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By: Chris Etheridge
IceHogs’ Magic Number stands at 9 with seven games left

Week 25 Recap
The Rockford IceHogs’s offense slowed to a near halt in Week 25 as the squad dropped their only two games.  They will get another shot at the Peoria Rivermen on Friday as the team’s season-long, seven-game homestand continues in Week 26.  After the Rivermen, the IceHogs welcome in the Chicago Wolves for their annual Jersey Auction game on Saturday.

Week 25 Results
Friday, March 19: Peoria 3 vs. Rockford 1
Saturday, March 20: Texas 2 vs. Rockford 0

Week 26 Schedule

Friday, March 26 vs. Peoria, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 27 vs. Texas, 7:05 p.m.

Bacon Bits:
-Hannu Toivonen (Rockford) and Joe Fallon (Peoria) started against their former teams on Friday

-It was the first time in at least 15 years in the American Hockey League that two goalies started against each other, were traded for each other and then started opposite each other again in the same season

-Rockford lost back-to-back regulation home games for the first time this season

-It was the first losing week for the squad since Dec. 11-13, when Rockford went 1-2-0-0 on the road in Texas

-Defenseman Nick Boynton became the 30th different IceHogs alumnus to play in the NHL when he was recalled by Chicago and made his Blackhawks debut on Wednesday in Anaheim

-Matt Keith had his season-best eight-game point streak come to an end on Saturday against Texas, accumulating 4g-6a-10pts

-The IceHogs have been shut out four times this season, twice by Texas and twice by Hamilton

-The IceHogs finished their home season set with Texas 0-3-1-0

-Rockford is 24-7-0-1 against the rest of the AHL at home this season

-Defenseman Shawn Lalonde made his professional debut on Friday against Peoria

-Rockford has scored two or fewer goals in regulation in five of their last six games

-The IceHogs fell out of the top two in the West Division for the first time since Jan. 16

-Rob Klinkhammer became the 10th IceHogs player to record 10 or more goals this season on Friday

-Rockford had nine players in double digits in 2007-08 and 2008-09

-The IceHogs raised $6,450 for a Huntington’s Disease treatment center in Rockford during Sunday’s Bowl-A-Thon at Cherry Bowl

-The IceHogs Booster Club contributed an additional $1,000 in Jake Dowell’s name

Hot Hog Week 25:
Goaltender Hannu Toivonen gave up two goals on 31 shots in his only start of the week.  Toivonen appeared against his former team, the Peoria Rivermen, at the Rockford MetroCentre in Rockford’s 3-1 loss on Friday.  

Upcoming Games:
Friday, March 26 vs. Peoria Rivermen: Game time is 7:05 p.m. The two intra-state rivals clash at the MetroCentre for the final time in 2009-10.  The first 2,500 fans to pass through the gate will get a Zamboni Bank courtesy of Stanley Steamer, ESPN 1380 and FOX 39.

Saturday, March 27 vs. Chicago Wolves:
The Rockford IceHogs will host the Chicago Wolves at the Rockford MetroCentre at 7:05 p.m.  It’s the 11th Annual Jersey Auction game.  The IceHogs will be honoring the Phantom Regiment with their special Drum & Bugle Hammy jerseys, which will be auctioned at the end of the game.  Additionally, there will be a silent auction table in the upper concourse and the first 2,500 fans into the building will pick up a Jersey Auction t-shirt courtesy of Pepsi, Dental Dimensions, Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Phantom Regiment, WXRX and WREX.

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 ( 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 Tonight At Hooters:
Bud Light Hog Talk at Hooters near State and Perryville in Rockford resumes tonight. Fans can join WXRX’s Jim Stone from 6-7 p.m. most Mondays.  Tonight he will be speaking with defenseman David Phillips, forward Jack Skille and head coach Bill Peters. 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  Tickets start at just $10.

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