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West Notes: Haydar bids for milestone

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Abbotsford’s three-game winning streak ended on Wednesday with a 5-4 shootout loss at Lake Erie… Currently in third place, the Heat can still finish anywhere from second to fourth in the North Division… A second-place finish would require Abbotsford to win its remaining two games and have Rochester lose its remaining two in regulation… Colin Stuart shows three goals in his last two games (3-0-3) after going his previous seven games without a point in 10 contests without a goal… David Van der Gulik (2-3-5) and Garth Murray (1-3-4) both have a point in three of their last four outings… Abbotsford visits Lake Erie for a rematch on Saturday before closing the regular season at Toronto on Sunday.
 
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Chicago goaltender Peter Mannino (25-4-1) bounced back from a rare loss on Friday at Houston by stopping 35 of 36 shots in Wednesday’s 2-1 victory over Milwaukee… Any point earned by the Wolves or lost by Texas will clinch the West Division title for Chicago… Wolves leading scorer Jason Krog (14-60-74) is without a point in five straight games, his longest drought in the past four seasons… Rookie Andrew Kozek recorded his fourth multiple-point performance of the season with a goal and an assist on Wednesday… The Wolves close the regular season by visiting Milwaukee on Friday and hosting Grand Rapids on Saturday.
 
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Grand Rapids had totaled eight goals during its four-game winless skid (0-3-0-1) before erupting for a 6-3 win over Rochester on Wednesday… It marked the ninth time this season that the Griffins recorded as many as six goals in a game; not counting shootouts, Grand Rapids has surrendered six goals or more in a game on seven occasions this year… Riley Armstrong had been without a goal in 10 straight outings before scoring twice on Wednesday… Grand Rapids, which will miss the playoffs for the second time in three years, hosts Lake Erie on Friday before visiting Chicago and Milwaukee to close the season…
 
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Guy Boucher, named AHL coach of the year on Wednesday, is the AHL’s second-youngest head coach behind Glen Gulutzan of Texas… The Bulldogs finished 25-10-2-3 on home ice during the regular season and will close their slate with road games in Syracuse and Toronto this weekend… Ryan White is on a four-game scoring streak (1-3-4) for Hamilton, while David Desharnais’s four-game goal-scoring run (5-4-9) and seven-game points streak (5-8-13) both came to an end in a 2-1 loss to Manitoba on Tuesday… The Bulldogs have scored first in 50 of their 78 games this season (40-6-1-3).
 
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A victory on Tuesday vs. Rockford would have given Houston its first three-game winning streak since Jan. 30 to Feb. 3, but the Aeros dropped a 3-1 decision to the IceHogs… Houston currently ranks 25th in the AHL in offense, averaging 2.53 goals per contest… Houston has totaled only 42 first-period goals in 77 games this season, compared to 71 in the second period and 72 in the third… The Aeros have the league’s worst power play at home (11.5 percent) but its fourth-best on the road (19.7 percent)… Duncan Milroy has a point in three straight games (0-4-4) and four of his last five outings (1-4-5).
 
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Lake Erie, which went 20-10-0-2 between Dec. 19 and Feb. 28, tumbled to a 4-9-1-2 mark in its next 16 games to fall out of playoff contention for the third straight season… The Monsters have been leading after one period in only 21 games this year (14-6-0-1), tied with Grand Rapids for second-fewest in the AHL, just ahead of Houston’s 20… T.J. Hensick has a point in five straight games (1-6-7) and 10 of his last 12 (2-14-16) for the Monsters, and captain Brian Willsie is riding a five-game scoring run (3-5-8)… Former first-round draft pick Kevin Shattenkirk recorded an assist and a shootout goal in his pro debut on Wednesday, helping Lake Erie to a 5-4 win over Abbotsford… Darren Haydar enters the final weekend sitting on 599 regular-season points in his AHL career.
 
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Manitoba finished 3-2-0-1 on its recent six-game road trip, which saw the Moose play two-game sets in each of the AHL’s other three Canadian cities – Abbotsford, Toronto, and Hamilton… The Moose are playoff-bound for the sixth straight year and will play either Hamilton or Rochester in the first round… Goaltender Cory Schneider has surrendered exactly one goal in each of his last three outings, stopping 97 of 100 shots over that span (2-0-1, 0.97, .970)… Sergei Shirokov’s game-winning goal on Tuesday at Hamilton marked his 22nd goal of the season but first game-winner… Manitoba closes the regular season with a two-game home set vs. Peoria this weekend, the teams’ first meeting since Dec. 4 in Illinois.
 
