For the second straight weekend, the IceHogs faced a three-games-in-three-nights situation. This time in week 23, they faced the Chicago Wolves twice and the Peoria Rivermen. With these big Midwest Division games, the Hogs needed to take, at the bare minimum, 4 out of the 6 points to be right on the cusp of making it into the playoffs; with 6 out of 6 points, they could be in the top 8.
The IceHogs faced their first 3-games-in-3-nights set since December 7th – 9th. In that set of 3 games, the Hogs went 1-2-0-0 against the Milwaukee Admirals, Chicago Wolves and Grand Rapids Griffins. The playoff-pushing Hogs looked to do better in week 22′s 3-in-3 set as they took on the Oklahoma City Barons and the Wolves.
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.
Week 16 wasn’t kind to the IceHogs as they played their last two games before the AHL All Star Break. They had to take on their I-90 rival Chicago Wolves and a team they had yet to see this season in the Oklahoma City Barons.
After the Christmas break, week 12 held two home games for the IceHogs against divisional opponents. The beginning of week 13 also held an important divisional game as the Hogs battled for sole possession of first place.
Week nine was filled with Midwest Division opponents for the Rockford IceHogs. Fortunately for the IceHogs, two of the games were on home ice. The Hogs also looked to extend their three game winning streak.
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.
Week four brought two more home games for the IceHogs and both games were against tough opponents. The Midwest Division leaders were in town on Friday and the fourth place team in the Western Conference was in for Saturday’s contest.
The IceHogs opened up the 2012-13 season with two Midwest Division match-ups against the Chicago Wolves, both of which were extremely competitive games.
Tonight was supposed to be the Opening Night the Blackhawks finally won. They were going to play the Columbus Blue Jackets! Come on! Easiest opening night ever!
But no. The NHL had to ruin my dreams of seeing the Blackhawks start the season 1-0 with the lockout. Fine, you jerks. I’ll just look elsewhere to get my hockey fix.