Sunday, April 13, 2014

ROCKFORD TRIPPED UP IN ROSEMONT

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By: Nate Haeni
Photo by Ross Dettman
Rosemont, Ill.- Fortunately, the Rockford IceHogs are out of road games. Unfortunately, the Hogs have just two games left and are fighting for their playoff lives after a 4-2 loss in Rosemont to the Chicago Wolves.

The loss marked the team's franchise record tenth-straight away from home (0-8-1-1) and sixth straight regulation loss on the road.  After Oklahoma City's win in Abbotsford on Sunday, Rockford is two points out of the eighth playoff spot with just four points left on the table.

Tied 1-1 in the third period, the Wolves snagged their first lead of the game midway through the frame. Shane Harper spotted Michael Davies cutting to the net and the winger buried his tenth of the season at 10:14 to make it a 2-1 game.

Later in the frame a Jason LaBarbera pass from behind the goal line was knocked down by Chicago's Yannick Veilleux and he found Tyler Shattock  open in front of an empty IceHogs net where he notched his fifth marker of the season at 11:44 to put Rockford down 3-1.

Alex Broadhurst pulled the IceHogs back within a tally with his second marker of the game.  Broadhurst picked up an Adam Clendening rebound off the left pad of Jake Allen and potted his 16th goal of the season at 14:10.

Rockford pulled LaBarbera in favor of the extra attacker, but the Wolves put the game out of reach with an empty net goal from Alexander Bolduc, his second of the game at 18:48.

For the first time in four games it was the IceHogs who grabbed the game’s first goal. Clendening jumped up in the play and took a shot from an off-angle Allen initially stopped. The puck slipped between the legs of Allen and Alex Broadhurst raced in to poke it to the back of the net and put the IceHogs out front 1-0.

The Wolves responded early in the second period to tie the game up at one a piece. The IceHogs negated their own chance with a power play by taking two penalties to give the Wolves a 5-on-3 advantage and Chicago cashed in. Pat Cannone setup Bolduc at 3:07 to even the game at 1-1.

Next Home Game:
 Friday, April 18 against the Chicago Wolves. The puck drops at 7 p.m. with the first 1,500 fans receiving an IceHogs beach towel courtesy of Peak Fitness. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

SECOND PERIOD SPARKS HOGS OFFENSE

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By: Nate Haeni
Photo by Greg Hamil
Rockford, Ill. – Needing to pick up points to stay in the Western Conference playoff race, the Rockford IceHogs did just that. The IceHogs knocked off the Iowa Wild 3-2 in front of a sold-out BMO Harris Bank Center on Saturday.

Trailing by a goal after the first 20 minutes, the IceHogs quickly tied the game to begin the second period. Just 25 seconds into the middle frame Phillip Danault setup Pierre-Marc Bouchard for his ninth goal of the season to even the score at 1-1.

Then, just 50 seconds later, the IceHogs took control of the game when Brandon Mashinter knocked in a rebound from Mathieu Brisebois. The marker came at 1:15 into the second period to give the Hogs their first lead of the game, 2-1.

Brisebois added to the IceHogs lead with a goal of his own to make it a two-goal game at 7:47 in the second period. Terry Broadhurst sent a cross-ice pass to Brisebois and the defenseman skated in before blasting his third goal of the season past Joel Martin.

Iowa came back in the third as Jamie MacQueen scored his third goal of the season to pull the Wild within one. Iowa had the lone goal of the third period but the Hogs held the Midwest Division rivals off the board the rest of the way to earn the victory.

Iowa opened the scoring 5:31 into the first period to take the early advantage. Brady Brassart picked up a pass from Carson McMillan and deposited his first career professional goal.

Jason LaBarbera earned the win, stopping 23-of-25 shots, besting Martin who stopped 22 on the same amount of chances.


Next Home Game: Friday, April 18 vs. Chicago Wolves The puck hits the ice at 7 p.m. as the IceHogs host fan appreciation weekend at the BMO. The first 1,500 fans into the building will pick up an IceHogs beach towel compliments of Peak Fitness.

