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AUSTISM AWARENESS NIGHT HIGHLIGHTS WEEKEND HOMESTAND

03/03/2016 3:53 PM

Article By: Kristen Wooten

Saturday, March 5, 2016 vs. Lake Erie Monsters

Tickets: SOLD OUT

Time: 7 p.m. at the BMO Harris Bank Center. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Guns n’ Hoses Pregame: The Rockford Area Police Department and the Rockford Fire Department go head-to-head to find out which department reigns supreme on the ice. The game begins at 2 p.m., with doors opening at 1:30 p.m. To attend, patrons must have an IceHogs ticket for the contest later that night. The Blue Flame Grill and merchandise stand located on the concourse will be open during the contest.

Scott Darling Bobblehead Giveaway: The first 2,500 fans will receive a Scott Darling bobblehead courtesy of Vienna Beef. Twelve autographed bobbleheads will be randomly mixed in with all of the other giveaways for a few lucky fans to receive.

Matchup: The IceHogs take on the Lake Erie Monsters for the first game in a back-to-back series. Last weekend the two Central Division rivals faced off twice in Cleveland, with the Monsters winning each by only a single goal, one of which required overtime. The IceHogs look to avenge the losses this weekend. Rockford will also be welcoming forward Matt Fraser, defenseman Jay Harrison, and goaltender Drew MacIntyre, who were all acquired in trades last weekend, to their new home for the first time.

Sunday, March 6, 2016 vs. Lake Erie Monsters

Time: 4 p.m. at the BMO Harris Bank Center. Doors open at 3 p.m.

Autism Awareness Night: The IceHogs players, wives, and girlfriends are taking part in raising awareness for Autism on Sunday. IceHogs players have created baskets filled with some of their favorite items, including hats, clothing, gift cards, food, drinks, signed IceHogs and Blackhawks gear, and more. The baskets will be available for purchase via silent auction on the main concourse. Mystery pucks will also be for sale, one for $15 or two for $25. Each puck will be signed by IceHogs players with signatures of Blackhawks players Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Brent Seabrook, Corey Crawford, Artemi Panarin, and Duncan Keith randomly inserted. Proceeds will benefit The Autism Program of Easter Seals.

Postgame Skate: Following the game with Lake Erie, fans can take the ice at the BMO Harris Bank Center for the last post-game “Skate with the Hogs” this season. The IceHogs players will join fans out on the ice for those who brought skates to the game, while some players will be in the concourse near section 123 to sign autographs for those without skates. Fans must bring their own skates into the game. Skates will not be available for rent. In regards to the new security measures, please note that participants will be allowed to bring in bags to hold their equipment, however, they will still be inspected upon entry.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 vs. Milwaukee Admirals

Time: 7 p.m. at the BMO Harris Bank Center. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Winning Weekday/Dollar Days: If the IceHogs win, all fans in attendance can redeem their game ticket for a free ticket of equal or lesser value to the Tuesday, March 15 game against the Charlotte Checkers. Fans will also be able to enjoy $2 beer, sodas, hot dogs, and companion tickets.

Matchup: The IceHogs face the Admirals for the last time until April 16, the last game of the regular season. Rockford and Milwaukee have been neck-and-neck all season, battling for the top spot in the Central Division. The last time the two squads faced off was on Feb. 24 in Milwaukee in which the IceHogs took home a 6-4 victory that included three-point nights from Vinnie Hinostroza (2g-1a) and Tanner Kero (1g-2a).

Tickets: Tickets for Friday’s game can be purchased at the BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office or any Ticketmaster location, by phone (815 968-5222) or online at www.icehogs.com.

Broadcast: All games are broadcast locally live on WIFR’s Justice Network on 23.3, and online through AHLLive.com. To listen to a free audio broadcast, tune in through WXRX.com or use the IceHogs app. Follow along on Twitter (@goicehogs) for live updates throughout the game.