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Western Conference notebook

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Despite Wednesday’s overtime loss to Manitoba, the Wolves have still picked up a standings point in eight straight contests (7-0-0-1), and their 78 points are just three shy of Providence for the overall AHL lead… Rookie Bryan Little, selected 12th overall by Atlanta in the 2006 draft, boasts a five-game scoring streak (3-3-6) and has a point in eight of his last nine games, while Brett Sterling has a four-game scoring streak (4-3-7)… Rookie goaltender Ondrej Pavelec has a 1.13 GAA over his last seven games (6-1-0) and hasn’t allowed more than two goals in any contest.
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The Griffins welcomed back five former members of their organization to Van Andel Arena when San Antonio visited on Tuesday… Head coach Greg Ireland manned the Griffins’ bench from 2005-07, and the Rampage’s roster boasted four former Griffins – Nate DiCasmirro (2005-06), Bryan Helmer (2004-06), Adam Keefe (2006-08), and Peter Vandermeer (2004-05)… 2008 AHL All-Star goaltender Jimmy Howard stopped 30 of 31 shots for parent-club Detroit in a 1-0 loss at Dallas on Sunday, his first NHL start since Dec. 13, 2005.
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Reigning Rbk/AHL player of the week Mikhail Grabovski has registered multiple points in five straight contests (6-10-16), including three consecutive outings with three points or more… Matt D’Agostini boasts a five-game scoring streak (4-4-8)… The Bulldogs have won a season-high five straight games and are tied with Manitoba for second place in the North Division… Grabovski has netted the game-winning goal in three of Hamilton’s five goals during the streak… After Sunday’s short trip to Toronto, the Bulldogs will open a six-game homestand next week.
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Houston scored eight goals in four games last week, but seven of them came in one game – a 7-1 win at Peoria on Feb. 12, which set a season high for most goals in a game… The Aeros totaled one goal in three losses and were blanked in back-to-back games for the first time since March 18-19, 2006… All told, the Aeros have gone 142:41 without lighting the lamp… Forward Adrian Foster set career highs with three assists and four points in the 7-1 victory against the Rivermen.
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James Neal totaled five points (3-2-5) in four road games for the Stars last week, helping Iowa to a 3-1-0-0 record… B.J. Crombeen’s goal in Tuesday’s 4-2 loss to Hamilton snapped an eight-game scoring drought, as he last lit the lamp on Jan. 26 in a 2-1 win at Rockford… Iowa has been progressively better in each period this season, totaling 34 goals in the first period, 45 in the second, and 58 in the third… The Stars have allowed just two goals in their last six victories – Tobias Stephan has three shutouts over that span and Steve Silverthorn one.
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Lake Erie has picked up a standings point in 12 of its last 14 games (7-2-3-2), moving them just four games under the .500 mark for the season at 19-23-4-7… The Monsters have tallied at least one power play goal in 14 of their last 16 games… Eric Healey has registered a goal in three straight games (3-0-3) and four of his last five outings (4-2-6)… He has a point in all five of those games and has taken over the team lead overall with 32 points for the season (13-19-32).
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Manitoba set a new franchise record for highest attendance in back-to-back games last weekend against Toronto, drawing 15,003 on Saturday night and 9,802 on Sunday afternoon for a combined total of 24,805… The previous mark was 23,827, set in November 2004… The Moose are 5-2-0-0 in their last seven games against West Division foes after going 0-7-0-1 in their previous eight games against that division… This weekend, Manitoba makes its first visit of the season to Grand Rapids, having already tangled with the Griffins four times in Winnipeg (2-1-1-0).
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Milwaukee center Cal O’Reilly followed up his recent AHL player of the week honors with nine points (4-5-9) in three games last week… O’Reilly has now totaled 22 points (5-17-22) in 11 February games and has found the scoresheet in 14 of his last 15 outings… The Ads have won three straight games and are 4-0-1-0 in their last five as they fight for a potential crossover playoff spot in the Western Conference… Milwaukee plays a home-and-home this weekend with Rockford, against whom the Admirals are 2-1-0-1 this season.
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Peoria broke its seven-game winless skid (0-6-0-1) with a 4-3 shootout victory over San Antonio on Feb. 15… The Rivermen had scored just four goals in their previous four games… Charles Linglet leads the Rivermen with 19 goals and 52 points, and he is tied for sixth in the league with a plus-20 rating in 56 games… Nikolay Lemtyugov has registered a goal in two straight games (2-0-2), while Linglet has lit the lamp in two of his last three outings (2-1-3).
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Center Krys Kolanos established a new franchise record with an assist in his fifth straight game in a 3-2 shootout win over San Antonio on Sunday… Kolanos currently has a point in seven consecutive games overall (1-6-7), and the Flames have posted a 4-2-0-1 record over that span… Quad City has played five shootouts in 10 games this month and has participated in 16 shootouts on the season (10-6), tying a league record… David Van der Gulik recorded his team-leading second shorthanded goal of the year on Feb. 15 vs. Rockford.
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Marc-Andre Gragnani boasts an eight-game scoring streak (3-6-9) for the Americans and is plus-4 over the eight games… Anthony Stewart has notched a goal in three of his last four contests (3-1-4)… Stewart has skated in 26 NHL games for Florida this season, registering one assist… The Americans are closing the month with three consecutive home games against non-divisional opponents… After a 2-1 overtime win over Albany on Wednesday, the Amerks welcome Binghamton on Friday and Houston on Sunday… Rochester is 3-6-3 all-time against the Aeros.
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Rockford’s season-high winless skid has extended to eight straight games (0-6-1-1), and all but one of the losses have been to fellow West Division teams… The IceHogs are in the midst of playing four consecutive games against Milwaukee, two in each location… The Admirals took the first meeting by a 4-0 count on Sunday, and the teams will play a home-and-home this weekend… Martin St. Pierre has been held without a point in three straight regular-season AHL games for the first time since Mar. 24-29, 2006, as a member of Norfolk.
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San Antonio is just 1-1-0-3 in its last five games but picked up a standings point in 11 of 14 games on its marathon road trip (7-3-1-3)… The Rampage return to the AT&T Center for the first time in over a month on Friday when Lake Erie visits for the first of two games over the weekend… Brendan Bell boasts a four-game scoring streak (1-5-6), while Jon DiSalvatore has a point in six of his last seven outings (2-4-6)… Bill Thomas has registered five points over his last three games (2-3-5).
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Adam Pineault’s five-game scoring streak (3-3-6) ended in Syracuse’s 5-0 shutout loss to Lake Erie on Monday… That loss also ended the Crunch’s six-game points streak (4-0-0-2)… Syracuse has scored 15 shorthanded goals this season, second-most in the league, and their eight road shorties rank first… The Crunch conclude a five-game homestand this weekend with non-divisional games against Houston and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton… Syracuse is 0-5-0-0 against the Penguins this season.
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Robbie Earl has returned to the Marlies following a five-game NHL stint with the Maple Leafs… Earl recorded an assist for his first NHL point in his debut on Feb. 2… The power play goal Hamilton scored against the Marlies on Feb. 15 was the first allowed by Toronto in six games, dating back to Jan. 26 against Quad City… Toronto boasts the AHL’s top penalty-kill at 87.3% for the season… John Mitchell matched last season’s total with his 16th goal of the campaign on Feb. 16 at Manitoba… Mitchell’s four-game scoring streak (2-2-4) ended in Wednesday’s 4-2 win at Binghamton.