Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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WEEK 1 RECAP: HARTMAN NETS A PAIR ON OPENING NIGHT

By: Mike Peck
WEEK 1 RECAP
Rockford hits the road for three games in Week 2                           
           
Week 1 Recap: 
The 16th season of professional hockey is underway in Rockford as the IceHogs kicked off the 2014-15 campaign at the BMO Harris Bank Center on Saturday. Rookie winger Ryan Hartman bagged two goals, but Rockford couldn’t overcome Milwaukee, dropping a 3-2 decision. The IceHogs now hit the road for a season-long eight-day, four-game road trip the starts on Thursday in Adirondack against the Flames.

Week 1 Results   
Saturday, Oct. 11 Milwaukee 3 vs. Rockford 2                     
Week 2 Schedule
Thursday, Oct. 16 at Adirondack, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 18: at Hamilton, 6 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 19: at Toronto 2 p.m.

Bacon Bits:
     Rookie forward Ryan Hartman marked a two-goal game on Opening Night, the second straight two-goal performance for the winger dating back to last season's final contest

    His Opening Night two-goal performance is the first by an IceHogs skater since Petri Kontiola did it on 2008-09 against the Quad City Flames

    Hartman has now played 10 pro games, all with Rockford, and has accumulated 5g-4a-9pts in those contests

    Center Joakim Nordstrom was tagged for 17 minutes of penalty time on Saturday
   
    Last season, in 58 games with Rockford, Nordstrom was assessed 21 PIMs
   
    Rockford has dropped six straight games against Milwaukee after Saturday's 3-2 loss dating back to 3/7/14

    The IceHogs have lost three-straight season openers and are now 2-4-1-1 on opening night in the AHL era

    After opening the season at home, Rockford will embark on a season-long, eight day, four-game road trip

    The first stop on the road trip is Glens Falls, NY for Rockford's first ever AHL meeting with the Adirondack Flames

    Rockford's last stop in Adirondack was on 3/10/06 when both teams were members of the now defunct United Hockey League, a 4-2 win

    Eight of the next 11 games for Rockford will come on the road

Hot Hog: Week 1
Right Wing      Ryan Hartman
Beginning his first full professional season, rookie winger Ryan Hartman accounted for both of Rockford's goals in a season opening 3-2 loss to the Milwaukee Admirals. Hartman gave Rockford a 1-0 first period lead before tying the contest late in the second frame with his second marker of the game. The two-goal output is the second of his young pro career as Hartman tallied twice in the season finale last April.

Upcoming Games:
Thursday, Oct. 16 at Adirondack Flames: Game time is 6 p.m. Rockford heads east for their longest road trip of the season,a eight-day, four-game set that begins with a date with the Adirondack Flames, the new affiliates of Calgary (NHL). Thursday is the first of four meetings between the IceHogs and Flames, with the other three all coming in March/

Saturday, Oct. 17 at Hamilton Bulldogs: Face off is set for 6 p.m. The IceHogs make their annual visit to Hamilton to take on the Bulldogs at the FirstOntario Centre. Rockford is 1-4-1-0 all-time in Hamilton and Saturday’s matchup is the first of two on the campaign between the clubs.

Sunday, Oct. 18 at Toronto Marlies: 
Puck drop is 2 p.m. The back-end of Rockford’s Ontario swing concludes at the Ricoh Coliseum against the Marlies. The contest is the first of two in 2014-15 between Rockford and Toronto, including the lone meeting in Toronto.

Bud Light Hog Talk Season Premiere Monday At Mulligan’s and Grill:
Bud Light Hog Talk premieres on Monday, Oct. 13 at Mulligan’s Pub and Grill from 6-7 p.m. Mulligan’s is located on North Main St. Fans can join Mike Peck or TJ Hogan from 6-7 p.m. most Mondays as they chats with IceHogs players, coaches and front office members. This week’s guests include IceHogs goalie Scott Darling and head coach Ted Dent. Take advantage of food and Bud Light specials at Mulligan’s. The show will be re-aired on Tuesdays from 7-8 p.m. on WIFR’s 23.2 “Antenna TV.”

