Rockford picked up two victories from three games in Week 26, officially earning their spot in the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs, their first trip to the postseason since the 2009-10 season. After starting the week with a tough road loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday, the IceHogs offense came alive in a pair of home wins. Rockford took down the Griffins 6-2 in a Friday rematch, before routing the Rochester Americans 7-2 on Saturday night.
Week 26 Results:
Wednesday, April 1, Rockford 1 at Grand Rapids 6
Friday, April 3, Grand Rapids 2 vs. Rockford 6
Saturday, April 4, Rochester 2 vs. Rockford 7
- Rockford’s victory over Rochester on Saturday, when coupled with Utica’s win against Hamilton, clinched the IceHogs a berth in the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs
- The IceHogs return to the postseason for the ninth time in franchise history, and the fifth time in their eight years as a member of the AHL
- Rockford ends a four-year playoff drought, dating back to the 2009-10 season
- With a two-game split against Grand Rapids, the IceHogs remain only three points back from the Midwest Division lead, with a game in hand on the Griffins
- Rockford, with 89 points, owns a five-point lead over Oklahoma City for possession of fourth place in the Western Conference and first-round home-ice advantage
- With victories over Grand Rapids on Friday and Rochester on Saturday, the IceHogs extended a winning streak at the BMO Harris Bank Center to six games, spanning back to March 18
- The streak ties the longest home winning stretch in Rockford’s AHL era, reached three different times. The 2006-07 IceHogs hold the all-time record for most-consecutive home victories, winning 11 from Jan. 10-March 3
- The 13 goals in Friday and Saturday’s wins were the most scored in a two-game stretch since Rockford scored 14 from Feb. 4-8, 2014
- Center Alex Broadhurst scored two goals and three assists on Saturday, becoming the first IceHogs player to tally over four points since Brandon Pirri logged a goal and five assists back on April 12, 2013
- Broadhurst has now scored four goals and five assists in seven games back from an arm injury
- In the 15 games prior to his injury, the Orland Park, Ill. native only put up two assists
- On Friday and Saturday, the sophomore trio of Garret Ross, Mark McNeill and Phillip Danault combined for 11 points (5g-6a) and a +13 rating
- Rookie right wing Ryan Hartman logged a pair of multi-point performances, scoring two goals against Grand Rapids on Friday and a goal and two assists against the Americans Saturday
- Spencer Abbott recorded four assists over the week, including three on Saturday against Rochester
- In 13 games with the IceHogs, Abbott has 14 points (7g-7a)
- The Rockford power play unit snapped a four-game scoring drought by going 3-for-5 on Saturday against Rochester
- It was the second time this season where the IceHogs scored three times in one game on the power play (11/6/14, at Iowa)
Hot Hog: Week 26
With a dominant performance on Saturday against Rochester, second-year center Alex Broadhurst became the first Rockford player to score over four points in a game since the 2012-13 season. Broadhurst scored two goals and three assists in a 7-2 drubbing of the Americans, the first five-point outing of his professional career. The 22-year-old native of Orland Park, Ill. has found his scoring touch after being sidelined with a broken arm for most of the season. In his seven games back to the Rockford lineup, Broadhurst has notched four goals and five assists.
Upcoming Games:Thursday, April 9 at Iowa Wild:
Tuesday, April 7 vs. Milwaukee Admirals: Face-off is at 7 p.m. Rockford begins their last road trip of the regular season with a stop in Des Moines to take on the Wild. The IceHogs head into the year’s final meeting with Iowa holding a 5-2-0-0 record in the season series, including a 2-1-0-0 mark at Wells Fargo Arena.
Face-off is at 7 p.m. Rockford begins their last road trip of the regular season with a stop in Des Moines to take on the Wild. The IceHogs head into the year’s final meeting with Iowa holding a 5-2-0-0 record in the season series, including a 2-1-0-0 mark at Wells Fargo Arena.Saturday, April 11 at Charlotte Checkers:
Game starts at 6 p.m. Rockford heads to North Carolina for a weekend doubleheader with the Checkers, beginning on Saturday at Time Warner Cable Arena. The showdown is first of three-straight games against Charlotte. The IceHogs fell in a shootout in their previous meeting with the Checkers, back on Jan. 13 in Rockford.Sunday, April 12 at Charlotte Checkers:
Puck drops at 12 p.m. The IceHogs wrap up the road portion of their regular season schedule with Sunday’s rematch against Charlotte. Heading into the weekend Rockford owns a 9-9-1-2 record all-time against the Checkers, including a 6-3-1-1 mark in North Carolina.