West Notes: Marlies’ offense on fire, Aeros streaking

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Reigning Reebok/AHL player of the week Ondrej Pavelec has surrendered just one goal in each of his last three outings, including two victories and a 1-0 loss… Chicago has won eight straight games in which it led after the second period and is 24-2-1-0 overall in that situation… Rookie Spencer Machacek has registered a point in nine of his last 10 games (6-6-12) and ranks third on the Wolves with 34 points (17-17-34) in 58 games… Fellow rookie Matt Anderson has put up seven points (4-3-7) in his last 10 games… Chicago played eight straight games against divisional opponents beginning Friday at Iowa.
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Grand Rapids will be on the road for 14 of its remaining 21 games, beginning with three games in as many nights this weekend in Syracuse, Cleveland, and Toronto… Justin Abdelkader has registered 14 points (5-9-14) in 11 games since returning from his first NHL stint with Detroit, and he now is tied for third among AHL rookies with 41 points (19-22-41) in 55 games… In his last three games with the Griffins, goaltender Jimmy Howard is 2-0-1 with a 1.90 GAA and .947 save percentage… Defenseman Garrett Stafford has 11 points (5-6-11) in his last 11 games.
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Hamilton’s goal on Sunday in a 3-1 loss to Syracuse was its 3,000th tally in franchise history… Rookie David Desharnais is on a four-game scoring streak (3-2-5) and is tied for third among AHL first-year pros with 41 points (17-24-41) in 55 games… Dan Jancevski, who currently has 83 points (14-69-83) in his Bulldogs career, needs one more to tie Ron Hainsey as Hamilton’s all-time leader in points by a defenseman… The Bulldogs host Rochester and Toronto this weekend before traveling to face Lake Erie on Sunday.
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Houston’s current six-game winning streak is its longest since a seven-game run from Feb. 22 to Mar. 9, 2008… The Aeros’ longest winning streak since joining the AHL in 2001 is eight games, most recently accomplished from Dec. 11, 2005 to Jan. 5, 2006… Houston has also won four straight home games, its longest run since winning its first five home tilts of the season (Oct. 11-31)… Houston’s power play has converted 16 of 38 chances (42.1%) in the month of February… Jesse Schultz is currently riding a career-high six-game scoring streak (6-2-8).
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Iowa dropped to 0-8 in shootouts this season with Tuesday’s 4-3 loss to San Antonio, and the Chops are the only AHL team without a shootout victory to this point… The Chops are winless in eight straight games overall (0-4-1-3) and show a 3-6-1-5 mark in their last 15 contests… Iowa concludes a stretch of playing nine of 12 games at home when it welcomes Chicago and Milwaukee to Wells Fargo Arena this weekend… Troy Bodie registered his first two-goal game of the season on Tuesday against the Rampage… Drew Miller has a point in three straight games (2-1-3).
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Lake Erie’s 6-0 win over Syracuse on Wednesday gave the Monsters their first three-game winning streak since Nov. 24 to Dec. 1, 2007… The six goals were Lake Erie’s most in a game since also scoring six in a 6-2 win at Houston on Dec. 30… Wednesday marked Lake Erie’s first home games since Feb. 6, also against the Crunch, with a nine-game road swing in between… Philippe Dupuis has tallied three points in each of his last two games (3-3-6)… Per Ledin has a three-game scoring streak (3-1-4), and Matt Hendricks shows a point in five of his last six outings (2-4-6).
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Manitoba halted a three-game losing skid with a 4-2 win at Milwaukee on Tuesday, allowing the Moose to finish their 10-game road trip at 5-3-0-2… Manitoba returns to the MTS Centre for the first time since Feb. 3 when it hosts Peoria on Friday and Saturday… Jason Krog scored twice on Tuesday and now shows 24 points in his last 19 games and 16 multiple-point efforts for the season… Last year’s scoring champion, Krog has climbed to fourth in the league this year with 63 points (21-42-63) in 55 tilts… Guillaume Desbiens found the scoresheet in eight of the 10 games on Manitoba’s road swing (5-5-10).
