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West Notes: Greentree on fire, Lukowich lights lamp

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Abbotsford avoided its first three-game losing skid since Oct. 23-25 by posting a 3-1 win over Peoria on Sunday in the back end of a two-game set with the Rivermen… Jamie Lundmark had a goal and an assist for his fifth multiple-point game for the Heat this season… Team leading scorer Jason Jaffray (12-16-28) has netted a goal in consecutive games after scoring just once in his previous 12 contests… Kris Chucko has three assists in his last two outings on the heels of a seven-game scoreless drought… Abbotsford is 14-0-1-1 when leading after two periods and 0-12-0-0 when trailing after two… The Heat begin a five-game road swing with a pair of tilts at Manitoba this week.
 
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Goaltender Peter Mannino got the start on Saturday vs. Milwaukee and picked up his first victory since Nov. 25 with 32 saves in the Wolves’ 4-2 win… Mannino is now 4-2-0 (2.19, .929) in eight appearances for Chicago this season… Chris Chelios is riding a three-game scoring streak (2-2-4) and paces Chicago defensemen with 14 points (4-10-14) to go along with a plus-10 rating in 21 games for the campaign… The Wolves are 8-1-0-0 in games where Chelios records at least one point… Brett Sterling has a point in five straight games (4-3-7) and seven of his last eight (6-4-10)… Chicago visits Grand Rapids on Saturday before hosting Rockford on Sunday.
 
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Grand Rapids played eight games in 12 days from Dec. 9-20 and posted a 4-3-0-1 record over that span… Leading scorer Patrick Rissmiller (8-17-25) has a point in five of his last six games (3-6-9) and has gone without a point in consecutive games just once – from Nov. 27-28 – since joining the Griffins in late October… Michael Nylander had assists in his first three games (0-6-6) in his return to the Griffins, giving him points in six of his nine games (1-11-12) with the team this season… Since logging just two assists in an 11-game stretch from Nov. 11 to Dec. 5, Francis Pare has recorded points in six of his last eight games (4-5-9)… Grand Rapids hosts Chicago and Peoria this weekend.
 
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Hamilton has won three straight games and heads into the Christmas break with an 8-1-1-0 mark in its last 10 games… David Desharnais had his career-high six-game goal-scoring streak snapped in Sunday’s 5-4 overtime win over Rochester… Desharnais’s 11 goals on the season (11-9-20) are tied with Mathieu Darche (11-4-15) for the team lead despite the fact that both players have missed a significant stretch of time to injury thus far… Benoit Pouliot registered three points (1-2-3) on Sunday and was recalled by parent-club Montreal the next day… Hamilton has allowed a league-low 2.06 goals per game this season… The Bulldogs visit Rochester again on Saturday.
 
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Houston has won four of its last five games (4-1-0-0)… Jon DiSalvatore shows a goal in four of those five contests (4-0-4), including three game-winning tallies… Defenseman Maxim Noreau scored his second overtime goal of the season in a 2-1 win over San Antonio on Dec. 16, and he has registered a point in eight of his last nine games (5-4-9)… Andy Hilbert has put up seven points (2-5-7) in eight games since rejoining the Aeros… Houston and its opponents have combined for only 29 first-period goals (12 for, 17 against) in 32 games this season… The Aeros conclude a five-game homestand with tilts against San Antonio and Syracuse this week.
 
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Lake Erie’s 6-2 win over Rochester on Tuesday, coupled with a 3-2 win at Manitoba on Saturday, gave the Monsters victories in back-to-back games for the first time since Oct. 30-31… The Monsters have tallied six or more goals in three of their four victories during the month of December… Philippe Dupuis, who tallied a hat trick on Tuesday, shows four goals and five points over his last two games… Captain Darren Haydar has racked up four goals and six points in his last four contests, and rookie Ryan Stoa has three goals in his last two outings… Lake Erie plays a home-and-home with Toronto this weekend.
 
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Goaltender Cory Schneider (14-8-0, 2.37, .918) has recorded two shutouts this season, and the final score of both games has been 1-0; Schneider blanked Chicago in a 1-0 shootout decision on Oct. 23 and posted a 27-save effort in a 1-0 regulation victory over Lake Erie on Friday… The Moose are 3-7-2-0 this season following a win and 8-5-0-0 after a win… Manitoba shows a 6-10-3-0 record when it is outshot but has put up a 10-3-1-0 mark when outshooting its opponent… Guillaume Desbiens has registered a point in four of his last five games (3-2-5), including a goal in two straight… Manitoba continues an eight-game homestand with a pair of tilts with Abbotsford this week.
 
