Saturday, Oct. 8: Grand Rapids 2 vs. Rockford 3
-Kyle Beach was the first IceHogs player to get on the scoreboard with a goal in the first period
-Chris DiDomenico tallied his first career AHL goal on a power play for Rockford
-Brandon Segal scored the game winning goal with less than three minutes left in the third period
-Alex Richards made 28 saves in the opening night win
Sunday, Oct. 9: Rockford 5 at Peoria 3
-Rob Klinkhammer tallied two goals and an assist
-Brandon Segal had two goals, including one on a 5-on-3 power play
-Kyle Beach scored the game winning goal to make it 4-3 Rockford
-Alex Richards made 35 saves in the win
-New IceHogs head coach Ted Dent notched a pair of career milestones Saturday, grabbing the win over the Grand Rapids Griffins in his first ever game as head coach.
-The IceHogs are 2-0-0-0 for the first time during the team’s AHL era and for the first time since 2005-06 when Rockford started 9-0-0 in the UHL.
-Dating back to the final five games of the 2010-11 season, the IceHogs are on a seven-game winning streak, setting a new team record in the club’s AHL era. The previous record was six games, achieved from 10/12/08 to 10/26/08 and from 1/11/08 to 1/19/08.
-Rockford’s opening night win evened their all-time opening night record to 6-6-1-0.
-The IceHogs have never missed the playoffs in a season where they’ve won on opening night.
-With their home win on Saturday, the IceHogs also set a team AHL mark for most consecutive home wins (7) dating back to March 23.
-Rockford is currently tied with the Springfield Falcons and Charlotte Checkers for second in the league with eight goals for. The Norfolk Admirals lead the pack with 10.
-Rob Klinkhammer’s five points (2g-3a) over the weekend is the most points accumulated by an IceHogs skater during the first two games in the team’s AHL era.
-Goalie Alec Richards has 22 career AHL wins with seven of them coming against Grand Rapids after Saturday’s victory over the Griffins.
-Brandon Segal became the first player in IceHogs history to suit up and play for both the AHL and UHL versions of the IceHogs.
-Rockford led both of this past weekend’s games after the two periods and held on for victories in both.
-Last season, Rockford led after 40-minutes of hockey just 25 times (22-1-1-2) during their 80-game schedule.
-Byron Froese, Andrew Shaw, Rob Flick and Ben Youds all made their professional debuts during Week 1 for Rockford.
-Chris DiDomenico scored his first career AHL goal on Saturday.
Rob Klinkhammer Right Wing
Coming off a career-year in 2010-11, winger Rob Klinkhammer picked up where he left off to start 2011-12 with a pair of multi-point games in leading the IceHogs to a 2-0-0-0 start. Klinkhammer chipped in two assists on opening night against Grand Rapids, including the primary assist on the game-winning goal late in the third period. On Sunday, the forward strung together a three-point night with two goals and an assist in Rockford’s 5-3 win at Peoria.
A Look Ahead To Week 2:
Friday, Oct. 14: at Abbotsford 9 p.m
Sunday, Oct. 16: at Abbotsford 3 p.m.
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