Tuesday, December 22, 2015

6-2 LOSS TO MILWAUKEE SENDS HOGS TO HOLIDAY BREAK

By: Nate Haeni Photo by Greg Hamil

Rockford, Ill. – Less than 72 hours after the Rockford IceHogs went into Milwaukee to dispose of the Admirals 6-2, the Ads returned the favor on Rockford’s home ice on Monday night at the BMO Harris Bank Center.

Milwaukee’s Max Reinhart led the Admirals high-powered attack as he finished the night with a hat trick and a +4 plus/minus rating, while Adam Payerl and Jimmy Oligny each finished with two assists.

In a penalty-filled first period, Milwaukee used an early power play to get things started after Ryan Hartman picked up a five-minute major for an illegal check to the head. Max Gortz launched a shot at the IceHogs cage that Mark Visentin blocked down but Frederick Gaudreau was on the doorstep to tap in the rebound at 4:35.

The IceHogs were able to close out the rest of the major penalty and the remainder of the opening period with the limited damage, only trailing by a goal.

Just before the first period expired, the IceHogs nearly matched Milwaukee’s early tally to go into the first intermission knotted at one. The line combination of Mark McNeill, Vince Hinostroza, and Garret Ross kept the puck pinned deep in the Admirals end with McNeill and Hinostroza each getting a bid on Marek Mazanec. The Milwaukee goaltender held strong, however, and held the visitor's advantage at 1-0.

The Admirals broke the game open in the second period, striking on three separate occasions to take control of the contest.

Forward Matt White helped double the Admirals lead when he threw a puck at the IceHogs net from the right faceoff circle. With Reinhart positioned out front, the puck deflected off his body and to the back of the net to make the score 2-0 at 10:46.

Milwaukee bumped the lead up to 3-0 as Zac Larraza potted his second goal of the season at 13:58 of the second period. The Admirals raced into the IceHogs zone on an odd-man rush and Felix Girard found Larraza streaking down the middle of the ice. The goal chased Visentin as Michael Leighton was inserted between the pipes for Rockford.

The IceHogs nearly broke through again as Daniel Paille cranked a shot that ricocheted off the Milwaukee cage with 2:56 left in the second. Right after the near-miss, Milwaukee countered and Taylor Aronson upped the ante to 4-0 with his third of the year. 

Looking to erase a huge deficit to begin the final frame, the IceHogs looked to their leading scorer and hottest offensive weapon in Jeremy Morin. Garret Ross grabbed a loose puck behind the net before chipping it out for Morin to bury and get the IceHogs on on the board 1:59 into the third. Morin matched a team season-best four-game goal scoring streak with the tally and extended his point streak to five-games (4g-3a).

The IceHogs used the early goal in the third to start to swing the momentum. A big scramble in front of the Admirals cage almost led to Rockford’s second goal but somehow Mazanec kept the puck from crossing the line. Reinhart dug out the loose puck and raced the other way with Pontus Aberg on a two-on-zero breakaway. The two exchanged passes before Leighton denied an Aberg attempt from point blank to keep the Ads advantage at 4-1.

Leighton came up big again to keep Rockford alive with time winding down. With 42 seconds left on an Admirals power play, Leighton stopped Oligny as he slipped behind the defense with a big glove save.

Rockford fed off the big stops by Leighton and trimmed the lead to 4-2 with 6:31 to go in the game. Vince Hinostroza scored his second goal in as many games against the Admirals while the IceHogs were down a man. The shorthanded strike marked the fourth-straight game in which Rockford was able to score shorthanded.

Riding the momentum and running out of time, Ted Dent pulled his goaltender in favor of an extra attacker while on a power play. Milwaukee ended any chance of a comeback bid as Reinhart found the empty net for his second marker of the game with 3:14 remaining. Less than 30 seconds later, Reinhart sealed the game at 6-2 and completed his hat trick.

Mazanec was stellar all night in net for the Admirals, stopping 37 of the 39 chances he faced.

The IceHogs power play finished 0-for-6 while the Admirals converted on one of their five attempts. 

Next Home Game: Saturday, Dec. 26 vs. Milwaukee Admirals at 7 p.m. The IceHogs welcome the Admirals back to the BMO Harris Bank Center after four nights off for the holiday break. 

WEEK 11 RECAP: HOGS SPLIT A PAIR WITH DIVISION RIVALS ON THE ROAD

By: Nate Haeni Photo courtesy of the Milwaukee Admirals

Week 11 Results:
Friday, December 18: Rockford 6 at Milwaukee 2
Saturday, December 19: Rockford 3 at Chicago 4 OT

Week 12 Schedule:
Monday, December 21 vs. Milwaukee, 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 26 vs. Milwaukee, 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 27 at Iowa, 5 p.m.

