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West Notes: Rampage, Moose start quick

 

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Abbotsford is tied for second place in the West Division despite earning just one win in four games thus far; the Heat sport two overtime losses and a shootout defeat to go along with their 4-2 victory at Manitoba on Tuesday… Jason Jaffray, who spent most of the last four seasons with Manitoba, burned his former club for a pair of goals in the Heat’s two-game stop in Winnipeg this week… Jaffray has netted a goal in all three of his games thus far (3-1-4)… Jamie Lundmark registered three goals and four points in the two games vs. Manitoba… The Heat return home for a two-game set against Milwaukee this weekend and welcome Toronto for a pair next week.
 
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Chicago became the last AHL team to enter the win column this season when it rallied for a 5-4 triumph over Rockford on Wednesday… The Wolves had opened 0-3-0-0 for the first time in franchise history… Matt Anderson, who did not play in Chicago’s first three games of the year, registered a pair of goals – including the game-winner – vs. the IceHogs on Wednesday… It marked Anderson’s first multiple-goal game in the AHL… Chicago had been held to a total of four goals in its first three contests prior to Wednesday’s five-goal showing… The Wolves visit Rockford for a rematch on Friday before hosting Hamilton at Allstate Arena on Saturday.
 
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Grand Rapids has played just two games thus far (1-1-0-0), tied with division-rival Hamilton for fewest in the league… The Griffins opened with a 3-1 win at Peoria on Oct. 3 and dropped a 3-2 decision at Toronto on Saturday in their lone game of the weekend… Jeremy Williams, a former Marlie, registered his 100th professional goal in Saturday’s contest… Grand Rapids concludes its team-record season-opening five-game road swing with three tilts in Texas this week… The Griffins visit the Stars for the first time ever on Thursday before tangling with ex-coach Greg Ireland and San Antonio on Saturday and Sunday.
 
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Hamilton and Grand Rapids are the only AHL teams yet to play three games this season… The Bulldogs have been idle since capturing a 3-0 win over Rockford in their season opener on Friday… Curtis Sanford pitched a 38-save shutout in that contest for his first win in a Hamilton uniform… Marc-Andre Bergeron on Friday played his first game for the Bulldogs since the 2003 Calder Cup Finals and registered two assists vs. Rockford… Hamilton visits the Midwest this weekend for games in Peoria on Friday and Chicago on Saturday, before returning to host Manitoba on Monday and Tuesday.
 
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Houston has alternated wins and losses thus far (2-2-0-0), and all four contests have been decided by either a one- or two-goal margin… Goaltender Anton Khudobin has earned both of the victories, while newcomer Wade Dubielewicz has suffered a pair of one-goal defeats… Pete Zingoni and defenseman Clayton Stoner have two goals apiece, and six other Aeros skaters have each scored once… Houston has killed off 16 straight shorthanded situations to begin the season, including a 10-for-10 showing on the road… The Aeros host San Antonio on Friday before welcoming Texas to the Toyota Center for the third time in nine days on Saturday.
 
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Lake Erie took a 3-2 overtime win in its season opener at Rochester on Oct. 3, but the Monsters have totaled three goals in dropping three straight in regulation since… Ryan Stoa, a second-round draft pick by parent-club Colorado in 2005, notched his first professional goal in Lake Erie’s 4-1 loss to San Antonio on Tuesday… Chris Durno, who led the Monsters with 18 goals last season, scored and added an assist in his 2009-10 debut Saturday in a 5-2 loss at Rochester… Lake Erie hosts first-place Manitoba for a pair of games at Quicken Loans Arena this weekend before a trip to Texas next week.
 
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Manitoba finished 4-2-0-0 on its season-opening six-game homestand and is the only team in the AHL to have played as many as six games thus far… The Moose split two-game sets with Houston and Abbotsford, and swept a pair of games from Chicago in between… Newcomer Marco Rosa has begun his Moose career by registering a point in six straight contests, and his seven points (3-4-7) are tied with rookie Sergei Shirokov (2-5-7) for the team lead… Shirokov paces all AHL rookies in scoring thus far… Manitoba hits the road for two games at Lake Erie this weekend and a two-game set in Hamilton on Monday and Tuesday.
 
