THREE MORE WINS KEEP HOGS IN SECOND IN THE WEST

By: Mike Peck
Photo by Scott Paulus
Three key West Division games slated for Week 22

Week 21 Recap
With their second to final four-game week of 2009-10 in the books, the Rockford IceHogs continue to hold the second spot in the AHL’s West Division after three wins during Week 21.  All three of Rockford’s wins came at home, but now the team will play seven of its next nine contests away from the Rockford MetroCentre, including two this week in Milwaukee and Chicago.


Week 21 Results                            
Monday, Feb. 15: Grand Rapids 1 vs. Rockford 2 OT  
Friday, Feb. 19: San Antonio 5 vs. Rockford 6
Saturday, Feb. 20: San Antonio 2 vs. Rockford 3
Sunday, Feb. 21: Rockford 1 at Milwaukee 4

Week 22 Schedule    
       
Thursday, Feb. 25 at Milwaukee, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 27 vs. Peoria, 7:05 p.m.           
Sunday, Feb. 28 at Chicago, 3 p.m.

Bacon Bits:

-Matt Keith tallied Rockford’s first hat-trick of the season on Friday in Rockford’s 6-5 win over San Antonio

-Rockford’s hasn’t had a three-goal performance since Tim Brent scored three goals at Milwaukee on 2/19/09, exactly one year ago to the date

-Rockford has not had a losing record for 10 straight weeks dating back to Week 11 of the 2009-10 AHL regular season when they went 1-2-0-0

-During that 10-week stretch the IceHogs have a record of 19-8-0-2

-Pete MacArthur chipped in five assists in Friday and Saturday’s games combined

-Corey Crawford had a personal five-game road unbeaten streak (4-0-0-1) come to an end on Sunday in Rockford’s 4-1 loss at Milwaukee, dating back to 1/10/10

-Richard Petiot’s plus/minus rating of +4 on Friday against San Antonio was an IceHogs single-game high this season

-Following Sunday’s loss in Milwaukee, Petiot has a plus/minus rating of +20 on the season.

-Rockford’s single season AHL plus/minus rating is +18 set by Danny Groulx last season

-Winger Adam Hobson chipped in his 100th career professional point on Sunday with an assist

-Jack Skille recorded two multi-point games during Week 21 and now has 34 career multi-point games with Rockford, fifth most all-time and six shy of Preston Mizzi’s team record 40 multi-point contests

-Petri Kontiola is Rockford’s all-time AHL multi-point leader with 36 multi-point games

Photo by Greg Hamil
Hot Hog Week 21:
Winger Matt Keith tallied four goals in four games for the IceHogs in Week 21 and two of his markers were game winners. The winger notched three goals in Friday’s 6-5 win over San Antonio, Rockford’s first hat-trick of the season. Keith then came back on Saturday and helped complete a third period comeback over the Rampage with his second game-winning goal in as many nights in the third period. Keith also completed the week with a plus/minus rating of +3.

Upcoming Games:
Thursday, Feb. 25 at Milwaukee Admirals: The game starts 7 p.m. Rockford returns to the Bradley Center for the fifth and final time in the regular season. The game is the second of two-straight contests in Milwaukee for the IceHogs and is ninth of ten meetings overall this season.

Saturday, Feb. 27 vs. Peoria Rivermen: Game time is 7:05 p.m. It’s Blackhawks Night presented by Taco Bell at the MetroCentre as fans will have an opportunity to meet Blackhawks assistant coach Mike Haviland along with forwards Kris Versteeg, Troy Brouwer, Colin Fraser, defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson and goalie Antti Niemi. The IceHogs will be hosting a silent auction and also giving away five game worn IceHogs jerseys throughout the game.

Sunday, Feb. 28 at Chicago Wovlves:
The puck drops at 3 p.m. The IceHogs and Wolves meet for the first time since Dec. 27 when they get together at the Allstate Arena. The trip to Rosemont on Sunday is the final one during the regular season for the IceHogs and the match-up is the ninth of ten on the campaign.

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 in Rockford 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.

Bud Light Hog Talk Is Back Tonight At Hooters:
Bud Light Hog Talk returns tonight at Hooters in Rockford near State and Perryville. Fans can join WXRX’s Jim Stone from 6-7 p.m. most Mondays as he chats with IceHogs players, coaches and front office members. This week’s guests include IceHogs wingers Danny Bois and Pete MacArthur and IceHogs Team President Mark Bernard. Stop by and take advantage of some great food and Bud Light specials. If you can’t make it, 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.metrocentre.com.  Tickets start at just $10.



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