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EARLY DEFICITS DO ROCKFORD IN DURING WEEK 22

By: Mike Peck
Photo by Greg Hamil

Hogs knock off AHL’s top team during 1-3-0-0 week

Week 22 Recap
A consistent theme in three Rockford IceHogs loses during Week 22 was comebacks falling short.  Rockford did get a big win over the Eastern Conference leading Providence Bruins but failed to complete comebacks against three other opponents.  The IceHogs now have 17 games left on the 2007-08 slate, all against West Division opponents.

Week 22 Results
Wednesday, Feb. 27: Milwaukee 4 vs. Rockford 3 
Friday, Feb. 29: Lake Erie 7  vs. Rockford 4
Saturday, March 1: Providence 1 vs. Rockford 5 
Sunday, March 2: Peoria 4 vs Rockford 3

Week 23 Schedule   
Wednesday, March 5 vs. Peoria, 7:05 p.m.    
Saturday, March 8 at Milwaukee, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 9 vs. Iowa, 4:05 p.m.

Bacon Bits:
Defensemen Jerramie Domish (+3) and Ryan Stokes (+2) were the only two IceHogs skaters to finished with a positive plus/minus rating in February

Domish has gone 17 straight games with an even or a plus

The IceHogs and Providence Bruins combined for an IceHogs franchise record 213 penalty minutes on Saturday

Rockford finished with a record of 2-0-0-2 against teams from the Eastern Conference this season after its 5-1 win over Providence on Saturday

Winger Troy Brouwer broke the IceHogs franchise record for power-play goals in a season with 19

Winger Bryan Bickell became the 18th different IceHogs player overall to get recalled to the National Hockey League this season

Defenseman Justin Fletcher, assigned on Thursday by the Tampa Bay Lightning, had a point in his first three IceHogs games totaling 1g-3a-4pts

In 39 games with the Norfolk Admirals, Fletcher had 1g-4a-5pts

Center Martin St. Pierre is two points shy of tying the IceHogs franchise record for most power-play points in a season

St. Pierre has 8g-25a-33 points and trails Jason Notermann’s franchise mark when he had 12g-23a-35pts during the 2005-06 season

Jake Dowell’s former high school team, Eau Claire (Wis.) Memorial, won the Wisconsin State High School Hockey Championship on Saturday

Hot Hog Week 22:
Rockford’s rookie winger Derek Nesbitt turned out his best week in his brief AHL career racking up seven points in four games. After being held pointless on Wednesday, Nesbitt came back on Friday and notched his first career two goal performance in the AHL and added an assist.  Nesbitt then recorded a goal and an assist in both Saturday and Sunday’s games.

Upcoming Games:
Wednesday, March 5 vs. Peoria Rivermen.  Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m. The second straight game the IceHogs get the Rivermen at the MetroCentre.  It’s the seventh of eight meetings on the season between the Hogs and Rivermen.  The game on Wednesday is presented by Crown Royal.

Saturday, March 8 at Milwaukee Admirals.  The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.  Rockford travels back to Milwaukee for a showdown with the Admirals.  The game is eighth of 10 on the season series and fourth of five at the Bradley Center.

Sunday, March 9 vs. Iowa Stars.  The game starts at 4:05 p.m.  Rockford returns home for a Sunday matinee against the Stars.  The first 1,000 fans to the game will pick up IceHogs Poster #5 courtesy of Pepsi, MedicineMan and Johnson Press.

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 the B2 Networks!  Visit the IceHogs Web site (icehogs.com) and click on the “click here to watch the game live” icon, and for just $6, you can catch all of the IceHogs action on your computer.  Also, fans with Insight 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 Post-Game Call-In Show following each home game at (815) 874-8255.

Where to Watch the IceHogs:
IceHogs fans can now catch every IceHogs regular season game live on TV!  Every IceHogs home game during the 2007-08 season can be viewed on Insight Cable Channel-57.  When the IceHogs are on the road fans can watch them live at Damon’s Grill in Rockford.  Fans can take advantage of great Bud Light specials and food specials at Damon’s Grill.

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 2007-08 season.  Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Rockford MetroCentre Box Office in downtown Rockford or on the web at www.centreevents.com.  Tickets start at just $9.



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