West Notes: Bulldogs, Rivermen surging in playoff push

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Chicago has combined for 12 goals in winning its last two games after totaling 12 goals during its previous six contests… The Wolves erupted for a season-high seven tallies in a 7-4 win over Iowa on Friday… Chicago has put up a 17-3-0-0 record this season when it scores four or more goals in a game… Rookie Spencer Machacek, who has six points (1-5-6) in his last four games with the Wolves, was rewarded with first NHL recall to Atlanta this week… Fellow rookie Riley Holzapfel is on a four-game scoring streak (2-2-4)… Chicago hosts Manitoba and Hamilton this weekend.
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Grand Rapids dropped games at Van Andel Arena to Peoria and Milwaukee last weekend, the first time all season they lost two straight at home in regulation… The Griffins totaled just two goals in the losses after combining for nine goals in two straight wins… Darren Haydar’s scoring streak ended at 10 games (6-12-18)… Darren McCarty has registered a point in three of his last four games (2-2-4), as has Ville Leino (1-2-3)… The Griffins finished 2-5-1-0 against Milwaukee this season, with all six losses coming by one goal… Grand Rapids begins a franchise-record eight-game road swing on Sunday in Cleveland.
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Hamilton is on a 7-2-0-0 run that his lifted the Bulldogs within two points of second place in the North Division… Sergei Kostitsyn is riding an eight-game scoring streak (3-9-12), and rookie Brock Trotter is on a five-game run (2-5-7)… Mike Glumac has scored a goal in six straight games (8-2-10), the longest current streak in the AHL and the longest by a Bulldog this season… Hamilton has scored progressively more goals in each period, netting 63 in the first, 76 in the second, and 83 in the third… The Bulldogs, winners of six straight road games, visit Quad City, Chicago, and Milwaukee this weekend.
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Krys Kolanos has netted the game-winning goal in each of Houston’s last three victories, giving him a team-leading seven game-winners on the season… Corey Locke is riding a seven-game scoring streak (2-6-8), and Benoit Pouliot has scored a goal in three of his last four outings (3-1-4)… Goaltender Anton Khudobin made 18 saves on Sunday vs. Rockford for his first win in an Aeros uniform this season… The Aeros are 11-4-0-0 in their last 15 home games and host Peoria for a pair at the Toyota Center this weekend.
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The Chops’ 5-2 loss to Hamilton on Tuesday prevented them from attaining their first two-game winning streak since winning three straight from Jan. 31 to Feb. 7… Iowa will play each of its final 13 games within the West Division, including five against Quad City alone… Chad Painchaud is on a four-game scoring streak (3-2-5) for Iowa, while Drew Miller (2-2-4) and defenseman Brian Salcido (1-2-3) have a point in three straight… Iowa has scored 13 shorthanded goals, tied for the second-most in the league… The Chops host Rockford and Quad City this weekend.
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Lake Erie is in a 0-1-2-0 slide after winning eight of its previous nine games (8-1-0-0), and the Monsters have fallen nine points out of a playoff spot in the North Division… Randy Rowe has a point in five of his last six games (3-3-6), and Philippe Dupuis has found the scoresheet in four of his last five (2-3-5)… Lake Erie is the third-least penalized team in the AHL, averaging 15.62 penalty minutes per game through 69 contests… Goaltender Jason Bacashihua’s 13 wins (13-18-3) are his most since he totaled 13 victories in 2005-06, splitting time between Peoria and the NHL’s St. Louis Blues.
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Manitoba’s 4-3 win at Rochester on Wednesday was its second straight shootout victory after dropping its previous three trips to the tiebreaker… The Moose are 6-5 overall in shootouts this season and are one of four teams without an overtime loss on the campaign… That win over the Amerks brought Manitoba to 23-9-0-3 on the road this season, matching their AHL franchise-record road win total from last season… Derek Nesbitt has a point in three of four games (0-4-4) since joining the Moose from San Antonio… Jason Krog has registered a point in five of his last six outings (3-5-8)… The Moose conclude a six-game road swing in Chicago and Rockford this weekend.
