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Article By: Fritz Stillings

Photo By Greg Hamil
03/18/2013 11:30 AM -

Rockford downs Chicago twice, drops tilt to Peoria

Week 23 Results
Friday, March 15: Chicago 3 vs. Rockford 4
Saturday, March 16: Rockford 0 vs. Peoria 4
Sunday, March 17: Rockford 2 at Chicago 1

Week 24 Schedule
Friday, March 22 at Abbotsford, 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 23 at Abbotsford 9 p.m.

Week 23 Recap:
Facing a second consecutive weekend with three games in three days, the Rockford IceHogs battled a pair of Midwest Divisional opponents in Week 23, earning four out of a possible six points. The Hogs knocked off the Chicago Wolves in a couple of one-goal contests, while suffering a shutout loss to Peoria. Entering Week 24, the IceHogs (66 points) sit in a three-way tie for ninth place in the Western Conference playoff race, just a single point back Abbotsford and Chicago, who hold the final playoff spots.

Bacon Bits:
-Jeremy Morin has 6g-2a-8pts over his past five games with two game winning goals

-In 17 games since Feb. 2, Morin has 11g-12a-23pts

-Morin notched his 25th goal of the season on Sunday, becoming the fifth different IceHogs skater to reach 25 goals during the IceHogs AHL era

-Rockford and Chicago have played seven-straight one-goal games dating back to Dec. 8

-Of those seven one-goal games, four of them have been decided by a 2-1 score

-The IceHogs picked up points in four of the six games at the Allstate Arena this season, going 3-2-0-1

-Chicago’s 100 minutes of penalty time on Sunday was a season high for an IceHogs opponent and marked the fourth time this season an IceHogs opponent committed 56 or more PIMs in a game against the Hogs

-Rockford had 70 PIMs in Sunday’s contest, the third highest PIM total this season and sixth time in which the IceHogs were called for 52 or more PIMs in a tilt

-For the second time in five games, the IceHogs held an opponent to just one shot on goal in a period as Chicago tallied just one shot in the first frame on Sunday

-Oklahoma City also managed just one shot on Rockford in the third period on March 9

-The IceHogs lead the AHL in penalty minutes, averaging 24.11 PIMs per game

-Rockford is tied for the AHL lead in power play percentage, converting 21.6% of their man advantages

-Goalie Henrik Karlsson has won three straight games dating back to 3/9/13 and has a .900 save percentage and a 2.67 goals against average during the streak

-After ending a six-game losing streak on Feb. 3, Rockford is 12-5-0-0 in the 17 games since

-The IceHogs have won seven of their last nine contests on the road

-Rockford picked up their AHL-leading ninth third period come-from-behind victory on Friday

-Rookie defenseman Adam Clendening had his seven-game point streak come to an end on Saturday after totaling 1g-8a-9pts in the seven contests

-Rockford was shutout for a fourth time this season on Saturday in a 4-0 loss to Peoria

Hot Hog: Week 23
Jeremy Morin        Right Wing
Third-year winger Jeremy Morin continued his second-half tear during Week 23 notching a pair of game-winning goals in helping the IceHogs to a pair of wins. On Friday night against Chicago, Morin scored the game-winning short-handed goal with just 2:36 left in regulation, his second tally of the game, in leading Rockford over the rival Wolves 4-3. After Rockford was blanked on Saturday against Peoria, Morin and the IceHogs came back on Sunday to knock off Chicago 2-1. In the win, Morin figured in on both Rockford goals, including his second game-winning goal, breaking a 1-1 tie in the second period with a power play tally.

Upcoming Games:
Friday, March 22 at Abbotsford Heat: Game time is set for 9 p.m. as the IceHogs make their annual trip to Abbotsford. The contest marks the third meeting on the campaign between the Hogs and Heat. Rockford took the first two games of the season series.

Saturday, March 23 at Abbotsford Heat: Puck drops at 9 p.m. for the rematch between the Hogs and Heat. The tilt also marks the season finale between the two Western Conference playoff contenders. The IceHogs have an all-time record of 4-2-0-0 at the Abbotsford Sports and Entertainment Centre and a 9-4-0-1 all-time overall record.

Bud Light Hog Talk Returns Tonight:
Bud Light Hog Talk returns tonight to District Bar and Grill from 6-7 p.m. District is located at 205 West State St., one block north of the BMO Harris Bank Center. Fans can join Mike Peck and Slavko Bekovic from 6-7 p.m. most Mondays as they chat with IceHogs players, coaches and front office members. This week’s guests include forward Jeremy Morin and defenseman Joe Lavin, and head coach Ted Dent. Take advantage of food and Bud Light specials at District. The show will be re-aired on Tuesdays from 7-8 p.m. on 23.2 Antenna TV.

The IceHogs Broadcasting Network:
Catch every IceHogs game, home and road, in 2012-13 on 23.2 Antenna TV. The games can also be viewed on Comcast cable channel-436, Charter cable channel-970 or Mediacom-101 in the Rockford market and online through Every game will be streamed through as well and inside the BMO Harris Bank Center on 104.3 FM. For a complete listing of TV stations carrying IceHogs games, visit Every broadcast will start with the U.S. Cellular Pregame before Mike Peck calls the action.

Tickets On Sale for 2012-2013!

IceHogs individual game tickets are on sale! Call (815) 968-5222 to reserve your seats for any IceHogs regular season game during the 2012-13 season. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office in downtown Rockford, any Ticketmaster outlet or on the web at Tickets start at just $7.

Illinois Lottery Cup Standings

lllinois Lottery Cup Series Standings
Teams          Record    Points
Chicago      10-8-1-0      21
Rockford   10-9-0-1      21
Peoria          9-7-2-0       20

Rockford vs. Chicago  5-5-0-1
Rockford vs. Peoria     5-4-0-0

Upcoming Illinois Lottery Cup Games:
April 6: Rockford at Peoria, 7:05 p.m.
April 7: Peoria vs. Rockford, 5:05 p.m.
April 10: Rockford at Peoria, 7:05 p.m.