The Rockford IceHogs split their weekend home games, beating the Iowa Wild on Saturday and losing to the Milwaukee Admirals on Sunday. At 2-1, they now are in a 3 way tie for second place in the Central Division of the Western Conference of the AHL
In their home opener, the IceHogs defeated the Wild 7-4. Matthew Highmore scored twice, while five other IceHogs each scored one. Erik Gustafsson, Matheson Iacopelli, Darren Raddysh, Tyler Sikura and Anthony Lewis all found the net.
The offensive explosion was the result of 44 shots on goal. Wild goalie Niklas Svedberg made 39 shots, while seemingly under constant pressure. For the IceHogs, goalie J.F. Berube stopped 27 of 31 shots.
Both teams spent plenty of time in the penalty box. The Wild were called for 8 penalties, totaling 15 minutes, while the IceHogs sat out 8 minutes on 4 penalties.
On Sunday, the IceHogs fell 5-3 to the Admirals in a late afternoon game. Laurent Dauphin scored twice and Raddysh added another goal in the losing effort. Goalie Jeff Glass gave up four goals off of the 33 shots he faced. In the opposite net, Anders Lindback stopped 35 of 38 shots.
The IceHogs spent 14 minutes in the penalty box from 7 infractions. The Wild were called for 3 penalties totaling 6 minutes.
The post-game media sessions featured Coach Jemery Colliton (as usual) and several members of the IceHogs. The IceHogs YouTube channel has all of the post-game interviews, as well as media day highlights and other IceHogs videos.
The IceHogs are back in action Friday, October 20, when they host the Grand Rapids Griffins. They follow that by traveling to Milwaukee to face the Admirals on Saturday and returnong home to host the Hershey Bears on Sunday.