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The Admirals are riding an eight-game points streak (6-0-0-2), and each of their last five games has been decided by one goal… Milwaukee is a remarkable 23-3-3-5 in one-goal games this season… Rookie goaltender Mark Dekanich made an Admirals season-high 46 saves in the team’s 3-2 win over Rockford on Mar. 11, including 18 in the third period alone… Mike Santorelli has racked up 11 points (4-7-11) in seven games thus far in March after totaling three points during all of February… The Admirals’ magic number to clinch a playoff spot is currently two, and their number to clinch the West Division is eight.
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Peoria has won three straight and seven of eight (7-1-0-0) to pull into third place in the tight West Division race… Goaltender Manny Legace put up a 45-save shutout in the Rivermen’s 1-0 win in San Antonio on Wednesday… Chris Porter has tallied the game-winning goal in each of the last two contests, and all three of his goals in March have been game-winners… Ryan Reaves has registered five points (3-2-5) in eight games since missing 10 tilts to injury… Peoria is 9-2 in games that extend beyond regulation…The Rivermen continue their Texas trip in San Antonio on Thursday and in Houston on Saturday and Sunday.
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Justin Bowers registered Quad City’s second hat trick of the season on Friday in a 6-3 win over Houston… Kyle Greentree continues to rank second in the AHL in goals (33) and is now 12th in points (64), and he’s played in 67 of the Flames’ 68 games thus far… John Vigilante has racked up three goals and four points in his last two games… After appearing in a league-record 18 shootouts a season ago, the Flames have needed nine so far in 2008-09 (3-6)… Quad City hosts Hamilton on Friday for its final non-divisional game of the campaign before visiting Iowa on Saturday.
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Rochester’s winless skid has reached seven games (0-5-0-2), though the Amerks have picked up a point via shootout losses in the last two… The seven-game skid matches a season high, originally set from Nov. 10-26 (0-6-0-1)… Rookie Michal Repik has registered 23 points (11-12-23) in his last 24 games but is scoreless in three straight… Goaltender Tyler Plante is an even 5-5-1 since returning to the Americans… Rookie defenseman Jason Garrison ranks fourth on the team in scoring with 30 points (4-26-30)… The Amerks play a home-and-home with arch-rival Syracuse this weekend and have Saturday off in between.
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Rockford has just one win in its last six games (1-4-0-1) and finds itself one point out of a playoff spot entering the weekend… Captain Tim Brent now leads the IceHogs in points (54), multiple-point games (16), and special teams points (27, including four shorthanded points)… Rockford is 12-3-0-1 this season when Brent records multiple points… Sunday’s 5-4 loss at Houston was just Rockford’s second regulation loss in Texas since joining the AHL (7-2-0-1)… Goaltender Corey Crawford has surrendered just two goals on 89 shots (.978) in two games at San Antonio this season.
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Goaltender Al Montoya made 23 saves in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Houston to record his first victory at the AT&T Center since Jan. 1… The Rampage have been shut out in two of their last three games after being blanked on just one other occasion all season… Goaltender Josh Tordjman made his NHL debut for parent-club Phoenix on Mar. 8 and has appeared in two games for the Coyotes… After Thursday’s game against Peoria, the Rampage will embark on a five-game road trip, with all the contests against North Division does.
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Syracuse is currently on its first three-game winning streak since Jan. 19-23… The Crunch are 6-2-1-0 in their last nine games to pull within five points of Toronto for a playoff spot in the North Division… Derek MacKenzie has attained back-to-back 20-goal seasons for the first time in his career… Defenseman Dan Spang scored his first goal as a member of the Crunch in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Rochester… Syracuse allowed a season-high 49 shots in that game, but goaltender Kevin Lalande made 48 saves… Winners of four straight at home, Syracuse hosts Rochester and Albany this weekend before traveling to Rochester on Sunday.
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Toronto swept a three-games-in-three-nights stretch last weekend, beating division rivals Rochester, Lake Erie, and Manitoba… The Marlies rank fifth in the AHL averaging 3.07 goals per game and currently boast the league’s third-ranked power play (20.6 percent)… Tim Stapleton has a point in five of his last six games (3-3-6), and Jeremy Williams has racked up 10 goals in 14 games since returning to the Marlies from the parent Maple Leafs… Toronto visits Grand Rapids for a pair of games this weekend before hosting San Antonio on Sunday for the first time since defeating the Rampage in Game 7 of last year’s first-round playoff series.