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West Notes: Flames streaking back into playoff race

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With Wednesday’s 3-2 overtime win over Iowa, the Wolves have won five straight games that have extended beyond regulation, capturing two in overtime and three in a shootout; overall, Chicago is 6-1 in shootouts this season… Wednesday’s win also snapped a brief two-game losing skid at home… Rookie Spencer Machacek has netted a goal in four straight games (4-3-7) and five of his last six (5-4-9), and now ranks second on the Wolves with 16 goals overall (16-16-32)… Chicago hosts Milwaukee on Friday, visits Peoria on Saturday, and welcomes Manitoba on Sunday.
 
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Wednesday’s 2-1 shootout win at Rochester snapped a five-game winless skid (0-4-0-1), which was the Griffins’ longest of the season and longest since an identical 0-4-0-1 skid from Mar. 28 to Apr. 4, 2008… Rookie Francis Pare snapped a 10-game drought by netting the Griffins’ lone regulation goal against the Amerks… Beginning Friday against Manitoba, the Griffins will play three home games in three nights for the first time since joining the AHL in 2001… On Friday, Ryan Oulahen moved into fourth place in Grand Rapids history by appearing in his 283rd career game.
 
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Hamilton went 3-1-0-0 on a four-game swing road through the East Division last week and is 5-1-0-0 in its last six games overall… Goaltender Marc Denis snapped a personal four-game losing skid on Feb. 6; since then, he has posted a five-game winning streak (1.19, .964), including a pair of shutouts… Denis’s five shutouts for the season are one shy of the Hamilton franchise record of six set by Jaroslav Halak in the 2006-07 campaign… Rookie Ben Maxwell is on a four-game scoring streak (1-3-4)… The Bulldogs conclude their road swing on Friday against red-hot Toronto.
 
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Houston is currently on its third four-game winning streak of the season, having previously accomplished it from Oct. 11-19 (first four games of the campaign) and Jan. 11-23… The Aeros will try to make it five straight when they host Iowa for the first of two games on Thursday night… Rookie Matt Beaudoin registered Houston’s first hat trick of the season in the Aeros’ 7-6 win at Iowa on Saturday… Jesse Schultz has netted a goal in four straight games (5-1-6)… Houston has scored the game’s first goal in three straight contests and is 16-4-1-3 overall when scoring first.
 
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Iowa is winless in a season-high five straight games (0-3-1-1) after Wednesday’s 3-2 overtime setback at Chicago… The Chops enter Thursday’s game at Houston two points back of the Aeros and Wolves for third place in the West Division… Eric Boguniecki is on a season-high three-game scoring streak (1-2-3) and has a point in four of his last five tilts (2-2-4)… T.J. Trevelyan had registered three goals (3-0-3) over two games before being held without a goal against Chicago… Iowa will play 24 of its final 25 games against West Division opponents.
 
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Lake Erie is 1-5-0-0 in its last six games since beginning its nine-game road swing with a 4-1 win at Grand Rapids on Feb. 7… The Monsters’ lone win in this stretch was a 3-2 shootout decision at Iowa on Monday… Goaltender Jason Bacashihua made 23 saves in that victory to snap a personal four-game losing skid… Tom Fritsche is currently on a four-game points streak (2-2-4), and Matt Hendricks shows a three-game run (1-2-3)… The Monsters conclude their road stretch with games in Rockford and Grand Rapids this weekend.
 
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With Sunday’s 4-0 win in Providence, Manitoba has registered a point in 14 straight road games (12-0-0-2), one short of an AHL record… The Moose have not suffered a regulation loss away from the MTS Centre since Dec. 28, a 4-1 loss at Toronto… Manitoba is on an eight-game points streak (6-0-0-2) overall and shows a 12-1-0-3 mark in its last 16 contests… Defenseman Nolan Baumgartner is on a four-game scoring streak (1-4-5), and Guillaume Desbiens has netted a goal in five of his last six games (5-2-7)… The Moose continue their 10-game road swing this weekend in Grand Rapids, Milwaukee, and Chicago.
 
