The split put their record at 7-2, which was good for first place in the Central Division, the Western Conference and the AHL overall. After playing 6 games in 8 days, that is a pretty good place to be.
Obviously, it is early in the season, but first place is good no matter when it is. Coach Jeremy Colliton has the team hustling and playing aggressively. I have gone on record as saying I think he just might be the next coach of the Blackhawks, but I am getting ahead of myself.
The most impressive stat of the weekend for me was the shot advantage by the IceHogs on Saturday. Admittedly and understandably playing a bit tired after a rough stretch in the schedule, the IceHogs outshot the Griffins 39-20. That type of pressure will pay dividends.
I really enjoy going to Rockford to see the IceHogs. It is about an 75b minute drive west, but worth the effort. The drive home i usually quite relaxing as traffic is minimal. It's especially nice after a win!
I wrote more about the actual games on Puck Planet at IceHogs Split Weekend Games, Remain in 1st. I also covered the experience for the Patch at Rockford IceHogs Remain in 1st Place.
As always, thank you to the Rockford IceHogs for their hospitaity. Thank you also to Iacopelli for his time and willingness to talk after the game.
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