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West Notes: Heat head east, Stars snap skid

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Abbotsford makes its first of two Eastern Conference road trips on the season this weekend, visiting Providence on Friday and Sunday, and Adirondack on Saturday… The Heat later play at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton twice and at Adirondack again from Dec. 15-18… Abbotsford brings a three-game winning streak into the weekend, including back-to-back 3-2 shootout wins over Houston on Monday and Tuesday… In both games, the Heat rallied from a 2-0 regulation deficit to force overtime… Goaltender Leland Irving has been in net for all three victories of the team’s current run for his first personal three-game winning streak since taking four straight from Oct. 28 to Nov. 6, 2009.
 
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Chicago has lost three straight and five of seven (2-5-0-0), moving the Wolves under .500 overall (6-7-1-0) for the first time since dropping their season opener at San Antonio on Oct. 8… This matches the club’s longest losing skid since Don Lever took over as head coach in late October of 2009; the Wolves also lost three straight from Nov. 27 to Dec. 2, 2009… Nigel Dawes has recorded five points (2-3-5) in eight games since joining Chicago from parent-club Atlanta… Jason Krog shows an assist in four of his last five games (0-5-5)… Rookie goaltender Edward Pasquale is just 2-4-0 in six appearances since beginning his season on a three-game winning streak… The Wolves visit Oklahoma City and San Antonio this weekend.
 
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Second-year goaltender Thomas McCollum made 23 saves for his first career shutout on Wednesday, but Grand Rapids still dropped a 1-0 shootout decision to Milwaukee… It marked the first time this season that the Griffins failed to score a goal and dropped them to 1-3 in shootouts this far, including 0-3 on home ice… Grand Rapids has won five straight road games, two shy of the franchise record of seven set from Oct. 16 to Dec. 3, 2004… Chris Minard, who scored 22 goals in 40 games for Springfield last season, scored his first in 12 games as a Griffin on Sunday at Lake Erie… Cory Emmerton’s career-best seven-game scoring streak (3-9-12) ended on Sunday… Grand Rapids visits Hamilton for a pair of tilts this weekend.
 
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Hamilton suffered just its second regulation loss of the season on Wednesday, a 5-1 loss at Lake Erie, ending its nine-game points streak (6-0-1-2)… The Bulldogs’ only other regulation setback was a 5-3 decision vs. Toronto on Oct. 16… David Desharnais’ season-opening scoring streak has stretched to 12 games (5-11-16), and he has a goal in each of his last two outings… Yannick Weber leads all AHL defensemen with seven goals and is tied for third with 11 points in 12 games thus far… Through Wednesday, Max Pacioretty ranks fifth in the AHL with 60 shots on goal, of which three have resulted in goals… The Bulldogs host Grand Rapids twice this weekend.
 
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Houston dropped a pair of 3-2 shootout decisions in Abbotsford earlier this week, blowing a 2-0 regulation lead in both contests… However, the Aeros now have at least a point in six straight games (4-0-0-2) on the heels of a six-game losing skid (0-5-1-0) and have moved from eighth place to fifth in the competitive West Division… Goaltender Anton Khudobin is 4-0-1 (1.74, .946) since beginning his season with three consecutive losses… Leading scorer Robbie Earl (4-5-9) recorded his first multiple-point effort of the season with a goal and an assist on Tuesday… Houston has the AHL’s 27th-ranked power play (12.0 percent) but its fifth-ranked penalty kill (89.3 percent)… The Aeros conclude a four-game road swing with two contests in Peoria this weekend.
 
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The Monsters have earned a point in the first four contests (2-0-1-1) of an eight-game homestand and in five straight games overall (3-0-1-1)… Lake Erie collected its most lopsided win of the young season on Wednesday, a 5-1 matinee triumph over Hamilton… Since surrendering six goals in a 6-3 loss to Manitoba on Oct. 29, goaltender Jason Bacashihua is 3-0-1 and has allowed just five goals on 86 shots (1.22, .942)… Ben Walter has a point in seven of his last eight games (5-5-10) after managing just one assist in his first six games of the year… Defenseman Ray Macias shows four points (2-2-4) in his last three contests… Lake Erie hosts Milwaukee twice this weekend, including a 1:00 ET face-off on Saturday afternoon.
 
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Manitoba bounced back from a four-game winless skid (0-3-0-1) by taking back-to-back road victories at Grand Rapids (6-5) and Rockford (3-1) last weekend… Jeff Tambellini scored twice against the IceHogs and shows three points (2-1-3) in three games since being assigned from parent-club Vancouver… Rookie Jordan Schroeder, a former first-round draft pick, notched his first goal of the season on Friday at Grand Rapids, and it turned out to be the game-winner… Fellow rookie and former first-round pick Cody Hodgson is on a four-game scoring streak (4-2-6)… Eighteen different Manitoba skaters have netted at least one goal thus far… The Moose return home and welcome Rochester for a pair of games this weekend.
 
