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HOGS COMPLETE THREE-GAME SWING WITH TWO WINS

By: Mike Peck
One more road game before home opener on Friday

Week 2 Recap
Back-and-forth the Rockford IceHogs went across the U.S.-Canada border during Week 2. During Rockford’s travels between Ontario and the states, they cracked the win column twice and have now earned standings points in three of their first four games, all on the road. The IceHogs finally return home this Friday night, but not before one final road stop in Rosemont against the Chicago Wolves on Wednesday.


Week 2 Schedule

Friday, Oct. 9: Rockford 0 at Hamilton 3   
Saturday, Oct. 10: Rockford 3 at Lake Erie 0   
Sunday, Oct. 11: Rockford 5 at Toronto 3                   

Week 3 Schedule           
Wednesday, Oct. 14 at Chicago 7 p.m.                           
Friday, Oct. 16 vs. Chicago, 7:05 p.m.               
Saturday, Oct. 17 vs. Peoria, 7:05 p.m.                              

Bacon Bits:


Rockford was shutout on Friday in Hamilton for the first time in 92 games dating back to March 21, 2008 when Quad City blanked them 2-0 at the MetroCentre

Corey Crawford earned his sixth career IceHogs shutout on Saturday in Lake Erie, second most in Rockford franchise history, three shy of Michel Robinson’s nine shutouts

In their first three games in 2009-10, the IceHogs did not score a goal in the second period 

Rockford tallied four second period goals on Sunday in Toronto  

Nine different players have accounted for Rockford’s 10 goals so far in 2009-10

Nathan Davis is the only IceHogs skater with two goals and he tallied both on Saturday in Lake Erie, his first career multi-goal game

Rockford is 5-0-0-0 all-time against the Toronto Marlies including 3-0-0-0 at Ricoh Coliseum

All three of Rockford’s wins at Toronto have come on the third day of three games in three days

Winger Bryan Ewing scored his first career AHL goal on Sunday in Toronto, Rockford’s game-winning goal

Goalie Joe Fallon picked up his first career AHL win on Sunday making 27 saves 

Jake Dowell tallied his fourth career short handed goal with Rockford, tying him with Tim Brent for most shorties during the IceHogs AHL era and tying him for second all-time in Hogs history, two behind Preston Mizzi

Rockford and Lake Erie have played seven games all-time and the road team has won all of them including Rockford’s 3-0 win on Saturday at the Quicken Loans Arena
Photo by Ryan Pfeiffer
Hot Hog Week 2:
Making his 2009-10 IceHogs debut during Week 2, Corey Crawford was solid in his first weekend of action between the pipes.  Rockford’s puck stopper made 38 saves to keep the IceHogs in the game on Friday in Hamilton and came back and earned his 10 career professional shutout on Saturday making 16 saves in Lake Erie pacing Rockford to a 3-0 win. 

Upcoming Games:
Wednesday, Oct. 14 at Chicago Wolves: The rivaly resumes at 7 p.m. Rockford and Chicago renew their rivalry on Wednesday when the IceHogs travel to the Allstate Arena for the front end of a home-and-home series with the Wolves. The game is the first of 10 on the campaign for the West Division rivals.

Friday, Oct. 16 vs. Chicago Wolves: Game time is 7:05 p.m. After five-straight road tilts to open the 2009-10 regular season the IceHogs finally return home to face the Wolves.  The first 5,000 fans to the game will pick up an IceHogs wall calendar from Maverick Media and 23 WIFR.

Saturday, Oct. 17 vs. Peoria Rivermen.
The game starts at 7:05 p.m. Hogs fans won’t have to wait long for game two on the home slate as the Hogs and Rivermen meet at the MetroCentre on Saturday.  The first 5,000 fans to the game on Saturday will receive an IceHogs magnet schedule courtesy of Dental Dimensions, U.S. Cellular, Guerilla Graffix, WNTA and WTVO-TV channel 17.

The IceHogs Broadcasting Network:

Rockford IceHogs fans can catch all of the IceHogs regular and post-season games on the Hogs flagship radio station Rockford’s Voice, WNTA-AM 1330 and 30 regular season games on ESPN Radio 1380-AM, WTJK.  Fans can also watch and listen to the Hogs on the World Wide Web with AHL Live!  Visit the IceHogs Web site (icehogs.com) and click on the “click here to watch the AHL Live” icon, and for just $7, you can catch all of the IceHogs action on your computer.  Also, fans with Comcast Cable television can tune in to Channel 57 for all the IceHogs hockey action this season.  The broadcast begins with the Pregame Show 30 minutes before the puck drops. Make sure to give your opinion during the Comcast Post-Game Call-In Show following each game at (815) 874-8255.

No Hog Talk Tonight At Cousin’s Bar and Grill:
Due to the Rockford IceHogs travel schedule, there will be no Bud Light Hog Talk tonight at Cousin’s Bar and Grill.  Join Jim Stone from 6-7 p.m. at Cousin’s next Monday as he chats IceHogs coaches and players. Cousin’s is located on the corner of East State St. and Perryville in Rockford, and take advantage of some great food and Bud Light specials.  If you can’t make it out to Cousin’s, tune into 1330 AM, WNTA.

Tickets Now On Sale!
IceHogs individual game tickets are now on sale!  Call (815) 968-5222 to reserve your seats for any IceHogs regular season game during the 2009-10 season.  Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Rockford MetroCentre Box Office in downtown Rockford, at Hog Headquarters inside Cherryvale Mall or on the Web at www.centreevents.com.  Tickets start at just $10.


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