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IceHogs split Divisional tilts

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

With a couple of divisional contests on deck at the BMO Harris Bank Center during Week 15, the IceHogs treated fans to a pair of action-packed outings, with 21 goals scored between the two games. Rockford took the first contest on Friday night vs. Peoria but was routed by Grand Rapids on Saturday evening in front of a soldout crowd. The Hogs will host three more at the BMO during Week 16 before the All-Star break.

Week 15 Results:
Friday, Jan. 18: Peoria 1 vs. Rockford 3
Saturday, Jan. 19: Grand Rapids 11 vs. Rockford 6

Bacon Bits:

> Center Brandon Pirri accumulated four points on Saturday and in the process became Rockford’s all-time AHL points leader with 130 career points, surpassing Jack Skille’s mark of 128

> Pirri scored the game-winning goal on Friday, his 11th career game winner, also setting an IceHogs franchise record

> Rockford set a franchise record on Saturday with 139 minutes of penalty time and 230 combined PIMs with Grand Rapids

> Kyle Beach was whistled for a team-high 27 PIMs in the game

> After the altercation at 11:58 of the second period, Rockford was not called for another penalty in the game’s final 28:02

> Eight IceHogs skaters were handed game misconducts following the incident

> Rockford’s 14 game misconducts overall this season are six more than the next closest team, Grand Rapids, which received six of them during the second period bench clearing brawl

> The IceHogs also set a club mark by allowing 11 goals

> Entering Week 16, Rockford leads the AHL with 1,096 PIMs, 135 more than Syracuse who ranks second

> Jimmy Hayes has recorded a point in 10 games this season and of the 10, eight of them have been multi-point contests

> Five skaters who have played for Rockford this season have appeared in one of the first two Chicago Blackhawks regular season games

> The IceHogs hosted their second sellout of the season on Saturday with a season-high 6,219 in attendance, the seventh largest crowd in Rockford’s AHL era

Hot Hog: Week 15

Third-year center Brandon Pirri racked up six points in two games in Week 15, including a season-high four on Saturday. Pirri opened the weekend with a pair of goals in Rockford’s 3-1 win over Peoria on Friday night. The centerman’s first goal of the night was the game winner, his fifth game winner on the season. The Toronto, Ontario native came back on Saturday and notched a goal and three assists in a wild 11-6 loss to Grand Rapids. Pirri also became Rockford’s all-time leading scorer on Saturday, marking his 129th career AHL point on an assist. Overall, Pirri ranks second on Rockford with 32 points and is tied for the club lead with 19 assists.

Upcoming Games:

Monday, Jan. 21 vs. Texas Stars: The matinee starts at 1:05 p.m. Rockford and Texas meet on Martin Luther King Jr Day in Rockford’s annual matinee contest. It’s Kids’ Day as kids (18 and under) can get $5 tickets and take advantage of Kidcessions which include $1 hot dogs and soft drinks. Also, the first 1,500 kids 14-and-under will pick up an IceHogs drawstring bag courtesy of Hog Wash.

Friday, Jan. 25 vs. Chicago Wolves: Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m. The IceHogs and Wolves engage in another Illinois Lottery Cup matchup at the BMO Harris Bank Center. The first 2,500 fans to Friday’s game will pick up an IceHogs Fleece Blanket courtesy of OSF St. Anthony Medical Center.

Saturday, Jan. 26 vs. Oklahoma City Barons: Puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m. For the first time this season, Rockford and Oklahoma City face off as Saturday’s game is the first of four meetings on the season. The first 2,500 fans through the turnstiles will pick up a set of 2012-13 retro Rockford IceHogs trading cards sponsored by the Rockford Register Star.

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