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02/27/2012 8:38 AM

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Rockford beats division rivals Chicago and Milwaukee

Week 22 Recap:
Winless in their last four contests (0-3-1-0) going into Friday’s game against Chicago, the Rockford IceHogs pulled out three straight victories in Week 22 with goaltender Carter Hutton backstopping the Hogs in all three matchups. Brandon Pirri notched a late third period tally to propel Rockford over the Wolves on Friday while Brandon Bollig scored with less than four minutes left in regulation on Saturday, leading the IceHogs to a come-from-behind shootout win. Hutton and Chicago goalie Eddie Lack kept Sunday’s contest scoreless until Jeremy Morin broke through for the Hogs with just 21.7 seconds left in overtime. Rockford starts Week 23 at home on Wednesday before taking trips to Milwaukee and Peoria this weekend.

Week 22 Results                       
Friday, Feb. 24: Rockford 3 at Chicago 2           
Saturday, Feb. 25: Milwaukee 1 vs. Rockford 2 SO       
Sunday, Feb. 26: Chicago 0 vs. Rockford 1 OT           

Week 23 Schedule
Wednesday, Feb. 29 vs. Abbotsford, 7:05 p.m.
Friday, March 2 at Milwaukee, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 3 at Peoria, 7 p.m.

Bacon Bits:
Rockford is riding their second three-game win streak of the season

The longest winning streak on the campaign is four games, when the team picked up wins from Jan. 16 to Jan. 22

Goaltender Carter Hutton won three games in three nights in Week 22, including his second shutout of the season on Sunday

After Milwaukee’s Jani Lajunen scored at 15:59 in the first period on Saturday, Hutton hasn’t allowed a marker for a stretch of 113:39

The shutout streak is 6:16 shy of Antti Niemi’s IceHogs AHL record for longest shutout stretch and 19:42 behind Michel Robinson’s IceHogs All-time mark

Hutton finished the week stopping 74 of the 77 attempts he faced for a goals against average of 0.95 and a .961 save percentage

Before the weekend, the IceHogs had four come-from-behind wins on the season, all coming on the road

On Saturday, the IceHogs completed their first comeback win at home with a 2-1 shootout win over Milwaukee

Rockford’s penalty kill unit has killed off 35 of 36 penalties over their last seven contests, including their last 19 over a three-game stretch

In their last seven tilts against Chicago, the IceHogs have allowed just one power play goal in Chicago’s 36 man advantage opportunities

In the 12 game series against the Wolves, Rockford killed off 56 of 63 penalties (88.9%)

After giving up just three goals in Week 22, the IceHogs climbed from last in the league for goals against to 27th, allowing 3.25 goals per game

The last time Rockford wasn’t the leader in the AHL for goals allowed was Nov. 11, 2011

IceHogs bench boss Ted Dent coached in his 600th game (assistant/head coach) on Sunday

Hot Hog: Week 22:
Carter Hutton, Goaltender

Rockford’s netminder Carter Hutton engineered his second unblemished week of season during Week 22, helping the IceHogs win all three of their games by allowing just three goals over the weekend. Hutton made 22 saves on Friday, backstopping the IceHogs to a 3-2 win on the road over the Midwest Division rival Chicago Wolves. Then on Saturday, the 26 year old helped Rockford complete a 2-1 come-from-behind shootout victory against Milwaukee by turning away 23 of the 24 chances he faced and stopping all three in the shootout. Following the thrilling win, Hutton came right back the very next night (Sunday) and blanked the Chicago Wolves 1-0 in overtime at the BMO Harris Bank Center. The Thunder Bay, Ontario native blocked all 29 shots faced to earn his second shutout of the season. Hutton went 3-0-0 while stopping 74 of 77 shots in three starts in Week 22, good for a 0.95 goals against average and a .961 save percentage with one shutout. 

Upcoming Games:
Wednesday, Feb. 29 vs. Abbotsford Heat. Game time is 7:05 p.m. It’s another Taco Bell Dollar Day as the IceHogs face off against the Heat for the final time in 2011-12. Fans can take advantage of one dollar beers, hot dogs, soft drinks and companion tickets. The game is the fourth and final one between the two clubs and marks the return of former IceHogs All-Star defenseman Brian Connelly.

Friday, March 2 at Milwaukee Admirals.
The IceHogs and Admirals meet for the seventh of 12 matchups on the campaign and for the third time in Milwaukee. Puck drop is at 7 p.m. Rockford is 4-1-0-1 versus their Midwest Division rivals this season and the home team has won all six games thus far.

Saturday, March 3 at Peoria Rivermen.
Rockford visits another division rival as they faceoff against the Rivermen at 7 p.m. at Carver Arena. It is the 11th of 12 meetings between the clubs in 2011-12 and the final time the Hogs play in Peoria. The IceHogs are 3-6-1-0 versus the Rivermen this season, including 2-2-1-0 in Peoria.

Bud Light Hog Talk Returns To Granite City Tonight:
Bud Light Hog Talk makes its weekly appearance tonight at Granite City Food and Brewery. Stephen Nelson hosts IceHogs Head Coach Ted Dent, defenseman Shawn Lalonde and forward Peter LeBlanc. Granite City is located at 7140 Harrison Ave. next to CherryVale Mall. Fans can join Mike Peck or Stephen Nelson from 6-7 p.m. most Mondays as they chat with IceHogs skaters and coaches. Stop by to take advantage of food and Bud Light specials. If you can't make it to Granite City, tune into 100.5 NTA FM or 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 100.5 NTA FM and 1330 AM WNTA, 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 ( 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 Tickets start at just $7.

llinois Lottery Cup Series Standings
Teams        Record    Points
Peoria        11-6-0-1     23
Chicago     10-7-0-0     20
Rockford    9-12-1-0     19

Rockford vs. Peoria    3-6-1-0
Rockford vs. Chicago    6-6-0-0

Upcoming Illinois Lottery Cup Games:
Mar. 3 at Peoria
Mar. 30 vs. Peoria