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Milwaukee is on a season-high three-game winning streak, and goaltender Mark Dekanich has turned aside 88 of 91 shots in that span (.967), including a 35-save shutout in Wednesday’s 1-0 shootout win at Grand Rapids… Dekanich currently leads all AHL goaltenders in both goals-against average (1.63) and save percentage (.941) through 10 appearances (7-1-1)… Milwaukee has been involved in four shootouts thus far and converted 11 of 20 attempts (.550), good for the AHL’s fourth-best success rate… Defenseman Aaron Johnson’s goal vs. Rockford on Nov. 3 was his first in the AHL since scoring for Syracuse on Feb. 22, 2006… The Admirals, currently on a franchise-record-tying 10-game road trip, visit Lake Erie for a pair of games this weekend… Milwaukee will not play at home again until Dec. 1 vs. Manitoba.
 
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The Barons are 4-5-1-0 on home ice thus far but 5-1-0-0 away from the Cox Convention Center… Oklahoma City boasts the AHL’s second-ranked penalty kill (76-for-84; 90.5 percent)… Goaltender Martin Gerber is on a personal six-game winning streak and is tied for the overall AHL lead with eight victories on the season (8-4-0, 2.60, .908)… Reigning Reebok/AHL player of the week Linus Omark has a point in six of his last seven games (7-4-11); Omark is tied for second in the AHL with 10 goals and tied for fourth with 18 points in 16 games overall… Liam Reddox has racked up five points (1-4-5) in his last two contests… Oklahoma City hosts Chicago on Friday in its only game of the weekend.
 
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Peoria started the season on a 7-1-0-0 tear but has collected just one victory in six games since (1-4-0-1)… A second-round draft pick (34th overall) by St. Louis in 2008, rookie goaltender Jake Allen is 3-0-0 and has stopped 97 of 100 shots (1.00, .970) to begin his professional career… Rookie winger Tyler Shattock had been scoreless through 10 games before breaking out with a goal and two assists in Sunday’s 5-1 win over Rockford… Graham Mink has recorded just one assist in his last seven games after starting the year with 11 points (4-7-11) in his first six outings… The Rivermen welcome Houston to town for a pair of games this weekend.
 
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Rochester third-year pro Michal Repik is on an eight-game scoring streak (3-10-13) and continues to lead the lead in scoring with 21 points (4-17-21) in 15 games overall… Repik is coming off a 2009-10 season in which he set career highs in goals (22), assists (31), and points (53) in 60 games for the Americans… Rookie defenseman Colby Robak, has a point in five of his last six games (2-5-7), and veteran forward Bill Thomas has recorded multiple points in five of his last six (5-8-13)… The Amerks boast the AHL’s third-ranked power play at 24.6 percent but have already allowed a league-high six shorthanded goals… Rochester heads north for a pair of games at Manitoba this weekend.
 
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After scoring just one goal in back-to-back losses last weekend, Rockford scored four times in a 4-1 win over Peoria on Tuesday… When the IceHogs visit San Antonio on Thursday for the first of two against the Rampage, they’ll be going for their first two-game winning streak since sweeping a two-game set at Abbotsford on Oct. 15 and 16… Rookie Jeremy Morin returned from his first NHL call-up and notched his fourth goal of the season (4-1-5) in Tuesday’s victory… Ryan Potulny recorded a season-high three points (1-2-3) in that contest, snapping a personal three-game scoreless drought… Igor Makarov has recorded an assist in three of his last four games (0-3-3).
 
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San Antonio began the season 1-2-1-0 but is 8-2-0-0 since to take over take a share of first place in the West Division at 9-4-1-0 (19 points) overall… Brett MacLean has racked up nine points (4-5-9) in his last six games, and MacLean (6-7-13) is now two points shy of Mathieu Beaudoin (8-7-15) for the team scoring lead… Beaudoin has at least one point in 11 of his first 14 games this season… Garrett Stafford ranks second among AHL defensemen with 12 points (3-9-12) in 12 games… Seven of Stafford’s 12 points have come on the Rampage’s sixth-ranked power play (21.4 percent)… San Antonio hosts Rockford on Thursday and Friday before welcoming Chicago to town on Sunday.
 
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Texas halted a four-game losing skid with a 3-2 win over Chicago on Wednesday… The Stars had gotten out to a 6-2-0-0 start this season but were outscored 16-4 during the four-game slide… Francis Wathier netted a pair of goals on Wednesday, and two of his five goals this season have now been game-winners… Travis Morin has an assist in three of his last four games (0-3-3) and continues to lead the Stars in scoring with 10 points overall (4-6-10)… Greg Rallo has notched a goal in two of his last three contests after failing to score in any of his first 10 games this season… The Stars are averaging just 2.38 goals per game, fourth-fewest in the AHL… Texas is idle until hosting Chicago again on Tuesday.
 
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Toronto was 2-6-0-0 on Oct. 30 and about to embark on a 10-game road swing, but the Marlies are 3-0-0-2 through the first five games of that stretch… Former Calder Cup champion Joey Crabb has netted a goal in three straight games (3-0-3) after totaling three points (2-1-3) in his first 10 outings, and Mike Zigomanis has racked up eight points (2-6-8) in five games since being assigned by the parent Maple Leafs… Defenseman Josh Engel shows five points (2-3-5) and a plus-3 rating through his first five AHL games of the campaign… The Marlies have recorded a shutout in two of their last three games – one apiece by James Reimer and Jussi Rynnas – with a 7-6 shootout loss at Oklahoma City in between… Toronto visits Adirondack, Hershey, and Binghamton this weekend.