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Week 18 recap: Rockford loses division lead

by Rockford IceHogs / Chicago Blackhawks
Center Mark McNeil looks for the puck against the Milwaukee Admirals. (Photo courtesy of Rockford IceHogs)

The IceHogs were surpassed atop the Midwest Division standings by the Milwaukee Admirals in Week 18, after dropping the first two legs of a tripleheader against their neighboring rival. Rockford fell 4-1 on Friday in Milwaukee and lost a wild 7-5 contest at home the next night, pushing their losing streak to three games.

Week 18 Results:
Friday, Feb. 6, Rockford 1 at Milwaukee 4
Saturday, Feb. 7, Milwaukee 7 vs. Rockford 5

Bacon Bits:

  • Forward Ryan Schnell recorded his second multi-point game of the season on Saturday, a career high

  • Schnell now has 2g-4a-6pts through 24 games, all career highs at the AHL level for the sixth-year pro

  • Saturday night marked Rockford’s third straight sellout and fifth overall on the season

  • It also marked the first time in IceHogs franchise history that the club drew over 6,300 fans in three straight games

  • Rookie forward Ryan Hartman recorded his second “Gordie Howe” hat trick of the season on Saturday, notching a goal, assist and a fighting major

  • After their 7-5 loss to Milwaukee on Saturday, Rockford relinquished the top spot in the AHL’s Midwest Division for the first time since Nov. 15

  • The IceHogs allowed a season low 17 shots on goal Saturday to Milwaukee, but surrendered a season-high seven goals

  • Both Rockford and Milwaukee tallied goals while even strength, on the power play and shorthanded on Saturday

  • After allowing 16 goals over a 10-game stretch from 1/3/15-1/30/15, the IceHogs have given up 15 goals over their past three outings

  • Rockford notched five goals in their loss on Saturday, just the third time in the team’s AHL era in which they’ve scored five or more goals in a game and fell in regulation

  • Beginning Friday in Milwaukee, Rockford will play six games in nine days running through 2/21/15

  • After getting swept over the weekend by Milwaukee, Rockford is now 2-8-2-0 in six home-and-home series this season, all against Chicago and Milwaukee

  • Rockford, who is looking for their first regulation victory in a home-and-home series, has two more such sets remaining on their schedule against Grand Rapids and Charlotte, both in April

Hot Hog: Week 18
Forward Ryan Schnell set new career high-water marks for points during Week 18 as the Cary, Ill. native chipped in a goal and an assist. The six-year pro appeared in Saturday’s game against Milwaukee and registered his second multi-point game of the season with a plus/minus rating of +2. Schnell now has 2g-4a-6pts in 24 games in 2014-15 with a +1 and 71 PIMs.

Upcoming Games:
Friday, Feb. 13 at Milwaukee Admirals:
Puck drops at 7 p.m. The IceHogs cap off their three game series with the Admirals by paying another visit to the BMO Harris Bradley Center. After Friday’s contest, Rockford and Milwaukee will not meet until their season series concludes on April 7.

Saturday, Feb. 14 vs. Oklahoma City Barons: Game begins at 7 p.m. Rockford hosts the Barons for the first time this season in a Valentine’s Day matchup at the BMO. The first 1,500 fans through the gates will also receive a limited edition IceHogs poster.

Sunday, Feb. 15, vs. San Antonio Rampage: Game starts at 4 p.m. The IceHogs meet up with the San Antonio Rampage for the first time since Halloween weekend as their West Division foe makes its first visit to the BMO this season. The first 2,500 fans to the matinee game will receive an IceHogs water bottle courtesy of Rock Valley Culligan. Also guests are invited to bring their own skates and join the players after the game for the last “Skate With The Hogs” of the season.

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