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The Rockford Rewind: Richards sets career high

Monday, 11.29.2010 / 3:52 PM CT / 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


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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