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IceHogs split pair in New York

by Rockford IceHogs / Chicago Blackhawks
Brandon Mashinter was the IceHogs' "Hot Hog of the Week."

Coming into Week 18 with a .500 record, the Rockford IceHogs dropped the week’s opening game 4-1 to the Rochester Americans on Friday night. The IceHogs gave up four straight goals to the Amerks before answering in the third period to break up the shutout. Rockford evened up their ledger the next night in Utica with a 2-1 victory over the Comets. After breaking the tie in the second period, the IceHogs held the lead for the remainder of the contest to take both standings points.

Week 18 Results

Friday, Jan. 31: Rockford 1 at Rochester 4
Saturday, Feb. 1: Rockford 2 at Utica 1

Bacon Bits:

-Rockford has won three of their last four games after going winless in four straight contests (0-3-1-0)

-Ted Dent was behind the bench for his 200th career game as IceHogs head coach on Saturday in Utica

-Winger Brandon Mashinter bagged his second game-winning goal of the season in four games on Saturday in Utica and both have come in 2-1 Rockford wins (1/25/14 vs. Milwaukee)

-Rookie winger Pat Mullane notched his fourth goal over his past 10 games on Saturday after getting held without a lamp lighter through his first 26 career AHL contests

-Sunday’s game was the first time the IceHogs and Utica Comets have played in franchise history

-Rockford killed off two 5-on-3 Utica power plays on Saturday night and are now a perfect 8-for-8 on the road when two men down

-Rockford is 19-19-1-2 against Vancouver Canucks AHL affiliates. Including 7-8-1-0 vs. the Manitoba Moose from 2007-2011, 11-11-0-2 vs. the Chicago Wolves from 2011-2013 and 1-0-0-0 against the Comets

-The IceHogs are 3-for-6 on the 5-on-3 penalty kill on home ice

-After getting outscored 8-1 in a six-game stretch from 1/18/14-1/31/14 in the second period, Rockford scored the lone second period tally on Saturday

-Over his last three appearances, goalie Kent Simpson is 2-1-0-0 with a .920 save percentage and a 2.67 goals against average

-With his win on Sunday, Simpson now has the most wins by a goaltender this season with eight, surpassing Antti Raanta’s previous high of seven

-Rockford will play Hamilton for a 12th time in franchise history on Tuesday and carry a record of 2-8-1-0 against the Bulldogs, but have never beaten them in regulation

Hot Hog: Week 18

During a North Division weekend trip, winger Brandon Mashinter notched a point in both games. The Bradford, Ontario native recorded an assist in the first contest of the weekend on the IceHogs only goal of the game. Mashinter took the shot that lead to Philippe Lefebvre’s tip in goal. The forward also notched the game winning marker on Sunday against the Comets in the second period. With his two points on the week, Mashinter is now in double digits for points (5g-5a-10pts) for the IceHogs since he was traded and assigned to Rockford on 12/6/13. The new Hog has 17 points (6g-11a) in all between Rockford and Hartford.

Upcoming Games: Week 19

Tuesday, Feb. 4 vs. Hamilton Bulldogs: Game time is set for 7 p.m. The IceHogs take on the Hamilton Bulldogs for the final time this season. The contest will be a WXRX Dollar Days game where fans can get $1 hot dogs, soda, beer and companion tickets.

Saturday, Feb. 8 vs. Iowa Wild: Opening face-off will be at 7 p.m. Iowa comes to the BMO Harris Bank Center for the fourth time this season. The first 2,500 fans to the BMO will receive a Brandon Saad bobblehead courtesy of WIFR.

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