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WEEK 20 REPORT: SKID SNAPPED, ROAD TRIP AHEAD

02/19/2018 12:34 PM

Article By: Rockford IceHogs

BACON BITS
The Rockford IceHogs extended their season high-tying skid to four straight games with a pair of losses against Cleveland last week, before snapping the streak with a 4-3 win over San Antonio on Sunday...Rockford is now 26-22-3-3 on the season and ranked sixth in the Central Division...Manitoba leads the division with a .683 winning percentage, but the IceHogs are separated from second-place Grand Rapids by just five points and a .057 winning percentage.

The IceHogs have allowed 3+ goals in seven of the last nine games since Jan. 27...Opponents have scored 5+ goals three times in that span and combined for 34 total goals over the last nine contests...Rockford is allowing an average of 3.8 goals per game over that stretch.

Rookie Nathan Noel made his AHL debut last week on Feb. 13 vs. Cleveland and scored his first AHL goal in his third appearance with the IceHogs on Sunday (Feb. 18) against the Rampage...Noel’s marker was the game-winner in a 4-3 victory vs. San Antonio...The forward originally made his pro debut with the Indy Fuel this season and collected nine points (4g, 5a) in 17 games prior to his promotion to the IceHogs.

With Noel’s goal on Sunday, 10 different rookies have scored a goal for the Hogs in 2017-18...Of those 10 rookies, eight have produced double-digit points on the year, and four have amassed 20+ points (Matthew Highmore, Anthony Louis, Tyler Sikura and William Pelletier).

Adam Clendening picked up an assist on Sunday to move within one point of Rockford’s all-time scoring and assists records for a team defenseman...Clendening trails only Brian Connelly’s 134 points and 110 assists for the team record.

Henrik Samuelsson signed a PTO with the IceHogs on Feb. 11 and has scored a goal in each of his first three games with the Hogs...He led the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads in scoring through 49 games this season prior to joining Rockford.

Matthew Highmore has notched assists in a season-high three straight games...The rookie leads the IceHogs in scoring with 34 points (20g, 14a) in 54 games.

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Feb. 23  | Rockford at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (6:05 p.m.) The IceHogs travel to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for the first-ever matchup between the two clubs. The Hogs play two games against the Penguins this season, traveling to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday before hosting the team at the BMO Harris Bank Center on March 3.

Saturday, Feb. 24 | Rockford  at Hershey (6 pm.) Rockford caps a two-game road trip with its second and final game of the 2017-18 series with the Hershey Bears. The IceHogs blanked the Bears 5-0 in the series opener on Oct. 22 in Rockford.

BUD LIGHT MONTHLY MONDAY HOG TALK AT VINTAGE 501
Bud Light Hog Talk returns to Vintage 501 on Monday, March 4 from 6-7 p.m. Vintage 501 is located in downtown Rockford at 501 E. State St. Fans can join broadcasters Joseph Zakrzewski and Brittany Toolis from 6-7 p.m. on the first Monday of every month throughout the season as the duo chats with IceHogs players, coaches and front office members. For those unable to attend the show in-person, Monday’s show will be streaming live on IceHogs.com. “Bud Light Hog Talk” will also be available on www.icehogs.com following the live show. Fans can access the podcast through the “Audio Highlights” link in the “Multimedia” menu. 
 
ICEHOGS BROADCASTING NETWORK
Catch every IceHogs game, home and road, in 2017-18 on WIFR’s Cozi TV on 23.3. The games can also be viewed on Comcast Cable channel 434, Charter Cable channel 194, Dish Network channel 252 or Mediacom 102 in the Rockford market and online through AHLLive.com. Every TV broadcast will start with “IceHogs Warm Up” 30 minutes prior to puck drop. Fans can also listen to the action for free at sportsfanradio1330.com and IceHogs.com. For a complete listing of TV stations carrying IceHogs games, visit IceHogs.com, and for the complete schedule of radio broadcasts, visit sportsfanradio1330.com.
 
TICKETS ON SALE FOR 2017-18!
IceHogs individual game tickets can be purchased by calling (815) 968-5222 to reserve your seats for any regular season home game during the 2017-18 season. Tickets can also be purchased online at IceHogs.com, in person at the BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office in downtown Rockford or at any Ticketmaster outlet, including Walmart.