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11/19/2012 2:31 PM

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Rockford comes away with two points during Week 6

Week 6 Results:
Wednesday, Nov. 14 Peoria 5 vs. Rockford 4
Friday, Nov. 16 Houston 1 vs. Rockford 2
Sunday, Nov. 18 Rockford 2 at Houston* 3
*at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN

Week 7 Schedule:
Wednesday, Nov. 21 vs. Peoria 7:05 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 23 at Lake Erie 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 24 at Lake Erie 6:30 p.m.

Week 6 Recap:
A trio of one-goal contests did not finish in Rockford’s favor as the IceHogs were able to muster just two points during Week 6 in matchups with Peoria and Houston. The Hogs have three more games on the slate for this week, including a trip to Cleveland for a weekend series with the Lake Erie Monsters.

Bacon Bits:

-The IceHogs tied a team single-game record with two short-handed tallies (Martin St. Pierre and Peter LeBlanc) on Wednesday

-The last time Rockford scored while down a man twice in a game came in their 4-2 win over Grand Rapids on 4/9/11

-Ben Smith registered points in all three of Rockford’s games, including his second multi-point game of the season on Sunday with a goal and assist

-Defenseman Adam Clendening recorded his first professional multi-point game on Sunday with a goal and an assist

-Friday’s 2-1 win over Houston marked the first time in eight games dating back to 10/21/12 vs. Charlotte that the IceHogs haven’t given up a first period goal

-Rockford has allowed a tally in the first period in 10 of their 15 games so far in 2012-13, and the team carries a record of 2-5-0-1 when the opponent scores first

-The IceHogs tied a season-high nine power-play chances against in Friday’s 2-1 win over Houston

-On the season, the IceHogs have been short-handed a league-high 88 times

-Rockford’s penalty kill unit ranks 11th in the AHL, killing off 75-of-88 penalties (85.2%), including 8-of-9 on Friday

-Center Rob Flick has recorded penalty minutes (13) in a season-long five straight games dating back to Nov. 9


Hot Hog: Week 6
Ben Smith, Right Wing
Coming off an injury last season, Ben Smith got off to a slow start in 2012-13 as he was held off the scoring chart in 10 of the IceHogs first 12 games before Week 6. The winger got things going in Week 6, recording points in all three of Rockford’s tilts. Smith dished out an assist on Wednesday in an attempt to push Rockford over Peoria, but eventually the Rivermen squeaked out a 5-4 win. Then, the Avon, Conn. native sealed the deal for the IceHogs on Friday, notching the game-winning marker in the Hogs 2-1 victory over Houston. The third-year pro came back in Sunday’s rematch against the Aeros and registered his second multi-point game of the season with a goal and assist.

Upcoming Games:
Wednesday, Nov. 21 vs. Peoria Rivermen: Game time is 7:05 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve is another WXRX Dollar Day as fans can kick off their holiday weekend with $1 beers, hot dogs, soft drinks and companion tickets.

Friday, Nov. 23 at Lake Erie Monsters: A 6:30 p.m. puck drop, the Hogs and Monsters duke it out in their second meeting of the season and first of two at the Quicken Loans Arena during the 2012-13 season.

Saturday, Nov. 24 at Lake Erie Monsters: A rematch set for 6:30 p.m., Rockford and Lake Erie finish their weekend series in Cleveland. The two squads meet once more during the campaign on Feb. 17 at the BMO Harris Bank Center.

Bud Light Hog Talk Is Back Tonight At District Bar and Grill:
Bud Light Hog Talk appears tonight at District Bar and Grill from 6-7 p.m. District is located one block north of the BMO Harris Bank Center on West State Street. Fans can join Slavko Bekovic from 6-7 p.m. most Mondays as he chats with IceHogs players, coaches and front office members. This week’s guests include IceHogs forwards Brandon Pirri and Brandon Saad and assistant coach Steve Poapst. Take advantage of food and Bud Light specials at District. The show will be re-aired on Tuesdays from 7-8 p.m. on WIFR’s 23.2 “Weather Now.”

The IceHogs Broadcasting Network:

Catch every IceHogs game, home and road, in 2012-13 on WIFR’s 23.2, “Weather Now.” The games can also be viewed on Comcast Cable Channel 436 or Mediacom 101 in the Rockford market and online through Every game will be streamed through as well and inside the BMO Harris Bank Center on 104.3 FM. For a complete listing of TV stations carrying IceHogs games, visit Every broadcast will start with the U.S. Cellular Pregame before Mike Peck calls the action.

Tickets On Sale for 2012-2013!
IceHogs individual game tickets are now on sale! Call (815) 968-5222 to reserve your seats for any IceHogs regular season game during the 2012-13 season. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office in downtown Rockford, any Ticketmaster outlet or on the web at Tickets start at just $7.

llinois Lottery Cup Series Standings
Teams        Record    Points
Peoria         4-0-1-0       9
Chicago      4-2-1-0       9
Rockford     0-4-0-1       1

Rockford vs. Chicago    0-2-0-1
Rockford vs. Peoria       0-2-0-0

Upcoming Illinois Lottery Cup Games:
Nov. 21: Peoria vs. Rockford, 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 28: Rockford at Chicago, 7 p.m.
Dec. 8: Chicago vs. Rockford, 7:05 p.m.