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IceHogs Thursday: Down the Stretch

IceHogs defenseman Mathieu Brisebois tallied on Friday night for Rockford. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

IceHogs defenseman Mathieu Brisebois tallied on Friday night for Rockford. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

In their last five games spanning over the course of weeks 25 and 26 of the AHL schedule, the IceHogs have picked up six of a possible ten points and have maintained a playoff spot.
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IceHogs Thursday: (Kind of) Improving

Defenseman Adam Clendening racked up 5 points in the past 4 games (1 G, 4 A). (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

Defenseman Adam Clendening racked up 5 points in the past 4 games (1 G, 4 A). (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

The IceHogs finally snapped their losing skid during week 14 of the AHL schedule as they faced a 3-games-in-3-nights stint over the weekend. Unfortunately for the Hogs, week 15 didn’t start out as well as they would have liked.

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IceHogs Thursday: Backing into 2014

Terry Broadhurst drives to the front of the net during Monday's contest against the Checkers. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

Terry Broadhurst drives to the front of the net during Monday’s contest against the Checkers. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

The IceHogs finished the 2013 portion of the AHL season with 3 games, 2 of which were against Midwest Division rivals. But, these 3 games though did not go the Hogs’ way by any means.

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IceHogs Thursday: Week 12 Not Very Merry

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IceHogs center Drew LeBlanc was +1 and recorded 2 shots on goal this past weekend. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

The IceHogs had two games left on the slate before their Christmas break arrived and they were both very important games as they took on 2 Midwest Division opponents.

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IceHogs Thursday: 2 Points In 3 Games. Welp.

Jeremy Morin scored 2 goals in 2 games since he returned to the Rockford line-up. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

Jeremy Morin scored 2 goals in 2 games since he returned to the Rockford line-up. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

The IceHogs closed out week 7 of the AHL season with back-to-back games. The Hogs were then slated to play a mid-week match-up against the Abbotsford Heat to kick off week 8.

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IceHogs Thursday: A Week to Forget

IceHogs defenseman Klas Dahlbeck celebrates his 3rd period goal on Sunday afternoon. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

IceHogs defenseman Klas Dahlbeck celebrates his 3rd period goal on Sunday afternoon. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

The IceHogs had a very important stretch of games in the past week as they were slated to play 4 games in 6 days. It was a good opportunity for them to pick up some big points, especially against Midwest Division rivals Milwaukee and Grand Rapids. Unfortunately for the Hogs, the week didn’t go according to plan.

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IceHogs Tuesday: A Winning Week

IceHogs captain Martin St. Pierre brings the puck into the Wolves' zone during Sunday's contest. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

IceHogs captain Martin St. Pierre brings the puck into the Wolves’ zone during Sunday’s contest. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

Week 20 brought three games for the IceHogs. All three were against Midwest Division rivals. In order to catch up in the playoff race, they needed to take all six points at stake–and they did.

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IceHogs Tuesday: Post-Brawl Hangover

Weelllll, about that… (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

Week 15 was essentially another must-win week for the IceHogs. Two divisional games (surprise, surprise) were on tap for Rockford, along with a Monday matinee with an opponent from the South to start week 16. These three games in four nights featured events that everyone loves:  many goals and a bench-clearing brawl.

I mean what.

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Meanwhile, In Rockford

WHAT IS GOING ON

Are you worried that hockey has become too staid? Too gentlemanly? Too concerned with skill over grit? Overrun with soft Europeans who would rather score goals and skate really fast instead of drop the gloves?

Well, if this is you — thanks for reading my blog, Don Cherry. Also, never fear: old-time hockey is alive and well, thriving in Rockford, Illinois (unlike many of its citizens).

The Rockford IceHogs and the Grand Rapids Griffins don’t like each other very much. It’s not just a forced rivalry between the farm team of the Chicago Blackhawks and the farm team of the Detroit Red Wings — there is a genuine, burning hatred between these two teams that leaks from every pore of every player that steps on the ice every time these two teams are forced to play each other.

That hatred boiled over during Saturday night’s game, resulting in the following videos.

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IceHogs Tuesday: Back on Track—Sort Of

This American has three goals in his last three games. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

Week 14 brought on three games in four nights for the IceHogs. If that wasn’t tough enough, all of the games were against Midwest Division opponents, two of them being the division leading Griffins.

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