Week 11 Recap: 
In the midst of a stretch of seeing opponents from within the division over an 11-game span, the IceHogs disposed of the Admirals on Friday in Milwaukee before seeing their five-game road winning streak end in Chicago on Saturday. The IceHogs were able to earn one point at the Allstate on Saturday to carry on a six-game road unbeaten streak. The Central Division-leading IceHogs return home to the BMO Harris Bank Center for two tilts with the second place Admirals split up by a brief holiday break.

Bacon Bits:
-Rockford pushed their road winning streak to five games on Friday with a 6-2 win over the Milwaukee Admirals (Dec. 2 – Dec. 18)
-Twice this season the IceHogs have won five-straight games on the road, with the other coming Oct. 24 – Nov. 14
-Despite a 4-3 loss in overtime at Chicago Saturday, the IceHogs are now on a season-long six-game point streak on the road (5-0-1-0)
-Saturday’s contest against the Wolves saw the IceHogs accumulate the most penalty minutes in a game this season with 95 PIM
-The 132 combined penalty minutes also was the highest combined total of the year for Rockford
-Rockford and Chicago combined for 102 PIM in their previous outing on November 27, which at the time was the highest combined total, most PIM by an opponent (72) and most PIM by the IceHogs (30) in 2015-16
-Forward Jake Dowell had his seven game point streak (4g-7a) snapped on Saturday which is the longest for any skater this season.
-Jeremy Morin has earned at least a point in four-straight games, and has scored a goal in three-straight contests
-Rockford saw two players return from injury last week, as Mark McNeill came back after missing 11 games and Ryan Haggerty stepped back in after missing 20 games
-Erik Gustafsson’s shorthanded goal Saturday marked the third-straight game that the IceHogs have knocked home a goal when short one skater
-Jeremy Morin and Mark McNeill scored the other two shorthanded goals during the stretch
-The IceHogs are now tied for third in the AHL with six shorthanded strikes this season
-Rockford pushed their record on Friday night games to 9-0-0-1 this season with their 6-2 win over Milwaukee
-However, Saturdays have been more of a struggle for the Hogs, who are 2-4-2-0 on Saturday
-Forward Vince Hinostroza scored his first professional goal on Friday
-Hinostroza’s first goal came just nine seconds after he assisted on P.C. Labrie’s first goal of the night
-The goal from Labrie was the 150th point in his professional career
-Twice last week, the IceHogs scored a goal nine seconds after a previous strike.
-On Friday, Labrie scored at 5:55 of the second and Hinostroza scored at 6:04, while on Saturday Jordan Caron of Chicago tallied at 9:20 of the first with Jeremy Morin equalizing the score at 9:29.
-Chicago’s overtime goal on Saturday was the first time this season that Rockford has been involved in a game with a 3-on-3 goal
 -The IceHogs have won twice in overtime, but scored on 4-on-3 power plays on both occasions (Nov. 22 vs. LE and Dec. 2 at TEX)
-Milwaukee earned an OT win over Rockford on Nov. 7, but scored on a 4-on-3 power play as well

Hot Hog: Week 11
Jeremy Morin    Left Wing (2GP, 2G, 2A, 4PTS, +2)

Back-to-back multi-point games vaulted Rockford’s all-time goal scoring leader, Jeremy Morin, into the team-lead for points this season. On Friday, Morin helped set up a power-play goal in the second period, which stood as the game-winner, before recording a goal of his own late in the third period. The six-year pro followed it up by helping the IceHogs earn a point on Saturday at Allstate Arena. Morin matched Chicago’s opening goal in the first period before assisting on Erik Gustafsson’s tally that forced overtime. Morin has notched points (3g-5a) in six of the IceHogs seven games during December and has scored goals in three straight.

Upcoming Games:
Monday, December 21 vs. Milwaukee Admirals: Game starts at 7 p.m. The IceHogs and Admirals square off in a border battle at the BMO. The first 2,500 fans through the turnstiles will receive a Teuvo Teravainen Bobblehead thanks to Dental Dimensions. It’s also another “Winning Weekday.” Every time the IceHogs win at home on a weekday, each fan in attendance will receive a free ticket to the next weekday game. Fans can also enjoy $2 beers, sodas, hot dogs, and companion tickets.

Saturday, December 26 vs. MIlwaukee Admirals: Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. After a brief holiday break, the IceHogs host the Admirals for the second straight game. Rockford and Milwaukee currently sit atop the Central Division standings.

Sunday, December 27 at Iowa Wild: Puck drop is scheduled for 5 p.m. Rockford carries their six-game road point streak to Des Moines for a matchup with the Wild. The contest is the seventh between Rockford and Iowa in the season series.

