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Western Conference notebook

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Chicago has won five straight games, two shy of its season high of seven set from Nov. 7-17… The Wolves’ 6-1 victory over Houston on Wednesday marked their fifth consecutive win against the Aeros dating back to last season… AHL leading scorer Jason Krog (24-48-72) saw his seven-game scoring streak come to an end… Rookie goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, who earned his first career shutout on Feb. 8 at Iowa, leads all first-year netminders with 19 wins (19-8-0)… Joel Kwiatkowski,a 2008 AHL All-Star, has 12 power play goals on the season, already a Chicago franchise record for a defenseman.
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Goaltender Adam Berkhoel has posted a 1.31 and .950 save percentage over his last three outings but has just one win to show for it (1-1-1)… In fellow netminder Jimmy Howard’s last eight losses, the Griffins have totaled seven goals and have been blanked four times… Prior to being shutout in five of their last 19 games, Grand Rapids had played 72 consecutive regular-season contests without being blanked, including the first 33 games of this season… The Griffins open a five-game homestand on Friday against Lake Erie… Grand Rapids is 9-5-1-2 at the Van Andel Arena since losing its first seven home games in regulation.
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Hamilton is 0-2-0-0 thus far in a stretch of three straight games against provincial rival Toronto… The Bulldogs host the Marlies on Friday to complete the stretch… Hamilton was scoreless at home in a franchise-record 151:55 worth of hockey from Jan. 23 – Feb. 6… Eric Manlow ended the drought with his seventh goal of the campaign at 11:08 of the first period on Feb. 6 against Lake Erie… Corey Locke became the Bulldogs’ all-time leader in assists (124) last week, surpassing Peter Sarno… Locke was already the club’s leader in career goals and points, feats accomplished earlier this season.
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The Aeros were on opposite sides of two lopsided games this week, taking a 7-1 win at Peoria on Tuesday and dropping a 6-1 decision at Chicago on Wednesday… Houston wrapped up a six-game road trip at 4-2-0-0… Steve Kelly has recorded four assists in his first four games back since celebrating the birth of his first son on Feb. 4… Wednesday’s loss to the Wolves was goaltender Barry Brust’s first regulation defeat since Dec. 29 at San Antonio, snapping a 4-0-1 run.
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Defenseman Dan Jancevski notched his first goal in a Stars uniform on Wednesday at Manitoba, and it turned out to be the game-winner as Iowa posted a 3-1 victory over the Moose… Jancevski joined the Stars’ lineup from Norfolk on Jan. 15… Also Wednesday, leading scorer Toby Petersen (18-26-44) snapped a seven-game goal drought and scored for just the second time since Jan. 1… Chris Conner boasts a three-game scoring streak (0-3-3) and has a point in eight of his last 10 outings (2-6-8).
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The Monsters have picked up a standings point in nine of their last 10 games (5-1-3-1) entering a three-games-in-three-nights stretch this weekend… David Jones’ 12 power play goals rank first among AHL rookies and tied for third overall in the league… Jones paces the Monsters’ offense with 29 points (14-15-29) for the season… Lake Erie has tallied at least one power play goal in 11 of its last 12 games… Jamie Lundmark has notched a goal in each of his last two contests.
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Manitoba recorded three straight road wins last week, defeating Peoria, Rockford, and Milwaukee to tie its season record for longest road winning streak… The run ended with a 2-0 loss at Chicago on Feb. 10… The Moose have scored 16 goals over their last four wins and two goals in their last four defeats… Prior to this week’s games against Iowa, Moose goaltenders Drew MacIntyre and Cory Schneider had combined to go nine straight games without allowing more than two goals… Brad Moran has registered a point in five of his last six contests (4-5-9).
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Cal O’Reilly has posted an assist in 10 of his last 11 games, totaling 16 assists and 18 points over that span… O’Reilly leads the Admirals with 50 points (9-41-50) on the season, and his 41 assists are tied for fourth-best in the AHL… Goaltender Pekka Rinne, a 2008 AHL All-Star, has played more minutes than any other goaltender in the league this season (2,742)… Milwaukee has had 40 of its 52 games decided by either one or two goals, including each of the last five… The Ads are a combined 20-16-2-2 in one and two-goal games this season.
