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West Notes: Desjardins dynamite, Moose visit Norfolk

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Abbotsford netted six goals in a 6-2 win over Rochester on Saturday but has totaled just two goals in dropping two games since, including a 2-1 loss in its rematch with the Americans on Sunday… Colin Stuart notched two goals in back-to-back games from Dec. 1-5 after going his previous eight outings without finding twine; Stuart has a point in three of his last four contests (4-1-5)… Jason Jaffray is currently riding a season-high four-game scoring streak (0-6-6)… The Heat conclude their three-game road trip this weekend with visits to Rochester on Friday and Hamilton on Sunday.
 
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Chicago has lost four of its last five games (1-4-0-0), a 3-2 win over Lake Erie on Friday standing as the lone exception… Brett Sterling netted the decisive goal in that tilt and has scored the game-winner in four of Chicago’s 11 regulation or overtime triumphs on the season… The Wolves have tallied a power play goal in three straight games (3-for-13) and show seven man-advantage markers in their last seven outings… Jason Krog has a point in seven of his last eight games (1-8-9) and leads the team with 21 assists and 25 points in 23 games overall… Chicago plays at Toronto on Friday and at Lake Erie on Saturday and Sunday.
 
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Grand Rapids has played just 24 games thus far, tied with Toronto for fewest in the North Division… The Griffins’ .625 points percentage (15-9-0-0, 30 points) ranks third in the division, but the club sits in fifth place largely due to having played six fewer games than fourth-place Abbotsford (32 points) and seven fewer than third-place Manitoba (34 points)… Grand Rapids has played only nine of its first 24 games within the North Division (6-3-0-0)… Jan Mursak has netted a goal in three of his last four games (3-0-3) and has a point in six of his last seven (3-4-7)… The Griffins wrap up a five-game homestand with tilts against Lake Erie and Milwaukee this weekend.
 
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Hamilton has earned a point in five straight games (4-0-1-0), outscoring opponents 20-7 over that span… Goaltender Cedrick Desjardins’ personal shutout streak ended at 212:37 on Wednesday when Abbotsford’s Riley Armstrong scored late in the third period of the Bulldogs’ 5-1 win… Desjardins, who blanked Lake Erie and Toronto on Nov. 28 and Dec. 4, respectively, currently ranks second in the AHL in goals-against average (1.57) and third in save percentage (.940) through 13 appearances (7-4-1)… Ryan Russell has tallied a goal in four straight games (4-0-4)… The ‘Dogs lone game of the weekend is a rematch with Abbotsford on Sunday.
 
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Houston has just two wins in its last seven games but has earned a point in five of those seven contests (2-2-2-1)… The Aeros began the year 3-0-0-0 in games that extended beyond regulation but are just 1-0-2-1 in four such contests since… Jean-Michel Daoust has registered a point in five straight games (5-1-6) for the Aeros and has a team-high eight goals and 17 points in 25 outings overall… Rookie Chad Rau is riding a four-game scoring streak (2-3-5), while defenseman Maxim Noreau has a point in three straight (1-2-3) and five of six (1-4-5)… The Aeros, who have been off since last Friday, host Peoria this Friday and welcome Rockford to town on Sunday.
 
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Lake Erie shows a 1-6-0-1 mark in its last eight games… The Monsters racked up six goals in the one victory – a 6-2 win over Grand Rapids on Dec. 1 – but have managed just eight goals in the seven losses… Rookie goaltender Billy Sauer was tabbed for his first two career AHL appearances last weekend and dropped games at Chicago and Rockford… Darren Haydar (1-3-4) and T.J. Hensick (1-3-4) are each riding three-game scoring streaks… The Monsters have scored the first goal in just nine of their 25 games thus far (5-3-0-1)… Lake Erie visits Grand Rapids on Friday before hosting Chicago on Saturday and Sunday.
 
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Aaron Rome registered a point in four of five games (4-1-5) with Manitoba while on a conditioning loan from parent-club Vancouver… Defenseman Brian Salcido shows three points (2-1-3) in his last three games after totaling three points (0-3-3) in his previous 12 contests… Rookie Sergei Shirokov has found the scoresheet in three of his last four tilts (1-2-3) and paces the Moose with 10 goals and 20 points in 28 games overall… Manitoba surrendered a season-high seven goals in Friday’s 7-1 loss at Peoria, the Moose’s most goals allowed since a 7-3 loss to Hershey on Nov. 11, 2006… Manitoba makes its first-ever visit to Norfolk this weekend for a two-game set.
 
