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Fifteen consecutive games without a loss is quite an accomplishment in any sport. For the Rockford IceHogs, it is a club record.
The Hogs are 14-0-1 in their last 15 games. Their most recent win came against one of their biggest rivals, the Quad City Mallards.
The record-setting win came in front of the largest crowd of the season so far at the MetroCentre. The 6,664 fans at the arena were treated to an exciting three periods of hockey, plus a shootout. At the end of regulation, the two teams were tied with 3 goals. Nicolas Corbeil and Kevin Ulanski beat Mallards goalie Brad Smith in the shootout period to seal the victory for Rockford.
The win leaves the Hogs alone atop the United Hockey League Western Conference standings. They enjoy a 2-point lead over runner-up Fort Wayne.
If the Hogs are to continue their winning ways, they will have to do it on the road. They begin a five-game road trip tonight (Wednesday, March 7) against the Chicago Hounds. After taking Thursday off, they then play three games in three days. Friday and Saturday night, they are in Michigan to take on Muskegon and Kalamazoo. Then, on Sunday, its off to Indiana to face Fort Wayne. They meet the Mallards in Quad City Wednesday, March 14 to conclude the road trip. Their next game on home ice is Friday, March 16, when Kalamazoo comes calling.
Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
From the March 7-13, 2007, issue