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The Rockford Rewind: Smith, McLean star for IceHogs

by Mike Peck / Chicago Blackhawks

Tue., Oct. 25: Texas 6 vs. Rockford 2

> Ben Smith scored both of Rockford’s goals in the loss.
> The six goals allowed were a season high.
> Rockford had 35 shots on goal.

Fri., Oct. 28: Rockford 6 at Peoria 4
> The IceHogs scored a season-high six goals.
> Brian Connelly chipped in a goal and two assists.
> Andrew Shaw and Ben Youds each tallied their first pro goals.

Sat., Oct. 29 Peoria 5 vs. Rockford 2
> Peoria scored three second period goals to propel them to the win.
> Brandon Segal scored his team-best fifth goal of the season.
> Brett McLean added his third goal of the year.


Bacon Bits:
> After scoring three goals over a three game stretch, Rockford tallied a team season-high six goals on Friday at Peoria.
> Center Brett McLean notched his 450th career point on Saturday. After being held without a goal in his first seven games, McLean has three goals in his last two contests.
> Brian Connelly reached the 100-point plateau on Saturday, becoming just the fifth player during the IceHogs’ AHL era to reach 100 points. The others to reach the mark include Jack Skille (128), Petri Kontiola (121), Evan Brophey (108) and Rob Klinkhammer (108).
> Connelly accumulated a three-point night on Friday in Peoria (1g-2a), his second three point effort on the season and fourth of his career.
> Rockford has allowed four or more goals in four-straight contests, totaling 19 goals against (4.75 GAA) over that time.
> The IceHogs have 35 or more shots on goal in each of their past five games, averaging 39.2 shots per tilt during that stretch. Rockford is 1-4-0-0 during that five game stretch. After beginning the season by playing one-goal games in four of their first five contests, the average margin of victory in Rockford’s last five games is 2.8 goals.
> Rockford has a seven-day break between games, the team’s longest of the season.
> Week 5 features just one game, the lightest game schedule in 2011-12 for Rockford.


Prospect Highlight:
Rockford’s veteran center Brett McLean broke out with three goals during Week 4 after being held scoreless in his first seven games. McLean notched two goals on Friday in Rockford’s 6-4 win at Peoria, including the game-winner. The center followed that up with a goal and an assist on Saturday, including his 450th career point. On the season, McLean has totaled 3g-5a-8pts, second most on the IceHogs.

A Look Ahead To Week 3:
Sun., Nov. 6 vs. Charlotte, 5:05 p.m.

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