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WEEK 21 REPORT

03/06/2017 2:45 PM

Article By: Eric Mueller

Bacon Bits:
-The IceHogs went winless over three games last week and are now just 2-6-0-0 since snapping a season-high eight-game point streak on Feb. 18. The Hogs have dropped each of their last five games since Feb. 25 and are winless in a season-high four straight home games since Feb. 18.

-Rockford scored three goals in each of its two games against Manitoba last week and has now netted 3+ goals in three of the last four games since Feb. 26. The Hogs rank last in the AHL with 2.4 goals per game on the season, but are averaging 3.5 goals/game over those last four contests (12 total goals).

-The Chicago Blackhawks traded IceHogs forwards Spencer Abbott (Anaheim Ducks), Sam Carrick (Anaheim Ducks) and Mark McNeill (Dallas Stars) prior to last week's NHL trade deadline. The trio ranked as Rockford's top three scorers this season and combined for 97 of the team's 375 total points, with Abbott posting 15g-20a-35pts in 53 games, Carrick at 11g-17a-28pts in 57 games and McNeill 6g-22a-28pts in 58 games.

-Erik Gustafsson has tallied a multi-point effort in three of his last four games, combining for 1g-5a-6pts in that span. Since the beginning of February, Gustafsson leads the team and ranks second in the AHL with 13 assists in 16 games.

-Lars Johansson made 35 saves on Saturday against the Iowa Wild and has now held opponents to two or fewer goals in five of his last six appearances since Feb. 17. Johansson is 2-1-0-0 and ranks third in the league with a 1.48 GAA and .958 save percentage during that stretch.

-Ville Pokka has notched points in five of his last seven games, including three straight contests with a power-play point from Feb. 26 - March 3. Pokka enters the week with each of his five goals on the power play and a team-high 18 total power-play points.

Upcoming Home Games:
The Rockford IceHogs head to Milwaukee for the lone contest this week against the Admirals on Friday, March 10 at UW Panther Arena. Fans are invited to watch the game at the final official Road Watch Party at Savoy Lounge (3929 Broadway #14) on Friday at 7 p.m. The Road Watch Party will feature a segment on Hockey 101 hosted by IceHogs Director of Business Operations and former play-by-play broadcaster Mike Peck.

The IceHogs return home to the BMO Harris Bank Center on Tuesday, March 14 at 7 p.m. to face the Admirals in the ninth season meeting.

Bud Light Monthly Monday Hog Talk At Vintage 501:
Bud Light Hog Talk returns to Vintage 501 on Monday, March 13 from 6-7 p.m. 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. 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 can be purchased by calling (815) 968-5222 to reserve your seats for any regular season home 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.