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02/21/2011 10:00 AM

Article By: Mike Peck

Rockford to play two of five contests in Week 21 on home ice

Week 20 Recap
After beginning the week with a win over the Peoria Rivermen, the Rockford IceHogs dropped a pair of tight ones against West Division foes in Week 20. Jeff Taffe remained hot, extending his point streak to a team season-high 10 games. The IceHogs open up their busiest week on Monday, the first of five games slated for Week 21.

Week 20 Results 
Wednesday, Feb. 16: Peoria 1 vs. Rockford 2
Friday, Feb. 18: Chicago 4 vs. Rockford 3  
Saturday, Feb. 19: Houston 5 vs. Rockford 3

Week 21 Schedule
Monday, Feb. 21 vs. Peoria, 2:05 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 23 at Chicago, 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 25 at Peoria, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 26 vs. Milwaukee, 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 27 vs. Houston, 5 p.m.

Bacon Bits:
    Forward Jeff Taffe is riding an IceHogs team season-high 10-game point streak entering Week 21, accumulating 5g-10a-15pts during his streak

    The combination of Taffe, Ryan Potulny and Kyle Beach have combined to score 81.8% (9 of 11) of Rockford’s goals over the teams past five games

    Over the past 11 tilts, the trio has accrued 61.5% (16 of 26) of the IceHogs goals

    Potulny shows points in nine of his last 11 contests, totaling 7g-6a-13pts

    Beach has notched seven points in his last seven games, chipping in 4g-3a

    Rockford had their fourth sellout of the 2010-11 season on Saturday night and the team is averaging 5,115 fans over their past seven home games dating back to Jan. 22

    Monday’s game is the first of five games during Week 21 for the IceHogs, the busiest week of the 2010-11 regular season

    After Monday’s game against Peoria, the IceHogs will play nine of their next 10 games away from home running through March 11

    Defenseman Brian Connelly matched an IceHogs season-low with a -4 in Rockford’s 5-3 loss to Houston on Saturday

    Winger Kyle Hagel has moved into second place on Rockford’s career AHL penalty minutes list with 204 PIMs

Hot Hog: Week 20
Jeff Taffe Left Wing
For the third straight week, winger Jeff Taffe is Rockford’s Player of the Week nomination. The veteran forward chipped in points in all three games during Week 20, extending his team season-high point streak to 10 straight games. He also figured in on 75.0% of Rockford’s goals in Week 20. Taffe began the week with a goal against Peoria on Wednesday in Rockford’s 2-1 win over the Rivermen. Then on Friday, Taffe helped on all three of Rockford’s goals in a 4-3 loss against Chicago. Taffe completed Week 20 with two assists in a 5-3 loss against Houston.

Upcoming Games:

Monday, Feb. 21 vs. Peoria: The puck drops at 2:05 p.m. Rockford opens their busiest week of the 2010-11 regular season with an aftenoon tilt against Peoria on a Kids Day Game at the Rockford MetroCentre. Kids admission is just $5 and Kidcessions will be available including $1 hot dogs and soft drinks. The first 2,500 fans to the game will receive an IceHogs cereal bowl courtesy of General Mills and Q98.5 FM. Plus, don’t forget your skates as Monday is this season’s final Skate With The Hogs following the game.

Wednesday, Feb. 23 at Chicago Wolves: Game starts at 7 p.m. Rockford returns to the Allstate Arena to take on the Wolves for a third time this season. The game is the seventh of 10 overall between the West Division rivals and Rockford will try to earn their second win in Rosemont this season.

Friday, Feb. 24 at Peoria Rivermen: 
The puck gets on the ice at 7:05 p.m. Rockford pays their fifth and final visit to Carver Arena on the season as they take on the Rivermen for an ninth time this season. The game marks the third meeting between the clubs in 11 days.

Saturday, Feb. 25 vs. Milwaukee Admirals: Game time is 7:05 p.m. Rockford returns home for their final home game for 14 days as the Admirals return to the MetroCentre. The IceHogs welcome hockey legend Bobby Hull to the MetroCentre presented by U.S. Cellular. Also on Saturday, the first 2,500 fans will receive an IceHogs jersey bag courtesy of Rockford Orthopedic, WTVO and BOB FM.

Sunday, Feb. 26 at Houston Aeros: Faceoff is 5 p.m. Rockford’s only five-game week of 2010-11 concludes at the Toyota Center in Houston as the IceHogs open up a two game set agaisnt the Aeros. The game is the seventh of eight on the on the campaign between the two clubs and third of four in Houston.

No Bud Light Hog Talk Tonight:
No Bud Light Hog Talk this week at Swilligan’s Pub because of Monday’s game against Peoria. Swillgan’s Pub is located in downtown Rockford at 200 North Church St. and fans can join Mike Peck or Matt Prefontaine as they chat hockey with IceHogs players and coaches. Hog Talk returns on Monday, March 14. Once again this season, all fans that show up at Hog Talk will have an opportunity to sign-up to win some great prizes courtesy of the IceHogs.

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 ( 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 in Rockford can tune in to Channel 57 for all the IceHogs hockey action at the MetroCentre this season. All Saturday home game will also be televised on My Network TV digital subchannel 17.2 along with Comcast and Charter Cable channel 16. The broadcast begins with the U.S. Cellular 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.

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 2010-11 season. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Rockford MetroCentre Box Office in downtown Rockford or on the Web at Tickets start at just $7.