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Adam Clendening sets records in IceHogs win

ROCKFORD – With an assist in Wednesday’s 2-1 win over the Texas Stars, Adam Clendening set all-time records for points and assists for a Rockford IceHogs defenseman.

The blueliner notched his 135th point and 111th assist of his IceHogs tenure with a helper on Cody Franson’s first-period power-play goal.

Clendening, 25, surpassed the previous all-time marks held by Brian Connelly. Including his record-setting point, the former Boston University icer has now combined for 24 goals, 111 assists and 135 points in 204 career games with Rockford.

Clendening originally made his Rockford debut during the 2012-13 campaign and skated with the team for three seasons from 2012-15. He led all Rockford defensemen in scoring with 46 points (9g, 37a) during his AHL debut year in 2012-13, finished with a team-high 59 points (12g, 47a) the following season and collected 13 points (1g, 12a) in 38 contests in 2014-15. Since returning to the IceHogs on Jan. 23, Clendening has posted a team-best 17 points (2g, 15a) in 19 games.

Clendening now ranks second overall in assists behind Brandon Pirri’s 132 helpers and seventh in overall scoring. Pirri who’s now in the Vegas Golden Knights organization, ranks first with 200 career points.

All-Star Matthew Highmore also set an IceHogs record last weekend during Rockford’s win at the Hershey Bears on Saturday. His 21st goal of the year set the team’s AHL franchise record for goals in a single season by a rookie. Highmore surpassed Tanner Kero’s previous record of 20 goals in the 2015-16 season.

Highmore was recalled by the Chicago Blackhawks on Feb. 26.

Next Home Game: The IceHogs host the Penguins for the first time in franchise history at the BMO Harris Bank Center at 6 p.m., Saturday. It’s Autism Awareness Night and fans can purchase mystery pucks signed by both Chicago Blackhawks and Rockford IceHogs players. The first 1,500 fans will also receive a free puzzle piece cookie cutter and cookie recipe card, courtesy of the Autism Program of Easterseals. R.

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