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West Notes: Admirals, Rivermen rolling

Also see… East Notes: Cardiac Syvret, ‘Pack snap skid

 
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Abbotsford went 1-2-0-0 on a three-game road trip last week, dropping a pair of tilts in Hamilton and taking a 2-1 win over division-leading Rochester… Goaltender Matt Keetley has allowed two or fewer goals in each of his last three contests (2-1-0, 1.25, .959, one shutout)… The Heat have totaled just four goals in four games since posting a 6-2 win over Rochester on Dec. 5… Jason Jaffray currently leads the team in goals (10, assists (15), points (25), game-winning goals (3), and plus/minus (plus-10) in 31 games… The Heat host Peoria for a two-game set this weekend prior to the Christmas break.
 
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Chicago surrendered a season-high seven goals on Sunday in a 7-3 loss at Lake Erie, just one day after posting a 6-2 win over the Monsters… The Wolves are now 2-5-0-1 since moving a season-high three games over .500 (11-8-0-1) on Nov. 25… Kevin Doell racked up a career-high three points (2-1-3) in Saturday’s win over Lake Erie… Jason Krog has a point in five straight games (1-5-6) and 10 of his last 11 tilts (2-11-13), and he ranks second in the league with 24 assists (5-24-29) in 26 games overall… The Wolves conclude a four-game road swing in Rockford on Friday and return home to battle Milwaukee on Saturday.
 
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Rookie Tomas Tatar, who has a team-leading three game-winning goals among his 17 points (8-9-17) in 22 outings this season, has temporarily left the team to compete for his native Slovakia in the 2010 World Junior Championships from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Saskatchewan… Francis Pare’s successful penalty shot on Dec. 9 vs. San Antonio was the Griffins’ first since Ryan Oulahen converted on Nov. 8, 2008… Grand Rapids has played only 11 of its first 28 games within the North Division, compared to 17 against West Division foes… The Griffins battle another pair of West teams this weekend as they visit San Antonio on Friday and Texas on Saturday.
 
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Hamilton’s six-game points streak (5-0-1-0) ended on Tuesday with a 3-2 loss to Milwaukee, which also concluded the team’s three-game homestand… The Bulldogs hit the road this weekend for games at Adirondack, Hartford, and Rochester prior to the Christmas break… Brock Trotter had a six-game scoring streak (4-4-8) prior to being held scoreless in Tuesday’s defeat, and Ryan Russell’s five-game run (4-1-5) also came to an end… The loss to Milwaukee marked just Hamilton’s second regulation defeat against a West Division opponent (6-2-0-1)… The Bulldogs have allowed only 12 first-period goals in 28 games this season, outscoring opponents 20-12 in the opening stanza.
 
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Houston has matched a season high with its current three-game winning streak, having also accomplished it from Oct. 24-27 and from Nov. 5-13… Goaltender Wade Dubielewicz has been in net for all three victories of the current streak and has stopped 58 of 62 shots over that span (.935)… Defenseman Maxim Noreau notched the overtime game-winner in Wednesday’s 2-1 win over San Antonio, marking Noreau’s second overtime goal of the season… Noreau is now riding a seven-game scoring streak (3-4-7)… Rookie Chad Rau has a pint in three straight games (2-2-4) and seven of his last eight tilts (4-5-9)… Houston hosts Texas and Grand Rapids this weekend.
 
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Lake Erie scored a season-high seven goals in a 7-3 win over Chicago on Sunday, which marked just the Monsters’ third victory since Oct. 31 (3-11-0-3)… Darren Haydar notched a hat trick in the win over the Wolves, the team he captained to the 2008 Calder Cup title… Haydar has a point in five of his last six games (4-4-8), and T.J. Hensick is riding a six-game scoring streak (3-6-9)… Defenseman Brett Skinner had totaled four points (2-2-4) in his previous 10 outings before racking up four assists in Sunday’s win… The Monsters play a two-game set at Manitoba this weekend before concluding their pre-Christmas schedule with a home date vs. Rochester on Tuesday.
 
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Aaron Rome was recalled from his conditioning stint by parent-club Vancouver after putting up six goals and seven points in seven games with the Moose… Rome tallied the game-winning goal in each of Manitoba’s three most recent victories… The Moose split a two-game set at Norfolk last weekend and finished 1-3-0-0 in their first-ever season series with the Admirals… Dusty Collins had gone without a point in his first 31 games of the season before notching a goal in Saturday’s 5-4 loss… Sergei Shirokov continues to lead all AHL rookies with 11 goals and is tied for third with 21 points in 30 games… Manitoba opens an eight-game homestand with a pair of tilts against Lake Erie this weekend.
 