Bud Light Monthly Monday Hog Talk At Vintage 501:
Bud Light Hog Talk returns on Monday, December 28 at Vintage 501 from 6-7 p.m. Vintage 501 is located in downtown Rockford at 501 E. State St. Fans can join Bob Mills or Kyle Stuetzel from 6-7 p.m. on the last Monday of every month throughout the season. The guests for the show are Tanner Kero, Dennis Robertson and Ted Dent. Take advantage of food and Bud Light specials at Vintage 501. The show will be re-aired on Tuesdays on WIFR’s “Justice Network” on 23.3 from 6-7 p.m.

The IceHogs Broadcasting Network:
Catch every IceHogs game, home and road, in 2015-16 on WIFR’s “Justice Network” on 23.3. The games can also be viewed on Comcast Cable channel 434, Charter Cable channel 194 or Mediacom 102 in the Rockford market and online through AHLLive.com. Every broadcast on WIFR will start with “IceHogs Warm Up” 30 minutes prior to puck drop. Fans can also listen to the action for free at WXRX.com. For a complete listing of TV stations carrying IceHogs games, visit IceHogs.com.

Tickets On Sale for 2015-2016!
IceHogs individual game tickets are now on sale! Call (815) 968-5222 to reserve your seats for any IceHogs regular season game during the 2015-16 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, including Walmart. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

By: Alec Lessner Photo by Todd Reicher

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Week 5 Recap:

Entering the week on a six-game point streak, the Rockford IceHogs earned their third-straight win on Friday at Grand Rapids before falling in overtime at home against Milwaukee on Saturday. The IceHogs eight-game unbeaten stretch (6-0-1-1) is the longest since Rockford piled eight-straight wins together from 10/25/14 to 11/8/14 last season. Rockford has yet to lose in regulation to a divisional opponent, as each of their last eight games has come against a Central Division team.

Week 5 Results:

Friday, November 6: Rockford 4 at Grand Rapids 1
Saturday, November 7: Rockford 2 vs. Milwaukee 3 (OT)

Week 6 Schedule:


Friday, November 13 at Iowa, 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 14 at Iowa, 7 p.m.

Bacon Bits:

-Since starting the season 1-3-0-0, the IceHogs have won six of their last eight contests and are currently riding an eight-game unbeaten streak (6-0-1-1)
-The eight-game unbeaten streak is the longest since the IceHogs piled eight-straight wins together from 10/25/14 to 11/8/14 last season
-Michael Leighton is unbeaten in regulation over his last six starts with a 1.49 goals against average and .946 save percentage
-Leighton has won three of his four road starts this season, allowing only five goals in his victories
-The goaltender notched his 199th career AHL win with his victory over Grand Rapids on Friday
-Going into this weekend’s two road games, Rockford holds a 4-0-0-1 record away from the BMO Harris Bank Center
-The IceHogs have been shorthanded (62) more than any other team in the AHL through their first 12 games
-Ryan Hartman has earned a point in five-straight games (5g-2a), dating back to Oct. 23 when he scored a goal against Chicago at home
-The right winger spent two games with the Chicago Blackhawks after scoring goals in three consecutive games and continued his point streak with a goal in the win over Grand Rapids and an assist in the overtime loss to Milwaukee
-Hartman’s point streak is the longest by any player on the team this season
-Pierre-Cedric Labrie scored the second shorthanded goal of the season for the IceHogs on Friday
-Nolan Valleau scored his first professional goal on Friday against Grand Rapids
-In Friday’s match with the Griffins, Bryan Bickell scored in his first game back with Rockford since reassignment
-The goal was Bickell’s first AHL tally since April 6, 2010 when he found the back of the net against the Houston Aeros
-Kyle Cumiskey made his season debut on Friday, recording an assist
-The Milwaukee Admirals snapped a streak of 17 consecutive power plays killed when they earned two goals on the man advantage against Rockford on Saturday
-The overtime loss to Milwaukee was the first overtime decision for the IceHogs this season, as the two other contests that went to extra time each were decided by a shootout
-Brandon Mashinter scored his 100th career AHL goal on Saturday

Hot Hog: Week 5

Ville Pokka    Defenseman (2GP, 1G, 2A, 3PTS, 4PIM)


Blueliner Ville Pokka has been a force for the IceHogs, especially over the course of the last few games. The team assist leader (6) amassed three points on the weekend (1g-2a) and forced overtime against Milwaukee with a timely goal 8:50 into the third period. The goal was his first of the season, and he also provided the primary assist on Bryan Bickell’s power play goal that sealed Rockford’s win over the Griffins on Friday.

Upcoming Games:

Friday, November 13 at Iowa Wild: Game starts at 7 p.m. The IceHogs take on their division rival in Iowa for the second time this season. Rockford has won all three games they have played against their Central Division opponent, shutting the Wild out in each of the last two meetings.

