[<< wikinews] Wikinews Shorts: April 2, 2012
A compilation of brief news reports for Monday, April 2, 2012 .

=== Rockford IceHogs split a pair with San Antonio and Milwaukee ===
The Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League lost to the San Antonio Rampage in a 4–3 shootout at home on Saturday after finishing regular time 3–3.  It was the team's third straight shootout. Rostislav Olesz, Brandon Pirri, and again Olesz scored for Rockford in regular time, and Bracken Kearns, Michal Repik, and Jon Matsumoto scored for San Antonio. In the shootout, Terry Broadhurst scored Rockford's only goal, while Mark Cullen and James Wright scored for San Antonio. IceHog Phillip Danault made his team debut. Danault was the Chicago Blackhawks first round NHL Entry Draft pick in 2011.  He spent most of the season playing for the QMJHL's Victoriaville Tigres. 
In last night's game at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Rockford won 2–1 in shootout win after ending regular time with a score of tied at one in a game similar the previous night's. Scoring shootout goals for Rockford were Broadhurst and Pirri. Scoring for Milwaukee was Blum. 

Reed Schreck. "IceHogs fall short in 4-3 shootout loss to Admirals" — The Rockford Register Star, April 1, 2012
 "Rockford IceHogs 2 (SO) at Milwaukee Admirals 1 - Status: Final SO" — American Hockey League, April 1, 2012
 "AHL Game #1039, San Antonio 4 at Rockford 3" — American Hockey League, March 31, 2012
Amy Spivey. "HOGS FALL 4-3 IN THIRD STRAIGHT SHOOTOUT" — Rockford IceHogs, March 31, 2012

=== Chicago Blackhawks clinch playoff berth before losing final home game ===
Saturday night, the NHL Chicago Blackhawks clinched a Stanley Cup playoffs spot with a 5–4 victory over the Nashville Predators at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, before losing to the Minnesota Wild 5–4 in an overtime shootout in their final regular season home game.  Regular time during last night's penalty-filled game ended 4–4.

Brian Hamilton. "Blackhawks go down fighting, earn point" — Chicago Tribune, April 1, 2012
Chris Kuc. "Hawks clinch playoffs with 5-4 victory" — Chicago Tribune, March 31, 2012