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The Rockford Rewind: IceHogs earn weekend split

by Rockford IceHogs / Chicago Blackhawks
Kyle Beach has led the IceHogs with four goals and two assists in the last four games (Photo by Greg Hamil / Rockford IceHogs).

With momentum on their side, the Rockford IceHogs head into Week 5 winning five of their last six match-ups after splitting a pair of weekend affairs against the Chicago Wolves and Lake Erie Monsters at the BMO Harris Bank Center.

Week 4 Results:

Friday, Nov. 2: Chicago 6 vs. Rockford 3
Saturday, Nov. 3: Lake Erie 3 vs. Rockford 6

Bacon Bits:

> Rockford more than doubled their game-high combined penalty minute total (62 PIMs) with 130 against Lake Erie on Saturday. Of the 130 minutes, 84 came at the end of the second period with Rockford receiving 56 PIMs. Three different Rockford skaters, Andrew Shaw, Brandon Bollig and Wade Brookbank received game-misconducts, along with Assistant Coach Ben Simon.

> Rockford is second in the AHL in PIM per game, averaging 29.2 minutes of penalty time. Rockford has three skaters in the top 15 in the AHL in PIM.

> Marcus Kruger totaled 16 PIMs on Saturday, a career-high. In 71 games with the Chicago Blackhawks last season, Kruger totaled 22 PIMs.

> The IceHogs have scored 15 of their 30 goals in the third period this season, including a season-high four on Saturday. In 10 games, Rockford has scored three or more tallies in the third frame four times.

> Rockford is 5-for-5 in killing off 5-on-3 power plays this season, all on home ice

> Brandon Pirri is riding a team season-high six-game point streak, totaling five goals and four assists.

> Martin St. Pierre has a four-game point streak, totaling one goal and three assists.

> Defenseman Brett Lebda notched three assists on Saturday, an IceHogs single-game high and his first points of the season.

> Kyle Beach has four goals and two assists over his last four game after getting held without a point in his first four games.

> Over Rockford’s last six games, the team is averaging 4.17 goals per contest after scoring just 1.25 during their first four outings. Rockford has scored a goal in 13 straight periods/overtimes spanning four straight games.

Hot Hog: Week 4:
Kyle Beach
totaled five points in two games during Week 4. The third-year winger opened the week with his third career two-goal performance on Friday against Chicago. Beach then followed that up with a three point effort on Saturday, including a goal and two assists, in Rockford’s 6-3 come-from-behind win over Lake Erie. For his three-point outing, Beach was named the game’s #1 Star. Beach was also named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week.  

Upcoming Games:

Friday, Nov. 9 at Grand Rapids Griffins: A 6 p.m. puck drop as the IceHogs travel to Grand Rapids to take on the Griffins for a second time on the young season. The two squads face off again six more times during the year.

Saturday, Nov. 10 vs. Milwaukee Admirals: Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. The IceHogs take on the Milwaukee Admirals for the first of 12 meetings on the campaign.

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