-The Rockford IceHogs notched five of six possible points during last week’s schedule, defeating the Milwaukee Admirals on Friday and the Iowa Wild on Sunday, and suffering a shootout loss to the Wild on Saturday. Rockford has picked up points in nine of the last 10 games (6-1-1-2) to move into a tie for second place in the Central Division.
-Rockford has limited opponents to just two goals in each of the last six games since Oct. 24. The IceHogs now rank seventh in the AHL with just 2.75 goals allowed per game. Prior to the beginning of the current six-game stretch, Rockford held opponents to two goals just once through the first six contests of the season (Oct. 14 vs. HER, 5-2 win).
-The IceHogs recalled a pair of defensemen from the Indy Fuel prior to the team’s Sunday matchup with the Iowa Wild. Including those transactions, the Hogs have recalled four players from their ECHL affiliate since last Monday (Oct. 29). The transactions include forwards Radovan Bondra and Brett Welychka, and blueliners Neil Manning and Josh McArdle.
-Rockford is in the midst of a stretch in which it plays 39 consecutive games against an opponent from the Central Division. The IceHogs will not face an opponent outside of the Central Division until Feb. 6, when they host the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The Hogs are 4-0-0-2 against foes from their own division in 2018-19, and have points in 15 of the last 18 games against the Central Division (12-3-1-2 record).
-Collin Delia made a season-high 41 saves against the Wild on Saturday, just five shy of his career-high mark last season against Manitoba. Delia has recorded 30 or more saves in five of seven games this season and is currently third in the league with 237 total saves in 2018-19.
-Jacob Nilsson scored his first AHL goal as the game-winning tally in Sunday’s win against the Wild. The forward logged just two points through his first nine games this season but has since tallied three points in his last three contests since Nov. 2. That three-game stretch includes his first multi-point game on Nov. 2 at Milwaukee (2a).
Wednesday, Nov. 7 | Rockford vs. Iowa (10:30 a.m.) The Rockford IceHogs host the Iowa Wild on the team’s annual school day game. Kids are invited to take a break from the classroom and spend the day learning with the IceHogs at the BMO Harris Bank Center.
Friday, Nov. 9 | Rockford at Milwaukee (7 p.m.) The IceHogs travel to Milwaukee for the second road game of the 2018-19 series with the Admirals. Rockford defeated Milwaukee in overtime in the series opener last Friday, Nov. 2.
Saturday, Nov. 10 | Rockford at Chicago (7 p.m.) Rockford and Chicago kick off the 2018-19 Illinois Lottery Cup series this Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Allstate Arena. Last season’s series came down to the final weekend of the 2017-18 campaign, with Chicago sweeping the two-game set to win the Illinois Lottery Cup.
BUD LIGHT MONTHLY MONDAY HOG TALK AT VINTAGE 501
Bud Light Hog Talk returns to Vintage 501 on Monday, Nov. 5. Vintage 501 is located in downtown Rockford at 501 E. State St. Fans can join broadcaster Joseph Zakrzewski from 6-7 p.m. on the first Monday of every month throughout the season as the duo chats with IceHogs players, coaches and front office members. For those unable to attend the show in-person, Monday’s show will be streaming live on IceHogs.com. “Bud Light Hog Talk” will also be available on www.icehogs.com following the live show. Fans can access the podcast through the “Audio Highlights” link in the “Multimedia” menu. The expected guests tonight are forwards Dylan and Tyler Sikura, and defenseman Dennis Gilbert.
ICEHOGS BROADCASTING NETWORK
Catch the IceHogs this season on WIFR’s 23.2 Antenna TV. The games can also be viewed on Comcast Cable channel 434, Charter Cable channel 194, Dish Network channel 252 or Mediacom 102 in the Rockford market and online through watchtheAHL.com. Each TV broadcast will start with “IceHogs Warm Up” 30 minutes prior to puck drop. Fans can also listen to the action for free at sportsfanradio1330.com, facebook.com/rockfordicehogs and IceHogs.com. For a complete listing of TV stations carrying IceHogs games, visit IceHogs.com, and for the complete schedule of radio broadcasts, visit sportsfanradio1330.com.
TICKETS ON SALE FOR 2018-19!
IceHogs individual game tickets can be purchased by calling (815) 968-5222 to reserve your seats for any regular season home game during the 2018-19 season. Tickets can also be purchased online at IceHogs.com, in person at the BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office in downtown Rockford or at any Ticketmaster outlet, including Walmart.