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Saturday, February 23, 2008

IceHogs break 8 game losing streak with 3-2 win over MAds

The Rockford IceHogs snapped their eight game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Admirals Friday night at the Bradley Center. Troy Brouwer, the team’s leading scorer, returned to the line-up for the first time since an injury in February. He put four shots on goal, scoring a goal. Also back was blue liner Jerrramie Domish who was +1 for the night.

Jack Skille was credited with two points in the win and Wade Flaherty stopped 20 shots on goal. Pekka Rinne, the losing goalie, was credited with 24 shots blocked. Rockford went 2:6 on the power play. Although Rockford had a 5:3 power play in the second period, it wasn’t able to convert it until the first penalty had expired.

The Admirals, in fifth place in the West Division of the American Hockey League, remain in the hunt for the playoffs. Currently they would play in the North Division playoffs as the fourth place Syracuse Crunch trail them in points, 58 to 65. The race for the final playoff spot in the West, likely to actually be played against the North Division, is tight, with five points separating the fourth and seventh place teams.

The IceHogs are currently trailing the Chicago Wolves by eight points and the Wolves also have four games in hand. The third place San Antonio Rampage are making a move on second place, they trail the IceHogs by two points and have two points in hand.

The IceHogs and the Admirals play again Sunday and again on Wednesday at the Rockford MetroCentre.

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