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Milwaukee is 2-0-0-1 thus far on its six-game season-opening road swing, with a two-game set in Abbotsford and a stop in Rockford on Oct. 23 remaining before its season opener vs. Manitoba on Oct. 24… Cal O’Reilly has assisted on seven of the Admirals’ 11 total goals through three games, including a four-helper outing in Wednesday’s 5-2 win at Peoria… Dave Scatchard has netted a goal in each of his first two games for Milwaukee this year, including the game-winner on Wednesday… Andreas Thuresson has registered a goal in each of his last two games (2-1-3).
 
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Peoria is 2-0-0-0 this season in games that extend beyond regulation and 0-2-0-0 in regulation contests… Former league MVP Derek Armstrong scored for Peoria on Wednesday vs. Milwaukee in his first AHL game since the 2000-01 season as a member of Hartford… Defenseman Jonas Junland has a point in four straight games (3-2-5) to begin the campaign; Junland did not post a four-game scoring streak at any point last season… Yan Stastny has recorded an assist in three straight games (0-3-3) since going scoreless in the Rivermen’s season opener… Peoria hosts Hamilton on Friday before a visit to Rockford on Saturday.
 
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Rochester has earned a point in three of four games to begin the season (2-1-1-0), including a 2-0-1-0 mark on home ice… Newcomer Graham Mink has a point in three of four games thus far (1-3-4) and scored his first goal in an Amerks uniform for the game-winner in Monday’s 4-1 triumph over Syracuse… Mink is tied with fellow newcomer Jeff Taffe (2-2-4) and returnee Michal Repik (2-2-4) for the team lead in scoring… Goaltender Alexander Salak denied a penalty shot by Albany’s Nick Dodge in the second period on Saturday… The Americans play a home-and-home set with Toronto this weekend, beginning on Friday in Rochester.
 
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Rockford finished 2-2-1-0 on its five-game road swing to begin the season after a 5-4 loss at Chicago on Wednesday… The IceHogs’ 3-0 loss at Hamilton on Friday marked their first regular-season shutout against since a 2-0 setback vs. Quad City on Mar. 21, 2008; Rockford was not blanked during the entire 2008-09 campaign… Goaltender Joe Fallon picked up his first career win on Sunday at Toronto, making 27 saves in a 5-3 victory… The IceHogs are now 5-0-0-0 all-time vs. the Marlies, including 3-0-0-0 at Ricoh Coliseum… Rockford hosts Chicago in its home opener on Friday and then welcomes Peoria to town on Saturday.
 
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Coming off a last-place finish in the West Division in 2008-09, San Antonio is off to a 4-0-1-0 start for a league-best nine points this season… The Rampage are 3-0-1-0 thus far on a five-game road swing which concludes with a visit to Houston on Friday… San Antonio had three straight games extend to overtime from Oct. 3-10; the Rampage lost to Texas and then beat Abbotsford twice on a pair of OT goals by reigning Reebok/AHL player of the week Sean Sullivan… Sullivan leads the Rampage in scoring (2-6-8) and already has three multiple-point efforts on the campaign… He and Viktor Tikhonov (1-4-5) both have a point in four of the club’s first five outings.
 
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Texas has played four one-goal games to begin the season (2-1-0-1), all against intra-state rivals San Antonio and Houston… Rookie forward Colton Sceviour leads the Stars with three points (0-3-3) in the early going, while Greg Rallo (2-0-2) and defenseman Ivan Vishnevskiy (2-0-2) have a team-high two goals… Goaltender Matt Climie has stopped 64 of 67 shots (.955) through two outings (1-0-1, 1.39 GAA)… Texas’s penalty kill has gone a perfect 14-for-14 to begin the season… The Stars host Grand Rapids on Thursday, have Friday off, and make their third visit of the campaign to Houston on Saturday.
 
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Toronto has scored exactly three goals in each of its first three games of the season (2-1-0-0), all at home… Christian Hanson, recorded his first career AHL points with a pair of assists in the Marlies’ 3-2 win over Grand Rapids on Saturday; Hanson made his pro debut by appearing in five NHL games with the Maple Leafs last season… Juraj Mikus notched his first career AHL goal on Saturday… Jiri Tlusty has registered four points (3-1-4) in his last two games after going scoreless in Toronto’s season opener on Oct. 4… The Marlies hit the road for the first time this season with a Friday visit to Rochester before hosting the Amerks in a matinee game on Saturday.