Wednesday, November 11, 2015

By: Alec Lessner Photo by Todd Reicher


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 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 For a complete listing of TV stations carrying IceHogs games, visit

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, in person at the BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office in downtown Rockford, or any Ticketmaster outlet, including Walmart.

Friday, November 6, 2015



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

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

Photo by Dan Anelli 


By: Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Todd Reicher

11/05/2015 9:58 AM


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.


By: Alec Lessner
11/04/2015 4:06 PM - Photo by Todd Reicher


Rockford, Il. – The Rockford IceHogs announced today that they have returned defenseman Nick Mattson on loan to the ECHL’s Indy Fuel.

Mattson made his AHL debut with the IceHogs on October 30 against Iowa, and has played in two games for Rockford. The blueliner from Chanhassen, Minnesota has earned four penalty minutes and a +2 rating in five games with Indy.

At the University of North Dakota, Mattson was part of teams that advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four in both the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. He played in 153 games for North Dakota, scoring 17 goals in addition to 61 assists. The defenseman was drafted in the 6th Round (#180 overall) by Chicago in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

In 2008-09, Mattson won a gold medal for the United States at the IIHF World U18 Championships. Mattson also played two seasons (2009-11) for the Indiana Ice, where he was named the USHL Defenseman of the Year while leading all defensemen with a +33 rating in 2010-11.

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.


By: Alec Lessner Photo by Jim Orlando


Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 vs. Milwaukee Admirals

Time: 7 p.m. at the BMO Harris Bank Center. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Tickets: At the BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office or any Ticketmaster location, by phone (815 968-5222) or online at

Giveaway/Promotion: 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.

The IceHogs are offering all active and former military personnel a free ticket with valid ID, along with discounted tickets for additional family and friends.

The United States Air Force will bring two large vehicles to the game which will be on display outside the box office. The Air Force will also have tables by the Blue Flame Lounge in the main concourse where fans can participate in a pull-up contest, try on military gear, and enter to win giveaways. The national anthem will feature a large American flag and 35 recruits will be sworn in on the ice during the game’s first intermission.

5th Annual “Have a Skate with Bob”: Fans with a ticket to the game are welcome to attend a set of charity games put on by the “Have a Skate with Bob Foundation” at 1 p.m. The 5th annual installment of the event will feature players from throughout the Midwest to raise money towards pancreatic cancer research. There will be a silent auction during the IceHogs game behind Section 104 featuring memorabilia with proceeds going toward charities.

Matchup: The IceHogs play their second game in two nights after traveling to Grand Rapids to take on the Griffins on Friday. The contest will be the second of the season against Milwaukee after the IceHogs beat the Admirals on the road on Oct. 24 in a 4-2 decision.  Rockford will look to improve upon their 46-36-3-4 all-time record versus their Central Division opponent.

Broadcast Information
All games are broadcast locally live on WIFR’s Justice Network on 23.3, and online through Fans can also listen for free at Follow along on Twitter (@goIceHogs) for live updates throughout the game.

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