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The Rockford Rewind: Smith, Morin help Hogs in Week 16

by Nate Haeni / Chicago Blackhawks

Wed., Jan. 11: IceHogs 2 at Chicago Wolves 4:  
> Jeremy Morin tallied both of Rockford’s goals.
> Alec Richards made 23 saves in the loss.
> Brandon Pirri marked assists on both goals.

Fri., Jan. 13: IceHogs 2 at Oklahoma City Barons 1 (OT):
> For the second time in seven days, Rockford won when trailing after the second period.
> Philippe Paradis scored the game-tying goal with 5:38 left in regulation.
> Ben Smith redirected a Brian Fahey slap shot in for the game winner 2:50 into overtime.
> Carter Hutton earned the win after making 18 saves.

Sat., Jan. 14: IceHogs 1 at San Antonio Rampage 2:
> Rockford couldn’t hold a 1-0 third period lead in San Antonio.
> Ben Smith tallied Rockford’s lone goal.
> Carter Hutton made 29 saves in the loss.


Bacon Bits:
> The IceHogs hit the halfway mark of the regular season after Friday’s game in Oklahoma City with a record of 14-20-1-3.
> After a penalty kill rut of allowing 15 power-play goals on 37 short-handed situations (59.5%), Rockford has killed off 13 straight penalties.
> Rockford finished their season-high seven-game road swing 3-4-0-0 and alternated wins and losses throughout the trip.
> Winger Ben Smith has tallied a goal in three straight games for Rockford dating back to 1/8/12, matching a team season high.
> Week 17 is Rockford’s second of four, four-game weeks of 2011-12.
> Rockford’s 2-1 overtime win over the Barons on Friday marked just their second win in nine all-time meetings with Oklahoma City.
> Eight of Rockford’s last nine games have been decided by one goal or featured an empty net goal to make it a two goal game.
> The IceHogs were held without a power-play chance for the first time this season on Saturday in San Antonio.
> Over their last four games, Rockford has earned two victories while trailing after two periods.
> Before the IceHogs 6-5 come-from-behind win over Texas on Jan. 8, Rockford was 0-16-1-0 when trailing after 40-minutes.
> Rockford lost a game for just the second time this season (11-2-0-1) when leading after the second period when their 1-0 advantage didn’t hold up in San Antonio on Saturday.
> Rockford has allowed 17 goals over their past six games, a goals-against average of 2.71. The IceHogs are last in the AHL with an overall GAA of 3.64.
> Seven of Rockford’s next 11 games are against either Chicago (5) or Milwaukee (2).

Hot Hog: Goalie Carter Hutton split his two starts in Week 16, but allowed just three goals in the two games. On Friday night, Hutton backstopped the IceHogs past the Western Conference leading Oklahoma City Barons, making 18 saves in Rockford’s 2-1 overtime win. Hutton came back on Saturday and made 28 saves in Rockford’s 2-1 loss at San Antonio. Hutton finished the week 1-1-0- with a .939 save percentage and a 1.48 goals against average.

A Look Ahead To Week 14:
Monday, Jan. 16 vs. Texas, 1:05 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 20 vs. Chicago, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 21 at Chicago, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 22 vs. Milwaukee, 5:05 p.m.

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