West Notes: Monsters rising, Hornqvist streaks on

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Chicago has lost four straight in regulation on the heels of a four-game winning streak… The Wolves had won five consecutive meetings with Iowa before dropping a 2-1 decision on Wednesday, marking their first loss to the Chops since their first clash of the season on Oct. 31… Chicago was not whistled for a penalty against Peoria on Friday, the first time in franchise history the Wolves have played a game without being penalized… Brett Sterling scored on Sunday against Peoria in his return from a 15-game absence… The Wolves wrap up their season series with Iowa at Allstate Arena on Friday before welcoming Milwaukee on Saturday.
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Following a five-game homestand that starts on Friday, the Griffins will be on the road for nine of their final 10 regular-season games… This weekend marks the third time in franchise history – and the second time in less than a month – that Grand Rapids will play three home games in as many nights… The Griffins welcome Peoria for a pair before Milwaukee comes to town on Sunday… Ryan Oulahen is the only Griffin to appear in all 65 games thus far… Evan McGrath tallied his first two-goal effort since Dec. 26 on Saturday and has a point in five of his last six games (3-4-7).
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Sergei Kostitsyn was scoreless in his first four games after joining Hamilton on Feb. 17 but now has a point in five of his last six contests (3-2-5)… Ryan Russell is on a four-game scoring streak (3-1-4), and Mike Glumac has scored a goal in his last two games (2-0-2)… Hamilton has registered a league-high 11 shutouts as a team this season, and rookie goaltender Cedrick Desjardins posted two in a row last weekend, totaling 51 saves in wins over division rivals Toronto and Syracuse… Hamilton hosts first-place Manitoba for a pair of games this weekend before visiting Rochester on Sunday.
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Houston has won three straight games and 10 of its last 12 (10-2-0-0) to open a three-point lead on Rockford for second place in the West Division, and the Aeros hold a game in hand on the IceHogs… Krys Kolanos has netted the game-winning goal in each of Houston’s last two contests, and he now leads the Aeros with 23 goals and six game-winners in just 35 AHL games this season… Houston finished its season series against Chicago at 5-1-0-0, its most wins against the Wolves since joining the AHL in 2001-02… The Aeros host Quad City on Friday, visit San Antonio on Saturday, and welcome Rockford on Sunday.
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Fresh off a 2-1 win in Chicago on Wednesday, Iowa travels to battle the Wolves again on Friday and will be in search of its first two-game winning streak since winning three in a row from Jan. 31 to Feb. 7… Goaltender David LeNeveu has allowed exactly one goal in each of his last three victories… Captain Ajay Baines has registered three points (1-2-3) in his last two games… Iowa has scored only 45 of its 167 goals in the first period… Brendan Mikkelson netted his first goal since Nov. 28 in the Chops win at Chicago on Wednesday… Iowa will wrap up its six-game road swing on Saturday at Quad City.
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Lake Erie’s 6-3 win over Hershey on Sunday brought the Monsters to the .500 mark (30-30-1-5) for the first time since they were 3-3-0-1 on the morning of Oct. 26… Matt Hendricks has netted a goal in six of his last seven games (7-2-9) for the Monsters and made his NHL debut for Colorado on Tuesday vs. Atlanta… Rookie T.J. Galiardi has a four-game scoring streak (2-5-7), while Hendricks (4-1-5) and Randy Rowe (2-2-4) are on three-game runs… Lake Erie has pulled back into the playoff race by going 8-1-0-0 in its last nine outings… The Monsters face critical road games this weekend in Syracuse and Toronto.
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Manitoba improved to 5-5 in shootouts this season with a 3-2 victory over Providence on Friday… Goaltender Cory Schneider earned Manitoba’s seventh team shutout of the season on Saturday, leaving the Moose one shy of the team-record eight shutouts they recorded in the 2005-06 campaign… Jason Krog has put up 16 points (5-11-16) in his last 13 games to climb into a tie for fifth overall in the league with 66 points (22-44-66) in 59 games… Manitoba has won five straight games and holds a five-point lead atop the North Division… The Moose begin a six-game road swing this weekend with a pair of games in Hamilton and one in Toronto.