Friday, April 11, 2014

HOGS STUMBLE AT HOME TO ADMIRALS

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By: Colby Rogers
Photo by Greg Hamil
Teravainen marks first goal but IceHogs fall 4-1
Rockford, Ill. – Home ice was not the cure on Friday night as the Rockford IceHogs (33-30-5-4) fell to the Milwaukee Admirals (36-23-6-7) by a score of 4-1, clinching their trip to the playoffs. The loss was the IceHogs fourth-straight game without a point as they fight for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Down 2-0 midway through the third period, the IceHogs got on the board with 10:16 left in regulation when Teuvo Teravainen, in his first career AHL game, put the puck into the back of the net unassisted. Milwaukee misplayed a puck in front of Marek Mazanec where Teravainen took advantage to bring the IceHogs within one at 2-1.
The IceHogs then killed a 5-on-3 power play for the Admirals with 8:40 left in the contest. The first penalty expired as Theo Peckham took the puck from Milwaukee and raced down the ice on a breakaway but couldn’t sneak the equalizer past Mazanec.
With 5:40 left in regulation, the Admirals went ahead by two for the second time. Scott Valentine skated the puck into the zone and fired a hard wrister under Jason LaBarbera from the right face-off circle to set the scoreboard at 3-1.
The nail in the coffin came with 59.1 seconds left with LaBarbera on the bench for the extra-attacker. Filip Forsberg was credited with his 14th goal of the campaign and the 4-1 marker.
The first power play of the night resulted in the first Admirals goal seven seconds into their advantage at 3:52 of the first period. Forsberg had the puck fed to him across the zone by Miikka Salomaki and fired it past LaBarbera.
After crashing the net, the Admirals made it a two-goal game with just 1:19 left in the sandwich frame. Austin Watson got his 18th marker of the season after getting the last touch on the puck before it hit the back of the Rockford net.
LaBarbera made 25 saves for Rockford but was saddled with the loss as Mazanec stopped 26-of-27 shots he faced to earn the win for Milwaukee.
Next Home Game: Saturday, April 12 against the Iowa Wild. The puck drops at 7 p.m. where the first 2,500 fans through the gates will receive an Andrew Shaw bobblehead courtesy of Vienna Beef. Shaw’s bobble head is the last in the set of championship series bobbleheads this season.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

ANDREW SHAW BOBBLEHEAD NIGHT HIGHLIGHTS WEEKEND

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By: Nate Haeni
Photo by Christopher Evans
04/09/2014 2:55 PM -Hogs and Admirals finish 2013-14 head-to-head series on Friday
Rockford, Ill. – This weekend the Rockford IceHogs will be giving fans a chance to re-live an iconic moment in the Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Championship run last season.

On Saturday when the IceHogs host the Iowa Wild, the first 2,500 fans to the game will receive an Andrew Shaw bobblehead courtesy of Vienna Beef. The third and final bobblehead in this season’s Champions Series will feature a cut underneath the eye of the figurine to commemorate the cut and stitches the former IceHog received while skating for the Blackhawks in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Saturday’s game is also “Pucks and Paws Night” as PAWS Humane Society, Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary, and the Winnebago County Animal Services will all have dogs on hand at the BMO Harris Bank Center and available for adoption. Jones Natural Chews will also be showing off some of their products available throughout Illinois at various retailers.     

The IceHogs are slated to open the weekend at the BMO with a border battle against the Milwaukee Admirals on Friday, beginning with a 7 p.m. puck drop. The IceHogs will be collecting gently used items at the game in a partnership with Goodwill. Any fan that brings in an item to contribute will receive a voucher for one free ticket to the game on Friday, April 18.

For tickets to either game this weekend, call (815) 968-5222, visit icehogs.com, or stop by the BMO Harris Bank Center or any Ticketmaster Outlet.

