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West Notes: Griffins, Admirals open at home

 Also see… East Notes: Stingy McKenna, Curry wins 60th

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Abbotsford started its inaugural season 3-0-2-1 before suffering its first regulation loss, a 3-1 decision to Toronto on Tuesday… The Heat rebounded for a 5-3 win over the Marlies on Wednesday… Keith Seabrook netted the game-winning goal in that one, giving the rookie defenseman five points (3-2-5) through his first eight professional games… Carsen Germyn, who missed the previous six contests, netted his first goal of the season on Wednesday… Jason Jaffray has registered a point in six of his first seven games (4-4-8) in a Heat uniform… Abbotsford has scored four shorthanded goals already, all at home, tied with Rochester for most in the AHL… The Heat begin a six-game road trip with two tilts in Grand Rapids and one in Chicago this weekend.
 
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New Chicago head coach Don Lever has participated in three Calder Cup Finals; he won the Cup as a player with Rochester in 1987, guided the Amerks to the 1991 Finals as head coach, and captured the championship as Hamilton’s bench boss in 2007… Three of the Wolves’ five losses in the early going have been by a one-goal margin, as has their lone victory… Matt Anderson shows three goals (3-0-3) in his first three outings of the season… Rookie Andrew Kozek, a former second-round draft pick, posted three points (2-1-3) in a 5-4 loss to Hamilton on Saturday… The Wolves host North Division foes Manitoba and Abbotsford this weekend.
 
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The Griffins went 1-4-0-0 on a season-opening five-game road swing, losing four straight after defeating Peoria in the lid-lifter… Grand Rapids’ 1-4-0-0 start is its slowest in franchise history, but after going 1-3-1-0 out of the gate in 2002-03 – their previous slowest start – the Griffins reeled off a 16-game points streak (11-0-3-2)… Rookie Tomas Tatar (18 years, 10 months, 17 days) became the youngest AHL player this year when he earned an assist in his Griffins debut on Sunday at San Antonio… Grand Rapids opens its home slate with a three-game weekend, hosting Abbotsford on Friday and Sunday, and Toronto on Saturday.
 
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At 4-0-1-1, Hamilton is the lone remaining AHL team without a regulation loss on the season, and the Bulldogs’ .833 points percentage is tops in the league… Sergei Kostitsyn registered four points (2-2-4) during the Bulldogs’ two-game swing through Peoria and Chicago last weekend… Mathieu Darche shows four goals and five points in his last four games… Second-year pro Brock Trotter is on a four-game scoring streak (1-4-5) and leads Hamilton with six points overall (2-4-6)… The Bulldogs visit Texas this week for games against San Antonio on Friday, Texas on Saturday, and Houston on Tuesday.
 
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Goaltender Anton Khudobin made a season-high 33 saves but took the tough-luck loss on Wednesday in a 1-0 decision against Lake Erie… Khudobin shows a 2.15 goals-against average and .922 save percentage through five outings this season (3-2-0), and he has surrendered two or fewer goals in four of the five contests… Jean-Michel Daoust (1-3-4) is the only member of the Aeros with as many as four points thus far; five players have three points apiece… Houston travels to San Antonio for a two-game set with the Rampage this weekend.
 
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Lake Erie has held opponents scoreless for its last 142:07 of action since Manitoba’s Guillaume Desbiens scored late in the second period on Saturday… Trevor Cann and Tyler Weiman posted consecutive shutouts this week to begin a three-game swing through Texas, which wraps up on Friday against the Stars… The Monsters posted back-to-back shutouts on two occasions last season – Tyler Weiman turned the trick from Jan. 11-14, and Jason Bacashihua followed from Feb. 25-27… Chris Durno has a goal in three straight games (4-1-5) and a point in four straight (4-2-6)… Lake Erie is the only AHL team with this Saturday off.
 
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Manitoba has played a league-high 10 games thus far (6-4-0-0)… The Moose, who dropped a 4-1 decision at Hamilton on Monday, are 3-0-0-0 following a loss… Matt Pettinger has recorded a point in three straight games (2-1-3) to begin his season, and Marty Murray is riding a four-game scoring run (1-3-4)… Sergei Shirokov leads all AHL rookies with six assists and nine points in eight games… Manitoba will visit Chicago on Friday and Milwaukee on Saturday to wrap up a six-game road trip.
 
