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Week 1 Recap: ICEHOGS OPEN THE SEASON WITH TWO WINS

Antti Niemi (pictured) and Corey Crawford combined for a .946 saver percentage for the IceHogs during Opening Weekend. (Photo by Jim Orlando)

Rockford takes two of three on opening weekend

Week 1 Results  
Friday, Oct. 10: Quad City 2 vs. Rockford 4
Saturday, Oct. 11: Rockford 1 at Quad City 3
Sunday, Oct. 12: Iowa 1 vs. Rockford 2      

Week 1 Recap
The Rockford IceHogs Tenth Anniversary season began on Friday and the American Hockey League club started off with two wins in their first three games.  Rockford split a home-and-home with the Quad City Flames before outlasting the Iowa Chops on Sunday.  A pair of road games await the IceHogs in Week 2.

Week 2 Schedule 
Friday, Oct. 17 at Iowa, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 18 at Milwaukee, 7:30 p.m.

Bacon Bits:

-The Rockford and Quad City markets met for the 100th and 101st time all time over the weekend


-Aaron Johnson became the first IceHogs player to get recalled to the Chicago Blackhawks this season

-Through three games, Rockford has scored seven goals, all on the power play

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f the seven goals scored, six have come from different goal scorers

-Petri Kontiola is the only multi-goal scorer for Rockford in the early season as he potted Rockford’s first two goals of 2008-09 on Friday night

-Tim Brent leads Rockford in overall scoring and he has four assists

-Rockford faced a league-high 27 penalty kills during Week 1, and killed off 25 of them

-In Rockford’s first three games, 11 different players registered a point

-Corey Crawford and Antti Niemi had a combined save percentage of .946 during Week 1
 

Center Tim Brent led Rockford with four points in the IceHogs first three games. (Photo by Jim Orlando)
Hot Hog Week 1:
Antti Niemi made his North American debut over the weekend and the fourth year pro turned in two solid outings.  In his debut on Saturday in Quad City, Niemi turned away 34 of 36 shots in Rockford’s 3-1 loss at Quad City.  The Hogs then rewarded Niemi on Sunday for another stout performance as the goaltender made 27 saves and was named #1 Star in Rockford’s 2-1 win over Iowa.

Upcoming Games:

Friday, Oct. 17 at Iowa Chops.  The game starts at 7:05 p.m.  Rockford and Iowa engage in a rematch from Sunday’s 2-1 IceHogs victory at the MetroCentre.  The game is the first of five in Des Moines at the Wells Fargo Arena between the two teams and second of 10 overall in 2008-09.

Saturday, Oct. 18 at Milwaukee Admirals.  The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.  The IceHogs brief two game road trip concludes at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.  The game is the Admirals home opener and the first of 10 contests between the West Division rivals on the seaosn.

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 AH Live!  Visit the IceHogs Web site (icehogs.com) and click on the “click here to watch the AHL Live icon, and for just $6, you can catch all of the IceHogs action on your computer.  Also, fans with Comcast Cable television 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.

No Hog Talk Tonight At Cousin’s Bar and Grill:
Bud Light Hog Talk takes a week off before returning next Monday night at Cousin’s Bar and Grill.  The show runs from 6-7 p.m. and can be heard live on 1330 AM, WNTA.  Fans attending the show cantake advantage of some great food and Bud Light specials at Cousin’s Bar and Grill.  The show is hosted by Jim Stone and features IceHogs head coach Bill Peters and IceHogs players.  For a complete listing of show dates, check out
www.icehogs.com.

Where to Watch the IceHogs:
IceHogs fans can now catch every IceHogs regular season game live on TV!  Every IceHogs home game during the 2008-09 season can be viewed on Comcast Cable Channel-57. 

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 2008-09 season.  Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Rockford MetroCentre Box Office in downtown Rockford, at Hogs Headquarters inside Cherryvale Mall or on the Web at
www.centreevents.com.  Tickets start at just $10.