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Milwaukee dropped a 2-1 decision at Chicago on Wednesday, managing only one goal in a game for the first time since its last visit to the Windy City, an identical 2-1 loss on Mar. 6… The Admirals host the Wolves – their likely first-round playoff opponent – on Friday before closing the regular season against Grand Rapids on Sunday… Marty Murray shows eight points (4-4-8) in 13 games since joining Milwaukee from Manitoba, but is scoreless in his last two contests… The Admirals have scored the first goal in exactly half of their games thus far, 39 out of 78 (29-5-1-4).
 
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Peoria’s season-ending two-game series in Manitoba will mark the Rivermen’s first visit to Winnipeg since Feb. 27-28, 2009… The Rivermen hosted the Moose this season on Nov. 7 and Dec. 4, winning both contests by a combined score of 9-2… Peoria started the season 0-6-0-2 in the final game of a three-in-three stretch before beating Houston on Mar. 28 and Lake Erie last Sunday… The Rivermen still do not have a 20-goal scorer this season, but Barry Tallackson is sitting one goal short of the mark (19-8-27 in 72 games)… Since defenseman Nate Guenin’s first game in a Peoria uniform on Feb. 19, he has posted a plus-16 rating in 25 contests.
 
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The Americans’ magic number is one to clinch second place in the North Division and home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs against either Abbotsford or Manitoba… Reigning Reebok/AHL goaltender of the month and Reebok/AHL player of the week Tyler Plante has been the goaltender of record in Rochester’s last nine games, posting a 5-2-1 mark with one shutout over that span… The Amerks, who only had one 20-goal scorer a year ago, already have three this season – Jeff Taffe (27-28-55), Jamie Johnson (26-43-69), and Michal Repik (22-29-51); Graham Mink (19-17-36) can join the group with one more goal in the season’s final two games, while Chris Taylor (16-43-59) would need to explode for four scores in that span.
 
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Rockford, which is headed to the playoffs for the third time in as many AHL seasons, has alternated wins and shutout losses in its last six games… The IceHogs finished 26-12-1-1 at home this season, their most home wins as a member of the AHL… Goaltender Corey Crawford wound up 16-6-0 at the MetroCentre this year… Kyle Beach, the Blackhawks’ first-round draft pick in 2008, made his season debut for the IceHogs last week after completing a 52-goal and 86-point junior season for Spokane (WHL)… The IceHogs wrap up the regular season with games this weekend at Texas – a likely first-round playoff preview – and San Antonio.
 
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San Antonio’s top unit of Alexandre Picard, Kyle Turris, and Brett MacLean has scored 12 of the team’s 17 power play goals (70.6 percent) over the last 12 games… In their last six home games (4-1-1-0), the Rampage have outscored opponents 8-3 during the third period… San Antonio tied a franchise record with two shorthanded goals in a 34-0 win over Chicago on Saturday; the two tallies came in a 22-second span during the same Wolves power play… Turris has recorded 13 goals and 19 assists for 32 points in his last 30 games… The Rampage close their season this weekend by hosting Rockford and Houston.
 
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Texas, which is 15-4-0-0 in its last 19 games, has not lost back-to-back contests since a three-game skid from Feb. 19-23… Rookie Colton Sceviour shows nine goals in 78 outings this season (9-28-37), and four of them have been game-winning tallies… Sceviour joins Perrtu Lindgren, Francis Wathier, and Sergei Korostin with four game-winners this year; Aaron Gagnon has a team-high five… Defenseman Dan Jancevski played in his 700th pro game on Friday vs. San Antonio, and fellow rearguard Garrett Stafford appeared in his 500th pro contest on Saturday vs. Houston… Goaltender Brent Krahn is 7-2-0 (2.50, .922) with one shutout since his return from injury.
 
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Toronto is just 2-4-0-0 in its last six games, and both victories during that span came via the shootout… The Marlies now show a league-high eight shootout wins on the season (8-5); Bridgeport, Manitoba, Peoria, and Portland have all won seven tilts in the shootout… Andre Deveaux (15-24-39) needs one point in Toronto’s final three games in order to become the Marlies’ lone 40-point scorer this season… Jeff Hamilton has a point in five straight games (2-3-5) and nine of his last 10 (6-4-10)… Toronto, which will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2007, closes the season by visiting Rochester on Friday and hosting Hamilton and Abbotsford on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.