves. Recap & Highlights

2020-21 Season Numbers

Record: 8-13-1-0 (6th Place, Central Division)
Home: 6-8-0-0
Away: 2-5-1-0
Last 10 Games: 5-5-0-0
Streak: 1-0-0-0
Goals: Chris Wilkie (6)
Assists: Cody Franson (11)
Points: Cody Franson (15)
Penalty Minutes: Garrett Mitchell (37)
Power-Play Goals: Wyatt Kalynuk (2)
Power-Play Assists: Cody Franson (6)
Power-Play Points: Cody Franson (7)
Shorthanded Goals: Chris Wilkie (3)
Shorthanded Assists:
Dylan McLaughlin (2)
Shorthanded Points: Chris Wilkie (3)
Game-Winning Goals: Dylan McLaughlin (2)
Wins: Matt Tomkins (3)
Cale Morris (2.32)
Cale Morris (.936)

League Leaders

Defenseman Cody Franson leads the IceHogs and is tied for fourth among AHL defensemen with 15 points (four goals, 11 assists).

Forward Chris Wilkie is tied for first in the AHL with three shorthanded goals.

Forward Dylan McLaughlin is tied for first in the league with two shorthanded assists.

Forward Riley McKay is tied for second among AHL rookies with three major penalties.

IceHogs Notes

Pesky Pigs Fight Off Wolves
Trailing 2-1 after the first period and 3-2 after the second, the IceHogs fought back Saturday night at BMO Harris Bank Center to take down the Chicago Wolves, 4-3, in the shootout. 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.

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.

IceHogs Shine in Breakaway Competition
Saturday’s shootout was the IceHogs' first appearance in the breakaway competition this season. During the 2019-20 campaign, the IceHogs were 4-2 in shootouts with their last appearance coming on Feb. 26, 2020 in a 3-2 shootout win at Texas.

Close Calls
The IceHogs and Chicago Wolves continue to battle in close meetings this season. Our of eight meetings this season, five have been decided by one goal. The IceHogs are 2-3-0 in one-goal games against the Wolves and 7-3-1-0 overall this season.

Fire Away
Saturday’s showdown vs. Chicago also marked a new season-high for the IceHogs, 41 shots 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.

Franson Hits 400
With an assist on the game-tying goal in the third period on Saturday, veteran defenseman Cody Franson reached 400 professional points. In 889 pro games over 14 seasons in the NHL, AHL, SEL, and KHL, Franson has 91 goals and 309 assists for 400 points.

Life on the Road
The IceHogs open up a four-game road trip this week with stops in Hoffman Estates, IL to take on the Wolves (Apr. 21), Des Moines, IA against the Iowa Wild (Apr. 23-24), and Grand Rapids, MI against the Grand Rapids Griffins (Apr. 28). With only ten scheduled games remaining in the 2021 season, the IceHogs will spend seven of them away from BMO Harris Bank Center.

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

This Week

IceHogs at Chicago Wolves
Wednesday, Apr. 21
7:00 p.m. CT
Triphahn Center Ice Arena – Hoffman Estates, IL
Watch Live:
AHL TV, SportsFanRadio 1330 AM,,, IceHogs app
Preview: Ninth of 11 meetings; 2-6-0-0 head-to-head record

IceHogs at Iowa Wild
Friday, Apr. 23
7:00 p.m. CT
Wells Fargo Arena – Des Moines, IA
Watch Live:
AHL TV, SportsFanRadio 1330 AM,,, IceHogs app
Preview: Seventh of 10 Meetings; 3-2-1-0 head-to-head record

IceHogs at Iowa Wild
Saturday, Apr. 24
6:00 p.m. CT
Wells Fargo Arena – Des Moines, IA
Watch Live: AHL TV, SportsFanRadio 1330 AM,,, IceHogs app
Preview: Eighth of 10 Meetings; Third meeting of four in a row in Des Moines