Rockford ends season 1-1-0-1
Photo by Kris Gray
Week 28 Recap:
Despite being eliminated from the playoffs, the Rockford IceHogs had a strong finish to the 2011-12 season, notching one victory and nearly pulling off a come-from-behind win in the final contest on the campaign. Week 28 didn’t get off to a good start as Rockford was shutout by Midwest Division foe Charlotte 3-0 on Tuesday. But the Hogs rallied back on Friday against Milwaukee. Rob Flick’s goal early in the third tied the game at 1-1, and then markers from Matt Fornataro and Peter LeBlanc in the shootout pushed Rockford to a 2-1 win. On Saturday, it looked like Charlotte would take another regulation victory over the Hogs, but Brandon Svendsen notched the tying goal with less than a minute to go to force overtime. The Checkers, however, prevailed in the shootout to take a 4-3 victory. Goalie Kent Simpson made his professional debut on Saturday, making 38 saves.
Week 28 Results
Tuesday, April 10: Charlotte 3 vs. Rockford 0
Friday, April 13: Milwaukee 1 vs. Rockford 2 SO
Saturday, April 14: Charlotte 4 vs. Rockford 3 SO
The IceHogs completed their 13th season of professional hockey in Rockford, including fifth as the AHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks, 35-32-2-7
2011-12 was the eighth straight season in which Rockford finished above .500
The team, however, missed the postseason for a second season in a row for just the second time in team history
The IceHogs finished the second half of the season 21-12-1-4 (.618) compared to 14-20-1-3 in the first half (.421)
Rockford’s goals against average in the first 38 games was 3.68 compared to 2.27 in the second half
Peter LeBlanc’s first period goal on Saturday gave him 24 on the season, doubling his goal output from a season ago and pacing the IceHogs in 2011-12
Brandon Pirri led Rockford in scoring with 56 points, and his 33 assists, +9, 17 multi-point games, 17 power-play points and 213 shots on goal also led the team
Carter Hutton set an IceHogs single-season AHL record with a 2.35 goals against average and matched a team record with a .917 save percentage
Six of Rockford’s final nine regular season games finished in a shootout and the IceHogs went 4-2 in those contests
Rockford participated in 14 shootouts this season (7-7) and Pirri had an attempt in all 14 of them (7-14)
Kent Simpson made his professional debut on Saturday and became the ninth different player to do so with the IceHogs this season
In a 4-3 shootout loss to Charlotte, Simpson set an IceHogs rookie record for most saves in a loss with 38
Rockford finished fourth in the AHL and first in the Western Conference in penalty minutes, averaging 18.30 PIMs per game
The IceHogs finished the regular season with the third most shots on goal in the AHL, averaging 33.22 shots per game
A season after setting a team AHL-low penalty kill rate of 80.7%, Rockford killed off 80.5% in 2011-12
Hot Hog: Week 28:
Rob Flick, Right Wing
Rookie winger Rob Flick finished 2011-12 strong with a point in each of his final two games. On Friday night, Flick tallied Rockford’s lone regulation goal in a 2-1 shootout win over Milwaukee. In the IceHogs season finale, Flick assisted on Rockford’s game-tying goal with 43 seconds left in regulation against Charlotte, a game Rockford would fall in 4-3 in a shootout. Flick finished his first pro campaign with 7g-6a-13pts in 45 games, but had 5g-3a-8pts in his final 12 contests.
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 100.5 NTA FM and 1330 AM WNTA, 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 website (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 at the BMO Harris Bank Center this season. All Saturday home games will also be televised on My Network TV digital subchannel 17.2 along with Comcast and Charter Cable channel 16. The broadcast begins with the U.S. Cellular 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.
Season Tickets On Sale For 2012-2013!
Five months is a long time to wait for the next season of Rockford IceHogs hockey, but fans can start preparing for October right now. Season ticket packages for the 2012-13 season are now on sale. To find a ticket package that suits your hockey needs, call (815) 847-6399.