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West Notes: Marlies surge near top

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Abbotsford has been involved in a league-high seven shootouts (4-3) through its first 24 games, and five of the Heat’s last 10 contests have extended to the shootout (3-2)… Goaltender Leland Irving, who leads the AHL with 11 victories (11-6-1, 2.15, .919), has allowed two or fewer goals in 10 consecutive appearances since surrendering three in a 4-3 overtime win over Rochester on Oct. 25… The Heat have been held to two or fewer goals in five straight outings (1-3-0-1)… Rookie Lance Bouma has netted a goal in two of his last three contests (2-0-2)… Abbotsford visits Toronto for a pair of contests this weekend before opening a four-game homestand on Tuesday vs. Lake Erie.
 
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Chicago followed up a 10-8 loss to Grand Rapids on Saturday by playing one of its lowest-scoring games of the season, a 2-1 shootout win over Manitoba on Tuesday… The eight goals on Saturday were the Wolves’ most in a game since posting a 10-2 win over the Iowa Stars on Dec. 15, 2007… Darren Haydar, who had 2-2-4 in the game on Saturday, has collected a point in four of his last five outings overall (3-4-7)… Nigel Dawes saw his five-game scoring streak (4-3-7) end on Tuesday… Goaltender Peter Mannino is on a personal five-game winning streak since beginning the season 1-4-0… The Wolves, who are 5-1-0-0 in their last six overall, travel to Lake Erie, Hamilton, and Toronto this weekend.
 
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Second-year pro Tomas Tatar set a new franchise record with seven points (2-5-7) in Saturday’s 10-8 win at Chicago… Tatar entered that night with nine points in 20 games for the season… Grand Rapids had scored seven times in its previous eight games combined before but erupted for seven second-period goals in a span of just 11:37 on Saturday… It still stands as Grand Rapids’ only victory in its last seven contests (1-5-0-1)… Jamie Tardif has matched his season high with a three-game scoring run (3-2-5)… After Friday’s visit to Milwaukee, the Griffins will play 12 of their next 15 games on home ice… Grand Rapids hosts San Antonio on both Saturday and Sunday.
 
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Each of Hamilton’s last four games – and eight of the last 10 – has been decided by a one-goal margin… The Bulldogs have lost only four games in regulation to this point (14-4-1-3), tied with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (18-4-0-0) for fewest regulation losses in the AHL… Max Pacioretty’s hat trick on his birthday Nov. 20 kicked off a stretch that has seen him erupt for nine goals in his last six games; prior to this year, Pacioretty had never scored more than nine goals in a season… David Desharnais has recorded a point in five of his last seven outings (2-8-10); Desharnais (7-20-27) and Pacioretty (13-14-27) are both tied for second in the AHL’s overall scoring list… Hamilton hosts Peoria and Chicago this weekend.
 
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Veteran defenseman Bryce Lampman, who signed with Houston on Nov. 16, played his first game for the Aeros on Saturday vs. Milwaukee… Lampman matched his career high last season with seven goals (7-13-20) in 54 AHL games for Peoria… Houston has won back-to-back games – both via the shootout – and are 10-4-0-2 since beginning the season 2-5-1-0… Rookie defenseman Jared Spurgeon has a point in six of his last eight contests (2-6-8)… Cody Almond entered the day with 2-6-8 totals in 21 games this year before factoring into three of Houston’s regulation goals (2-1-3) on Thursday afternoon in a 4-3 shootout win over Rockford… The Aeros conclude a four-game homestand by hosting the IceHogs again on Friday night.
 
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Lake Erie has earned a point in three straight games (2-0-1-0) and six of its last eight outings (5-2-1-0)… The Monsters earned a 5-3 win over Oklahoma City on Saturday, which concluded a stretch in which the club played eight games in an 11-day span… Ryan Stoa didn’t score a goal in any of his first 16 games this season but has nabbed six goals in six games since… Rookie Mark Olver has a point in five of his last six games (4-3-7) and has moved atop the Monsters’ overall scoring list in both goals (9) and points (17) through 19 games played… Lake Erie has scored first in 14 of its first 24 games but has won just half of those contests (7-5-1-1)… The Monsters host Chicago and Peoria this weekend before heading to Abbotsford next week.
 
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Manitoba has outshot its opponent in six of its last seven games and broken the 40-shot barrier four times in that span… The Moose topped 40 shots just once last season and only three times during the entire 2008-09 campaign… Evan Oberg scored on Wednesday in a 6-3 loss at Milwaukee, his first goal since nabbing a pair in Manitoba’s season opener at Peoria on Oct. 8… Rookie goaltender Eddie Lack has allowed exactly one goal in each of his last four appearances but has just one win to show for it (1-1-2)… The Moose are one of two AHL teams – Connecticut is the other – to neither score nor allow a shorthanded goal yet this season… Manitoba hosts Oklahoma City for a pair of games this weekend.
 
