The 16th season of professional hockey is underway in Rockford as the IceHogs kicked off the 2014-15 campaign at the BMO Harris Bank Center on Saturday. Rookie winger Ryan Hartman bagged two goals, but Rockford couldn’t overcome Milwaukee, dropping a 3-2 decision. The IceHogs now hit the road for a season-long eight-day, four-game road trip the starts on Thursday in Adirondack against the Flames.
Week 1 Results:Bacon Bits:
Saturday, Oct. 11 Milwaukee 3 vs. Rockford 2
- Rookie forward Ryan Hartman marked a two-goal game on Opening Night, the second straight two-goal performance for the winger dating back to last season's final contest
- His Opening Night two-goal performance is the first by an IceHogs skater since Petri Kontiola did it on 2008-09 against the Quad City Flames
- Hartman has now played 10 pro games, all with Rockford, and has accumulated 5g-4a-9pts in those contests
- Center Joakim Nordstrom was tagged for 17 minutes of penalty time on Saturday
- Last season, in 58 games with Rockford, Nordstrom was assessed 21 PIMs
- Rockford has dropped six straight games against Milwaukee after Saturday's 3-2 loss dating back to 3/7/14
- The IceHogs have lost three-straight season openers and are now 2-4-1-1 on opening night in the AHL era
- After opening the season at home, Rockford will embark on a season-long, eight day, four-game road trip
- The first stop on the road trip is Glens Falls, NY for Rockford's first ever AHL meeting with the Adirondack Flames
- Rockford's last stop in Adirondack was on 3/10/06 when both teams were members of the now defunct United Hockey League, a 4-2 win
- Eight of the next 11 games for Rockford will come on the road
Hot Hog: Week 1
Beginning his first full professional season, rookie winger Ryan Hartman accounted for both of Rockford's goals in a season opening 3-2 loss to the Milwaukee Admirals. Hartman gave Rockford a 1-0 first period lead before tying the contest late in the second frame with his second marker of the game. The two-goal output is the second of his young pro career as Hartman tallied twice in the season finale last April.
Thursday, Oct. 16 at Adirondack Flames: Game time is 6 p.m. Rockford heads east for their longest road trip of the season,a eight-day, four-game set that begins with a date with the Adirondack Flames, the new affiliates of Calgary (NHL). Thursday is the first of four meetings between the IceHogs and Flames, with the other three all coming in March/
Saturday, Oct. 17 at Hamilton Bulldogs: Face off is set for 6 p.m. The IceHogs make their annual visit to Hamilton to take on the Bulldogs at the FirstOntario Centre. Rockford is 1-4-1-0 all-time in Hamilton and Saturday’s matchup is the first of two on the campaign between the clubs.
Sunday, Oct. 18 at Toronto Marlies: Puck drop is 2 p.m. The back-end of Rockford’s Ontario swing concludes at the Ricoh Coliseum against the Marlies. The contest is the first of two in 2014-15 between Rockford and Toronto, including the lone meeting in Toronto.