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03/28/2011 9:54 AM

Article By: Mike Peck

Rockford sweeps four game set, hit the road for three games in Week 26

Week 25 Recap

A four-game winning streak pulled the Rockford IceHogs back to the .500 mark in Week 25, as Rockford knocked off four teams vying for playoff spots in the AHL’s Western Conference. The IceHogs also set a franchise attendance record in Week 25 with two home games remaining on the season slate.

Week 25 Game Recap
Wednesday, Mar. 23: San Antonio Rampage 1 vs. Rockford IceHogs 5
Friday, Mar. 25: Hamilton Bulldogs 3 vs. Rockford IceHogs 4 OT
Saturday, Mar. 26: Milwaukee Admirals 2 vs. Rockford IceHogs 3 OT
Sunday, Mar. 27: Rockford IceHogs 3 at Chicago Wolves 2

Week 26 Schedule
Wednesday, Mar. 30 at Lake Erie, 6 p.m.
Friday., April 1 at Oklahoma City, 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, April 3 at Texas, 5 p.m.

Bacon Bits:

    Rockford won all four games in Week 25, its longest winning streak in 2010-11

    Since a 2-12-2-0 stretch from 1/21/11-2/23/11, the IceHogs are 11-4-1-1 in their last 17 contests since 2/25/11

    The IceHogs are back to .500 (32-32-4-5) for the first time since 1/25/11 (19-19-1-4), a span of 30 games

    Rockford set a franchise attendance record on Saturday as they have drawn 163,927 fans this season with two home games remaining

    The old mark was 159,132 set during the 2009-10

    Winger Evan Brophey set an IceHogs franchise mark by appearing in his 299th career game on Sunday, topping Dan Davies’ record of 298 set during the team’s UHL era

    After dropping their first-four all-time games against Hamilton, Rockford took both games against the Bulldogs in 2010-11

    Rockford tallied three total goals in their first five-contests against Hamilton before scoring four in their 4-3 overtime win over the Bulldogs on Friday

    The IceHogs began a six-game, 12-day road swing on Sunday in Chicago and will embark on a nine-day road trip beginning Tuesday

    Rockford’s road win in Chicago marked the fifth time in nine games this season that the road team won a game in the IceHogs-Wolves season series

    Entering this season, the road team had won just six of the 30 all-time regular season match-ups

    Winger Rob Klinkhammer shows points in six straight games, totaling 2g-4a-6pts

    Klinkhammer is also a +5 in that stretch and now leads Rockford with a plus/minus rating of +11

    Jeff Taffe has recorded points in four straight games, accumulating 2g-3a-5pts with a plus/minus rating of +7

    Defenseman Jassen Cullimore had a four-game point streak snapped on Sunday after accumulating 2g-5a-7pts with a +6 during his hot stretch

    In his 31 games prior to his point streak, Cullimore had two assists and was a -6

Hot Hog: Week 25
Hannu Toivonen    Goalie
Goalie Hannu Toivonen went perfect in Week 25, compiling a 3-0-0-0 record while helping Rockford knock off three teams with playoff aspirations. Toivonen posted a 1.95 goals against average and .949 save percentage. The Finnish puck stopper began the week with a 39 save performance against San Antonio in Rockford’s 5-1 win on Wednesday. On Friday, Toivonen made 28 saves to help the IceHogs over Hamilton in overtime. He then followed that up with his most impressive performance of the week, a 44-save effort in a 3-2 overtime win over the Western Conference leading Milwaukee Admirals.

Upcoming Games:
Wednesday, March 30 at Lake Erie Monsters: Face-off is set for 6 p.m. The IceHogs return to the Quicken Loans Arena for the third and final time this season to take on the Monsters. The game kicks off a nine-day road trip for Rockford that concludes on April 6. The game is the fifth of six overall on season between Rockford and Lake Erie.

Friday, April 1 at Oklahoma City Barons: Game starts at 7:05 p.m. Rockford makes their final stop in Oklahoma City to take on the Barons at the Cox Convention. The game is also the final of six on the campaign between the IceHogs and Barons in 2010-11. Rockford split their first two games in Oklahoma City New Year’s weekend.

Sunday, April 3 at Texas Stars: The puck gets on the ice at 5 p.m. The Hogs final road trip continues in Cedar Park, Texas against the Texas Stars. The contest is the sixth and final on the campaign between the two clubs and Rockford is 2-1-1-1 against Texas this season.

Bud Light Hog Talk Finale Tonight:
Tonight is the final Bud Light Hog Talk of 2010-11 at Swilligan’s Pub located in downtown Rockford at 200 North Church St. Fans can join Mike Peck from 6-7 p.m. as he chats hockey with General Manager of Minor League Affiliations Mark Bernard. Also on the show tonight are forwards Rob Klinkhammer and Kyle Beach. 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.