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WEEK 21 REPORT: HIGHMORE SETS ROOKIE SCORING RECORD

02/26/2018 3:41 PM

Article By: Rockford IceHogs

BACON BITS:
-The Rockford IceHogs split a two-game road trip last week with a 6-3 loss at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday and 4-3 win in overtime at Hershey on Saturday...Rockford has won two of the last three games, but is just 3-7-1-0 over the last 11 contests dating to Jan. 27.

-The Hogs have scored 3+ goals in each of their last three games against San Antonio, WBS and Hershey...Rockford has combined for 11 goals in that span (3.7 goals/game) and is tied for seventh in the AHL with 173 total goals scored this season.

-Rockford has allowed at least one power-play goal in nine of the last 11 games, including four contests with multiple power-play goals...Opponents have combined to score 14 power-play goals in the last 11 games and are 14-for-36 (38.9%) on the man-advantage against the Hogs in that span.

-Matthew Highmore scored his 21st goal of the season during the IceHogs game at the Bears on Saturday...With his tally, Highmore set the IceHogs’ AHL franchise record for rookie goals in a single season...Highmore surpassed Tanner Kero’s previous record of 20 goals from the 2015-16 season, and is Rockford’s first skater to score more than 20 goals in his rookie season during the team’s AHL affiliation (since 2007-08).

-Adam Clendening notched an assist on Saturday at Hershey to tie the franchise’s all-time records for both points and assists for an IceHogs defenseman...Clendening has totaled 134 points and 110 assists in 203 games with Rockford to match the previous all-time marks set by defenseman Brian Connelly...The blueliner leads the Hogs with 11 points (2g, 9a) in 13 games since making his team season debut on Jan. 23.

-Tyler Sikura scored his 16th goal of the season on Friday and now leads the team and ranks third in the AHL with 13 goals over his last 26 games since Dec. 28...In addition and with his goal at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Sikura has now potted 11 of his 16 goals while on the road this season.

UPCOMING GAMES:
Wednesday, Feb. 28  | Texas vs. Rockford (7 p.m.) The IceHogs take on the Stars for a Fas Fuel Winning Weekday game where fans can enjoy discounted hot dogs, select beer and companion tickets. Former Chicago Blackhawks defenseman and Stanley Cup champion Brian Campbell will also be in attendance, and a select number of fans will have the chance to get an autograph.

Friday, March 2 | Rockford  at Milwaukee (7 p.m.) Rockford travels to Van Andel Arena for a road contest against the division-rival Admirals. The Hogs are 2-4-0-1 against Milwaukee through the first seven matchups of the series.

Saturday, March 3 | Wilkes-Barre/Scranton vs. Rockford (6 p.m.) The IceHogs host the Penguins for the first time in franchise history at the BMO Harris Bank Center. Saturday is  Autism Awareness Night, where fans can purchase mystery pucks signed by both Chicago Blackhawks and Rockford IceHogs players. The first 1,500 fans will also receive a free puzzle piece cookie cutter and cookie recipe card, courtesy of the Autism Program of Easterseals.

BUD LIGHT MONTHLY MONDAY HOG TALK AT VINTAGE 501
Bud Light Hog Talk returns to Vintage 501 on Monday, March 4 from 6-7 p.m. Vintage 501 is located in downtown Rockford at 501 E. State St. Fans can join broadcasters Joseph Zakrzewski and Brittany Toolis 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 IceHogs.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. 
 
ICEHOGS BROADCASTING NETWORK
Catch every IceHogs game, home and road, in 2017-18 on WIFR’s Cozi TV 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 sportsfanradio1330.com and IceHogs.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 2017-18!
IceHogs individual game tickets can be purchased by calling (815) 968-5222 to reserve your seats for any regular season home game during the 2017-18 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.