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Milwaukee is currently riding a four-game points streak (4-0-0-1) and now sits third in the tight West Division at 12-6-1-4 overall, two points back of first-place San Antonio… The Admirals totaled three goals in a three-game span prior to erupting for 11 goals in consecutive wins over San Antonio and Manitoba… Linus Klasen tallied the game-winning goal in both victories, and his three game-winners for the season are tied for the team lead with Chris Mueller… Prior to going 3-for-4 on the power play in Sunday’s 5-3 win over the Rampage, Milwaukee had been in an 0-for-35 power play slump… The Admirals host Grand Rapids on Friday, have Saturday off, and visit Peoria on Sunday.
 
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Oklahoma City has lost two straight games in regulation for only the third time all season and the first time since Oct. 22 and 23… The Barons (13-8-1-1, 28 points) have slipped to fourth in the West Division but are still just three points out of the top spot… Alexandre Giroux, who totaled 110 goals over the past two regular seasons with Hershey, has now gone 13 straight games without scoring… Until his minus-1 showing on Saturday at Lake Erie, Liam Reddox had been even or plus in 13 consecutive games… Colin McDonald brings a four-game goal-scoring streak (5-0-5) into this weekend’s action… The Barons visit Manitoba for a two-game weekend set.
 
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Peoria has earned a point in six straight games (5-0-1-0), one shy of the team’s season high of seven straight – which were all victories – from Oct. 10-23… The Rivermen have killed off 35 consecutive opponent power plays over a seven-game span; in that time, Peoria’s penalty-killing percentage has risen from 84.9 percent (12th in the AHL) to a top-ranked 89.1 percent… Jake Allen’s four shutouts this year are already more than any other Rivermen goaltender has recorded in an AHL season… The Rivermen have scored eight goals within the first five minutes of games this season… Peoria begins a busy weekend in Hamilton on Friday before visiting Lake Erie on Saturday and hosting Milwaukee on Sunday.
 
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Rochester began the season 8-6-1-0 but has lost six of seven games since that point (1-6-0-0)… The Americans are 2-8-0-0 on home ice but 7-4-1-0 away from the Blue Cross Arena, and the Amerks are 8-6-0-0 vs. non-divisional opponents, 2-7-1-0 against the North Division… Former AHL All-Star defenseman Clay Wilson is riding a three-game scoring streak (1-4-5), while Chris Taylor shows multiple points in two of his last three contests (1-5-6)… Rochester kicks off a four-game homestand with weekend tilts against Syracuse and Albany… Including those games, the Amerks will play nine of their next 11 contests on home ice.
 
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Rockford fell to 3-3 in shootouts this season with Thursday afternoon’s 4-3 loss at Houston, and the IceHogs dropped to 1-3-0-2 in their last six games overall… Second-year defenseman Brian Connelly scored twice in Thursday’s defeat after entering the day with one goal in 21 games for the season; Connelly’s 16 points (3-13-16) remain tops on the IceHogs… Ryan Potulny now has a goal in two of his last three games (2-0-2) on the heels of a six-game drought… Goaltender Alec Richards made a career-high 40 saves last Friday in Rockford’s 3-2 shootout win at Grand Rapids… The IceHogs visit Houston again on Friday and then don’t play again until hosting Texas next Wednesday.
 
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San Antonio has lost back-to-back games for the first time since Oct. 10 and 15… The Rampage did finish 8-4-0-0 in November, making it the most successful November in franchise history, and the team had won 11 straight divisional games prior to Saturday’s 5-2 loss to Texas and Sunday’s 5-3 defeat vs. Milwaukee… Mathieu Beaudoin (5-6-11) and Brett MacLean (5-6-11) each led the way with 11 points during the month of November… In their last 19 games, the Rampage are 22-for-88 on the power play (25.0 percent)… San Antonio begins a five-game road trip at Texas on Friday before flying to Grand Rapids for games there on Saturday and Sunday.
 
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Texas is 7-2-0-0 in its last nine games following a 6-6-0-0 start to the season… Rookie goaltender Richard Bachman finished November with a 6-1-0 mark (1.62, .941) and one shutout in seven appearances… Colton Sceviour has recorded four points (1-3-4) in his last four games after totaling just five points (1-4-5) through his first 17 games this season… Greg Rallo has found the scoresheet in five of his last six contests (3-4-7), and Francis Wathier has a goal in two straight (2-1-3) on the heels of a five-game drought… Sceviour and Travis Morin are the only two players to appear in all 100 of the Stars’ regular-season games in franchise history… Texas hosts in-state foes San Antonio and Houston this weekend.
 
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Toronto is currently on a three-game winning streak, one shy of the Marlies’ season-high four-game run established from Nov. 9-13… Overall, the Marlies are 10-2-0-3 since a 2-6-0-0 start to the season and are tied with Abbotsford for second place in the North Division race… Since suffering a 6-3 loss to Grand Rapids on Oct. 24, rookie goaltender Jussi Rynnas has gone 10 straight appearances without allowing more than two goals… Christian Hanson (2-2-4) and Joey Crabb (2-1-3) are both riding three-game scoring streaks… The Marlies boast the AHL’s fourth-best penalty kill (88.3 percent) but have its 28th-ranked power play (11.9 percent).