Regular Season Finale Tonight against Milwaukee
Rockford, Ill.- The Rockford IceHogs (39-22-10-4) wrap up regular season play tonight against the Milwaukee Admirals (48-21-3-2) at 7 p.m. at the BMO Harris Bank Center.
The first 2,500 fans through the doors will receive an IceHogs team photo courtesy of Proforma.
A limited number of tickets are available for tonight's game. They can be purchased online at IceHogs.com, call (815) 968-5222, in person at the BMO?Harris Bank Center Box Office in downtown Rockford, or any Ticketmaster outlet, including Walmart.
The game will be broadcast on WIFR's "Justice Network" on 23.3, as well as Comcast Cable channel 434, Charter Cable channel 194 or Mediacom Channel 102 in the Rockford market, beginning with "IceHogs Warm-Up" at 6:30 p.m. with Bob Mills and Kyle Stuetzel, and online through AHLLive.com. Fans can also listen for free online at WXRX.com or by using the IceHogs mobile app. Follow along on Twitter (@goIceHogs) for live updates throughout the game.
Playoff implications are on the line tonight as a single point against Milwaukee or a Grand Rapids loss in any fashion will secure the third seed in the Central Division to face the Lake Erie Monsters in the first round of the playoffs. However, if Rockford falls in regulation and Grand Rapids wins in any fashion, then the IceHogs will be the fourth seed and compete against the Admirals to start the playoffs.
The IceHogs enter tonight's contest after posting impressive numbers in last night's 4-0 victory over Grand Rapids. Forward Tanner Kero notched a goal towards the win which now makes him the team's all-time rookie leader for goals in a season with 20. Kero is currently in the midst of a three-game point streak, which could turn in to four games tonight as he has recorded seven points in eight games with Milwaukee as the opponent. Along those same lines, rookie forward Vince Hinostroza set a new rookie record for points in a season (48) with two helpers in Friday's game. As if the young guys weren't hot enough in the contest, rookie defenseman Nick Mattson recorded his first career AHL goal which also stood as the game-winner. Goaltender Mac Carruth turned aside all 31 shots sent his way for his second shutout this season.
Milwaukee comes in to the BMO after falling 5-2 to the Bakersfield Condors last night. The loss snapped the Admirals 13-game point streak (11-0-0-2), which includes a seven-game win streak.
Next Home Game: TBD- The IceHogs have qualified for the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs, but as playoff seedings are still being determined, dates and times are not yet available for the opening round.
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