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Since Jan. 1, the Rivermen have posted winning streaks of nine and four games to go along with a current winless skid of seven games (0-6-0-1)… Peoria has netted just nine goals in the past seven games… The seven-game slide is the Rivermen’s longest since joining the AHL two seasons ago, topping a six-game losing streak from Dec. 7-17, 2005… Jeff Woywitka, a former first-round draft pick who leads all Rivermen defensemen in goals (10) and plus-minus (+17) in 50 games, earned his first NHL stint of the season when St. Louis called on Feb. 3.
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Quad City’s 4-3 win over Rockford on Feb. 10 gave them a standings point in four straight home games (3-0-0-1), matching a season high… In that win, the Flames set season records for most goals (4) and shots (16) in a first period… Carsen Germyn has tallied 10 points (3-7-10) over his last nine games… He recorded his second multiple-goal game of the year on Feb. 9 with a pair of markers against Peoria in a 2-1 victory… Goaltender Curtis McElhinney is 9-3-0 with a 1.54 GAA in his last 13 appearances for Quad City dating back to Nov. 7, with an NHL stint in Calgary wedged in between.
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Rochester has won two straight and is 3-1-0-0 over its last four contests… Goaltender Adam Dennis has been between the pipes for all four games, posting a 0.99 GAA and .963 save percentage over that span… Marc-Andre Gragnani has registered a point in four straight games (2-3-5), matching his longest scoring streak of the season… Gragnani also had a four-game streak from Oct. 28 – Nov. 3, totaling four assists… Rochester concludes a four-game homestand on Friday against Hershey… The Americans (52nd season) and Bears (70th season) are the AHL’s two most senior franchises.
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Rockford posted a 1-4-1-0 record in its last six contests without the services of leading scorer Martin St. Pierre (16-46-62), who was on NHL recall with Chicago… St. Pierre was returned to the IceHogs on Tuesday… Rookie defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson has recorded three goals this season, and two of them have come against division-rival Quad City… Rockford is 6-for-28 (21.4%) on the power play over its last five games, scoring only three even strength goals over that span… The IceHogs will play eight of their next 10 games at home.
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San Antonio leading scorer Matt Murley (11-27-38) was returned to the Rampage today by parent-club Phoenix… The Coyotes recalled Mike Zigomanis in the same transaction… Chris Durno has tallied four shorthanded goals, setting a new franchise record for an individual… San Antonio boasts 65 3rd-period goals on the season – only Chicago has more with 66… The Rampage have recorded a point in eight of the first 10 games (6-2-1-1) of their 14-game road odyssey, which concludes with four games in five days beginning Friday at Peoria.
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Defenseman David Cullen, who played for Rochester from 2003-06, tallied the game-winning goal for Syracuse in his first trip back to the Blue Cross Arena as a visitor on Feb. 6, a 3-1 Crunch victory… It marked Cullen’s first AHL goal since notching one in an Amerks uniform on Apr. 9, 2006… The Crunch have picked up a standings point in four straight games (2-0-0-2), scoring three goals in all four of the contests… Syracuse hasn’t scored more than three goals in a game since a 5-3 win over Philadelphia on Jan. 16, a span of 11 games… Derek MacKenzie boasts a four-game scoring streak (4-1-5), and Adam Pineault has a point in three straight (1-2-3).
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Toronto has won three straight games and is 9-2-1-0 in its last 12 contests… The Marlies recorded back-to-back shutouts last weekend for the first time in franchise history… Justin Pogge recorded his third shutout of the season on Saturday against Hamilton, equaling his total from last year’s rookie campaign, and Scott Clemmensen picked up his first shutout of the season on Sunday against Houston… Jeremy Williams’ game-winning goal on Saturday made him the franchise leader, for now, in that category with 12, including six this season… Williams passed current teammate Kris Newbury, who has 11 game-winners for his Marlies career.