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ICEHOGS FACE NEW RIVAL IN WEEK 5

Article By: Kate Munson

photo by Greg Hamil
11/07/2011 11:16 AM - Week 5 Recap:
In their only game of the week, the Rockford IceHogs met the Charlotte Checkers at the BMO Harris Bank Center for the first ever contest between the new divisional foes. But the Checkers outplayed the IceHogs, skating away with the 4-2 victory in the first of eight games between the two squads this season. Week 6 features three games, including a home tilt with Peoria and an alumni game on Saturday.

Week 5 Results       
Sunday, Nov. 6: Charlotte 4 vs. Rockford 2   

Week 6 Schedule
Wednesday, Nov. 9 at Grand Rapids, 11:00 a.m.
Friday, Nov. 11 at Peoria, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 12 vs. Peoria, 7:05 p.m.


Bacon Bits:


Rockford played their first of two one-game weeks in 2011-12 during Week 5

The IceHogs have just one game slated for Week 18

Rockford has dropped four-straight home games and hasn’t won at the BMO Harris Bank Center since opening night on Oct. 8

The IceHogs have allowed 23 goals over their past five games (4.6 goals per game)

During that stretch, Rockford has scored 13 goals and the team has a record of 1-4-0-0

Center Brandon Pirri has points in four-straight games, matching an IceHogs season-high and totaling 1g-4a during his hot stretch

Ben Smith has points in three of his last four games, totaling 2g-2a

Beginning Wednesday, Rockford will play mid-week games on Wednesday five of the next seven weeks through Dec. 21

Defenseman Brian Connelly leads all IceHogs skaters and AHL d-men with 40 shots on goal

Rockford’s penalty kill has allowed seven power-play goals on 24 short-handed situations over their past four games, a penalty kill rate of 70.8%

Through 10 games, Rockford has combined to score 15 goals in the second (seven) and third (eight) periods this season

Rockford has allowed 15 third period goals in 2011-12

Hot Hog: Week 5:

Brandon Pirri Center
Rockford’s second-year center Brandon Pirri tallied a goal on Sunday to extend his point streak to four-straight games, matching an IceHogs season high. During his streak, Pirri has a goal and four assists. On the season, the pivot man has 3g-5a-8pts, tied for second most on the IceHogs.

Upcoming Games:
Wednesady, Nov. 9 at Grand Rapids: The puck gets on the ice at 11 a.m. as the iceHogs travel to Grand Rapids for a morning contest with the Griffins. Wednesday’s tilt will be the second of four matchups between the two teams this season, with Rockford defeating Grand Rapids at the BMO Harris Bank Center on Oct. 8 to open the season.

Friday, Nov. 11 at Peoria: Game time is 7 p.m. at Carver Arena as the Rockford IceHogs travel to Peoria to take on the Rivermen in an Illinois Lottery Cup tilt. It will be Rockford’s third game in Peoria on the season and fourth overall against the Rivermen. Rockford holds a 2-1-0-0 advantage so far in the 12-game season series.

Saturday, Nov. 12 vs. Peoria: The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. for another Illinois Lottery Cup tilt with the Peoria Rivermen. Saturday is also Heritage Night at the BMO Harris Bank Center. Prior to the IceHogs contest, an alumni game will pit IceHogs Alumni against Blackhawks Alumni at 4 p.m. Special throwback jerseys will be worn by the current IceHogs and alumni and
auctioned off following the game.

Bud Light Hog Talk Makes A Comeback:
Bud Light Hog Talk returns to Granite City Food and Brewery for its weekly appearance at 6 p.m. tonight. Granite City is located at 7140 Harrison Ave. next to CherryVale Mall. Fans can join Mike Peck from 6-7 p.m. as he chats with IceHogs players, coaches and front office members. Tonight, Peck will be joined by IceHogs Head Coach Ted Dent and forwards Ben Smith and Andrew Shaw. Take advantage of food and Bud Light specials. If you can't make it to Granite City, tune into 1330 AM WNTA.

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 website (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 in Rockford can tune in to Channel 57 for all the IceHogs hockey action at the BMO Harris Bank Center this season. All Saturday home games 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 2011-12 season. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office in downtown Rockford or on the Web at www.theBMOHarrisBankCenter.com.  Tickets start at just $7.

Illinois Lottery Cup Series Standings

Teams      Record    Points
Chicago     1-1-0-0    2
Peoria        1-1-0-0    2
Rockford    1-2-0-0    2

Rockford vs. Peoria       2-1-0-0
Rockford vs. Chicago    0-2-0-0

Rockford Next Illinois Lottery Cup Game:
Nov. 11 at Peoria