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ICEHOGS SPLIT GAMES IN WEEK 18

Rockford will play three games in three nights in Week 19

Week 18 Recap
The IceHogs returned from the All-Star break with two games on the slate in Week 18. Rockford fell to Milwaukee 4-2 at the Bradley Center on Friday but rebounded with a 3-2 come-from-behind victory on Saturday against the Abbotsford Heat. The IceHogs will play their first three games in three nights of the 2010-11 season during Week 19.

Week 18 Results                    
Friday, Feb. 4: Rockford 2 at Milwaukee 4
Saturday, Feb. 5: Abbotsford 2 vs. Rockford 3
                                   
Week 19 Schedule                                   
Wednesday, Feb. 9 vs. Houston, 6:35 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 11 at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 12 at Texas, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 13 at Milwaukee, 5 p.m.

Bacon Bits:
-Rockford ended a season-low six-game winless (0-5-1-0) streak on Saturday with a 3-2 win over Abbotsford
-Forward Jeff Taffe has a four-game point streak (2g-3a) and has collected points in six of the IceHogs last seven games (4g-3a)
-The IceHogs have been outshot just three times in their last 17 games but have won all three of those contests
-Rockford earned their fifth victory this season on Saturday when trailing entering the third period (5-14-2-0)
-Rockford was 4-24-2-0 last season when trailing after the second period
-Andy Bohmbach made his AHL debut on Saturday and chipped in an assist in his first AHL game
-The IceHogs will play their first three games in three nights of the 2010-11 season during Week 19
-Defenseman Brian Connelly has assists in four of his last five games, totaling five helpers during that stretch
-Connelly leads Rockford and ranks fourth among all AHL defenseman with 26 assists on the season
-The IceHogs drew 5,000 or more fans in three-straight games for the first time in the team’s 12 seasons in Rockford
-Of the three games, two of them were sellouts that featured over 6,000 fans
-Rockford’s attendance is 10.3% ahead of last season’s attendance through 26 home games

Hot Hog: Week 18
Jeff Taffe Left Wing

Veteran forward Jeff Taffe extended his point streak to four-straight games with points in both of Rockford’s contests during Week 18. Taffe notched a goal on Friday night in Rockford’s 4-2 loss at Milwaukee and now leads the IceHogs with 14 markers on the season. Then on Saturday Taffe helped end Rockford’s six-game winless streak, chipping in two assists in the Hogs 3-2 come-from-behind win over the Abbotsford Heat.

Upcoming Games:
Wednesday, Feb. 9 vs. Houston Aeros: The puck drops at 6:35 p.m. The IceHogs welcome the Houston Aeros to the MetroCentre for the third of four matchups in Rockford in 2010-11. Wednesdays are Dollar Days as fans can enjoy dollar Bud Select Drafts, Vienna Beef Hot Dogs, Pepsi Products and companion tickets.

Friday, Feb. 11 at Texas Stars: Game starts at 7:30 p.m. Rockford heads to the Cedar Park Center in Texas for the first time in 2010-11. The IceHogs open a back-to-back set against Texas on Friday. Rockford shows a record of 2-0-0-1 agaisnt the Stars on the campaign.

Saturday, Feb. 12 at Texas Stars: Game time is 7 p.m. The IceHogs battle Texas for the fifth time in 2010-11. After Saturday’s game, the IceHogs will play the Stars in Texas one more time during the regular season on April 3.

Sunday, Feb. 13 at Milwaukee Admirals: The puck drops at 5 p.m. The Hogs and Admirals meet up for the third time in Rockford’s last seven games. The IceHogs complete a three game set in as many days for the first time in 2010-11.