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The Rockford Rewind: IceHogs go winless in Week 13

by Nate Haeni / Chicago Blackhawks

Mon., Dec. 26: IceHogs 3 at Milwaukee Admirals 7:
> Rockford allowed a season-high five power-play goals.
> Jimmy Hayes, Ben Smith and Byron Froese all tallied for Rockford.

Thu., Dec. 29: IceHogs 3 at Chicago Wolves 5:
> The IceHogs rally from a 4-1 deficit came up short.
> Despite turning away 20 of 21 shots on goal, Alec Richards was tagged with the loss.
> Andrew Shaw recorded his third multi-goal game in December and Shawn Lalonde added a goal.

Fri., Dec. 30: Charlotte Checkers 4 vs. IceHogs 3 (SO):
> Down 3-1, Rockford rallied to force a shootout against the Checkers.
> Brian Connelly, Andrew Shaw and Peter LeBlanc scored for the IceHogs.
> Alec Richards helped the IceHogs earn a shootout point, making 31 saves.

Sat., Dec. 31: IceHogs 2 at Peoria Rivermen 3
> Rockford closed out 2011 with a loss in Peoria, their ninth game on the season against the Rivermen.
> Brandon Segal and Brandon Pirri notched goals for Rockford.
> The game opened a season long seven-game road swing.
Bacon Bits:


> The IceHogs have dropped a season-high five-straight games (0-4-0-1), including all four during Week 14 (0-3-0-1). Rockford has lost seven-straight road games (0-5-0-2) dating back to Nov. 20.
> Brian Connelly appeared in his 200th career professional game on Saturday, all with Rockford, becoming the fourth different IceHogs skater in the modern era to play in 200 games with the team. Connelly is one assist shy of tying the franchise record for most career helpers with the IceHogs. The third-year defenseman has points in four-straight games (G, 3A) and seven of eight overall (2G, 6A). Jeff DaCosta is the current record holder for career assists as he accumulated 100 assists from 2000-2003 during the IceHogs UHL era.
> Rookie winger Andrew Shaw totaled a team-high eight goals in December and added an assist for nine overall points in the month.
> The IceHogs racked up a single-game season-high 59 penalty minutes on Saturday in Peoria. The IceHogs and Rivermen also set a single-game season high with 102 combined PIM.
> Winger Jeremy Morin has points in seven of his last eight games, totaling G, 7A. In those eight games, Morin has also accumulated 45 PIM.
> Saturday’s game in Peoria started a season-long seven-game road swing that runs through Saturday, Jan. 14 in San Antonio.
> Rockford has scored just two goals in the first period over their past five games, both on Friday against Charlotte
> Rockford has had seven different skaters play for both the IceHogs and Toledo Walleye (ECHL) this season
> The IceHogs have lost three-straight shootouts, getting outscored 7-1 over that time period in the extra frame


Prospect Highlight:
Rookie center Andrew Shaw had three goals and an assist during Week 13 to close out an impressive December for the rookie center. After getting held off of the score sheet on Monday in Milwaukee, Shaw tallied his third two-goal game of the month on Thursday in Chicago in Rockford’s 5-3 loss to the Wolves. On Friday, the Belleville, Ont. native tallied his 13th goal of the season in Rockford’s 4-3 shootout loss to Oklahoma City and then marked an assist on Saturday in a 3-2 loss at Peoria. Shaw totaled eight goals and one assist in December.

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