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Milwaukee, which has played 19 of its first 30 games on the road, enters the Christmas break winners of six of its last seven overall (6-1-0-0) and tied for second place in the West Division… The Admirals’ 3-2 win over Hamilton on Dec. 15 was their first of the season when trailing after two periods (1-7-0-3)… Mike Santorelli has racked up eight goals and 16 points in just 12 AHL games this season, placing him in a tie with Peter Olvecky (7-9-16 in 29 games) for third on the team in scoring… Goaltender Mark Dekanich is on a personal three-game winning streak and has not lost since Nov. 14 at Peoria… The Admirals pay a visit to Rockford on Saturday.
 
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Peoria’s season-high five-game winning streak ended on Sunday with a 3-1 loss at Abbotsford… The Rivermen hadn’t scored as few as one goal in a game since their previous defeat, a 4-1 setback at Grand Rapids on Dec. 5, and Peoria has managed two or fewer goals in all 11 of its regulation losses on the campaign… Sunday’s loss also brought a close to goaltender Ben Bishop’s personal six-game winning streak; the second-year goaltender last suffered a defeat on Nov. 18 at Houston… Peoria is now just 4-8-1-1 against the North Division but shows a 13-3-0-1 mark against its own West Division… The Rivermen close a five-game road swing with tilts in Grand Rapids, Cleveland, and Toronto this week.
 
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Rochester has hit its first rough patch of the season, as the Americans are winless in four straight games (0-3-1-0) and 2-7-1-0 in their last 10 outings… Despite the skid, the Amerks (20-10-2-0, 42 points) are still just one point back of Hamilton for first place in the North Division… Rochester’s power play still ranks second in the AHL at 20.5 percent, including a league-best 27.4 percent conversion rate on home ice… Chris Taylor is riding a three-game scoring streak (2-3-5), and Michal Repik has a point in four of his last five games played (1-3-4)… The Amerks host Hamilton and Binghamton and the Blue Cross Arena this weekend.
 
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Rockford has dropped four of its last six contests (2-4-0-0) since reeling off five straight wins from Nov. 27 to Dec. 5… The line of Bracken Kearns, Jack Skille, and Kyle Greentree has accounted for 48.5 percent of the IceHogs’ goals (16 of 33) since Nov. 25… Greentree has a point in 11 of 12 games (7-7-14) over that span after totaling five points (1-4-5) in his first 14 outings this season… The IceHogs’ 3-2 victory over Chicago on Friday improved them to 4-0-0-0 at home against the Wolves this season and 12-2-0-0 in 14 all-time regular-season clashes at the MetroCentre… Rockford has gone 23 straight games without playing a shootout… The ‘Hogs host Milwaukee on Saturday and visit Chicago on Sunday.
 
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The Rampage scored the first goal in all three of their games last weekend and went 2-1-0-0, making them 8-3-1-0 for the season when posting the first tally… San Antonio surrendered its 100th road win in franchise history on Saturday with a 2-1 triumph at Rockford… Goaltender Justin Pogge made 34 saves on 35 shots to pick up the victory in that contest… Kevin Porter has a point in three straight games (1-2-3) for the Rampage and was recalled by parent-club Phoenix on Tuesday… The Rampage are 6-2-0-0 against the North Division this season but just 5-13-3-1 against the West… San Antonio visits Houston on Saturday before opening a four-game homestand vs. Texas on Sunday.
 
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Texas has dropped three of its last four games (1-3-0-0) and is 6-5-0-0 since goaltender Brent Krahn – out due to injury – made his last appearance on Nov. 22… Krahn still leads the league with his 1.41 goals-against average in 12 appearances (10-2-0)… Counterpart Matt Climie has started nine of the 11 games in Krahn’s absence, with rookie Richard Bachman getting the nod in the other two contests… Veteran defenseman Brad Lukowich hadn’t scored since Oct. 10 before netting a goal in back-to-back games last weekend… Aaron Gagnon has three points (1-2-3) in his last two games to take over the team scoring lead with 21 points (6-15-21) overall… Texas visits San Antonio on Sunday and hosts Syracuse on Tuesday.
 
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Toronto went 1-2-0-0 on a three-game road swing to Hartford, Wilkes-Barre, and Hershey last weekend… The Marlies posted a 4-3 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday but were outscored 11-2 in losses to the Wolf Pack and Bears… Troy Bodie notched a hat trick in Saturday’s win and has a point in three of his last four outings (3-2-5)… Rookie Viktor Stalberg, who is tied for the Marlies scoring lead with 21 points (8-13-21) in 19 tilts, potted his first career NHL goal for the parent Maple Leafs on Friday at Buffalo… The Marlies take on Lake Erie in a home-and-home set this weekend, beginning on Saturday in Cleveland.