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ROCKFORD FALLS IN THIRD STRAIGHT

Article By: Mike Peck

Photo by Greg Hamil
11/05/2008 1:10 PM -

Hogs travel to Peoria for first of 10 meetings

Peoria, Ill.- The Rockford IceHogs fell to the Peoria Rivermen 3-1 in the first of three on the road on Wednesday at the Carver Arena. 

It is the third straight loss for the 7-4-0-0 team.

Peoria's Trent Whitfield scored the game winner
at 11:04 in the third period on a power play with helpers from Nicholas Drazenovic and Steve Reiger.

Then Reiger tacked on an empty-net goal at 19:45 in the third to seal the deal with a helper from Chris Porter

After a scoreless first frame, defenseman Jonas Junland scored his first goal in North America at
8:49 in the second period on the power play. Junland redirected a shot by Jeff Woywitka past Corey Crawford to take a 1-0 lead.

But then Bryan Bickell powerd a shot past Marek Schwarz at 12:29 to tie the score at one.  Jake Dowell and Evan Brophey recorded the assists.

The IceHogs finished 0-for-7 and after taking the lead in the American Hockey League in power play goals, have gone 1-for-18 over the last three games.  The Rivermen were 2-for-4 on the man advantage.

Schwarz took the win with 34 saves.  Crawford had 33 staves in another strong performance.

Next Home Game:  Wednesday, Nov. 12 vs. Milwaukee Admirals at 7:05 p.m. The Rockford IceHogs return home from a mini-road trip after a set of games in Norfolk, Virginia.  The IceHogs will be giving away three pairs of Chicago Blackhawks tickets and five pairs of penthouse suite tickets to see the Hawks inside the United Center.  Also, all students who show their student ID at the door can purchase the best available seat for just $10  up to an hour before the game.