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ICEHOGS PICK UP THREE MORE WINS IN WEEK 10

By: Chris Etheridge
12/07/2009 3:23 PM - Rockford makes first trip to Texas in Week 11

Week 10 Recap
A five-game win streak came to an end on Sunday in a hard-faught battle with the Manitoba Moose, but the Rockford IceHogs took hold of second place in the American Hockey League’s West Division and built a bit of a cushion in Week 10.  The Hogs make their first trip to Texas to play the Texas Stars and Houston Aeros in Week 11.

Week 10 Results                         
Wednesday, Dec. 2: Chicago 2 vs. Rockford 3
Friday, Dec. 4: Rockford 2 at Grand Rapids 1      
Saturday, Dec. 5: Lake Erie 2 vs. Rockford 4      
Sunday, Dec. 6: Manitoba 4 vs. Rockford 3

Week 11 Schedule
Friday, Dec. 11 at Texas Stars, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 12 at Texas Stars, 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 13 at Houston Aeros, 4:05 p.m.

Bacon Bits:
-Rockford won five straight games (11/27-12/5) in regulation for the first time since joining the American Hockey League

-The last time the team won five straight was a six-game streak from 10/12/08-10/26/08

-The streak in 2008-09 included three shootout wins

-The IceHogs started a different goalie in each of their three games this weekend

-Dan Cloutier started his first professional hockey game in more than 18 months on Sunday, stopping eight of nine shots in a no decision

-Winger Kyle Greentree extended his point streak to seven games on Sunday (5g-4a), the team’s longest of the season and second longest in the league

-Winger Jack Skille’s point streak came to an end at five games (2g-5a) on 12/2/09

-Goalie Alec Richards picked up his second career AHL win on Friday in Grand Rapids

-Both wins were in Grand Rapids, handing the Griffins their second and third home regulation losses of the season

-The line combination of Skille (4g-6a), Greentree (5g-4a) and Bracken Kearns (2g-6a) are responsible for half (11 of 22) of the team’s goals since 11/25/08 and 45 percent of the team’s points (27 of 60) in that time

-The IceHogs set a season high with 83 penalty minutes on Sunday, 54 more than the previous mark

-Defenseman Daryl Boyle is +12 on the season, good enough for seventh among active players in the AHL

-He also needs just one point to match his total from his rookie season in 2008-09

-Before Sunday, the Hogs had not allowed four goals in a regulation game since Nov. 13 vs. Texas

-They also had not allowed three power play goals in a game since Oct. 14 vs. Chicago

Hot Hog Week 10:
Winger Kyle Greentree finished the week with three goals and two assists, extending his active point streak to seven games (11/21/09- ) a week after breaking out of a personal long eight-game point drought.  Greentree is +8 with five goals and four assists during the streak.  The winger recorded the game-winning goal in Rockford’s 4-2 win over Lake Erie on Saturday.


Upcoming Games:
Friday, Dec. 11 at Texas Stars: The game starts at 7:30 p.m. Rockford makes its first ever trip to the Cedar Park Center to face the Texas Stars.  The two clubs will meet four times in suburban Austin and eight times overall this season.

Saturday, Dec. 12 at Texas Stars:
The second of back-to-back games in Cedar Park gets underway at 7:05 p.m. The Rockford IceHogs look to improve their 0-2-1-0 record against the Texas Stars in this weekend set.

Sunday, Dec. 13 at Houston Aeros:
The game will begin at 4:05 p.m. The IceHogs complete their Texas weekend with a trip to the Toyota Center for a Sunday matinee.  It is the first of eight meetings between the two teams.

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 AHL Live!  Visit the IceHogs Web site (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 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.

Hog Talk Tonight At Cousin’s Bar and Grill:
Join WXRX’s Jim Stone from 6-7 p.m. tonight at Cousin’s Bar and Grill as he chats with IceHogs Assistant Coach Ted Dent along with forwards Kyle Greentree and Nate Davis. Cousin’s is located on the corner of East State St. and Perryville in Rockford.  Stop by and take advantage of some great food and Bud Light specials.  If you can’t make it out to Cousin’s, tune into 1330 AM, 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 2009-10 season.  Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Rockford MetroCentre Box Office in downtown Rockford, at Hog Headquarters inside Cherryvale Mall or on the Web at www.metrocentre.com.  Tickets start at just $10.


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