Game Preview: Bears at IceHogs, 5 p.m. ET
Hershey Bears (1-3-0-1) at Rockford IceHogs (4-1-0-0)
Sunday, October 22, 2017, 5 p.m. ET
BMO Harris Bank Center
REFEREES: Peter MacDougall, Michael Sheehan
LINESMEN: Jameson Gronert, Todd Plouffe
Broadcast Information (Pre-game 4:30 PM)
RADIO: WQIC-100.1 FM, Fox Sports 1460-AM, Hershey Bears App--Zack Fisch, the Voice of the Bears, on the call
LISTEN LIVE: Fox Sports AM-1460 Stream, Caps Radio 24/7
WATCH LIVE: AHLLive.com
ICEHOGS HISTORY: Tonight’s contest marks Hershey’s first game with Rockford in franchise history. The IceHogs are the AHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks and joined the AHL in 2007-08 season. Before the AHL, Rockford housed a United Hockey League team with the same name and logo. The UHL club won the league’s Colonial Cup in their final season in 2006-07. Last season, the IceHogs went 29-35-8-3 and missed the playoffs. Rockford is skating under first year head coach Jeremy Colliton, who is just 32 years of age. He is a former forward for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
THROW YOUR HATS: Hershey forward Chandler Stephenson recorded a hat-trick in Saturday’s 4-2 win at Grand Rapids. He propelled the Bears to their first ever win over the Griffins with an even strength, power play, and shorthanded goal. The contest was not only Stephenson’s first hat trick, but also his first multi-goal game of his AHL career. The forward already has five goals on the new campaign, and he’s coming off a year where he set a personal pro best with 10 goals. His five goals ties him for fourth in the AHL.
A+ DEBUT FOR ADAM: Hershey netminder Adam Carlson made his AHL debut last night and was strong in a 4-2 win at Grand Rapids. The Edina, Minnesota native kicked out 19 shots through the first 40 minutes of action to keep Hershey even with the defending Calder Cup Champions. The Bears struck for three goals in the third period, and Carlson shut the door, finishing the night with 24 saves on 26 shots. The second-year pro went 9-11-1-1 last year with South Carolina (ECHL).
LANGLOIS IS BACK: Hershey forward Jeremy Langlois skated with the IceHogs during the 2016-17 season. The forward had 14 points (eight goals, six assists) in 14 games with Rockford. His best game as an IceHog came at the BMO Harris Bank Center on Feb. 17 of last season when he scored twice versus Cleveland. The Quinnipiac product has played in 192 career AHL games, scoring 78 points (38 goals, 40 assists).
THROUGH FIVE: The Bears enter tonight’s contest with five games played on the new season. While Hershey’s record of 1-3-0-1 isn’t ideal, the club can draw from a slow start in a successful season in 2016-17 as inspiration. Last year Hershey went 1-2-2-0 over the first five games. The club lost the first two games of the season, then after a win in the home opener on Oct. 22, dropped two straight overtime contests. Hershey then rattled off five straight wins, and finished the season in 3rd place in the Eastern Conference with a 43-22-8-3 record, and advanced to the second round of the playoffs.
DROPPING THE GLOVES: Hershey winger Anthony Peluso has seen plenty of the Rockford IceHogs over the years. The winger spent four seasons as a member of the Peoria Rivermen and in his tenure, dropped the gloves with the IceHogs nine times. His first AHL fight was versus Rockford’s Ryan Flinn on Oct. 9, 2009. During the 2011-12 season, he fought versus the IceHogs four times, including two scraps versus Brandon Bollig. Peluso, a veteran, has logged 382 penalty minutes over his 205 game AHL career.
MITCHELL MAY DEBUT: Hershey forward Mason Mitchell will look to make his professional hockey debut today in Rockford. The Calgary native signed a two-year, free agent deal with the Capitals in March out of Alaska-Anchorage where he registered 14 points (12 goals, 2 assists) in 31 games in 2016-17. Last year, he led UAA in goals and ranked fourth in points as a sophomore. He improved upon a solid first year with UAA, where he tallied 12 points in 19 games during his first NCAA season in 2015-16 and was named Anchorage's rookie of year. The gritty winger played a season with his hometown Calgary Mustangs of the AJHL in 2014-15, tallying a team-high 217 penalty minutes.
BEARS-ROCKFORD FAST FACTS: Hershey lost its lone Sunday game of the season so far, falling to Lehigh Valley last Sunday in a shootout, 4-3. Last year Hershey went 10-7-2-0 on Sundays, but were just 2-3-0-0 on the road for Sunday games…Rockford goaltender Jeff Glass was involved in a memorable fight in Hershey during his days with the Binghamton Senators. On Mar. 3, 2007, Glass scrapped with Hershey goalie Maxime Daigneault during a brawl at 13:59 of the third period. Glass was given 29 minutes in penalties, including two minutes for leaving the crease, two minutes for instigating, five minutes for fighting, a 10 minute misconduct, and a second 10 minute misconduct for starting a secondary altercation. Hershey won that game, 7-1…Rockford goaltender Collin Delia participated in Washington’s Prospect Camp in June before signing with the Blackhawks.
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