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IceHogs take 1-0 series lead over Chicago Wolves

by Rockford IceHogs Media Relations / icehogs.com

Adam Clendening netted the game-winning goal 2:05 into the middle frame and Collin Delia stopped 31 of 32 pucks to help push the Rockford IceHogs to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Wolves at Allstate Arena in Game 1 of the 2018 Calder Cup playoffs Saturday night.

The IceHogs earned their first playoff victory since a May 13, 2015 meeting against Grand Rapids with their efforts in Rosemont on Saturday, and took a 1-0 lead in their current five-game series with the Wolves.

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Iacopelli, Noel reassigned to Rockford

by Rockford IceHogs Media Relations / icehogs.com

The Chicago Blackhawks have reassigned forwards Matheson Iacopelli and Nathan Noel from the ECHL's Indy Fuel to the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs.

Iacopelli, 23, has spent the majority of the 2017-18 season with the IceHogs, tallying 19 points (11g, 8a) and a +7 rating in 50 AHL games. The winger notched a season-high three-game point streak (2g, 3a) from Oct. 22-27 and netted his first AHL multi-goal game with a pair of markers on Jan. 5 at Grand Rapids. Overall, Iacopelli has combined for 23 points (12g, 11a) in 58 career AHL contests with the IceHogs over the last two seasons.

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Q and A: Victor Ejdsell prepares for Calder Cup Playoffs

by Nick Merlina / chicagoblackhawks.com

Victor Ejdsell got his first NHL action after coming to the United States from Sweden and being recalled by the Blackhawks. He tallied one assist in six games with Chicago and has since been assigned to the Rockford IceHogs to help them in the Calder Cup Playoffs.

He sat down with chicagoblackhawks.com to discuss his transition and what his expectations are ahead of Rockford's first-round matchup with the Chicago Wolves.

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In a job focused on development, Colliton is winning

by Nick Merlina / chicagoblackhawks.com

Being the head coach of the Rockford IceHogs provides Jeremy Colliton with a unique perspective on the young men he spends every day preparing.

"I was in their shoes not too long ago, and I know it is important to understand how they are feeling," Colliton said. "Being able to explain that I have been where they are and say the right thing at the right time is paramount. It helps them digest your message to be in the best position to succeed."

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Verdict: Sharp a key part of the perfect Blackhawks storm

by Bob Verdi / Team Historian

This just in. Patrick Sharp also knew.

For years, some of us have obeyed the urban legend that only two players were aware, in real time, of the clinching goal when the Blackhawks won the 2010 Stanley Cup: Patrick Kane, who shot it, and Michael Leighton, who missed it.

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Week 28 Report: Rockford readies for playoff battle with Wolves

by Rockford IceHogs Media Relations / icehogs.com

The Rockford IceHogs clinched a playoff berth on Tuesday last week before dropping each of the two games in their weekend home-and-home series with the Chicago Wolves. The IceHogs concluded the regular season with an overall record of 40-28-4-4 (88 points), including 22-13-2-1 (47 points) at home and 18-15-2-3 (41 points) on the road. Rockford notched points in 16 of the last 21 games of the season following last week's schedule.

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IceHogs sign Gilbert to amateur tryout contract

by Rockford IceHogs Media Relations / icehogs.com

The American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs announced they have signed defenseman Dennis Gilbert to an amateur tryout contract (ATO).

Gilbert, 21, was selected by the Blackhawks in the third round (91st overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft. The blueliner recently completed his junior season at the University of Notre Dame where he scored 10 points (4g, 6a) in 39 games. He recorded his first career two-goal game on Dec. 9, 2017 at Wisconsin.

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Rockford IceHogs playoff schedule announced

by Rockford IceHogs Media Relations / icehogs.com

The Rockford IceHogs, in conjunction with the American Hockey League and Chicago Wolves, announced their postseason schedule for the first round of the 2018 Calder Cup playoffs. With Friday's loss to the Wolves, the IceHogs will enter the postseason as the four seed from the Central Division and square off against the one-seeded Wolves in a best-of-five series beginning Saturday, April 21 at the Allstate Arena.

Rockford and Chicago will alternate hosting games with the IceHogs guaranteed a home game at the BMO Harris Bank Center on Sunday, April 22 at 4 p.m. The IceHogs will then host Game 4, if necessary, on Sunday, April 29 at 4 p.m.

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Rockford announces 2017-18 team awards

by Rockford IceHogs Media Relations / icehogs.com

The American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs today announced the recipients of their annual Team Awards for the 2017-18 season.

This year's recognitions include Tyler Sikura - Most Valuable Player; Matthew Highmore - Rookie of the Year; Cody Franson - Defenseman of the Year; William Pelletier - Unsung Hero; Andreas Martinsen - Heavy Hitter Award; Collin Delia - Most Improved Player, and Man of the Year.

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Blackhawks agree to terms with Dennis Gilbert

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with defenseman Dennis Gilbert on a three-year contract that runs through the 2020-21 season. Gilbert will immediately join the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

Gilbert was drafted by the Blackhawks in the third round (91st overall) of the 2015 National Hockey League Draft. The 21-year-old recently completed his junior season at the University of Notre Dame where he scored 10 points (4G, 6A) in 39 games. He recorded his first career two-goal game on Dec. 9, 2017 at Wisconsin.

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