ROCKFORD RINGS IN NEW YEAR WITH A FIVE GAME HOME STAND

By: Mike Peck

Hogs face-off tonight against Milwaukee to begin home stand

Week 13 Recap
After 24 road games through the season’s first 35 contests, the Rockford IceHogs finally get to stay home.  Rockford ran its streak of games with a standings point to 16 (11-0-1-4) during Week 13 and now begin a five game home stand starting on Monday against Milwaukee. 
                                     
Wednesday, Dec. 26: Rockford 4 at Peoria 3 OT   
Thursday, Dec. 27: Rockford 3 at Chicago 4 OT  
Saturday, Dec. 29: Rockford 4 at Peoria 2   
         
Week 14 Schedule
Monday, Dec. 31 vs. Milwaukee, 7:05 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 2 vs. Hamilton, 7:05 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 4 vs. Chicago, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 5 vs. Lake Erie, 7:05 p.m.

Bacon Bits:

Rockford continued its stretch of consecutive games with a standings point, running it to 16 straight during Week 13

C
enter Martin St. Pierre has an AHL season-best 12-game point streak dating back to 11/30

D
anny Richmond became the 11th IceHogs player to get re-called from Rockford to the Chicago Blackhawks when he was re-called on Sunday

Beginning on Monday the IceHogs will play a five-game home stand

Entering Monday Rockford has an AHL low 11 home games played

Rookie winger Derek Nesbitt scored his first career AHL goal on Thursday in Chicago

Rookie winger Ross Carlson scored his first career AHL goal on Saturday in Peoria

Goalie Mike Brodeur made his IceHogs debut on Saturday and Peoria and picked up the win after turning away 40 Rivermen shots on goal

Winger Troy Brouwer played in his 100th career AHL game on Thursday in Chicago

Brouwer scored his team-leading 15th goal of the season on Saturday in Peoria, but only his second even strength goal

Hot Hog Week 13:
Troy Brouwer, the IceHogs leading goal scorer, had a point in all three of Rockford’s games during Week 13.  Brouwer chipped in his team-leading 15th goal of the season in Saturday’s 4-2 win at Peoria and had a three-game plus/minus rating of +4 and a team best 14 shots on goal. 

Upcoming Games:

Monday, Dec. 31 vs. Milwaukee Admirals. Game time is 7:05 p.m. Welcome in the New Year with the IceHogs as they take on the Admirals at the MetroCentre.  Come for the hockey and stick around for a post game concert as the IceHogs and 23WIFR-TV welcome Seven Mary Three to the MetroCentre.

Wednesday, Jan. 2 vs. Hamilton Bulldogs.  The puck drops at 7:05 p.m.  Rockford welcomes the defending Calder Cup Champion Bulldogs to the MetroCentre for the first and only meeting in Rockford.  The game is the second and final overall in 2007-08 and is presented by Captain Morgan.

Friday, Jan. 4 vs. Chicago Wolves.  Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.  The Hogs and Wolves meet for the first time in Rockford and fourth overall.  The first 1,000 fans to the game on Friday will pick up Fleece IceHogs Hat courtesy of Mega Truck Rental and BOB FM.

Saturday, Jan. 5 vs. Lake Erie Monsters. The game starts at 7:05 p.m.  The IceHogs wrap up a four-game week at home against the Monsters at the MetroCentre.  The game is the third overall between the two clubs and first in Rockford.  The first 1,000 fans to the game will pick up an IceHogs Fleece Stadium Blanket sponsored by Lonnies Carpet Max.

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 the B2 Networks!  Visit the IceHogs Web site (icehogs.com) and click on the “click here to watch the game live” icon, and for just $6, you can catch all of the IceHogs action on your computer.  Also, fans with Insight 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 Post-Game Call-In Show following each home game at (815) 874-8255.

Where to Watch the IceHogs:
IceHogs fans can now catch every IceHogs regular season game live on TV!  Every IceHogs home game during the 2007-08 season can be viewed on Insight Cable Channel-57.  When the IceHogs are on the road fans can watch them live at Damon’s Grill in Rockford.  Fans can take advantage of great Bud Light specials and food specials at Damon’s Grill.

No Hog Talk This Week At Cousin’s Bar and Grill:
There will not be a Bud Light Hog Talk tonight at Cousin’s Bar and Grill because of the New Year.  The show will return on Monday, Jan. 6.  The show is hosted by Jim Stone and Double T and features IceHogs players and coaches.  The show runs from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and can also be heard live on 1330AM WNTA.

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 2007-08 season.  Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Rockford MetroCentre Box Office in downtown Rockford or on the web at www.centreevents.com.  Tickets start at just $9.

Check Out The Hogs New Web Site:
The IceHogs have a new cyber home!  Check out the all new
www.icehogs.com.  The Hogs new Web site features a fresh new look, player bios, audio highlights, merchandise store and much more!



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