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Western Conference notebook

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Rookie goaltender Ondrej Pavelec has gone 12 straight starts without allowing more than two goals… Over that span, Pavelec has posted a record of 10-1-1 with a 1.15 GAA and .961 save percentage, stopping 346 of 360 opposition shots… Pavelec leads AHL rookies and ranks second overall with 25 victories on the season (25-9-1)… Two-time AHL All-Star Joe Motzko has five points (0-5-5) in his first three games with the Wolves and has found the scoresheet in each of the three contests… Jesse Schultz’s game-winning goal against Providence on Sunday was his first game-winner since Oct. 21.
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Grand Rapids’ 5-3 victory over Toronto on Wednesday gave the Griffins a three-game winning streak, matching their season high… The team has three previous three-game winning streaks but lost their next game on each occasion… Carl Corazzini boasts a four-game goal-scoring streak (4-3-7), a Grand Rapids season high… Corazzini ranks second on the Griffins with 21 goals but has yet to post a multiple-goal game this season… Mark Cullen has lit the lamp in three straight games and has multiple points in all three contests (3-5-8).
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Hamilton wrapped up the month of February with an 11-3-1-0 record, good for a .767 points percentage over that span… The Bulldogs won the rematch of last year’s Calder Cup Finals on Mar. 1, taking a 3-2 victory over Hershey… Goaltender Yann Danis stopped 31 of 33 shots in that win… Danis is 2-2-0 in four games since Jaroslav Halak was recalled to Montreal… Kyle Chipchura has notched a point in 10 of his last 12 games (3-8-11)… The Bulldogs play a pair of home games this weekend against Manitoba, against whom they are 4-1-1-0 on the campaign.
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Houston has matched its season high with a five-game winning streak, which it also accomplished from Nov. 30 – Dec. 12… Goaltender Barry Brust has been in net for all five victories and boasts a 1.35 GAA, a .954 save percentage, and two shutouts over that span… Brust had a shutout streak of 190:34 snapped in the third period of Tuesday’s 3-2 overtime win over Providence… The Aeros finished 8-2-0-0 on the road in February, their best road February mark in team history… Houston has gone 38-for-38 on the penalty kill over its five-game winning streak and has killed off 41 straight penalties overall.
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Second-year goaltender Tobias Stephan recorded four of his five February wins (5-6-0) via the shutout… In the only non-shutout win, he stopped 30 of 31 shots and allowed just one goal… Stephan now leads all AHL goaltenders with six shutouts on the season, having blanked six different teams… Toby Petersen had a five-game scoring streak (3-3-6) and a goal in consecutive games for Iowa prior to earning his first NHL recall of the season on Tuesday… Petersen posted an assist for Dallas on Wednesday in a 2-1 loss to Phoenix.
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Rookie T.J. Hensick has a point in three straight games (2-3-5) and six of his last seven for the Monsters (3-8-11), a run broken up by two NHL stints with Colorado… The 2008 AHL All-Star ranks fourth on the Monsters with 26 points (8-18-26) in 29 games… Wyatt Smith registered a season-high four points (2-2-4) in Lake Erie’s 7-4 win at Rockford on Feb. 29… Brent Kelly notched a hat trick in that game… Smith has registered the game-winning goal in each of the Monsters’ last three victories, not including a shootout win.
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Manitoba went 2-1-0-1 on the week and sits in second place in the North Division, two points up on Hamilton and four ahead of Syracuse… Rookie goaltender Cory Schneider boasts a season-high four-game winning streak for the Moose and sports a 1.75 GAA over that span… The run has lifted Schneider over .500 for the season at 12-10-1… Jason Jaffray (4-6-10) and Jannik Hansen (3-5-8) are both riding five-game scoring streaks, while leading scorer Brad Moran has notched multiple points in four of his last five outings (2-6-8).
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Rich Peverley has 12 points (2-10-12) in seven games since being reassigned from parent-club Nashville on Feb. 19… Peverley has recorded a pair of four-point games and a three-point effort since his return… He registered his first career NHL goal with the Predators on Jan. 24… Antti Pihlstrom has recorded three goals and four points over his last three outings… The Admirals play their next six games at the Bradley Center, where they are 16-11-1-1 on the season.