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Milwaukee has won five straight games and has earned a point in 11 of its last 13 outings (9-2-0-2) since dropping to 6-6-1-2 for the season on Nov. 14… Peter Olvecky and Wacey Rabbit each show two game-winning goals during the current winning streak, which is the Admirals’ longest since a six-game run from Dec. 21-31, 2008… Team scoring leader Cal O’Reilly (5-21-26) has a point in four straight games (1-4-5), while Andreas Thuresson is on a five-game scoring run (1-5-6) and Chris Mueller has found the scoresheet in five of his last six tilts (2-3-5)… Milwaukee ends a four-game road swing in Chicago on Saturday before hosting San Antonio on Sunday.
 
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Peoria is riding a season-high four-game winning streak, its longest since a six-game run from Mar. 24 to Apr. 4, 2009… The Rivermen have converted 22.0 percent of their power play tries on the road, tied with Worcester for the best mark in the AHL… Goaltender Ben Bishop is on a personal six-game winning streak since suffering a tough-luck 1-0 loss at Houston on Nov. 18… Rookie Brett Sonne has a point in all four games of Peoria’s current winning streak (2-2-4)… The Rivermen are 13-3-0-1 against fellow West Division teams this season but just 2-7-1-1 against North Division foes… Peoria makes its lone trek to Abbotsford this weekend for a two-game set.
 
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Rochester is 7-0-0-0 against Syracuse this season and 13-7-1-0 against the rest of the league… The Amerks will not host the Crunch again this season but still have three more trips to Syracuse on the docket… Rookie Brady Calla’s first goal of the season proved to be the game-winner in Tuesday’s 5-3 win over Syracuse… Andrew Sweetland tallied the first multiple-goal game of his pro career in Saturday’s 6-2 loss at Hershey… Jamie Johnson has racked up five points (1-4-5) in his last two games after going scoreless in his previous four outings… The Amerks play a home-and-home with historical rival Hershey this weekend before hosting Hamilton on Sunday.
 
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Rockford has dropped three of its last four games (1-3-0-0) on the heels of a season-high five-game winning streak from Nov. 27 to Dec. 5… Kyle Greentree’s league-leading nine-game scoring streak (6-6-12, plus-8) came to an end in Sunday’s 4-1 loss at Houston… Goaltender Dan Cloutier picked up his first win since Feb. 21, 2008, with 19 saves in the IceHogs’ 3-2 triumph at Texas on Saturday… Daryl Boyle, who totaled 15 points in 70 games as a rookie with Norfolk in 2008-09, matched that production (3-12-15) in just 32 games this year with a goal in Friday’s 4-2 loss at Texas… The IceHogs host Chicago and San Antonio this weekend to conclude their pre-Christmas schedule.
 
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San Antonio has managed just seven goals during its current five-game winless skid (0-4-1-0), and the Rampage are now 3-13-2-1 in 19 contests since getting out to a 6-1-1-0 start this season… San Antonio has scored the first goal in just 10 of its 27 games thus far (7-2-1-0)… Kevin Porter paces the offense with 21 points (9-12-21) thus far, while former AHL All-Star Brett MacLean shows a team-high 11 goals (11-6-17)… The Rampage are 5-2-0-0 against the North Division this year but just 4-12-3-1 against the West… San Antonio hosts Grand Rapids on Friday before visiting Rockford and Milwaukee to close the weekend.
 
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Texas has lost consecutive games for the first time all season following Tuesday’s 5-2 setback to Houston… Goaltender Matt Climie has now surrendered four or more goals in two of his last three outings for the Stars… Greg Rallo (12-6-18 in 30 games) has already set new AHL career highs for goals and points… Defenseman Garrett Stafford returned to the lineup on Saturday vs. Rockford after missing the previous 11 games to injury… Francis Wathier has a point in five of his last six contests (3-2-5)… The Stars are an impressive 17-0-1-0 this season when leading after two periods… Texas visits Houston on Friday before hosting Grand Rapids on Saturday.
 
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Toronto is 1-3 this season in games decided specifically in overtime, the lone win coming by a 6-5 count over Hamilton on Dec. 5; the Marlies dropped a 4-3 overtime decision to Milwaukee on Monday… Andre Deveaux extended his scoring streak to four games (4-1-5) with a goal in that loss, and rookie Viktor Stalberg also has a point in four straight contests (3-3-6)… Christian Hanson’s goal on Monday was his first since notching a hat trick in a 7-1 win at Lake Erie on Nov. 20… The Marlies are now 7-0-3-2 in one-goal games this season… Toronto hits the road this weekend for games in Hartford, Wilkes-Barre, and Hershey prior to the Christmas break.