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IceHogs garner four points in Week 19

by Rockford IceHogs / Chicago Blackhawks
Photo courtesy of the Rockford IceHogs.

After dropping a tilt downstate to their Midwest Division rivals on Wednesday, the Rockford IceHogs bounced back during the weekend with a pair of critical victories at the BMO Harris Bank Center. With the two wins, the Hogs captured four points to keep pace in the Western Conference and are just five points shy of the eighth position to start Week 20. Rockford will look to continue clawing back into the playoff picture with three Midwest Division contests slated this week against Peoria, Grand Rapids and Chicago.

Week 19 Results
Wednesday, Feb. 13: Rockford 3 at Peoria 5
Saturday, Feb. 16: Abbotsford 2 vs. Rockford 7
Sunday, Feb. 17: Lake Erie 1 vs. Rockford 2 SO

Week 20 Schedule
Wednesday, Feb. 20 at Peoria 7:05 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 22 vs. Grand Rapids 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 24 at Chicago 3 p.m.

Bacon Bits:

> For the second straight week, the IceHogs won two out of three games

> The IceHogs last three shootouts have gone a combined 24 rounds including a seven-round shootout on Sunday against Lake Erie

> Rockford’s next five games are all against Midwest Division opponents

> The IceHogs swept the Lake Erie Monsters in their four-game head-to-head series

> Rockford tied a franchise record with five goals in the first period on Saturday and notched a season-high seven goals in their 7-2 win over the Heat

> Defenseman Ryan Stanton had his franchise record 147 consecutive games played streak come to an end on Saturday

> Stanton last missed a game on Feb. 26, 2011 vs. Milwaukee in Rockford's 4-3 overtime victory

> The IceHogs faced two penalty shots in Week 19, attempted one, and have now participated in an AHL-high seven penalty shots this season

> Of the seven, Rockford has attempted four and faced three

> Rockford has failed to convert any of their four penalty shots while allowing one in three against

> Forward Jeremy Morin has points in six of his last seven games, totaling 9 points (2G, 7A) dating back to Feb. 3

> Over his last 16 games going back to Jan. 9, Morin has 14 points (6G, 8A)

> After scoring just one point in seven games, center Brandon Pirri had 4 points (3G, 1A) in three games over the weekend

> Carter Hutton ended a personal four-game losing streak on Friday and won both his outings over the weekend, stopping 56 of 59 shots (.949 save percentage)

Hot Hog: Week 19

After a bit of a cold spell, Rockford center Brandon Pirri heated up in Week 19, totaling 4 points (3G, 1A) in three outings. Pirri began the week with a goal on Wednesday in Rockford’s 5-3 loss in Peoria. The third-year center then tallied his second multi-goal game of the campaign on Saturday in Rockford’s rout of Abbotsford. Pirri capped his four point week with the primary assist on Rockford’s lone regulation goal in a 2-1 shootout win over Lake Erie. In the shootout, Pirri lit one of the IceHogs three lamps.

Upcoming Games:

Wednesday, Feb. 20 at Peoria Rivermen: Game time is set for 7:05 p.m. as the Hogs and Rivermen battle in their third Illinois Lottery Cup contest during the month of February. The two Midwest Division foes split the first two February meetings at the Carver Arena with the Rivermen coming out on top in their last matchup. The two rivals will meet five more times this season.

Friday, Feb. 22 vs. Grand Rapids Griffins: With a puck drop slated for 7:05 p.m. the Hogs and Griffins square off in their final matchup of the season. The Hogs are 2-5-0-0 against the Griffins this season, including a lopsided 11-6 loss in their last meeting on Jan. 19 at the BMO Harris Bank Center. The first 2,500 fans to the tilt will receive an IceHogs water bottle courtesy of Rock Valley Culligan.

Sunday, Feb. 24 at Chicago Wolves: Game starts at 3 p.m. as the Hogs travel to Rosemont for an Illinois Lottery Cup duel with the Wolves. The contest marks the first meeting at the Allstate Arena between the Midwest Division rivals since Nov. 28 and the seventh of 12 on the campaign.

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