Kearns in the Spotlight
12/31/2009 4:47 PM - Chris Etheridge
If you haven't seen it yet, there's a feature of Bracken Kearns on NHL.com. It's a much deserved nod to a hard-working player. In addition to Mark Cullen and Jack Skille getting on the the PlanetUSA Team for the Time Warner Cable AHL All-Star Classic, J.C. Sawyer and Maxime Tanguay have been named to the American Conference team for the ECHL All-Star game in Ontario. Kudos to them.
Tomorrow we will find out if former IceHogs skater Dustin Byfuglien will represent the United States in the Vancouver Olympics in February.
I didn't get up to the morning skate this morning, so I'm not sure who are scratches for tonight or which goalie is going to go. I guess we'll all get to find out tonight at 7:05 p.m. Here are the rest of the notes for tonight:
Out With 2009: Tonight is Rockford’s final game of 2009, and entering play tonight the IceHogs have compiled a record of 41-36-2-1 during the ‘09 calendar year. Compared to 2008, when Rockford had a record of 39-33-1-4.
On Nights When The Ball Drops: Rockford will play its ninth all-time New Year’s Eve game tonight against Houston and the team hasn’t had the best of luck on Dec. 31. Rockford is just 2-6-0-0 in their previous eight New Year’s Eve contests, but has won two of its last three. Last season Rockford dropped a 5-3 contest at the MetroCentre against Milwaukee on the final eve of 2008.
A Common Opponent: Entering play tonight, Rockford and Houston have met just once through the IceHogs first 37 games. Including tonight’s tilt, the IceHogs and Aeros will match-up five times in the next 16 days, which amounts to five of Rockford’s next eight contests.
Let’s Not Do That Again: Rockford’s 7-1 thumping against Milwaukee on Tuesday matched the IceHogs worst loss since joining the American Hockey League in 2007. The loss equaled Rockford’s 7-1 defeat at Chicago on April 12, 2008. It wasn’t, however, the worst loss in club history. That distinction belongs to the 1999-2000 UHL IceHogs club that fell 10-0 in Flint to the Generals on March 22, 2000.
All-Star Performers: On Wednesday, the American Hockey League announced that Rockford forwards Mark Cullen and Jack Skille were named to the PlanetUSA team for the 2010 Time Warner Cable AHL All-Star Classic. It’s the second time in three seasons in which the Hogs have had two players named to the game. Cam Barker and Martin St. Pierre were named to the game in ‘08 and Petri Kontiola last season.
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