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The Rockford Rewind: Richards sets career high

Monday, 11.29.2010 / 4:52 PM / News
By Mike Peck  - Rockford IceHogs
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The Rockford Rewind: Richards sets career high

Wed., Nov. 24: Lake Erie Monsters 4 vs. IceHogs 2:
- Rockford couldn’t overcome a 3-0 deficit in dropping a 4-2 game to Lake Erie
- Jeremy Morin and Ben Smith tallied for Rockford in the loss
- Smith’s goal was short-handed and the rookie winger has accounted for both of Rockford’s short-handed goals this season

Fri., Nov. 26: IceHogs 3 at Grand Rapids Griffins 2 SO:
- Rookie goalie Alec Richards made a season-high 40 saves plus four more in the shootout to earn the win
- Brandon Pirri and Ryan Potulny potted goals for Rockford
- The IceHogs are now 9-0-0-1 in their last 10 games against Grand Rapids

Sat., Nov. 27: Peoria Rivermen 5 vs. IceHogs 0:
- Rockford was shutout for the second time this season in a 5-0 loss against Peoria
- The IceHogs crowd of 5,233 was the second largest on the season
- Rockford is now 1-3-0-1 against Peoria in 2010-11

Bacon Bits:
- Rockford’s attendance is up 15.7% through nine games in 2010-11 compared to 2009-10
- The IceHogs averaged 4,451 fans in November compared to 3,226 in November 2009
- Alec Richards 40 saves on Friday night in Grand Rapids marked an IceHogs single-game high and a career-high for Richards
- With their 4-2 loss against Lake Erie on Wednesday, Rockford fell three-games under .500 for the first time during the team’s AHL era dating back to the 2007-08 season
- Rockford hasn’t scored more than two goals in regulation since Nov. 9 in a 4-1 win against Peoria, a stretch of eight games
- During that eight game stretch, the IceHogs have scored 10 goals
- Rockford has scored two or less goals in 13 of their 21 games this season
- Rookie forwards Kyle Beach and Brandon Pirri were a team-season low -4 on Saturday in Rockford’s 5-0 loss against Peoria
- The IceHogs have given up one power-play goal in five-straight games
- Rockford’s goalie combination of Alec Richards and Hannu Toivonen combined for a .911 save percentage and a 2.53 goals against average in November
- Pirri is an AHL best 4-4 in the shootout this season
- Beach is also a perfect 3-3 in the shootout
- Beach missed Rockford’s first penalty shot attempt of the season on Friday in Grand Rapids when he was stopped by Griffins goalie Jordan Pearce in the first period

Richards

Prospect Highlight:
Alec Richards, Goaltender
Rookie goaltender Alec Richards made an IceHogs season-high and set a career single-game high with 40 saves on Friday night in Rockford’s 3-2 win at Grand Rapids. Richards then turned away all four Griffins shooters in the shootout to earn his fifth win of the season and snapped a personal three-game winless streak. Richards is 5-6-0-1 on the season with a .900 save percentage and a 2.79 goals against average.

A Look Ahead To Week 7:
Thursday, Dec. 2 at Houston, 11:05 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 3 at Houston, 7:35 p.m.

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