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Milwaukee hasn’t scored more than two goals in any of its last six games, but has managed to secure at least one standings point in four of the six contests (2-2-1-1)… The Admirals’ win over Manitoba on Saturday marked the 13th time this season that the final score of an Ads game was 2-1; Milwaukee has posted an impressive 9-1-3-0 record in those games, with the only regulation defeat at the hands of Chicago on Feb. 7… Rookie defenseman Robert Dietrich posted a pair of assists on Saturday for his second multiple-point effort of the season… Milwaukee hosts Quad City and Houston this weekend, with a trip to Iowa in between.
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Peoria took a 2-1 shootout win over Rockford on Wednesday to give the Rivermen their first two-game winning streak since Jan. 24-30… Peoria hasn’t won three in a row since Dec. 20-26 and will go for that mark in the opener of a two-game set in Manitoba on Friday… The Rivermen enter the weekend five points back of three teams currently tied for the final three guaranteed playoff spots in the West Division… Goaltender Manny Legace has posted a 1.66 GAA and .945 save percentage in six games (3-3-0) since joining the Rivermen.
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Quad City has a point in seven straight games (6-0-1-0) following Sunday’s 2-1 overtime loss at Peoria… The Flames have pulled within eight points of the final West Division playoff spots… Warren Peters netted Quad City’s second shorthanded goal of the season on Sunday in Peoria; David Van der Gulik has the team’s other shorthanded tally… Goaltender Kevin Lalande hasn’t lost in regulation in five AHL appearances this season (4-1-0), his one setback coming on Sunday… Quad City visits Milwaukee on Friday, hosts Houston on Saturday, and travels to Chicago on Sunday.
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Rochester’s four-game points streak (3-0-0-1) – its longest since early January – came to an end on Sunday in a 6-2 loss to Toronto… Rookie forward Michal Repik has racked up 16 points (7-9-16) in his last 14 games and ranks second on the Amerks with 35 points (14-21-35) in 54 games overall… Janis Sprukts (0-5-5) and rookie defenseman Jason Garrison (0-3-3) are each on three-game assist streaks… Goaltender Mike Brodeur shows the AHL’s third-best goals-against average (2.27) in 27 appearances (15-6-3)… Rochester visits Hamilton on Friday before playing a home-and-home with intra-state rival Binghamton.
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Rockford has scored exactly one goal in six of its last nine games, including Wednesday’s 2-1 shootout loss at Houston in the opener of a four-game road swing… The IceHogs visit Houston and San Antonio this weekend before concluding the swing next Wednesday in Grand Rapids… Goaltender Antti Niemi has surrendered one or fewer goals in four of his last five appearances (3-1-1, .137, .942)… Jack Skille is riding a three-game scoring streak (1-2-3)… Rockford is 2-4-0-0 against the North Division at home this season but 4-0-0-1 against the North on the road.
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San Antonio concluded its 13-game road trip at 4-5-2-2 and returns to the AT&T Center to welcome Rockford on Saturday in its lone game of the weekend… The Rampage are the only AHL team that will enjoy Friday night off… Tuesday’s 4-3 shootout win at Iowa was San Antonio’s first shootout victory of the season after dropping its first three trips to the tiebreaker… Rookie forward Kyle Turris racked up seven points (4-3-7) in his first seven AHL games… David Spina has a point in three straight games (2-2-4) and four of his last five (2-4-6).
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Each of Syracuse’s last three shutouts against have come at the hands of Lake Erie after Wednesday’s 6-0 loss in Cleveland… The Crunch also dropped a 3-0 decision at home on Jan. 30 and a 4-0 game on Dec. 20, also in Syracuse… Defenseman Dan Spang registered an assist in his Crunch debut on Sunday at Hamilton… Rookie Nick Holden tallied the first game-winner of his pro career in that victory… Trevor Frischmon is the only Crunch player to have appeared in all 58 games so far this season… Syracuse hosts Grand Rapids and Albany this weekend.
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Toronto has gone 6-2-0-0 in its last eight games and shows 42 goals over that span… Second-year pro Jiri Tlusty has racked up 10 goals, 19 points, and a plus-13 rating over those eight contests and is the first member of the Marlies to reach 20 goals for the season (20-25-45)… Ben Ondrus hadn’t scored a goal since Dec. 17 before netting a pair in Sunday’s 6-2 win at Rochester… Bates Battaglia has registered a point in seven of his last eight games (1-9-10), and Alex Foster has a point in three of his last four contests (1-4-5)… Toronto visits Lake Erie and Hamilton this weekend before hosting Grand Rapids on Sunday.