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West Notes: Deja vu for Ads, first for Griffins

 Also see… East Notes: Pirates, ‘Tigers snap skids

 
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Abbotsford had surrendered 18 goals during a three-game losing skid before goaltender Leland Irving put up a 25-save shutout of Milwaukee in a 2-0 win on Wednesday… It marked Irving’s first shutout of the campaign; he posted one blanking in 47 AHL appearances as a rookie last season… Kris Chucko snapped an eight-game goal-scoring drought with a tally on Wednesday, while Carsen Germyn scored his third goal in a five-game span… The Heat are a perfect 4-0-0-0 this season when leading after the opening period… Abbotsford wraps up a six-game road trip with weekend games at Hamilton and Lake Erie.
 
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Chicago has won consecutive games for the first time this season and is 2-0-0-1 since Don Lever took over as head coach last week… Spencer Machacek posted his second career multiple-goal game and recorded a career-high four points (2-2-4) in Saturday’s 7-1 win over Abbotsford… Brett Sterling matched a career high with three assists in that victory… Defenseman Chris Chelios has registered four assists in his last two games and is plus-6 through three contests overall… Tim Stapleton is 2-for-2 in shootout tries thus far, including the game-winner on Wednesday vs. Rockford… The Wolves are the only AHL team that has Friday night off.
 
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Last weekend marked the first time in their history that the Griffins won three home games in as many nights… Captain Jamie Tardif notched his second career AHL hat trick on Sunday vs. Abbotsford, his first since Mar. 3, 2007, at Syracuse… Daniel Larsson made a career-high 41 saves in that game as Grand Rapids took a 6-1 win… Evan McGrath’s assist on Saturday vs. Toronto marked his 100th point as a Griffin, making him the 20th player in franchise history to reach that milestone… Grand Rapids sold out its home opener on Friday (10,834) for the 14th consecutive year, including all nine as a member of the AHL.
 
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At 6-0-1-2, Hamilton remains the only AHL team yet to suffer a regulation loss, and the club’s nine-game points streak is a franchise record to start a season… Five of the Bulldogs’ first nine games have extended beyond regulation, and Hamilton is 2-0-1-2 in those contests… Goaltender Curtis Sanford already has two shutouts on the season and has surrendered more than two goals just once in six appearances thus far (4-1-1)… Tom Pyatt has netted a goal in three of his last four games (3-2-5), while Ryan White shows a point in three of four (2-3-5)… The Bulldogs host Abbotsford on Friday and Peoria on Sunday this weekend.
 
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Houston is on a season-high three-game winning streak after taking a 4-3 shootout decision from Hamilton on Tuesday… Jean-Michel Daoust paces the Aeros’ offense with six points (2-4-6) in nine contests… Defenseman Clayton Stoner boasts a team-best plus-6 rating in eight games thus far… Former first-round draft pick Nathan Smith netted his first goal of the season in Tuesday’s victory over the Bulldogs… Goaltender Anton Khudobin was recalled by parent-club Minnesota on Tuesday after posting a 28-save shutout at San Antonio on Sunday… The Aeros travel to Grand Rapids for games on Thursday and Friday before a date at Texas on Sunday.
 
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After going 2-1-0-0 on a three-game Texas swing, Lake Erie will now play five straight and eight of its next nine games on home ice… The stretch opens this weekend with a pair of tilts against Peoria followed by a Sunday visit from Abbotsford… Chris Durno earned an NHL recall to Colorado on Sunday after notching a goal in four straight games (5-1-6) for the Monsters… Darren Haydar has rattled off a five-game scoring run (3-4-7), and his nine points overall (3-6-9) are tied with Durno (6-3-9) for the club lead… Lake Erie has scored three of its four shorthanded goals on the road this season.
 
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Four of Manitoba’s last seven games have extended beyond regulation; the Moose won the first three before suffering a 3-2 overtime loss at Milwaukee on Saturday… The Moose are 4-0-1-0 this year when the game is tied after two periods… Cory Schneider picked up his first shutout of the season with a 24-save effort on Friday at Chicago and was recalled by parent-club Vancouver on Wednesday… The Moose have gone five consecutive games without scoring more than two goals… Marty Murray has collected a point in five of his last six contests (1-4-5)… Manitoba hosts Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Norfolk twice apiece this week.
 
