Western Conference leading IceHogs extend point streak
|Antti Raanta makes a save against the Texas Stars on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of the Rockford IceHogs.)|
With two games on the road and the beginning of their first home stand, the IceHogs had their first four-game week of the season. The Hogs started the week with an overtime loss to the Hamilton Bulldogs but were able to take a point in the standings for their second game in a row. The next night, Rockford continued their Canada road-trip with a stop in Toronto where they won despite being down 2-0 in the second period. After getting back to the BMO for their first home stand, the IceHogs took a shootout win over Charlotte in a goalie duel. The IceHogs closed out the week with another come-from-behind win when Texas scored two goals in the first period before being blanked by the Hogs while scoring four unanswered goals for the win, ending the week at (7-2-1-0) with 15 points in the standings and in first place in the Western Conference.
Week 4 Results
Tuesday, Oct. 22: Rockford 4 at Hamilton 5 (OT
Wednesday, Oct. 23: Rockford 3 at Toronto 2
Saturday, Oct. 26: Rockford 2 vs. Charlotte 1 (SO)
Sunday, Oct. 27: Rockford 4 vs. Texas 2
-The IceHogs have earned a standing’s point in six-straight games, compiling a record of 5-0-1-0
-In a four-game Week 4, Rockford went 3-0-1-0
-The IceHogs are tied for the most points in the AHL with Manchester through four weeks with 15
-Rockford has sold out two of their first three home games, including a crowd of 6,353 on Sunday, the fourth largest in Rockford’s AHL era
-Mills becomes the 56th former IceHog to go on and play in the National Hockey League, including 43 with the Blackhawks
-Over the last three home tilts the IceHogs have found themselves down heading into the final frame, but managed to complete a comeback and record a win in all three contests
-For the second time against Texas this season, the IceHogs overcame a 2-0 deficit to win the game
-The last six matchups in the IceHogs-Stars series have had the winning team overcome at least a two goal deficit
-Goaltender Antti Raanta earned his fourth straight win on Sunday, stopping 46 of 48 shots
-Two of the four wins have been by way of a shootout in which Raanta stopped seven of the nine attempts
-Rockford shooters have converted on 5 of 10 chances (50%) in the skills session, with Viktor Svedberg leading the way (2-for-2)
-Rockford’s 7-2-1-0 start is their best 10-game start in the AHL era. The IceHogs started 7-3-0-0 in 2008-09.
Hot Hog: Week 4 - Antti Raanta, Goaltender
Goalie Antti Raanta picked up three wins in three starts for Rockford during Week 4, helping Rockford to a six-game point streak (5-0-1-0). Raanta began the week by making 22 saves on the road in a come-from-behind 3-2 win over the Marlies. The backstop then turned away 29 shots as Rockford slipped by the Charlotte Checkers in the shootout, earning the #1 Star of the Game. Week 4 came to a close on Sunday and Raanta blocked 46 Texas shots for a third-straight come-from-behind victory, knocking off the Stars 4-2. Raanta finished the week 3-0-0-0 with a .942 save percentage and a 1.95 goals against average.
Thursday, Oct. 31 vs. Charlotte Checkers: Puck drops at 7 p.m. The IceHogs take on the Checkers for the second time in three games. The first 5,000 fans will receive a Refillable Souvenir Cup from Kelley’s Market. It is also WIFR Sellout Night where fans can get a free ticket to the game courtesy of WIFR.
Friday, Nov. 1 at Milwaukee Admirals: Game time is 7 p.m. Rockford takes a quick trip up to nearby Milwaukee for a get away game against the Admirals for the first time this season. The IceHogs and Admirals will face off against each other 12 times in the Midwest Division.
Sunday, Nov. 3 vs. Grand Rapids: The puck will drop at 4 p.m. Grand Rapids comes to the BMO Harris Bank Center for the second time this season in game one of a home-and-home set against the Griffins. The first 1,500 fans will receive a Picture Frame from Riverside Dental and there will be time for photographs with players after the game.