’Hogs four wins from first championship

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Many people have said “Some things are worth waiting for.” For the Rockford IceHogs, a trip to the Colonial Cup finals is definitely one of them. It only took eight years, but now the ’Hogs are finally going to play in the United Hockey League’s biggest series.

Ironically, in their final year in the UHL and for the first time ever, the ’Hogs have made it to the Colonial Cup. They defeated the Fort Wayne Komets in the Western Conference Series Championship, 4-1.

After being shut out 3-0 in game one of the series, Rockford won the next four games. They scored 18 goals in those four victories. During the second period of game three, they also set a team record 29 shots on goal.

The ’Hogs are awaiting the winners of the Eastern Conference series between the Muskegon Fury and the Kalamazoo Wings. As of press time, Muskegon leads that series 3-2. Game six was played Monday night, May 7.

Prior to last Saturday night’s victory, IceHogs co-owner Dr. Kris Tumilowicz said, “It would be a great way to leave the UHL by winning the Colonial Cup banner and have it hanging here next season.” I suggested to him it would also be a great way to enter the new American Hockey League next season. He smiled in agreement, and said, “That sounds good, too!”

Games and times for the Colonial Cup finals will be determined following the Eastern Conference series. Tickets for the games at the MetroCentre will be available at centerevents.com or by calling (815) 968-5600.

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.

from the May 2-8, 2007, issue

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