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Home, sweet home.
Those three words can sum up the 2007 United Hockey League (UHL) Colonial Cup Series. As of game five Sunday night, May 20, the home team has won every game.
The Rockford IceHogs opened the series with two home wins. Kalamazoo came battling back by winning games three and four on their home ice.
Last Sunday night, May 20, the Hogs returned to the friendly Big Orange Box and spanked the Wings 6-1 in front of 3,916 fans at the MetroCentre. That gave the hometown boys a 3-2 advantage going into last nights (Tuesday, May 22) game six back in Kalamazoo. A final score in that game was unavailable at press time.
In the first five games of the series, the Hogs have a total of 20 goals. The Wings have a total of 13. In the second and fifth games of the series, the Hogs won each game by the identical score of 6-1. Rockford was shut out in game three, 3-0. In the other four games, they have scored at least three goals. Kalamazoo has scored at least one goal in each of the first five games.
If the Hogs were able to break the home ice advantage in Kalamazoo Tuesday, May 22, youve probably already heard by now they are the 2007 Colonial Cup champions. On the other hand, if Kalamazoo was able to hold serve at home and win game six, the two teams will have to return to the MetroCentre for a final game seven tomorrow night (Thursday, May 24) at 7:05 p.m.
If a game seven is necessary, it will be the final home game for the IceHogs as a member of the UHL. If you cant make it to the MetroCentre to cheer on the Hogs as they try to win the Cup on their home ice, you can listen to the game live on WNTA 1330 AM.
Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
from the May 23-29, 2007, issue