The IceHogs Broadcasting Network:

Catch every IceHogs game, home and road, in 2014-15 on WIFR’s 23.2, “Antenna TV.” The games can also be viewed on Comcast Cable channel 436, Charter Cable channel 193 or Mediacom 101 in the Rockford market and online through AHLlive.com. Fans can listen to the action for free on AHLlive.com. For a complete listing of TV stations carrying IceHogs games, visit IceHogs.com. Every broadcast will start with the IceHogs Warmup 30 minutes prior to puck drop.

Tickets On Sale for 2014-2015!
IceHogs individual game tickets are now on sale! Call (815) 968-5222 to reserve your seats for any IceHogs regular season game during the 2014-15 season. Tickets can also be purchased online at IceHogs.com, in person at the BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office in downtown Rockford, or any Ticketmaster outlet, includating Wal-Mart.

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BLACKHAWKS SEND MASHINTER TO ROCKFORD

By: Nate Haeni
Photo by Todd Reicher
Chicago, Ill. - The Chicago Blackhawks announced today they have activated forward Brandon Mashinter (MASH-ihn-tuhr) from Injured Reserve and assigned him to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

Mashinter, 26, racked up 14 goals, 14 assists and 79 penalty minutes in 47 games for the IceHogs last season. He was also named Rockford’s Heavy Hitter in 2013-14.

The Bradford, Ontario native was acquired by the Blackhawks from the New York Rangers on Dec. 6. Mashinter appeared in six NHL games with the Rangers and chipped in eight points (1g-7a) in 11 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack before the trade.

Next Home Game: Saturday, Oct. 25 vs. Chicago Wolves, Puck drop is 7 p.m. The IceHogs will kick off the next installment of the Illinois Lottery Cup when the Wolves visit the BMO Harris Bank Center. The first 5,000 fans through the gate will leave with an IceHogs magnetic schedule courtesy of T6 Broadband.

ROCKFORD DROPS OPENER TO MILWAUKEE

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10/11/2014 9:00 AM

Photo by Greg Hamil
Rockford, Ill. – A new season brought a familiar result for the Rockford IceHogs (0-1-0-0), at least against their divisional rivals to the west. The IceHogs fell to the Milwaukee Admirals (2-0-0-0) 3-2 on Saturday night at the BMO Harris Bank Center to open the 2014-15 season. 
Milwaukee picked up their sixth-straight victory over the IceHogs dating back to the 2013-14 season, and their third-consecutive in Rockford. The IceHogs last victory over the Admirals came back on Feb. 22 during a 4-1 triumph in Rockford. 

In a fast-paced, wide-open affair that was tied at two entering the third period, the Admirals picked up the game-winning goal thanks to a costly turnover behind the Rockford cage. Center Frederick Gaudreau won a puck battle below the goal line and found Joe Pendenza right off of the left post, who beat IceHogs goaltender Michael Leighton over the shoulder, giving the visitors the lead which would hold for the rest of the contest. 

While Rockford was unable to find the equalizer down the stretch, it was not for a lack of quality chances. The IceHogs, despite a 31-23 edge in shots and an even greater advantage in zone time, could not solve Milwaukee netminder Marek Mazanec late, who picked up his second win of the season thanks to a 29-save effort. Mazanec saved his best stop for last, as he robbed IceHogs forward Garret Ross on the doorstep with under a minute remaining as Rockford was pressing with the extra attacker. 

The IceHogs struck first when they tacked an exclamation point on what was a fast-paced opening 20 minutes. Forward Ryan Hartman scored the first goal of the game and the season for the IceHogs at the 18:33 mark of the first period, on a play that started 180 feet from the Milwaukee net. 

A diving poke check by Adam Clendening negated a Milwaukee breakaway and sent the IceHogs the other way in transition. Rockford didn’t waste the opportunity, as a driving Hartman found a Matt Carey rebound and knocked it home for the 1-0 lead. 

Milwaukee answered the IceHogs late tally in the first period with a quick one of the their own in the opening minute of the second. Mark Van Guilder won an offensive draw clean and set up Austin Watson, who snapped his second of the season past Leighton to tie the game at one.

Tensions began to mount between the two teams in middle frame as contest took on a more physical tone, highlighted by a spirited scrap between Milwaukee’s Triston Grant and the Hogs’ Joakim Nordstrom, who responded to a hit Grant dished to defenseman T.J. Brennan. 

