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Western Conference notebook

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Chicago’s 7-0-1-0 start is its best in franchise history… Goaltender Fred Brathwaite has allowed just one goal in each of his last three games and has a 5-1-0 record through his first six outings… Thirteen of the Wolves’ 30 goals this season have been recorded on the power play… Starting on Wednesday against Quad City, the Wolves will play games in four different cities over a five-day span… The swing will also take them to Syracuse, Hamilton, and Rochester over the weekend.
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Grand Rapids is off to its first 0-4-0-0 home start in its 12-year history, including seven years as a member of the AHL, and has been outscored 18-5 in the four games… Mark Hartigan has a point in four of his last five games (3-2-5)… Hartigan has four goals on the season (4-3-7) and is tied with Carl Corazzini (4-4-8) for the team lead in that category… The Griffins host Toronto on Saturday in the first of eight season meetings… The teams split eight contests last season.
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Maxim Lapierre scored two goals in a 10-second span last Friday against Syracuse, setting a new franchise record for the fastest two goals by one player… The previous record was 35 seconds, set by Michel Riesen on Feb. 21, 2001… Lapierre leads the team with six goals overall (6-4-10)… Hamilton boasts the AHL’s second-best penalty killing unit at a 91.0% kill rate… Friday’s game against Rochester will already be the division rivals’ fourth meeting this season, with the Bulldogs posting a 1-1-0-1 record thus far.
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Defenseman Erik Reitz had a three-game points steak (2-4-6) snapped in Sunday’s 2-1 shootout loss to Lake Erie… Reitz leads the team with 12 points (4-8-12) in 10 games, which is also good for a share of first in the league among blueliners… The Aeros are now 2-0 in shootouts this season and goaltender Nolan Schaefer has denied nine of 10 attempts against him… Houston has scored just four goals on 69 power play chances thus far, for a league-low 5.8% conversion rate.
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Center Toby Petersen’s hat trick on Tuesday vaulted him into a tie for second in the league with seven goals overall (7-9-16)… His 16 points are tied for fourth in the league… Three of winger Junior Lessard’s four goals this season have come on the power play… After traveling to Peoria on Friday to complete a home-and-home series with the Rivermen, the Stars will open a set of two consecutive home contests against San Antonio on Saturday.
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Rookie center Mark McCutcheon recorded the first assist of his professional career in last Friday’s 3-2 loss at Houston… Eric Healey has found the scoresheet in three straight games (2-2-4) to increase his team-leading points total to seven (4-3-7)… Rookie David Jones has a point in five of his last six outings (3-3-6) after being held without one in his first four games… Jones is now in a three-way tie for second on the team in scoring with Cody McLeod (4-2-6) and Michael Vernace (0-6-6).
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Rookie winger Juraj Simek has posted three points (2-1-3) in his last two games… Colby Genoway’s five goals (5-5-10) lead the Moose, and four of his five goals have come on the power play… Manitoba allowed five power play goals in 17 shorthanded situations last week after going 11-for-11 the previous week… The Moose are in the midst of playing Milwaukee three times in a nine-day span, with the first installment being a 6-3 win on the road last Friday…Manitoba forward Greg Classen has played 258 career games in an Admirals uniform.
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The Admirals have dropped two straight contests following a five-game winning streak… In last Friday’s 6-3 loss to Manitoba, the Admirals allowed six consecutive goals after jumping out to a 3-0 lead… Mike Santorelli scored a pair of goals for Milwaukee in that contest… The Ads played three straight games from Oct. 26-30 that were still scoreless after two periods.
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For the only time all season, the Rivermen did not play on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday last weekend… Peoria is the only team with a perfect penalty kill on the road (28-for-28 in five games)… Leading scorer Charles Linglet has a point in seven straight games (1-6-7), and Jean-Guy Trudel is riding a four-game points streak (1-3-4)… Goaltender Marek Schwarz’s 1.60 GAA is tops in the league, and he has yet to lose in regulation at 3-0-2.
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Quad City scored a power play goal in each of its four games last week (5-for-28; 17.9%)… Grant Stevenson’s game-tying goal on Sunday against San Antonio was his third tally of the season (3-5-8), moving him into a tie with Tim Hambly (3-4-7) and Kris Chucko (3-1-4) for the team lead in goals scored… The Flames conclude their season-high seven-game homestand with games on Wednesday and Friday against Chicago and Houston, respectively.
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Captain and AHL leading scorer Clarke MacArthur (8-10-18) was recalled by Buffalo on Wednesday… MacArthur had scored a goal in five straight games (5-3-8) and registered a point in seven straight (7-5-12)… Winger Anthony Stewart, who had a three-game points streak (1-2-3), also got the NHL call on Wednesday, with his coming from Florida… The Americans, whose 15 games played are most in the league, play their third consecutive three-game weekend beginning Friday in Hamilton… The Amerks will bring a three-game winning streak into that contest.
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The IceHogs played their first-ever AHL home game before a sellout crowd of 6,436 at the MetroCentre last Friday… Winger Troy Brouwer has a goal in a team-high three straight games (3-0-3)… Brouwer leads the IceHogs with five goals (5-3-8) on the campaign, and his eight points are good for a share of second on the team… Over its past six games, Rockford has allowed just four power play goals in 41 shorthanded situations, good for a 90.2% kill rate.
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The Rampage have won four straight games to take over first place in the West Division at 8-3-0-2… Center Joel Perrault has registered a point in six straight games (2-5-7)… Goaltender Josh Tordjman is out to a 6-0-0 start… Bill Thomas and Chris Durno scored 14 seconds apart in San Antonio’s 4-3 overtime win over Quad City last Sunday, setting a new franchise record for fastest two goals in a period… The Rampage are 6-0-0-1 when they score the game’s first goal and 1-3-0-1 when they allow it.
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The Crunch alternated losses and wins on their recent five-game road swing, finishing at 2-3-0-0… Syracuse now is at home for five straight contests beginning on Friday against Chicago… Winger Joakim Lindstrom’s 11-game points streak (6-6-12) ended in last Saturday’s 4-3 loss at Binghamton… Center Kris Beech has 10 points (3-7-10) in his last six games and is tied for seventh in the AHL with 14 points overall (4-10-14).
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The Marlies are 2-0-0-1 thus far on a seven-game road trip, which will take them to Grand Rapids and Lake Erie this weekend… At 8-0-0-2, Toronto is the only team yet to suffer a regulation or overtime loss this season… Goaltender Scott Clemmensen has won his first six decisions in a Marlies uniform (6-0-0) and has a share of the AHL’s fifth-best GAA at 2.00… Leading scorer David Ling (3-13-16) has a point in each of Toronto’s 10 games thus far, the longest such streak in the AHL this season.