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The Rockford Rewind: IceHogs build four-game winning streak

by Rockford IceHogs / Chicago Blackhawks
Brandon Pirri's six points (3G, 3A) has led the IceHogs in their four-game winning streak (Photo courtesy of Rockford IceHogs).

Going into Week 3, the Rockford IceHogs were just coming off of their first win of the season through five games. By the end of Week 3, the Hogs extended that lone victory into a four-game winning streak, including a couple of thrilling match-ups that lasted past regulation and a come-from-behind road victory.

Week 3 Results
Thursday, Oct. 25: San Antonio 1 vs. Rockford 2 (SO)
Saturday, Oct. 27: Rockford 6 at Grand Rapids 5 (OT)
Sunday, Oct. 28: San Antonio 1 vs. Rockford 3

Week 4 Schedule:
Friday, Nov. 2 vs. Chicago, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 3 vs. Lake Erie, 7:05 p.m.

Bacon Bits:
> After starting the season 0-3-0-1 through four games, Rockford has won four straight contests. The IceHogs finished October with an above-.500 record (4-3-0-1) for the first time since 2008 when the team went 7-2-0-0 in October.

> Six of Rockford’s first eight games finished as one-goal affairs. Brandon Pirri has points in four straight games, totaling three goals and three assists during his hot stretch.

> Carter Hutton has allowed two or fewer goals in five of his seven starts this season. Hutton has won three straight starts.

> Rockford won three games in three different ways in Week 3 as their three victories came via the shootout (10/25 vs. SAN), overtime (10/27 at GR) and regulation (10/28 vs. SAN).

> Defenseman Joe Lavin had assists in three straight games (from 10/21-10/27), a career high.

> Rockford’s 6-5 overtime win over Grand Rapids on Saturday moved the team’s all-time record against the Griffins to 19-4-0-4. Brandon Pirri scored his second career overtime game-winning goal in the win

> Jeremy Morin attempted Rockford’s first penalty shot of the season on Sunday and was denied by San Antonio’s Dov Grumet-Morris. The IceHogs have now missed six straight penalty shot attempts going back to 1/30/10 when Akim Aliu beat Grand Rapids’ Thomas McCollum. During the team’s AHL era, Rockford is 2-14 on penalty shots.

> Wade Brookbank played in his 400th career AHL game on Saturday


Hot Hog:
Carter Hutton
continues to lock down the IceHogs goalie position and picked up three more wins in Week 3. Hutton opened the week with a 29-save performance in Rockford’s 2-1 shootout win over San Antonio on Thursday. Then on Friday, the IceHogs’ offense helped pick Hutton up, as the puck stopper turned away 28 Grand Rapids shots in a 6-5 overtime win in Michigan. Hutton came back on Sunday and turned in his second one-goal performance of the week, stopping 23 San Antonio shots in a 3-1 Rockford victory at the BMO Harris Bank Center.

Upcoming Games:

Friday, Nov. 2 vs. Chicago Wolves: The puck hits the ice at 7:05 p.m. as the IceHogs battle their divisional foe for the first time at home this season and the game is an Illinois Lottery Cup contest. The first 1,500 fans (21+) will receive a voucher for a Hammy Glass Mug courtesy of Applebee’s. The voucher will be redeemable at either Applebee’s location in Rockford.

Saturday, Nov. 3 vs. Lake Erie Monsters: A 7:05 p.m. start, the IceHogs square off against the Monsters for the first time this season. Saturday’s contest is also Bobblehead Election night, where the first 4,000 fans will have the option of choosing either a Mitt Romney or President Obama bobblehead courtesy of Dental Dimensions and WIFR. There will be 2,000 of each candidate and the first to run out will be declared the winner.

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