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WEEK 10: HOGS SNAP WINLESS STREAK WITH TWO VICTORIES

12/19/2016 3:20 PM

Article By: Eric Mueller

Bacon Bits:
-The Rockford IceHogs snapped their franchise record-tying nine-game winless streak with a 4-2 victory vs. Manitoba Saturday. The Hogs then downed Chicago, 4-3, in a shootout Sunday for their first set of back-to-back victories since Nov. 16-19.

-Rockford went 0-5-1-3 during its nine-game winless streak to match the all-time record from an 0-9-0 skid during UHL affiliation in 2001.

-Captain Jake Dowell (299 games) is currently tied with Evan Brophey (2007-11) for the IceHogs' franchise record in games played. Dowell, at 299 games, is set to break the record and become Rockford's first 300-game skater this Wednesday (Dec. 21) vs. Chicago.

-Spencer Abbott netted his third shootout goal of the season Sunday and is now tied for second in the AHL in that category.

-Tanner Kero leads all Rockford skaters with 13 points (4G, 9A) in the last 14 games. He is currently tied for the team lead in both goals (6G) and points (18pts) on the season.

-Goaltender Mac Carruth has won back-to-back starts since snapping his personal seven-game winless streak during Saturday's win vs. Manitoba. Carruth has combined for 53 saves over those two victories.

-The IceHogs have fired 30+ shots in seven straight games and currently rank fourth in the AHL in shots per game (32.52 shots/game, 878 total shots).

-Forward Kyle Baun produced his first three-point game of his professional career Sunday, notching a goal, two assists and a +2 plus/minus rating at Chicago. Baun leads the IceHogs with an even plus/minus rating on the season and is +4 over his last five games.

-Sunday’s comeback, shootout victory was the first time since March 18, 2015 that Rockford had won a game after trailing two periods.

Upcoming Games:
Wednesday, December 21 vs. Chicago Wolves: Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. The IceHogs (9-13-2-3) welcome the Chicago Wolves (13-10-3-2) for the sixth Illinois Lottery Cup meeting of the 2016-17 campaign. Rockford trails Chicago in the season series, 2-3, but earned a shootout win on Sunday. The first 1,500 fans to enter the arena will receive an IceHogs Bomber Hat, compliments of Pepsi. It’s also a Winning Weekday presented by Fas Fuel. After every IceHogs home win on a weekday (Monday-Thursday), all fans in attendance can redeem their game ticket for a FREE ticket of equal or lesser value to the next weekday game. Also, one lucky fan in attendance will WIN a $50 gas card courtesy of Fas Fuel. It is also WXRX Dollar Days where fans can take advantage of $2 beers, soft drinks, hot dogs and companion tickets.    

Bud Light Monthly Monday Hog Talk At Vintage 501:
Bud Light Hog Talk’s fourth segment at Vintage 501 will be Jan. 2 from 6-7 p.m. The fourth show will feature two IceHogs players and head coach Ted Dent. Vintage 501 is located in downtown Rockford at 501 E. State St. Fans can join broadcaster Bob Mills and Kevin Peters from 6-7 p.m. on the first Monday of every month throughout the season as the duo chats with IceHogs players, coaches and front office members. For those unable to attend the show in-person, Monday’s show will be streaming live on WXRX.com. “Bud Light Hog Talk” will also be available on www.icehogs.com following the live show. Fans can access the podcast through the “Audio Highlights” link in the “Multimedia” menu.

The IceHogs Broadcasting Network:
Catch every IceHogs game, home and road, in 2016-17 on WIFR’s “Justice Network” on 23.3. The games can also be viewed on Comcast Cable channel 434, Charter Cable channel 194, Dish Network channel 252 or Mediacom 102 in the Rockford market and online through AHLLive.com. Every TV broadcast will start with “IceHogs Warm Up” 30 minutes prior to puck drop. Fans can also listen to the action for free at WXRX.com and sportsfanradio1330.com. A select number of games will be aired on Sports Fan 1330 AM throughout the season. For a complete listing of TV stations carrying IceHogs games, visit IceHogs.com, and for the complete schedule of radio broadcasts, visit sportsfanradio1330.com.

Tickets On Sale for 2016-2017!
IceHogs individual game tickets are now on sale! Call (815) 968-5222 to reserve your seats for any IceHogs regular season game during the 2016-17 season. Tickets can also be purchased online at IceHogs.com, in person at the BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office in downtown Rockford or at any Ticketmaster outlet, including Walmart.