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Milwaukee currently has the same 3-4-0-1 record after eight games that it did at this point last season; in 2008-09, the Admirals then won 20 of their next 25 games and shot to the top of the West Division… After Wednesday’s 2-0 loss to Abbotsford, the Admirals are 0-3-0-0 against the Heat this season and 3-1-0-1 against everybody else… Milwaukee hosts the Heat again on Nov. 12 and then will not see them again for the rest of the regular season… Peter Olvecky currently leads the active roster with seven points (2-5-7) and a plus-4 rating in eight games… The Admirals play a home-and-home set with Rockford this weekend.
 
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Peoria has played Rockford in four of its eight games thus far, including each of the last three; the two division rivals will not see each other again until Jan. 16… The Rivermen bring a four-game points streak (2-0-1-1) into its three-game road trip this weekend to Lake Erie (Friday & Saturday) and Hamilton (Sunday)… Chris Porter (4-2-6) and rookie Lars Eller (1-3-4) each has a point in four straight games, while Nicholas Drazenovic is riding a three-game scoring streak (1-3-4)… Defenseman Jonas Junland shows a team-high 10 points (5-5-10), including three goals and three assists in the four match-ups with Rockford.
 
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Three players – Graham Mink (3), Michal Repik (2), and David Brine (2) – have accounted for the game-winning goals during Rochester’s current seven-game winning streak… Chris Taylor currently shows a four-game scoring run (1-4-5) and has a point in six of his last seven games (2-6-8)… Mike York (1-3-4) and Keaton Ellerby (0-4-4) have a point in three of their last four contests… The Americans have scored 25 of their 33 goals this season from the second period on, outscoring opponents 25-15 over that span… The Amerks visit Binghamton on Friday in their lone game of the weekend.
 
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Rockford goaltender Corey Crawford has made at least 30 saves in all three of his losses this season, including 36 during Saturday’s 5-2 setback at Peoria… Against West Division opponents thus far, the IceHogs are 3-0-0-0 at home but 0-3-1-0 on the road… Rockford has killed off 20 of 22 opponent power plays (90.9 percent) over its last five games… Mark Cullen had netted a goal in the IceHogs’ first two meetings with Chicago this season before being held off the scoresheet altogether on Wednesday in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Wolves… Rockford visits Milwaukee on Friday before hosting the Admirals on Saturday and traveling to Chicago on Sunday.
 
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San Antonio totaled just two goals and was blanked twice in three losses last weekend – one in overtime – after racking up 14 goals in its previous two outings… Jeff Hoggan and Kevin Porter netted the Rampage’s only goals of the weekend in a 3-2 overtime loss to Houston on Saturday… The Rampage are just 1-2-2-0 against fellow West Division opponents thus far but show a 5-1-0-0 mark against North Division foes… San Antonio, which hosts Texas on Friday in its only game of the weekend, has yet to square off with a West Division opponent from outside the Lone Star State.
 
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Texas has combined to score 18 goals in its five wins this season and four goals in its four losses… Rookie Sergei Korostin continues to lead the Stars with four goals (4-0-4) in nine contests… Francis Wathier registered the Stars’ first multiple-goal game of the season – including the game-winner – on Friday in a 5-3 triumph over Lake Erie… Aaron Gagnon has collected a point in three of his last four games (1-2-3) for Texas… The Stars have averaged a league-low 11.44 penalty minutes per game thus far… Texas visits San Antonio on Friday before hosting Chicago and Houston to close out the weekend.
 
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Toronto has captured just one win in six tries (1-3-1-1) since beginning the season with consecutive victories… Mike Zigomanis has racked up five assists in his first three games with the Marlies since joining the club on Oct. 20 in Abbotsford… Goaltender Adam Munro faced 35 or more shots in each of the Marlies’ three games last week… Jiri Tlusty has netted a goal in three straight games (3-2-5), has a point in four straight (3-3-6), and leads Toronto with six goals and 10 points in eight outings overall… The Marlies host Adirondack on Friday, have Saturday off, and welcome Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to Ricoh Coliseum on Sunday.