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Western Conference notebook

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Jason Krog netted a pair of goals in Chicago’s 7-5 win at Iowa last Friday after failing to score in his previous nine games… Goaltender Fred Brathwaite picked up his league-leading ninth win (9-1-0) in that same game… Fellow netminder Robert Gherson earned his second AHL shutout, and first since Feb. 18, 2006 as a member of Hartford, with 30 saves in a 4-0 win over Houston on Saturday… Chicago has allowed a league-low average of 2.07 goals per game, surrendering just 31 through its first 15 contests.
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Grand Rapids hosts Hamilton on Wednesday night, and the Griffins will be looking to snap a season-opening six-game losing streak at home… Their franchise record for longest home losing streak is seven, set during the 2004-05 campaign… The Griffins are also winless in eight straight overall (0-7-0-1), which is also one shy of a franchise-worst mark set in 2004-05… Grand Rapids went 0-for-14 on the power play in three losses last week.
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Hamilton will be looking to win consecutive games for the first time this season when it visits Grand Rapids on Wednesday… The Bulldogs are coming off a 3-2 win at Binghamton last Saturday… Defenseman Marvin Degon, who played 85 games in a Hartford uniform over the past two seasons, notched a point in both games against his former club this season (1-1-2), including a goal in Hamilton’s 3-2 loss in Connecticut last Friday… Corey Locke has 169 points (57-112-169) in 250 career games as a Bulldog and is 10 points shy of all-time leader Brian Swanson’s 179 points.
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Houston has won four straight home games and is 5-1-0-0 in its last six home contests since starting the year 0-3-0-0 at the Toyota Center… Peter Olvecky had a four-game scoring streak snapped on Saturday at Chicago, but he rebounded with a goal in Tuesday’s 5-1 win over San Antonio… The Aeros have not won more than two consecutive games overall since running off five straight victories from Nov. 4-17, 2006.
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Iowa is winless in three straight outings (0-2-1-0) following a four-game winning streak, and they have allowed a total of 17 goals in the three defeats… The Stars are 4-2-0-0 on the road and just 4-6-1-0 at home this season… In 2006-07, Iowa was only 16-21-2-1 at Wells Fargo Arena and 26-13-1-0 in opposing rinks… Janos Vas had a six-game scoring streak (4-3-7) come to and end in the club’s 6-0 loss to Quad City last Saturday.
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The Monsters have picked up at least one standings point in six of nine games (4-3-0-2) since starting their inaugural season at 0-6-0-0… Rookie T.J. Hensick has notched a point in five straight games (3-4-7), including a goal in three straight (3-1-4)… Defenseman Steve Margeson had his four-game scoring streak end in 4-2 loss to Manitoba on Sunday.
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Goaltender Drew MacIntyre stopped 67 of 70 shots in posting three victories last week… Overall, the 24-year-old is 6-1-0 with a 1.84 GAA in his last seven starts… The Moose are 7-3-0-0 in their last 10 games despite allowing the first goal in nine of the 10 games… So far this season, 19 different players have scored a goal for Manitoba, but no player has scored more than one goal in a single game.
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Last Friday, Mike Santorelli converted on Milwaukee’s 12th penalty shot attempt since joining the AHL in 2001… The goal was just the Admirals’ second successful attempt out of the 12 tries… Milwaukee leads the league with a 90.2% penalty kill rate and has yet to allow more than one power play goal in a game… Goaltender Pekka Rinne is second in the league with 784 minutes played thus far… The Admirals have posted a 5-1-0-0 record on Fridays this season.
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Trent Whitfield set a team season high with goals in four straight games from Oct. 28 through Nov. 10… Mike Glumac currently has a point in four straight games (1-3-4), the longest active streak on the Rivermen… Charles Linglet’s nine-game point-scoring streak (1-8-9) from Oct. 13 to Nov. 10 was the third-longest such streak in the AHL this season… Three of Peoria’s next four games are against Chicago, and five of the Rivermen’s next six overall are on the road, where their penalty-killing unit is a perfect 28 for 28 this season.
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Grant Stevenson scored both the tying and winning goals in the Flames’ 4-2, come-from-behind victory at Milwaukee on Tuesday… The goals were his fifth and sixth of the season, lifting him to the team lead in that category… Three of his six goals have been game-winners, which also leads the team… Rookie Brett Sutter scored the first two goals of his pro career in last Saturday’s 6-0 blanking of Iowa… That win marked the Flames’ largest goal output and margin of victory this season… Quad City is 23-for-23 on the penalty kill over its last six games.
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Rochester is 5-1-0-1 in its last seven contests since a 3-7-1-1 start to the season… Third-year pro Stefan Meyer registered a pair of goals and added in assist in the Amerks’ 5-4 win over Rockford last Friday… It was Meyer’s first game back with Rochester after a brief stint with NHL affiliate Florida… Rob Globke has a point in four of his last five games (2-3-5)… Overall, Globke has three goals on the season (3-5-8), and two of them have come shorthanded.
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Rockford has picked up a standings point in seven of its last eight games (5-1-1-1), and its 2-1 win in Syracuse on Saturday snapped a four-game road winless skid (0-3-1-0)… The IceHogs followed that win up with a 5-3 victory on Sunday in Toronto… Center Martin St. Pierre currently has a seven-game scoring streak (5-10-15), a team season high… Colin Fraser’s two-goal effort on Sunday was his third multiple-goal game of the campaign, most on the team… Rockford is 5-2-2-1 in one-goal games thus far.
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The Rampage have scored a league-leading 67 goals this season and are 8-0-1-1 when scoring four or more goals in a game… San Antonio also paces the AHL with seven shorthanded goals… The club has nine players who have reached double digits in points, second only to Philadelphia’s 10 players… Leading scorer Joel Perrault (8-10-18) is without a point in his last two games, and he has yet to go three straight without one this season… San Antonio will open a season-high 11-game homestand on Saturday against Milwaukee… The Rampage’s next game away from the AT&T Center will not be until Dec. 26 in Houston.
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Syracuse has yet to win consecutive games this season… The Crunch allowed five unanswered goals for the third time this season in last Friday’s 5-4 home loss to Toronto… Right wing Steven Goertzen scored the only Crunch goal in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Rockford, his first lamp-lighter since notching Syracuse’s very first goal of the season on Oct. 5 in Rochester… New acquisitions Aaron Rome and Clay Wilson tallied an assist each in two games last weekend.
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After missing a pair of games for the birth of his first child, defenseman Jay Harrison returned to the Marlies’ lineup last weekend and scored a pair of goals, both on the power play… Rookie defenseman Reid Cashman played his first three AHL games of the campaign and contributed two assists on the weekend… Alex Foster notched his third shorthanded goal of the season in last Saturday’s 5-3 loss at Lake Erie… The three shorties are one shy of a Marlies franchise record, as Brett Engelhardt posted four in the 2005-06 season.