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Milwaukee snapped a three-game winless skid (0-2-0-1) on Saturday with a 4-2 triumph over Manitoba… Triston Grant snapped a 10-game goal-scoring skid with a pair of tallies in that contest, and Peter Olvecky nabbed his fourth goal of the year, but first game-winner… Reassigned by parent-club Nashville on Friday, Mike Santorelli racked up three assists in Saturday’s win over the Moose; Santorelli now shows 11 points (4-7-11) in just six games with the Admirals this season… Milwaukee has just one power play goal in its last 40 opportunities… The Ads host San Antonio on Friday and travel to Grand Rapids on Saturday.
 
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Peoria improved to 2-0-0-0 against division-leading Texas on Wednesday with a 5-1 road win over the Stars… Goaltender Ben Bishop has posted a 4-1-0 record in five games since surrendering six goals in a 6-0 loss to Abbotsford on Nov. 13… The Rivermen have totaled just five goals in their last six losses, dating back to that Nov. 13 contest… Derek Armstrong, who missed 12 games to injury, scored in the first period of his first game back in Friday’s 7-1 win over Manitoba… The Moose’s only goal in that tilt halted Peoria’s stretch of killing off 28 straight shorthanded situations… Peoria visits Houston on Friday and hosts San Antonio on Saturday.
 
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Rochester lost back-to-back games for the first time all season when it fell 2-1 at Manitoba on Dec. 2 and 6-2 at Abbotsford on Saturday… The Amerks snapped the skid with a 2-1 win in their rematch with the Heat on Sunday… 22-year-old goaltender Ryan Mior made 30 saves on 31 shots in that one to pick up his first career AHL win… Chris Taylor had a point in four straight games (1-5-6) prior to being held scoreless in Sunday’s victory… The Amerks host Abbotsford on Friday – their third straight game against the Heat – before a Saturday trip to Hershey… That game will mark Graham Mink’s return to face the team with whom he won two Calder Cups (2006, 2009).
 
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Rockford’s season-high five-game winning streak ended on Sunday with a 4-3 loss to Manitoba… The winning streak marked the IceHogs’ longest since a six-game run from Oct. 12-26, 2008; that streak also ended with a loss to the Moose, a 2-1 decision on Oct. 31, 2008… Rockford played three games last weekend and started three different goaltenders – Alec Richards, Joe Fallon, and Dan Cloutier, who made his Rockford debut on Sunday… Kyle Greentree is riding a seven-game scoring streak (5-4-9), the longest active run in the AHL… Rockford heads south for games at Texas on Friday and Saturday, and at Houston on Sunday.
 
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San Antonio matched a season high with a three-game winning streak from Nov. 28 to Dec. 4 but has totaled three goals in dropping two straight games since… That puts the Rampage at 3-3-0-0 thus far under new head coach Ray Edwards and assistant Mike Pelino… The Rampage have scored six power play goals in their last five games after going 1-for-44 on the man-advantage during their 11-game winless skid from Oct. 23 to Nov. 24… Kevin Porter has registered a point in seven of his last eight games (5-4-9), and defenseman Sean Sullivan shows a point in four of his last five (1-5-6)… San Antonio hits the road this weekend for games in Milwaukee and Peoria.
 
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Texas matched a season high by surrendering five goals on Wednesday in a 5-1 loss to Peoria; the Stars also allowed five goals to the Rivermen on Nov. 11 in a 5-4 overtime defeat… The Stars are still the only AHL team to allow under two goals per game on average (1.96)… Greg Rallo tallied Texas’s lone goal on Wednesday, his team-leading 11th marker of the season (11-5-16)… Reigning Reebok/AHL player of the week Mathieu Beaudoin’s three-game goal-scoring run (5-0-5) came to an end… The Stars continue their four-game homestand with a pair of tilts against Rockford this weekend.
 
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Toronto had been shut out in its previous two games before posting a 6-5 overtime win over Hamilton on Saturday… Rookie Viktor Stalberg scored in the extra session for his first game-winner of the season… The Marlies had not been blanked in back-to-back outings since losses to Grand Rapids and Hamilton on Apr. 6-7, 2007… Andre Deveaux broke a 13-game goal-scoring drought with a pair of tallies on Saturday; Deveaux last scored on Oct. 24 at Grand Rapids… Greg Scott notched his first career AHL goal in the win over the Bulldogs… Toronto hosts Chicago on Friday, Milwaukee on Sunday, and Milwaukee on Monday.