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Milwaukee shows a 2-2-0-1 mark thus far on a season-opening six-game road swing… The Admirals will visit Rockford on Friday before becoming the final AHL team to play their home opener when Manitoba visits the Bradley Center on Saturday… Milwaukee is 4-3-0-1 in home openers since joining the AHL… Vancouver native Mike Santorelli returned from the NHL on Friday and posted five points (1-4-5) in the Admirals’ 7-5 loss at Abbotsford… Defenseman Cody Franson earned his first NHL recall to the Predators last week… Defenseman Alexander Sulzer was also recalled to the NHL after posting a three-game scoring streak (1-5-6) for Milwaukee
 
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Peoria captured its first regulation win of the season on Wednesday, a 4-1 final over Rockford… The Rivermen had previously defeated the IceHogs in overtime and Milwaukee in a shootout this year… Goaltender Ben Bishop improved to 2-1-0 on the season with 28 saves on 29 shots on Wednesday… Yan Stastny has netted a goal in three straight games (3-3-6) and has a point in six straight (3-6-9) since being held scoreless in Peoria’s season opener… Rookie Lars Eller has found the scoresheet in three straight tilts (0-3-3) and five of his last six (1-5-6)… The Rivermen host Rockford on Saturday – already the teams’ fourth meeting – in their lone game of the weekend.
 
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Rochester has won four straight games and is out to a 5-1-1-0 start overall, its best since beginning the 2006-07 season with seven consecutive wins… Last year, the Amerks did not secure their fifth victory until Dec. 10, which brought their record to 5-19-0-2… Graham Mink has netted two goals on the season (2-4-6), and both have been game-winning tallies… Michal Repik’s three-game goal-scoring run (4-2-6) came to an end in Wednesday’s 4-2 win over Binghamton… Making his pro debut, Victor Oreskovich posted a goal and an assist against the Senators… The Amerks visit Albany on Friday and Syracuse on Saturday before hosting the Crunch on Sunday.
 
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Jake Dowell was named the third captain in IceHogs AHL history last week, and he responded with five points (0-5-5) in two games over the weekend, including a career-high three assists on Saturday vs. Peoria… The IceHogs trailed that game 3-1 entering the third period but pulled out a 4-3 shootout win; last season, Rockford went 0-26-0-3 when trailing after two periods… Daryl Boyle’s four-game scoring streak (1-3-4) came to an end on Saturday… The IceHogs host Milwaukee on Friday and visit Peoria on Saturday this weekend… After Saturday, Rockford won’t see the Rivermen again until Jan. 16.
 
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San Antonio has tallied six or more goals in a game three times through its first eight contests this year… In 2008-09, the Rampage registered six goals in a game on only two occasions during the entire campaign… San Antonio has netted a league-high 33 goals overall and ranks third averaging 4.13 scores per contest… Brett MacLean has a goal in three straight games (5-3-8), and Kyle Turris shows eight points (4-4-8) over his last five contests… Joel Perrault is riding a four-game goal-scoring run (4-2-6)… The Rampage are 5-0-0-0 thus far after scoring the game’s first goal… San Antonio plays three home games this weekend, welcoming Hamilton on Friday and Houston on Saturday and Sunday.
 
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Texas was shut out for the first time this season on Tuesday, suffering a 4-0 loss to Lake Erie; the Stars did not manage a shot on goal during the second period of that contest… The loss also ended the Stars’ points streak at five games (4-0-0-1)… Three rookies sit atop Texas’ scoring leaderboard in the early going – Colton Sceviour (1-4-5), Travis Morin (0-4-4), and Sergei Korostin (3-0-3)… Perttu Lindgren (2-1-3) and veteran defenseman Brad Lukowich (1-2-3) also show three points… The Stars host Lake Erie in a rematch on Friday before welcoming Hamilton to the Cedar Park Center on Saturday.
 
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Toronto is 3-3-1-0 on the young season and has not scored more than three goals in any of the seven contests thus far… The Marlies split a two-game set in Abbotsford this week and will not return to British Columbia until another two-game set on Feb. 8-9… Jiri Tlusty has had a hand in nine of Toronto’s 20 total goals (5-4-9) and is riding a three-game scoring streak (2-3-5)… Mike Zigomanis joined Toronto last week and posted two assists in both of the games in Abbotsford… Rookie Dale Mitchell notched a goal in both contests after going scoreless in his first five outings… The Marlies’ lone game of this weekend is a Saturday visit to Grand Rapids.