Monday, April 7, 2014

ICEHOGS FALL BACK IN MUDDIED PLAYOFF PICTURE

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By: Colby Rogers
Photo by Todd Reicher
Two loss weekend puts Rockford in race for 8th

Week 27 Recap:
Looking to secure their position in the playoff race, the Rockford IceHogs headed to the west coast to take on the Abbotsford Heat on Friday and Saturday. The IceHogs dominated game one on Friday, getting 48 shots on goal and controlling the puck throughout. The Heat took advantage of each opportunity, however, and took a 6-3 win to start the weekend. Rockford fell behind early in game two and couldn’t complete the rally, falling 5-3 to Abbotsford to end the weekend.

Week 26 Results
Friday, Apr. 4: Rockford 3 at Abbotsford 6
Saturday, Apr. 5: Rockford 3 at Abbotsford 5

Week 27 Schedule
Tuesday, Apr. 8, at Milwaukee, 7 p.m.
Friday, Apr. 11, vs. Milwaukee, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Apr. 12, vs. Iowa, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Apr. 13, at Chicago, 3 p.m.

Bacon Bits:
-Defenseman Adam Clendening scored his 12th goal of the season on Saturday in Abbotsford, setting an IceHogs single-season record for most goals by a defenseman
-Clendening now has 12g-44a-56pts, ranking second in the league for points, fifth in goals and second for assists by a d-man
-Rookie defenseman Stephen Johns scored his first career goal on Saturday after making his pro debut on Friday
-Rookie winger Ryan Hartman tallied his first two career points on Saturday, marking a pair of assists
-Forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard appeared in his 700th career game on Saturday
-Despite outshooting the Abbotsford Heat 74-39 over the weekend, Rockford dropped both games while getting outscored 11-6
-The IceHogs registered a season high 48 shots on goal on Friday while yielding a season low 19 in the 6-3 loss to Abbotsford
-Entering Week 28, Rockford has the second best home winning percentage (.691) in the Western Conference, but second worst road record (.389)
-The IceHogs have a goal differential of +18 on home ice but -42 on the road, the worst in the AHL
-Rockford has dropped a season low eight straight on the road (0-6-1-1) dating back to 2/28/14
-During the eight game slump, Rockford has been outscored 45-23, have not given up less than four goals in a road contest since a 4-1 win in Iowa on 2/25/14, and are allowing 5.63 per road game during the cold spell

Hot Hog: Week 27
Defenseman Adam Clendening
Defenseman Adam Clendening notched goals in both games over the weekend for Rockford, setting an IceHogs single season record for most goals by a defenseman with 12. On the season, Clendening now has 12g-44a-56pts with a +8 plus/minus rating. The second-year d-man leads Rockford in points and assists and his overall point total is good enough for second among all AHL blueliners. Clendening’s 12 goals are fifth most in the league, while the 44 assists are second most.

Upcoming Games: Week 28
Tuesday, Apr. 8 at Milwaukee Admirals at 7 p.m.: Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. The IceHogs head to the BMO Harris Bradley Center for the final time this season in the penultimate matchup against their border rival, the Admirals.

Friday, Apr. 11 vs. Milwaukee Admirals at 7 p.m.: Game time is 7 p.m. The head-to-head series between Rockford and Milwaukee ends on Friday as the IceHogs host the Admirals at the BMO Harris Bank Center. Also, Goodwill will be collecting donations at Friday's game and every fan that donates will receive one (1) free voucher to Rockford's April 18th game.

Saturday, Apr. 12 vs. Iowa Wild at 7 p.m.: Opening face off is at 7 p.m. One more season series comes to an end as the Iowa Wild come to town for the final matchup between these teams this season. The first 2,500 fans to the BMO will receive an Andrew Shaw bobblehead courtesy of Vienna Beef.

Sunday, Apr. 13 at Chicago Wolves at 3 p.m.: The game starts early, at 3 p.m. Rockford makes the short trip to the Allstate Arena one last time this season to face the Wolves in the Illinois Lottery Cup series.
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Illinois Lottery Cup Series Standings
Teams        Record     Points
Rockford      5-3-0-2         12
Chicago       5-4-0-1         11

Upcoming Illinois Lottery Cup Games:
Apr. 13: Rockford at Chicago, 3 p.m.
Apr. 18: Chicago vs. Rockford, 7 p.m.

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