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Milwaukee has registered a point in four straight games (2-0-1-1) to begin a five-game homestand but is winless in two straight (0-0-1-1) for the first time since Jan. 8-9… The Admirals’ 2-1 overtime loss to Quad City on Sunday marked the 12th time this season one of their games ended in that score; Milwaukee is 8-1-3-0 in those contests… Forward Ryan Maki recently registered six points (4-2-6) in an eight-game span, more points than the five he registered all of last season… Milwaukee hosts Rockford on Thursday, travels to Chicago on Friday, and welcomes Manitoba on Saturday.
 
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Manny Legace’s 26-save shutout of San Antonio on Wednesday in Peoria’s 5-0 victory was his first AHL whitewash since the 1996-97 campaign, when he was a member of Springfield… It also marked the Rivermen’s first shutout as a team since Dec. 20, when Ben Bishop made 15 saves in a 4-0 win at Iowa… Defenseman Andy Wozniewski registered three points (1-2-3) against the Rampage after totaling three points (0-3-3) in his previous 28 games combined… Yan Stastny netted his first two AHL goals of the season on Wednesday.
 
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Quad City established a franchise record with its fifth straight win on Wednesday, a 3-2 decision over Lake Erie… Jamie Lundmark (15-37-52) and Kyle Greentree (28-23-51), who rank first and second on the Flames in scoring, both posted a goal and an assist against the Monsters… Kris Chucko has two game-winning goals during Quad City’s current streak and a team-high five for the campaign… Goaltender Leland Irving’s personal three-game winning streak is one shy of his four-game run from Nov. 9-21.
 
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Rookie forward Michal Repik put up five points (2-3-5) in a two-game span last Saturday and Sunday as the Amerks lost to Rockford and defeated Peoria to conclude a five-game road trip… Repik now leads the Amerks with 33 points (13-20-33) on the season… Defenseman Jordan Henry has netted a goal in two of his last three games after not scoring since Nov. 16… The Amerks look to avenge an 8-3 loss at Hershey on Oct. 26 when the Bears visit the Blue Cross Arena on Friday… Rochester then plays a home-and-home with Toronto on Saturday and Sunday.
 
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Rockford ended an 0-for-30 drought on the power play – its longest drought since joining the AHL – in Friday’s 3-1 loss to Peoria… Saturday’s 4-3 win over Rochester snapped a stretch that saw the IceHogs score just one goal in four consecutive games… Captain Tim Brent is on a three-game scoring run (3-2-5), as is defenseman Danny Groulx (1-3-4)… Goaltender Antti Niemi recorded Rockford’s second 1-0 shutout of the season on Feb. 11 in Peoria, making 21 saves; the IceHogs posted a 1-0 win over Toronto on Jan. 10… Rockford visits Milwaukee on Thursday and hosts Lake Erie on Friday.
 
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Rookie Kyle Turris, drafted third overall in 2007 by parent-club Phoenix, was assigned to the Rampage last week and racked up four goals and seven points in his first three games… Fellow rookie Kevin Porter netted a goal in four straight games (4-1-5) before being held off the scoresheet Wednesday in a 5-0 loss at Peoria… That dropped the Rampage to 3-4-2-1 on their 13-game road trip, with tilts remaining this week at Quad City, Grand Rapids, and Iowa… San Antonio has collected 20 of its 24 wins this when it leads after the second period (20-2-1-1).
 
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Syracuse is currently 26-24-3-2 after 55 games this season… After 55 games in 2007-08, the Crunch were at 25-25-2-3 but then went 21-1-0-3 the rest of the way… Syracuse is tied for the AHL lead with six shootout victories this season (6-2), including back-to-back 2-1 finals last weekend against Grand Rapids and Springfield… Leading scorer Mike York is on a three-game scoring streak (1-3-4) and has a point in four of his last five contests (1-4-5)… Rookie goaltender Sebastian Dahm has started eight straight games in net (4-4-0).
 
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Toronto has scored 32 goals during its current five-game winning streak – of those 32, Jiri Tlusty has netted eight and Tim Stapleton seven… Tlusty has racked up 11 points and a plus-11 rating during the winning streak, and Bates Battaglia shows eight assists in that span… Overall, Stapleton is riding an eight-game scoring streak (10-6-16) and has a point in 13 of his last 14 outings… The offensive explosion has lifted the Marlies to sixth in average goals per game (3.09); prior to the streak, Toronto ranked 19th (2.76).