Weekly Notebook: Western Conference

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Defenseman Boris Valabik leads the league with a plus-minus rating of plus-17 and in penalty minutes with 117 in 23 games…Rookie Alex Bourret recorded a season-high four points (2g, 2a) in two games last week and has 12 points (5g, 7a) in 17 outings this season…Cory Larose recorded a five-point night, scoring a hat trick and adding two assists in Chicago’s 3-2 win at Iowa on Tuesday.
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Defenseman Derek Meech made his debut with the Detroit Red Wings on Dec. 7 becoming the 82nd Griffins alumnus to graduate to the NHL…Jimmy Howard is 5-1-1 in his last seven outings, posting a 2.27 GAA and a .928 save percentage while also appearing in the last 14 games for Grand Rapids…Griffins have not allowed a power-play goal in five straight games, killing off their last 25 penalties.
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Duncan Milroy and Andrei Kostitsyn each have four assists and six points in their last five games…Jaroslav Halak is 4-1-0, recording a 1.29 GAA and a .955 save percentage in his last five outings for the Bulldogs while posting his league-leading fifth shutout on Sunday…Hamilton is 3-1-0-0 in its last four road games and 1-1-0-0 on its current six-game road trip.
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Despite a 0-0-2 record, netminder Josh Harding had a 1.38 GAA and .955 save percentage last week while posting his first shutout of the year, losing 1-0 in a shootout on Thursday…Aeros defenseman Peter Ratchuk has 10 points (3g, 7a) in his last 11 games and is tied for 12th among all blue liners with 14 points (3g, 11a)…Benoit Pouliot has six goals and seven points in nine games at the Toyota Center thus far.
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Francis Wathier scored his first AHL goal on Dec. 5…Defenseman Marty Wilford has a pair of goals and assists for the Stars in his last five outings…The Stars are winless in their last five games and have been outscored 25-11 in that span.
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Drew MacIntyre has won his last two starts for the Moose, allowing one goal on 30 shots in Friday’s win against Peoria and posting a shutout against the Rivermen on Sunday finishing the week with a 0.50 GAA and .984 save percentage…Brandon Reid (2g, 4a) and Brad Moran (6 assists) each have six points in Manitoba’s last five games…Jason Jaffray leads the Moose on the road with 10 goals as Manitoba begins its four-game road trip on Wednesday.
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Rich Peverley led the Admirals with 12 points (3g, 9a) as Milwaukee went 5-4-0-1 on their 10-game road trip…Kevin Baker recorded two assists, including a helper on the game winner, in his first game with the Admirals in a 5-3 win on Dec. 7…Jason Guerriero has scored in all four games in the month of December, registering seven points (3g, 4a) for the Admirals.
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Netminder Curtis McElhinney earned his second-consecutive shutout and third of the season defeating Houston 1-0 in a shootout on Dec. 7 while setting a team shutout record in minutes, not allowing a goal in 165:57…Dustin Boyd had a goal and two assists while recording two goals in the shootout, including the game clincher, in the Knights’ 4-3 win at Houston on Dec. 9…Dave Moss and Andrei Taratukhin each have five points (1, 4a) in their last five games and have combined for a plus-7 rating in that span.
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Rivermen had their five-game winning streak snapped with a 4-1 loss at Manitoba on Dec. 8 and marked the first game since Nov. 10 in which they did not receive a point…Chris Beckford-Tseu is 2-2-1 with a 2.15 GAA and a .911 save percentage for the Rivermen this season…Charles Linglet (4g, 2a) and Peter Sejna (1g, 5a) lead the Rivermen with six points in the last five games.
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Mark Mancari recorded three goals, two of which were game winners, in four games for the Amerks last week…Defenseman Brandon Smith leads Rochester with a plus-7 rating in his last five outings…In the last five games, the Amerks have tallied nine of their 16 goals in the third period.
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Rampage leading scorer Yanick Lehoux currently has an eight-game scoring streak, recording five goals and 11 points…Rookie netminder Josh Tordjman recorded his first shootout win on Dec. 9 over Milwaukee, whose goaltender Karl Goehring had a career shootout record of 10-1 prior to the loss…Rampage begin their 12 Days of Giving initiative where the team, wives and staff will provide a charitable act and donation for 12 consecutive days.
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Leading scorer Joe Motzko had his eight-game scoring streak, where he had five goals and 10 points, snapped in the Crunch’s 2-0 loss to Hamilton on Dec. 10…The Crunch scored a season high six goals in their 6-1 win over Philadelphia on Saturday…Defenseman Marc Methot has two assists in his last five games and leads the Crunch with a plus-5 rating in that span.
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Kris Newbury leads the Marlies with five goals and 11 points away from the Ricoh Coliseum as the Marlies begin a five-game road trip on Friday…In the last five games, Toronto has scored seven of its 12 goals in the first period…Chris Harrington leads the Marlies defense with six goals, five of which are on the power play, and 15 points in 25 games on the season.