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Peoria’s three-game winning streak from Mar. 1-4 was its first such run since winning four in a row from Jan. 23-31… 2007 AHL All-Star Marek Schwarz was 3-0-0 with a 1.67 GAA since returning to the Rivermen’s lineup prior to dropping a 3-2 decision to Rockford on Wednesday… The Rivermen tied a season high by scoring three power play goals in Sunday’s 4-3 victory over the IceHogs, including a pair of 5-on-3 tallies… Martin Kariya is riding a four-game scoring streak (0-7-7).
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Quad City, which has lost its last two games in regulation by identical 2-1 scores, has yet to drop three straight games in regulation this season… The Flames will try to avoid that fate on Saturday at Chicago, against whom they are just 1-5-0-0 on the season… Krys Kolanos had a nine-game scoring streak (3-10-13) snapped in a 2-1 loss at Manitoba on Mar. 2 and is now scoreless in three straight games for the first time all season… The Flames set an AHL record by appearing in their 17th shootout of the campaign (10-7) on Mar. 1 at Manitoba.
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After playing nine of their 11 February games at home, the Amerks embark on a five-game road swing, beginning with a pair of games in Texas this weekend… The trip starts with a Friday game at San Antonio, against whom Rochester is 8-3-0 all-time… On the other hand, the Amerks are just 3-7-3 all-time against Houston, Sunday’s opponent… Marc-Andre Gragnani’s four-point effort (2-2-4) in Sunday’s 5-3 win over Iowa extended the rookie’s scoring streak to a season-high 10 games (5-9-14)… Gragnani is tied for fourth among AHL rookies with 40 points (9-31-40) for the season.
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Rockford has not posted a three-game winning streak since its season-high six-game run from Jan. 11-19… Troy Brouwer boasts a three-game scoring streak (2-3-5)… Brouwer leads the IceHogs with 28 goals on the season (28-17-45) and has a 10-goal lead on the next closest player, Martin St. Pierre, who has 18 goals as part of his team-leading 73 points… St. Pierre’s 73 points rank second in the league and his 55 assists are first in that category… Rockford finished with a 2-0-0-2 record against Eastern Conference teams after its 5-1 win over Providence on Mar. 1.
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San Antonio scored four third-period goals to rally past Providence by a 4-1 final on Wednesday… The four markers gave the Rampage a league-leading 76 third-period goals for the season, one better than Chicago’s 75… 2008 AHL All-Star Joey Tenute lit the lamp in that third period, snapping a 13-game goal drought… Jon DiSalvatore has registered a point in six of his last seven outings (4-4-8) and is tied for second on the club with 41 points for the season… The Rampage are 4-1-0-0 thus far on a seven-game homestand, which concludes this weekend against Rochester and Hartford.
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Goaltender Karl Goehring has started five straight games for the Crunch and is 4-0-1 with a 0.97 GAA and one shutout over that span… Overall, Syracuse is 8-1-0-4 in its last 13 outings and sits two points back of Hamilton for the North Division’s third and final guaranteed playoff spot… 2008 AHL All-Star Joakim Lindstrom has five points (2-3-5) over his last two games… Adam Pineault set a Crunch franchise record by scoring his sixth shorthanded goal of the season on Mar. 1 vs. Rochester… As a team, Syracuse leads the league with 18 shorthanded goals, one shy of its all-time record.
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Toronto’s 6-1 victory over Hershey on Sunday was their largest margin of victory this season, and the Marlies also set a season high with 47 shots on goal in the contest… Rookie Michel Leveille registered his first three-point game in the AHL on Sunday with a pair of goals and a helper… It marked his third two-goal game of the campaign… Alex Foster’s five-game scoring streak (3-2-5) ended in Wednesday’s 5-3 loss at Grand Rapids… Justin Pogge, who took the loss in net on Wednesday, has still yet to lose consecutive starts in any fashion this season (regulation, overtime, or shootout).