Saturday, November 14 at Iowa Wild: Face-off is at 7 p.m. The IceHogs play the Wild for the second time in as many nights.

Bud Light Monthly Monday Hog Talk At Vintage 501:

Bud Light Hog Talk returns on Monday, November 30 at Vintage 501 from 6-7 p.m. Vintage 501 is located in downtown Rockford at 501 E. State St. Fans can join Bob Mills or Kyle Stuetzel from 6-7 p.m. on the last Monday of every month throughout the season as they chat with IceHogs players, coaches, and front office members. Take advantage of food and Bud Light specials at Vintage 501. The show will be re-aired on Tuesdays on WIFR’s “Justice Network” on 23.3 from 6-7 p.m.

The IceHogs Broadcasting Network:

Catch every IceHogs game, home and road, in 2015-16 on WIFR’s “Justice Network” on 23.3. The games can also be viewed on Comcast Cable channel 434, Charter Cable channel 194 or Mediacom 102 in the Rockford market and online through AHLLive.com. Every broadcast on WIFR will start with "IceHogs Warm Up" 30 minutes prior to puck drop. Fans can also listen to the action for free at WXRX.com. For a complete listing of TV stations carrying IceHogs games, visit IceHogs.com.

Tickets on Sale for 2015-16!

IceHogs individual game tickets are now on sale! Call (815) 968-5222 to reserve your seats for any IceHogs regular season game during the 2015-16 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, including Walmart.

Friday, November 6, 2015

MUSTACHES RETURN, ICEHOGS ATTEMPT TO BREAK WORLD RECORD


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Once again, several Rockford IceHogs players and staff members are ditching the razors and growing mustaches this month in an effort to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer in partnership with Brovember Inc., a local men’s health organization.

The highlight of the month-long initiative will come on Friday, Nov. 27 with a Guinness World Record attempt at the BMO Harris Bank Center. After falling just short last season, the IceHogs and Brovember Inc. will once again attempt to break the record for most beards and mustaches in one place at the that night’s game against the Chicago Wolves at 7 p.m.

Following the conclusion of the game, all fans sporting facial hair will be invited onto the ice for a group photo in hopes of breaking the world record. Participants in the record-breaking attempt will have the opportunity to download a photo of the hairy horde from the IceHogs website at a later date, and - if a new record is set – will receive a code which they can use toward getting their own certificate commemorating their part in setting a new Guinness World Record.

Throughout the month of November, fans can show their support by making a monetary donation at the BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office. Each person to donate will receive a “Go-Bro Card” which will be proudly displayed at the arena.

Also as part of the Brovember festivities, the IceHogs will sport special ugly Christmas sweater themed jerseys on Friday, Nov. 27. Following Friday’s game, a select number of the specialty sweaters will be auctioned off with the proceeds benefitting the University of Illinois College of Medicine and prostate cancer research.

Fans can choose to participate in the movement by showing off their own facial hair growth throughout the month on social media, using the hashtag #Hogstache. The IceHogs social media outlets will give updates on the IceHogs players’ participation in Brovember.

Tickets for the Nov. 27 game, or any upcoming IceHogs home game, are available in person at the BMO Harris Bank Center box office, at any Ticketmaster location including Walmart, or by phone at 815-968-5222 or by visiting icehogs.com.

About Brovember Inc: Brovember Inc. is a non-profit organization based in the Rockford area which is dedicated to promoting and raising money for men’s cancer awareness. Starting with their first-annual Brovember Beard-A-Thon in 2012, the organization has used the popularity of trends like No-Shave November and Movember to bring attention to men’s prostate cancer. For more information, visit brovembercentral.com.

Photo by Dan Anelli 

BLACKHAWKS REASSIGN HARTMAN

By: Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Todd Reicher

11/05/2015 9:58 AM
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Chicago, Ill. - The Chicago Blackhawks announced today they have reassigned forward Ryan Hartman to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

Hartman, a West Dundee, Ill., native, has recorded one assist in three games with Chicago and five points (3G, 2A) over eight games with Rockford this season. The 21-year-old has notched one assist and two penalty minutes over eight career National Hockey League games since he made his debut with Chicago last season. He has totaled 49 points (19G, 30A) through 86 career AHL games over the past three seasons, all with Rockford. Hartman was the Blackhawks’ first-round pick (30th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.

Next Home Game: Saturday, Nov. 7 vs. Milwaukee Admirals at 7 p.m.: The IceHogs will pay tribute to all armed service personnel with Military Appreciation Night when the Milwaukee Admirals come to town.  The first 1,500 fans will receive bomber hats compliments of Pepsi.

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