Monday, October 27, 2014

WEEK 3 RECAP: ICEHOGS SWEEP DIVISIONAL HOMESTAND

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By: Brent Hollerud
Photo by Todd Reicher
10/27/2014 8:51 AM -Week Highlighted by Pair of Wins in Rockford
Week 3 Recap: 
Rockford began the week playing the last of four-straight on the road in Rochester, where they fell to the Americans 3-2. The IceHogs found a way to bounce back upon their return to home ice, as they dispatched of divisional opponents Chicago (4-3) and Lake Erie (5-2), in their brief stay at the BMO Harris Bank Center over the weekend.

Week 3 Results:                       
Wednesday, Oct. 22, Rockford 2 at Rochester 3      
Saturday, Oct. 25, Chicago 3 vs. Rockford 4           
Sunday, Oct. 26, Lake Erie 2 vs. Rockford 5            

Week 4 Schedule:
Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Grand Rapids, 6 p.m
Friday, Oct. 31: at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 1: at San Antonio, 7 p.m.
                                             
Bacon Bits:
After tallying 10 goals in their first five games, Rockford scored nine in two contests over the weekend

All seven of Rockford’s games so far in 2014-15 have been tied heading into the third period

Rockford did not use the penalty kill on Sunday against Lake Erie, the first time since 3/6/10 at San Antonio in which the IceHogs were not shorthanded during a game

When Rockford’s opponent’s score the game’s first goal, the IceHogs are 3-0-0-0

Defenseman Kyle Cumiskey registered an IceHogs single-game season-high three assists on Sunday against Lake Erie

Goalie Scott Darling became the 62nd IceHogs player to play in the NHL and the sixth different goalie to earn his first-career NHL win after playing in Rockford

Rookie forward Ryan Hartman is leading all IceHogs skaters with a plus/minus rating of +6 through seven games, tying him for second best among all AHL rookies

After getting held without a point in Rockford’s first four games, defenseman Adam Clendening has points in three straight contests (1g-2a)

Rockford scored three, third period goals in their 5-2 win over Lake Erie on Sunday, the second time in seven games in 2014-15 that the club has bagged three markers in the third frame

After a brief two game homestand, the IceHogs hit the road in Week 4 for another road trip, playing three games in six days

Following Saturday’s game in San Antonio, the IceHogs will play eight of their next 11 contests on home ice

Through this Friday, the IceHogs will have played nine games against nine different opponents before playing San Antonio for a second straight night on Saturday

Matt Carey scored his first career AHL goal on Sunday and it proved to be the game winner in Rockford’s 5-2 win against Lake Erie

Carey also added an assist for his first career multi-point game

The IceHogs have recorded at least one fighting major in six of their seven games this season

Overall, Rockford has eight fighting majors in seven games coming from eight different players

Hot Hog: Week 3
Center Phillip Danault

Second-year winger Phillip Danault registered a point in all three of Rockford’s contests in Week 3. Danault marked an assist in Wednesday’s 3-2 loss in Rochester before scoring his first goal of the season in Saturday’s 4-3 win over the Chicago Wolves at the BMO. The center finished the three game week with an assist against Lake Erie, totaling 1g-2a-3pts and a +3 for the week. On the season, Danault now shows 1g-3a-4pts in five games played.

Upcoming Games:
Wednesday, Oct. 29 at Grand Rapids Griffins: Puck drop is at 6 p.m. The IceHogs begin their season series with the Midwest Division rival Griffins as they embark on a three-game road trip at Van Andel Arena. Rockford held a record of 3-6-1-0 against Grand Rapids last year, including a 0-4-1-0 mark in Michigan.

Friday, Oct. 31 at San Antonio Rampage: Face off is set for 7:30 p.m. Rockford makes its first of two trips to the Lone Star State to kick off a two-game series with the Rampage with a Halloween showdown. The IceHogs dropped their only game at AT&T Center last year 3-1 on Oct. 5, 2013.

Saturday, Nov. 1 at San Antonio Rampage: Puck drop is 7 p.m. The IceHogs begin their November slate with the weekend finale against the Rampage. Saturday marks the first rematch of the young season as Rockford began by playing nine games against nine different opponents.

Bud Light Hog Talk Monday Night At Mulligan’s and Grill:
Bud Light Hog Talk will return on Monday, Oct. 27 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. on most Mondays throughout the season, as they chat with IceHogs players, coaches and front office members. This week’s guests will include IceHogs defenseman Stephen Johns and developmental goaltending coach Andrew Allen. 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. 

BIG THIRD PERIOD PROPELS HOGS TO SECOND STRAIGHT WIN

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10/26/2014 4:00 PM

By: Ryan Harr
Photo by Greg Hamil
10/26/2014 4:00 PM -Rockford, Ill. – Once again the Rockford IceHogs found themselves in familiar territory when they were tied with the Lake Erie Monsters after two periods of play on Sunday afternoon.

The Hogs, who have been tied with their opponent heading into the third period now in each of their first seven contests, used three tallies in the final 20 minutes to secure their second win in as many nights at the BMO Harris Bank Center, 5-2 over the Monsters.

In a 2-2 game to start the third period, Matt Carey found the back of the net for his first career AHL goal 2:51 into the third stanza with help from Kyle Cumiskey to make it a 3-2 game.

Then, with time winding down, Ryan Hartman helped end any comeback attempt by the Monsters when he potted his second goal of the season at 13:00. Cumiskey factored in on the tally to earn his third assist of the night. Mark McNeill later added an empty net goal from Carey and Phillip Danault with 55 seconds left in the contest to give Rockford the 5-2 win. 

Adam Clendening opened the scoring after receiving a pass just inside the blueline from Cumiskey 5:10 into the first period beating Calvin Pickard high over the glove, giving Rockford a lead that they would carry into the locker room after the first 20 minutes of play.

The IceHogs outshot the Monsters 11-1 during the first 11:59 of the second period but it wasn’t until Dennis Rasmussen gave the Hogs a 2-0 lead with 9:52 left in the middle frame.

The Monsters would not go away quietly as they responded for the games’ next two goals to tie the contest. Trevor Cheek and Karl Stollery setup up Maxim Noreau at the 5:19 mark to bring the Monsters within a goal. Then, Andrew Agozzino forced a turnover near the Rockford net and buried his second goal of the campaign to even the game at 2-2.

Michael Leighton picked up his second win of the season after turning away 21 shots for Rockford, while Pickard stopped 26 shots in a losing effort.

Next Home Game: Tuesday, Nov. 4 vs. Lake Erie Monsters at 7 p.m. It’s a WXRX Dollar Day at the BMO Harris Bank Center as hot dogs, sodas, beers and companion tickets will be available for one dollar each.

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.  

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