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04/12/2015 6:00 AM
By: Ryan Harr
Rockford, Ill.- After picking up their 22nd road victory of the season on Saturday night, and tying a franchise record, the Rockford IceHogs will go for one more hoping to set a new bar as they close out the road portion of the 2014-15 regular season schedule.
The puck hits the ice at 12 p.m. for the third of four meetings against the Charlotte Checkers this season. All the action can be seen live on 23.2 Antenna TV or online with AHL Live (ahllive.com), beginning at 11:30 a.m. with the pregame show, “IceHogs Warm Up.”
Rockford blanked the Checkers on Saturday night behind Antti Raanta’s 25-save performance. The shutout was the second of the season for Raanta and marked the team’s 10th of the season which is a franchise record.
The IceHogs skate into the rematch with Charlotte riding a five game winning streak and a 15-4-1-0 record over their past 20 contests. Forward Spencer Abbott leads the charge for the IceHogs with 44 points on the campaign. The winger tallied his 18th goal of the season on Saturday night, extending his goal scoring streak to three straight games and pushing his point streak to five straight (4g-6a).
Rockford has split the first two matchups (1-0-0-1) with the Checkers so far this season, including last night’s 2-0 win and a 3-2 shootout loss back on Jan. 13. The Hogs conclude their head-to-head series with the Checkers on Wednesday night at the BMO Harris Bank Center.
The Hogs currently sit just one point behind the Grand Rapids Griffins for the Midwest Division lead with 95 points and one game in hand. A win in Charlotte today would not only put Rockford back in front of the Division but it was also land them in a tie for the Western Conference lead with the idle San Antonio Rampage.
Next Home Game: Wednesday, April 15 vs. Charlotte Checkers. The IceHogs begin a three-game homestand to close out their regular season schedule when they host Charlotte at the BMO. It is the final WXRX Dollar Day of the season, so fans have one last chance to enjoy hot dogs, sodas, beers and companion tickets all for just $1 each.