|Photo courtesy of the Rockford IceHogs.
Facing a second consecutive weekend with three games in three days, the Rockford IceHogs battled a pair of Midwest Divisional opponents in Week 23, earning four out of a possible six points. The Hogs knocked off the Chicago Wolves in a couple of one-goal contests, while suffering a shutout loss to Peoria. Entering Week 24, the IceHogs (66 points) sit in a three-way tie for ninth place in the Western Conference playoff race, just a single point back Abbotsford and Chicago, who hold the final playoff spots.
Week 23 Results
Friday, March 15: Chicago 3 vs. Rockford 4
Saturday, March 16: Rockford 0 vs. Peoria 4
Sunday, March 17: Rockford 2 at Chicago 1
> Jeremy Morin has 8 points (6G, 2A) over his past five games with two game winning goals
> In 17 games since Feb. 2, Morin has 23 points (11G, 12A)
> Morin notched his 25th goal of the season on Sunday, becoming the fifth different IceHogs skater to reach 25 goals during the IceHogs AHL era
> Rockford and Chicago have played seven-straight one-goal games dating back to Dec. 8
> Of those seven one-goal games, four of them have been decided by a 2-1 score
> The IceHogs picked up points in four of the six games at the Allstate Arena this season, going 3-2-0-1
> Chicago’s 100 minutes of penalty time on Sunday was a season high for an IceHogs opponent and marked the fourth time this season an IceHogs opponent committed 56 or more PIMs in a game against the Hogs
> Rockford had 70 PIMs in Sunday’s contest, the third highest PIM total this season and sixth time in which the IceHogs were called for 52 or more PIMs in a tilt
> For the second time in five games, the IceHogs held an opponent to just one shot on goal in a period as Chicago tallied just one shot in the first frame on Sunday
> Oklahoma City also managed just one shot on Rockford in the third period on March 9
> The IceHogs lead the AHL in penalty minutes, averaging 24.11 PIMs per game
> Rockford is tied for the AHL lead in power play percentage, converting 21.6% of their man advantages
> Goalie Henrik Karlsson has won three straight games dating back to 3/9/13 and has a .900 save percentage and a 2.67 goals against average during the streak
> After ending a six-game losing streak on Feb. 3, Rockford is 12-5-0-0 in the 17 games since
> The IceHogs have won seven of their last nine contests on the road
> Rockford picked up their AHL-leading ninth third period come-from-behind victory on Friday
> Rookie defenseman Adam Clendening had his seven-game point streak come to an end on Saturday after totaling 9 points (1G, 8A) in the seven contests
> Rockford was shutout for a fourth time this season on Saturday in a 4-0 loss to Peoria
Hot Hog: Week 23
Third-year winger Jeremy Morin continued his second-half tear during Week 23 notching a pair of game-winning goals in helping the IceHogs to a pair of wins. On Friday night against Chicago, Morin scored the game-winning short-handed goal with just 2:36 left in regulation, his second tally of the game, in leading Rockford over the rival Wolves 4-3. After Rockford was blanked on Saturday against Peoria, Morin and the IceHogs came back on Sunday to knock off Chicago 2-1. In the win, Morin figured in on both Rockford goals, including his second game-winning goal, breaking a 1-1 tie in the second period with a power play tally.
Friday, March 22 at Abbotsford Heat: Game time is set for 9 p.m. as the IceHogs make their annual trip to Abbotsford. The contest marks the third meeting on the campaign between the Hogs and Heat. Rockford took the first two games of the season series.
Saturday, March 23 at Abbotsford Heat: Puck drops at 9 p.m. for the rematch between the Hogs and Heat. The tilt also marks the season finale between the two Western Conference playoff contenders. The IceHogs have an all-time record of 4-2-0-0 at the Abbotsford Sports and Entertainment Centre and a 9-4-0-1 all-time overall record.