Weekly Notebook: Western Conference

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Despite a 1-3-0 record, Fred Brathwaite has a 1.78 goals-against average and .929 save percentage in his last four starts… Defenseman Troy Milam notched a career-high three points (1g, 2a) in Saturday’s loss to Hamilton… Nathan Oystrick has nine points (3g, 6a) in his last eight games for Chicago and leads all rookie defenseman with nine goals and 26 points.
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Netminder Stefan Liv is a perfect 5-0-0 in his last five outings, posting a 2.00 GAA and a .927 save percentage for the Griffins… Over 85 percent (12 of 14) of the Griffins goals in the last five contests have come at even strength… Matt Hussey has 11 points (4g, 7a) and is a plus-6 in 17 games on the road, as Grand Rapids embarks on a four-game trip away from Van Andel Arena on Friday, Jan. 19.
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Hamilton opens up a four-game home stand starting Friday and defenseman Mathieu Roy leads the Bulldogs with a plus-12 rating and has 10 points (3g, 7a) in 17 games at home thus far… defenseman Andre Benoit has two goals and two assists with a plus-4 rating in his last two contests with Hamilton… Jaroslav Halak continues to leads all goaltenders with a goals against of 1.92 and a .935 save percentage.
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Rookie Danny Irmen has eight points (3g, 5a) in his last eight games, including a career-best one goal and two assists in Houston’s shootout loss to Omaha on Saturday… Aeros are 4-5 in shootouts this season and remain the only team without a game decided in overtime… Houston has allowed the first goal in eight of its last 10 games.
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After a stretch of winning 7 of 9 games, the Stars lost their last three games, all at home and the last two by a score of 5-4 and going past regulation…In the last five games, Iowa has scored 10 of its 14 goals in the second period… Steve Silverthorn is 2-1-0 in his first three starts in the AHL, posting two shutouts and a 1.01 goals-against average with Iowa.
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Drew MacIntyre is 3-0-0 in his last three starts, posting a shutout and a 1.33 GAA and .953 save percentage for the Moose… Brad Moran has recorded points in six of his last seven games, scoring 14 points (3g, 11a) and a plus-4 rating… Moose have won their last five games, outscoring opponents 20-11 during that stretch.
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Friday’s shootout loss at San Antonio was the league-leading 15th time that Milwaukee has had a game decided in overtime (6-4) or shootout (2-4)… The Admirals have earned nine out of a possible 10 points in their last five games, going 4-0-0-1, with the last three games decided by one goal… Jason Guerriero has three goals and five points and is a plus-7 in his last six games.
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Andrei Taratukhin set an Omaha record by scoring in his sixth consecutive game in Tuesday’s 3-1 win over Hamilton… Curtis McElhinney’s 39 saves in Friday’s 4-0 shutout of Grand Rapids are the most by a Knights’ goaltender in a shutout in team history… Defenseman Steve Marr earned his first AHL point with an assist in the Knights’ 5-2 win over Toronto on Jan. 10.
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In the last five games, the Rivermen have scored all nine of its goals in the first and second periods, going scoreless in the third… Charles Linglet has tallied a point in six of his seven games in January, registering four goals and seven points on the month… Peoria plays two of its next three games at home, where they are 13-8-0 and have scored 42 percent of its goals on the power play.
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On Jan. 13, Amerks’ head coach Randy Cunneyworth earned his 260th win, tying Joe Crozier for second on the all-time list for the franchise… Rochester won its fourth consecutive game with a 5-4, come from behind win at Iowa on Jan. 16 in a shootout… Mark Mancari leads the Amerks with three goals, seven points and a plus-6 rating in his last four games.
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David LeNeveu has won his last two starts, posting a shutout and a 0.96 goals-against average and .971 save percentage… In the last five games, San Antonio has scored 60 percent (9 of 15) of its goals in the second period… Bill Thomas recorded a career-high four points, tallying a goal and three assists in the Rampage’s 6-0 win over Houston on Sunday.
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Mark Hartigan has scored in nine straight games, recording six goals and 12 points for the Crunch in that span… Syracuse is 5-2-0-3 in its last 10 games, five of which have gone past regulation play… Defenseman Filip Novak had his five game scoring streak snapped in the Crunch’s 4-3 win over Binghamton on Monday.
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The Marlies set a franchise record when they held Milwaukee to just one shot in the first period in Sunday’s 1-0 loss to the Admirals… Recently returned to the Marlies from the parent Maple Leafs, Erik Westrum registered the team’s first goal against Peoria on Friday, moving him into a tie for the team lead with 15 goals on the year… Defenseman Jay Harrison has earned points in five of his last seven tilts with the Marlies, registering two goals and six points in that span.