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Rockford IceHogs | IceHogs Open Preseason Schedule vs. Iowa Tonight …

Rockford, IL – The Rockford IceHogs are visiting the Iowa Wild tonight at 7:00 a.m. at the Xtreme Arena in Coralville, Iowa to open their preseason schedule for two games. The two clubs will compete against each other again tomorrow evening in the Xtreme Arena.

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IceHogs and Wild make preseason history

Tonight’s and tomorrow’s showdowns mark the first time the IceHogs battle the wild in the preseason. For 14 seasons, the IceHogs are 12-12-0-4 in preseason action, while the Wild are 8-5-1-0 over eight seasons.

Shake off the offseason rust

These two preseason games against Iowa will be the only votes for both clubs before the 2021/22 season begins. The IceHogs competed in a preseason game prior to last season (losing 1-6 in Chicago) after failing to play preseason games prior to the 2019-20 and 2018-19 seasons. The Wild did not participate in preseason hockey last season.

Friendly enemies reunite

The IceHogs and Wild collided 10 times during the shortened 2021 season, with the IceHogs holding a 4-5-1-0 head-to-head record. The season streak features the IceHogs’ biggest win of the season, a 6-1 triumph at Rockford on March 21st. The Wild also took their biggest win of the campaign during their streak against the IceHogs, ironically with a 6-1 win on May 7 at Rockford. On April 24th, the IceHogs snapped up the nine home games of the Wild winning streak against their rivals from the Central Division with a 5-3 win at the Wells Fargo Arena.

Corralling top perspectives in Coralville

Tonight, professional hockey will be played for the first time at the Xtreme Arena in Coralville, Iowa. The brand new, 5,100-seat facility will host ECHL’s Iowa Heartlanders for their inaugural 2021-22 season and is currently the home of the University of Iowa’s volleyball programs.

The Rockford IceHogs open the 2021-22 season on Friday October 15th against the Grand Rapids Griffins at 6:00 p.m. CT at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and continue their season-opening road trip with six games Saturday October 16 against the Chicago Wolves at 7:00 p.m. at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.

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Records of the 2020-21 regular season:
Rockford: 12-19-1-0, 25 points (6th, Central Division)
Iowa: 17-13-4-0, 38 points (4th, Central Division)

2021-22 head-to-head schedule (all times central):

Fri October 22, Iowa at 7 p.m.

Sat October 23, Iowa, 6 p.m.

Marry. November 10th in Rockford, 7pm

Marry. December 8th in Rockford, 7 p.m.

Mon-Fri December 27th in Iowa at 6 p.m.

Tuesday January 11th in Rockford, 7 p.m.

Marry. January 26th in Rockford, 7 p.m.

Fri February 4, Iowa at 7 p.m.

Sat February 5 in Rockford, 6 p.m.

Fri February 25, Iowa at 7 p.m.

Fri March 25, Iowa at 7 p.m.

Sun. April 24th in Rockford, 5 p.m.

IceHogs vs. Wild 2020-21 head-to-head record
4-5-1-0

IceHogs vs. Wild, all-time
39-29-5-3

Head coach
Rockford: Derek King (Season 4 with IceHogs)
Iowa: Tim Army (Season 4 with Wild)

NHL partner
Rockford: Chicago Blackhawks
Iowa: Minnesota Wild

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