Weekly Notebook: Western Conference

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Brett Sterling was named MVP of the 2007 AHL All-Star Game in Toronto, where he recorded a pair of goals and an assist. He also netted his league-leading 41st and 42nd goals of the year in the Wolves’ 8-1 win over the Marlies on Monday… Cory Larose is currently on an 11-game scoring streak, registering six goals and 15 assists during that stretch… The Wolves are 4-1-0-1 on their current nine-game road trip and are averaging 4.6 goals per game in that span.
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Grand Rapids has won five of its last six games at Van Andel Arena, including consecutive victories on Jan. 13 and Jan. 27 before sellout crowds of 10,834… Greg Ireland has a 93-53-6-7 career record and is two wins away from tying Bruce Cassidy for second on the Griffins’ all-time win list… Matt Hussey has points in each of his last five outings, recording a pair of goals and three assists.
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The Bulldogs suffered their first loss in five games on Saturday, snapping their win streak, but remain unbeaten in regulation in their last six games, going 5-0-0-1… Hamilton kicks off a five-game homestand, where netminder Jaroslav Halak is 8-4-0 with four shutouts and a 1.42 GAA at Copps Coliseum… Mikhail Grabovski has scored in his last five games, including four multi-point contests, recording seven assists and 10 points.
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The Aeros have played six straight one-goal games, going 1-2-3-0 in that span and marking the longest consecutive one-goal games since seven straight from Oct. 24-Nov. 6, 2004… Houston plays seven of its next nine games at home, where they are 10-10-1-3 and 3-1-1-0 in its last five… The Aeros are 1-16-2-1 when scoring two or fewer goals, but are 18-6-1-4 when tallying three or more goals in a game.
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Vojtech Polak tallied a season-high four goals and six points for the Stars in a 7-5 win over Milwaukee at Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday… The Stars are 4-1-0-0 in their last five games and have scored 50 percent (8 of 16) of their goals in the second period… Dan Ellis is 7-3-1 at home on the season as the Stars continue its six-game homestand by hosting San Antonio on Tuesday.
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The Moose are 1-0-1-0 through the first two games of a six-game homestand, with both games decided by one goal… Jason Jaffray recorded three assists in Manitoba’s 4-3 win over Chicago, helping the Moose snap a five-game winless skid…Drew MacIntyre is 8-2-2 with a 2.04 goals-against average and .927 save percentage at the MTS Centre this year.
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Rich Peverley leads the Admirals with six points (3g, 3a) in his last three games… Milwaukee is 3-2-0-2 in its last eight games, six of which have been decided by one goal… The Admirals open up a five-game homestand on Friday, where they will play three games in as many days, marking the fourth time this season that has occurred.
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Curtis McElhinney earned his 20th win of the season in Friday’s win over San Antonio, becoming just the third netminder thus far in 2006-07 to win 20 games… The Ak-Sar-Ben Knights are ranked seventh in the AHL on the road, posting a 14-5-3-0 record as they open up their longest road trip of the season, playing six games in 11 days… Andrei Taratukhin leads Omaha with 21 points (8g, 13a) in 22 games on the road.
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The Rivermen play four of their next five games at home, where they are 13-11-0 and led by Trent Whitfield with 13 goals in 23 games… Jon DiSalvatore has two goals and five points, registering points in four of his last five games… In the last five games, the Rivermen have scored nine of their 11 goals in the first two periods and have been outscored 9-2 in the third.
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Janis Sprukts is second on the Amerks and ranks seventh in the AHL among rookies with 39 points (11g, 28a) in 36 games… Rochester had its four-game win streak snapped with a 6-0 loss at Syracuse on Saturday, prior to that, the Amerks had won 10 of its last 11 games… Michael Ryan has scored in four of his last five games, leading Rochester with five goals and nine points in that span.
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The Rampage is 2-3-0-0 in the midst of their 16-game road trip… In its last five match ups, San Antonio has scored 46.2 percent (5ppg, 1shg) of its goals on special teams… The Rampage penalty killing unit has not allowed a power-play goal in their last three games, going 15-for-15.
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Dan LaCosta posted back-to-back shutouts to earn his 2nd and 3rd career AHL victories; He has a personal streak of 155:32 shutting out opponents… Geoff Platt has three goals and five points along with a plus-6 rating in the last five games for the Crunch… Syracuse is on a season-high four game winning streak, outscoring its opponents 16-3.
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Erik Westrum had his five-game scoring streak snapped against Chicago on Monday, prior to that Westrum tallied four goals and seven points in that stretch… In the last five games Toronto has scored 40 percent (4 of 10) of its goals on the man advantage… The Marlies play seven of their next eight games at home, where they are 5-15-2-1 on the year.