The Admirals’ physical play gave them the lead when Van Guilder fought his way to the front of the Rockford net, cashing in on a loose rebound in front of Leighton at 5:59 of the second. 

Milwaukee’s lead would last just over 10 minutes before the IceHogs evened things up on Hartman’s second of the contest. The West Dundee, Ill. native fired a seeing-eye shot from the above the right circle which beat Mazanec to the far side. 

Leighton takes the loss in his IceHogs debut, stopping 20 of 23. Both goaltenders had to be sharp, as the game’s freewheeling pace resulted in several odd-man opportunities for both sides.

Both squads also came up empty with the extra man, as the IceHogs and Admirals each finished 0-for-5 on the power play. Rockford was able to mount plenty of pressure with the man advantage, but a few timely saves by Mazanek and Milwaukee’s team effort blocking shots kept them off the board.

The IceHogs will look to rebound as they embark on a season-long road trip. Rockford will play their first of four away from the BMO on Thursday, Oct. 16 when they visit Glens Falls, New York to take on the Adirondack Flames. The puck is scheduled to drop at 6 p.m. at the Glens Falls Civic Center. 

Next Home Game: Saturday, Oct. 25 vs. Chicago Wolves, Puck drop is 7 p.m. The IceHogs will kick off the next installment of the Illinois Lottery Cup when the Wolves visit the BMO Harris Bank Center. The first 5,000 fans through the gate will leave with an IceHogs magnetic schedule courtesy of T6 Broadband.  

Friday, October 10, 2014

ICEHOGS ANNOUNCE OPENING NIGHT ROSTER

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By: Nate Haeni
Photo by Jim Orlando
10/10/2014 8:52 AM -Rockford, Ill. - The Rockford IceHogs, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks, begin their 16th season of professional hockey on Saturday and the team has announced its roster for Opening Night.

The IceHogs club will consist of 24 players, including 14 forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders, when they begin the 2014-15 season against the Milwaukee Admirals on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the BMO Harris Bank Center.

The roster features 13 skaters that suited up for the IceHogs last season, including the team’s top scorer in defenseman Adam Clendening, Rookie of the Year Garret Ross, and Klas Dahlbeck, who was named a co-Best Defenseman along with Clendening.

The complete opening night roster for the IceHogs is listed below:

FORWARDS
16Cody Bass28Mark McNeill
25Alex Broadhurst23Joakim Nordstrom
27Matt Carey12Dennis Rasmussen
18Phillip Danault11Peter Regin
24Ryan Hartman26Garret Ross
22Pierre-Cedric Labrie38Ryan Schnell
14Drew LeBlanc21Teuvo Teravainen
DEFENSEMEN
7TJ Brennan4Stephen Johns
2Adam Clendening3Zach Miskovic
10Klas Dahlbeck29Ville Pokka
9Dillon Fournier8Viktor Svedberg
GOALTENDERS
30Scott Darling49Mike Leighton

Tickets for Rockford’s opening night at the BMO are still available and can be purchased at the BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office, online at IceHogs.com, or by calling (815) 968-5222.

The first 5,000 fans into the building on Saturday will receive a 2014-15 IceHogs Calendar, compliments of Stateline Staffing Services.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

ICEHOGS ANNOUNCE 2014-15 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE


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ICEHOGS ANNOUNCE 2014-15 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE

By: Mike Peck
Hogs open home slate on Oct. 11 against Milwaukee

Rockford, Ill.- The Rockford IceHogs, in conjunction with the American Hockey League, announced the club’s 2014-15 regular season schedule.  The IceHogs are entering their 16th season of professional hockey in Rockford, including eighth in the AHL as the primary affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Rockford’s 76-game slate begins on Saturday, Oct. 11 at the BMO Harris Bank Center against the Milwaukee Admirals at 7 p.m. The IceHogs close the regular season with three straight home contests, including the season finale on Saturday, April 18 against the Toronto Marlies.

In honor of the IceHogs 16th season of professional hockey in Rockford, fans can purchase tickets for any 2014-15 regular season home game at 16% off only on Thursday, Aug. 28. To take advantage of this special presale on IceHogs tickets, call (815) 847-6399 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

All individual game tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 9 a.m.

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