Weekly Notebook: Western Conference

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With 18 goals in his first 20 games, Brett Sterling has already set a Wolves franchise record for goals in a season by a rookie, bettering Brian Wiseman’s total of 17 from the team’s inaugural 1994-95 season in the IHL… Darren Haydar’s 21-game scoring streak is the longest in the AHL since Peter White had a point in 28 straight AHL outings in 1993-94… A total of 22 different players have scored for Chicago already this season.
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Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson scored his first two career AHL goals during the second period of Grand Rapids’ 6-4 win over Chicago on Friday night… Darryl Bootland had the game-winning goal in both Griffins victories last weekend, moving him into second place on the franchise list with 14 career GWG… Some 1,200 stuffed animals rained down onto the Van Andel Arena ice in the Griffins’ annual Teddy Bear Toss on Friday; the toys were donated to Hug-A-Bears of Kent County.
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Duncan Milroy recorded his first career hat trick in Hamilton’s 5-4 loss to Manitoba on Nov. 21… Jaroslav Halak has stopped 176 of 182 shots in his last seven appearances for a .967 save percentage… The Bulldogs enter Tuesday night’s game with Milwaukee having won their previous two games by a combined score of 12-1.
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Matt Foy tallied seven points in his last three games, and was recalled by the parent Minnesota Wild on Monday… All 11 of Foy’s goals this season have come at the Toyota Center, including his third-period natural hat trick in Friday’s 5-3 win over San Antonio… Rookie Benoit Pouliot, who made his NHL debut with the Wild on Nov. 22, continues to lead the Aeros with 12 goals this season.
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Iowa kicked off a six-game road swing with three wins in four games last week… Marty Sertich scored a goal in each of those four games for the Stars (4g, 2a), and now has 19 points in 19 games this season… Iowa’s 13-game December schedule will feature four games against Omaha, four against Peoria, two against Chicago, two against Milwaukee and one vs. Grand Rapids.
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Brad Moran had seven points in three games last week, including back-to-back three-point efforts in wins over Hamilton and Milwaukee… Vancouver recalled forward Jesse Schultz from the Moose on Monday, and he could make his NHL debut vs. Columbus on Tuesday… Manitoba is on the road for four games in Pennsylvania this week, visiting Hershey and Philadelphia.
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Milwaukee closes out a stretch of seven games in nine nights when they visit Hamilton on Tuesday and Toronto on Wednesday… The Admirals topped Manitoba on Saturday night, 2-1, on Ramzi Abid’s second overtime goal of the season… Captain Sheldon Brookbank has 14 points in 18 games this season, good for a tie for fifth among AHL defensemen in scoring.
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Omaha finished the week on a three-game losing streak, dropping to third in the West Division… Defenseman Adam Pardy scored his first career AHL goal in Friday’s 2-1 loss to Peoria… The Knights play their next five games against teams from Texas, facing San Antonio twice and Houston three times.
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Following last weekend’s home-and-home sweep, Peoria has won 10 straight meetings with Omaha and is 6-0-0-0 all-time at the Omaha Civic Auditorium… The Rivermen are 9-2-0-0 when scoring at least three goals in a game this season, and 1-4-1-2 when scoring two or fewer… Peoria has earned points in each of its last six games (4-0-1-1).
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Marek Zagrapan, the 13th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, scored his first professional goal in Rochester’s 5-4 overtime win at Toronto on Sunday… That game marked the 250th regular-season victory for Amerks head coach Randy Cunneyworth, who will coach his 500th game behind the Rochester bench on Friday, Dec. 1… Drew Larman scored his first NHL goal for Florida on Nov. 24.
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The Rampage dropped two straight to close out last week, but are 5-5-0-0 in their last 10 games… Tyler Redenbach, a 26-goal scorer as a rookie for Providence last season, got his first goal of 2006-07 in San Antonio’s 5-3 loss to Grand Rapids on Nov. 25… Donald MacLean returned to the Rampage lineup and chipped in a pair of assists in three games last week.
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Five of Syracuse’s six goals in three games last week came via special teams (four PPG, one SHG)… Ty Conklin faced a total of 87 Toronto shots in a home-and-home with the Marlies over the weekend, making 41 saves on Friday and 39 stops on Saturday… Geoff Platt has 11 goals on the season, more than a quarter of the Crunch’s 43 goals as a team.
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Brett Engelhardt scored both Marlies goals in Friday’s 2-1 win at Syracuse… Jean-Francois Racine is 3-0-0 against the Crunch this season, and 0-4-1 against the rest of the AHL… Kris Newbury has totaled one goal and four assists for five points in his last two games.