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Rockford IceHogs | IceHog’s Hit The Road For Weekend With The Wild

Players to Watch
Forward David Gust (18G, 19A) ranks second for Rockford and leads the team in goals, third most in the AHL. Forward Luke Philp (13G, 11A) has marked five points in two games.

Rookie forward Sammy Walker (13G, 13A) paces Iowa in goals and points this season, and defenseman Joe Hicketts (3G, 20A) ranks second for the Wild and leads the team in assists.

Last game highlights
Knocking off Texas in their second-straight overtime contest, the IceHogs topped the Stars 4-3 on Tuesday night. Forwards Luke Philp, David Gustand defenseman DJ Busdeker tallied for the Hogs in regulation. Forward Luke Reichel caught a centering pass from forward Cole Guttman and lit the lamp on the overtime winner. Jason Stauber was stout in net, turning away 33 Texas shots to earn his third straight win.

Four For Four
Going 9-3-1-1 in December, the IceHogs marked their first win of 2023 after topping the Central Division’s first place Texas Stars on Tuesday night to win their fourth straight game. In four games, the Hogs have tallied 18 goals, marking at least four goals in all four contests.

A Gust State Of Mind
Staying hot into the New Year, forward David Gust has lit the lamp 18 times, third most in the AHL. Leading the IceHogs in goals, Gust holds fourth place for overall scoring in the AHL this season, including a pair of hat tricks on Dec. 13 against the Wild and Dec. 28 against the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Strictly duster
goaltender Jason Stauber made 33 saves against the Stars on Tuesday night and bagged his third-straight win. Stauber has a .896% save percentage and marked 242 saves on the 2022-23 season after 11 games.

working overtime
Tonight marks the fifth of 12 head-to-head meetings between Rockford and Iowa, and three of the first four contests between the Central Division foes have gone past regulation. Iowa has claimed victories in all three of those contests, including two shootouts and one overtime finish. Rockford knocked off Iowa 7-4 in the lone regulation tilt so far this season between the clubs. Rockford has gone to overtime or a shootout nine times this season, and Iowa is the only team to defeat the IceHogs when the game goes past regulation as the Hogs have won the other six contests (4-0 in OT, 2-0 shootout) .

Hogs On The Move
The Chicago Blackhawks recalled forwards Luke Reichel other Brett Seney from the IceHogs on Wednesday. Seney, 26, ranks second in the AHL with 38 points (14G, 24A) in 32 games with the IceHogs this season. He paces Rockford in assists and points. Reichel, 20, shares second on the IceHogs with 14 goals and is third on the club with 36 points through 32 contests. His 36 points rank fifth in the AHL.

Next home game
Join the Rockford IceHogs on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 7 pm for Wet Your Whistle Wednesday versus the Grand Rapids Griffins. Get a ticket to the game and two drink tickets (good for beer, soft drinks, or water) for just $20. To unlock the offer on Ticketmaster, use code WYWED before selecting your seats.

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