After their home game against the Texas Stars on November 27th, the IceHogs found themselves on a three game road trip that started in Chicago and finished in the Queen City of Charlotte, North Carolina.
The IceHogs entered week two still in search of their first victory of 2012-13 and this week provided three opportunities to earn it. Two of the three chances were on home ice as well.
On Friday at 2:00 p.m. CDT, the American Hockey League released the much-anticipated 2012-13 schedule.
This afternoon, the American Hockey League announced the new division alignments for both the Western and Eastern Conferences. The IceHogs are affected by the realignment as the Charlotte Checkers leave the Midwest Division after just one season and the Grand Rapids Griffins slide in.
The end of week 28 brought the end of the 2011-12 season for the IceHogs. The two games on tap were two Midwest Division games against Milwaukee and Charlotte. The Ads and Checkers weren’t going to go down easy as they continued to battle for their playoff lives. But the Hogs weren’t about to give up as this team has no quit and wanted to give the BMO Harris Bank Center faithful something to cheer about for the last time until October.
The IceHogs had no choice but to finish week 27 with two wins against Lake Erie, or at the very least come out of Cleveland with three out of the four available points, if they wanted to keep pace with the rest of the Western Conference teams battling for a playoff spot. The only question was: could they do it?
To close out January and the stretch before the All-Star break, the IceHogs were slotted to play two games against Midwest Division rivals Charlotte and Milwaukee.
The IceHogs had a big 3-in-3 weekend in week 17. The first two games of the set featured a home-and-home against the Wolves and then a matchup at the BMO Harris Bank Center against Milwaukee. They were looking to build on a momentous 2-0 home victory against the Texas Stars earlier in the week. There’s also a game in Charlotte thrown in here somewhere as well.
The IceHogs wrapped up the 2011 calendar year against two more divisional opponents in the Charlotte Checkers and the Peoria Rivermen. The tilt against the Rivs also started a season long seven game road trip for Rockford; the Hogs won’t be back at the BMO Harris Bank Center until January 16th.
The end of week seven was going to be a challenge for the IceHogs as they traveled down to Charlotte for two games against the division leading Checkers. They needed to at least grab some points in the Tar Heel State before coming back to the BMO Harris Bank Center for week eight on Wednesday to start a season long five game homestand, which could be a turning point in their season.