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The Rockford Rewind: IceHogs in the thick of the playoff race

by Nate Haeni / Chicago Blackhawks

Friday, March 30: Peoria Rivermen 3 vs. IceHogs 4 (SO):
> IceHogs trailed 3-2 entering the third period.
> Captain Brian Fahey’s power-play goal tied the game with 4.1 seconds remaining in regulation.
- Rostislav Olesz registered two goals and an assist for his first three-point game of the season.
- Carter Hutton made 25 saves and stopped three of five Rivermen in the shootout for his 22nd win.

Saturday, March 31: San Antonio Rampage 4 vs. IceHogs 3 (SO):
> Olesz had two goals for a second consecutive game, his 13th multi-point game of the year.
> Second-year center Brandon Pirri potted his team-leading 23rd goal of the season.
> Matt Fornataro tallied his 100th professional assist.

Sunday, April 1: IceHogs 2 at Milwaukee Admirals 1 (SO):
> Rockford played to a shootout for the fourth consecutive game.
> Eight players were ejected following a bench-clearing brawl, which included Rob Flick, Carter Hutton, Shawn Lalonde and Ryan Stanton.
> Alexander Salak came in for Hutton and stopped 24 out of 25 shots, plus four of five in the shootout.
> Kyle Beach opened the scoring with his fifth goal of the season and second since returning from injury.
> Terry Broadhurst picked up his second professional point with an assist on Beach’s goal.
> The IceHogs have beaten Milwaukee in eight consecutive games and nine times overall in 2011-12.


Bacon Bits:
> Rockford is riding a six-game point streak (5-0-0-1) dating back to March 24, picking up 11 out of a possible 12 standings points.
> The IceHogs played in four straight shootouts for the first time since 2007, when the team played four in a row from Nov. 30-Dec. 7.
> The IceHogs were whistled for a season-high 80 penalty minutes as the Hogs and Admirals combined for a season-high 166 PIM’s on Sunday. 142 of those 166 penalty minutes came during a bench-clearing brawl at the 10:08 mark of the second period, including 72 given to the IceHogs.
> Rockford has an AHL-high 12 game misconducts this season, which is four more than the next closest team (Hershey).
> Alexander Salak replaced Carter Hutton in the game on Sunday and picked up his first win since Feb. 20. Hutton was one of five IceHogs kicked out of the game, including Rob Flick, Ryan Stanton, Shawn Lalonde, as well as head coach Ted Dent.
> Olesz had 5 points (4G, 1A) over the weekend and left Sunday’s game in the first period with a lower-body injury. Rockford finished Sunday’s game with 14 players on the bench.
> Over Rockford’s last 18 games dating back to Feb. 24, the team is 13-3-0-2 (.777).
> Since Rockford’s game on Jan. 13, the team has reduced their overall goals-against average from 3.76 to 3.01.
> Since returning from injury on March 23, Kyle Beach has 4 points (2G, 2A) in six games.


Prospect Highlight:
Forward Rostislav Olesz helped lead Rockford to 5 of 6 points during Week 26, keeping the team in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race. On Friday night, Olesz tallied a pair of goals and added an assist as the IceHogs topped Peoria 4-3 in a shootout. Olesz followed that up with two more markers on Saturday against San Antonio, as Rockford gained a point in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Rampage.

A Look Ahead To Week 26:
Friday, April 6 at Lake Erie, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 7 at Lake Erie, 6:30 p.m.

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