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Rockford keeps pace in competitive Midwest division

by Rockford IceHogs / Chicago Blackhawks
Terry Broadhurst battles for the puck. (Photo courtesy of the Rockford IceHogs.)

Van Andel Arena was the site of the Rockford IceHogs first game in Week 7 as the Hogs took on the Midwest Division leading Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday. After giving up an early goal, the IceHogs kept it close going into the third period down 2-1. The Griffins scored the first two goals of a five goal third period though and held on for a 5-3 victory. Rockford returned home to the BMO Harris Bank Center on Saturday night to take on the San Antonio Rampage. Rockford netted two third period goals and kept the Rampage off the score sheet in the final frame to end the game at 4-2.

Week 7 Results
Friday, Nov. 15: Rockford 3 at Grand Rapids 5
Saturday, Nov. 16: San Antonio 2 vs. Rockford 4

Week 8 Schedule
Wednesday, Nov. 20 vs. Abbotsford, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 23 at Charlotte, 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 24 at Charlotte, 12:30 p.m.

Bacon Bits:

-Defenseman Bobby Shea recorded his first career multi-point game on Saturday, assisting on two of Rockford’s goals

-Winger Terry Broadhurst scored his first career short-handed goal on Saturday and Rockford’s first shortie in 2013-14

-Forward Jeremy Morin found the score sheet in both games in Week 7 for Rockford after getting loaned back to Rockford from Chicago, tallying 2G, 1A

-Morin now shows 11 points (6G, 5A) in 10 games with Rockford

-Defenseman Klas Dahlbeck notched his career best fifth goal on Saturday and added an assist to give him career highs in both assists (6) and points (11) through just 18 games

-After bagging just one goal in Rockford’s first 10 games, winger Brad Winchester has four tallies over the Hogs last eight outings

-Winchester scored the game-winning goal on Saturday against San Antonio and now is tied with Terry Broadhurst for the team lead with two game winners

-Both Alex Broadhurst and Antti Raanta earned recalls to Chicago in Week 7, and the IceHogs now have had six players recalled to the NHL this season, not counting Joakim Nordstrom who began the campaign with the Blackhawks

-After Saturday’s game against San Antonio, Rockford has completed their head-to-head series against both San Antonio and Texas

Hot Hog: Week 7

On the heels of a two-week stint with Chicago Blackhawks, winger Jeremy Morin returned to Rockford and notched three points in Week 7. On Friday in Grand Rapids, Morin notched a goal and an assist in Rockford’s 5-3 loss to the Griffins. Then on Saturday, Morin potted his sixth tally of the season, tying him for the team lead, in Rockford’s 4-2 win over San Antonio. The winger also finished the week with a plus/minus rating of +2.

Upcoming Games:

Wednesday, Nov. 20 vs. Abbotsford: Game time is 7 p.m. Rockford hosts the Abbotsford Heat for the first time in the 2013-14 season. The game will be a WXRX Dollar Days game. Fans can purchase hot dogs, soda, beer and companion tickets for $1.

Saturday, Nov. 23 at Charlotte: Puck drop is set for 6 p.m. The IceHogs head to Charlotte to take on the Checkers for the third time this season and the first time away from the BMO.

Sunday, Nov. 24 at Charlotte: The matinee game starts 12:30 p.m. Rockford faces off against the Checkers for the back end of a two-game set at Charlotte.

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