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Admirals forward Patric Hornqvist has netted a goal in eight straight games (8-3-11), the longest active streak in the AHL and the second-longest of the season… Prior to the streak, Hornqvist had totaled nine goals in 37 games for Milwaukee this season… Mike Santorelli is on a five-game scoring streak (2-6-8), and Milwaukee has earned at least a standings point in all five tilts (4-0-0-1)… Defenseman Scott Ford has just three goals on the season, but two have been game-winners… Cal O’Reilly has registered five of his 13 total goals in just two games – a hat trick on Feb. 8 vs. Peoria and his two-goal effort on Wednesday at Rockford.
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Peoria had won three straight games on three occasions this season before accumulating its current four-game winning streak… Carl Corazzini, recently acquired from Springfield, played in his 500th career AHL game on Friday vs. Chicago and scored the game-winning goal in a 4-2 victory… Of the 16 goals scored by Peoria over its last four games, six were scored by defenseman, including three from Ivan Vishnevskiy… The Rivermen are now 9-2 in games decided after regulation (3-1 in overtime, 6-2 in shootouts)… Peoria visits Grand Rapids for a pair this weekend before hosting Quad City on Sunday.
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Quad City’s three-game winning streak ended in a 3-1 loss at Houston on Wednesday… The Flames and Aeros will conclude their season series with a rematch at the Toyota Center on Friday… Wednesday marked goaltender Leland Irving’s first loss in five appearances against Houston this season (3-1-0, 1.81, .921)… Kyle Greentree has climbed to second in the AHL with a career-high 32 goals (32-29-61) in 64 games… Quad City’s 4-3 overtime win over Milwaukee on Sunday lifted the Flames to 4-6 in overtime this season… All four of their overtime goals have been scored on the power play.
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Rochester has lost three straight games in regulation for the first time since a five-game slide from Nov. 15-26… Michal Repik has netted a goal in four straight games (4-0-4) and has been recalled by parent-club Florida to play in its game at Buffalo on Thursday… Stefan Meyer’s four-game scoring streak (1-3-4) ended in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Providence… Rochester has been victorious in each of the last four games in which it scored four goals… The Amerks host Toronto on Friday, visit arch-rival Syracuse on Saturday, and welcome Hamilton on Sunday.
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Rockford’s four-game winless skid (0-3-0-1) is its longest since a season-high six-game slide (0-5-0-1) from Oct. 31 to Nov. 12… Goaltender Corey Crawford has started 12 of the IceHogs’ last 14 games, with counterpart Antti Niemi on recall to the Chicago Blackhawks for much of that time… Bryan Bickell has two goals and three points in two games since his return from missing 29 contests due to a broken thumb… Jack Skille has a point in five of his last six games played (2-4-6)… Tyler Mosienko scored in his IceHogs debut on Wednesday vs. Milwaukee… Rockford travels to Texas for games on Friday in San Antonio and Sunday in Houston.
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San Antonio has drawn three straight crowds of better than 8,000 to the AT&T Center for a total of 26,841 – an average of 8,947 fans per game… The Rampage are 0-22-2-1 when they allow four goals or more… Defenseman Sean Sullivan’s three-game scoring streak (4-1-5) ended in Saturday’s 5-1 loss to Grand Rapids… Steven Goertzen returned from parent-club Phoenix and scored on Saturday in his first game for the Rampage since Feb. 4… The Rampage continue their six-game homestand this weekend by hosting Rockford and Houston.
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Syracuse has earned a point in five of its last seven games (4-2-1-0) to pull within three points of Toronto for a potential playoff spot in the North Division… Alexandre Picard shows six goals (6-6-2-8) in his last seven games after potting an empty-netter on Wednesday against the Marlies… Michael Blunden has registered a point in five of his last six games (2-3-5)… Nikita Filatov scored on Wednesday after missing the previous seven contests… Syracuse’s power play is in an 0-for-24 funk since the calendar turned to March… The Crunch host Lake Erie and Rochester this weekend.
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Toronto has dropped seven of its last 11 games (4-7-0-0)… During that span, the Marlies have combined to tally 23 goals in the four wins and 10 goals in the seven defeats… Tim Stapleton scored the Marlies’ lone goal on Wednesday at Syracuse and has a point in five of his last six AHL games (4-5-9)… AHL All-Star defenseman Jaime Sifers shows three points in his last two games… The Marlies are an impressive 23-4-1-1 this season when they score the game’s first goal… Toronto visits Rochester on Friday before hosting Lake Erie and Manitoba at Ricoh Coliseum to close the weekend.