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The Rockford Rewind: Smith leads IceHogs in Week 6

by Mike Peck / Chicago Blackhawks

Wed., Nov. 9: Rockford 5 at Grand Rapids 3

> Rockford scored three second-period goals to pace them to the win.
> Alexander Salak made 42 saves to earn his first win.
> Ben Smith tallied the game-winning goal for the IceHogs.

Fri., Nov. 11: Rockford 6 at Peoria 7 (OT)
> The IceHogs tied a team record with 13 combined goals with the Rivermen.
> Rockford overcame a 4-1 deficit and then blew a 6-4 lead with 1:12 left in regulation.
> Ben Smith and Jeremy Morin each tallied twice in the overtime loss.
> Brandon Pirri and Brett McLean also scored for Rockford.

Sat., Nov. 12: Peoria 3 vs. Rockford 0
> Rockford suffered their second shutout of the season a night after matching a season-high with six goals.
> Alexander Salak made 25 saves in the loss.
> Rockford peppered Ben Bishop with 37 shots on goal.


Bacon Bits:
> Rockford has played 13 games so far this season, and five of them have come against the Peoria Rivermen. A night after matching a season high with six goals against Peoria on Friday, the IceHogs were shut out by the Rivermen on Saturday. Saturday marked the second time this season in which the IceHogs were shutout.
> The 13 combined goals on Friday in Peoria matched a single-game record for the IceHogs during the club’s AHL era. Rockford and Texas scored a combined 13 goals in the Hogs 8-5 win over the Stars on 12/8/10.
> Rockford set a club AHL-record with its fifth straight loss at home and has not won at home since Opening Night on Oct. 8. The IceHogs are 0-4-0-0 at the BMO Harris Bank Center against the Midwest Division.
> Rockford will play 11 of its next 15 games at home through Dec. 21.
> Defenseman Brian Connelly has a plus/minus rating of +6 over his past four games, raising his accumulative plus/minus rating on the season from -6 to even.
> Center Brett McLean has 5G, 4A over his past seven games with a +2 rating.
> The IceHogs raised $12,618 with their jersey auction on Saturday with proceeds benefiting youth hockey in the Rockford community.


Prospect Highlight:
Second-year winger Ben Smith notched five points in three games for Rockford during Week 6. Smith opened the week with the game-winning goal and #1 Star of the Game honors on Wednesday in Grand Rapids. On Friday in Peoria, Smith recorded his second multi-goal game of the season and added an assist in Rockford’s 7-6 overtime loss to the Rivermen. Smith leads the IceHogs with four power-play goals on the season.

A Look Ahead To Week 7:
Wednesday, Nov. 16 vs. Oklahoma City, 7:05 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 18 at Charlotte, 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 20 at Charlotte, 2:00 p.m.

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