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West Notes: Rampage bounce back

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Abbotsford finished 3-1-0-0 on a four-game road trip and has earned a point in four of its last five games overall (3-1-0-1)… Goaltender Matt Keetley posted a 26-save shutout for his first AHL win of the season in Tuesday’s 3-0 triumph at Toronto… Former Calder Cup champion Colin Stuart scored twice in that game after failing to light the lamp in his previous eight outings… Carsen Germyn has registered five points (1-4-5) in his last four contests, and Garth Murray shows six points (4-2-6) in his last five tilts… Abbotsford is tied for the league lead with seven shorthanded goals this year… The Heat host a two-game set with league-leading Rochester this weekend.
 
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Chicago has lost three straight games on the heels of a three-game winning streak from Nov. 21-25… It marks the Wolves’ longest regulation losing skid since they dropped their first three games of the season… Chicago scored four goals in four straight games from Nov. 4-14 but has failed to reach the four-goal plateau in eight consecutive games since… Goaltender Peter Mannino suffered his first loss of the season (3-1-0, 1.69, .944) in Wednesday’s 3-2 setback at Rockford… Brett Sterling has netted a goal in four of his last six tilts (4-2-6)… After surrendering five power play goals in its first five games this season, Chicago has allowed only five in its last 18 contests.
 
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The Griffins are currently in a 1-3-0-0 slump after going 11-1-0-0 in their previous 12 contests… Grand Rapids has trailed in eight of its 13 victories so far this season… Rookie Tomas Tatar’s four-game goal-scoring streak (4-3-7) came to an end on Tuesday in the Griffins’ 6-2 loss at Lake Erie… Tatar’s run was the longest for a Griffin since Carl Corazzini scored in four straight games from Feb. 27 to Mar. 5, 2008… Tuesday marked the fourth time this season that Grand Rapids surrendered six or more goals in a game and the second time it happened vs. Lake Erie; the first occurrence resulted in an 8-6 Griffins win on Nov. 8… Grand Rapids hosts Rockford and Peoria this weekend.
 
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Hamilton goaltenders Curtis Sanford (16 saves in a 4-0 win) and Cedrick Desjardins (32 saves in a 3-0 win) combined to post back-to-back shutouts in a two-game set at Lake Erie last weekend… It marked the Bulldogs’ first consecutive shutout wins since Desjardins turned the trick himself vs. Toronto and Syracuse on Mar. 6-7, 2009… Hamilton will go for its first three-game winning streak since Oct. 20-24 when it hosts Toronto in the front-end of a home-and-home on Friday… David Desharnais has racked up five goals – including two game-winners – and 11 points in just nine games this season since returning from injury.
 
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Houston had earned a point in a season-high four consecutive games (2-0-0-2) prior to Wednesday’s 6-3 loss to San Antonio… The loss also snapped a streak in which the Aeros’ previous seven contests had all been decided by a one-goal margin; Houston went 3-2-1-1 over that span… Goaltender Wade Dubielewicz has allowed two or fewer goals in six straight appearances but took tough-luck losses in the first five before Sunday’s 2-1 overtime win at Toronto… Rookie Chad Rau has a goal in back-to-back games for the first time this year and shows a point in three straight (2-1-3)… Jean-Michel Daoust is riding a four-game scoring run (3-1-4)… The Aeros visit San Antonio on Friday in their lone game of the weekend.
 
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Lake Erie had been blanked in its previous two games before matching a season high with six goals in Tuesday’s 6-2 win over Grand Rapids… That victory was just the Monsters’ second in their last 12 contests (2-8-0-2)… Rookie Brock Bradford scored five goals in a six-game span from Oct. 30 to Nov. 11 but then went on a six-game drought before scoring twice on Tuesday… Former AHL All-Star T.J. Hensick collected his first AHL points of the season with two assists in the victory… Lake Erie has scored just six first-period goals through 23 games, getting outscored 20-6 in the opening stanza… The Monsters visit Chicago and Rockford this weekend.
 
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Mario Bliznak scored just 19 seconds after the opening face-off in Saturday’s 4-2 win at Chicago, marking Manitoba’s fastest goal from the start of a game since joining the AHL… The Moose have notched 14 power play goals this season, and rookie Sergei Shirokov has been involved on six of them (3-3-6)… Shirokov snapped a four-game points drought with an assist in Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Rochester… Aaron Rome scored both goals in that win after joining Manitoba on conditioning from parent-club Vancouver earlier in the week… The Moose begin a five-game road swing this weekend with visits to Peoria, Milwaukee, and Rockford.
 
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Milwaukee suffered its league-high fourth shootout loss on Wednesday, dropping a 4-3 decision to Peoria… It marked the Admirals’ first home game since Nov. 12; Milwaukee went 4-2-1-1 on an eight-game road swing and played 15 of its first 21 contests this year away from the Bradley Center… Leading point-getter Cal O’Reilly (4-17-21) has been held off the scoresheet in a season-high three straight games… O’Reilly is one of seven Admirals with four goals on the campaign; no one has reached the five-goal mark yet… Eighteen of Milwaukee’s first 22 games have been decided by one- or two-goal margins… The Admirals host Texas and Manitoba this weekend.
 
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Peoria snapped a six-game losing skid to Manitoba with a 2-1 overtime win over the Moose on Friday… It was the Rivermen’s first triumph over Manitoba since Jan. 18, 2008, and their first on home since Oct. 8, 2005… Friday also marked Peoria’s first win this season when scoring fewer than three goals, and its first victory over a North Division opponent (1-6-1-1)… Goaltender Hannu Toivonen had only played back-to-back games once this season (Oct. 3-4) before getting the call in four straight from Nov. 21-28 while Ben Bishop was out with injury… Adam Cracknell is riding a three-game scoring streak (1-2-3)… Peoria hosts Manitoba again on Friday and visits Grand Rapids on Saturday.
 
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Rochester, which is a league-best 18-4-1-0 on the season, has averaged 1.40 goals per game in its five non-wins thus far… Goaltender Ryan Mior made his AHL debut on Wednesday at Manitoba and made 22 saves in a tough-luck 2-1 loss to the Moose… Graham Mink extended his goal-scoring streak to three games (3-2-5), and Chris Taylor upped his points streak to three contests (1-4-5)… The Americans have a plus-73 rating as a team, tops in the Western Conference and second only to Hershey (plus-108) in the league… Rochester concludes a six-game road swing with a pair of tilts in Abbotsford this weekend.
 
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Rockford is on a season-high three-game winning streak after Wednesday’s 3-2 victory over Chicago… At 12-11-2-1, the IceHogs are back above .500 for the first time since they were 5-4-1-1 after a shootout loss to the Wolves on Oct. 28… Kyle Greentree is riding a four-game scoring streak (3-2-5) after being held without a point in his previous six outings… Bracken Kearns has matched his season high with a three-game scoring run (1-4-5), while Jack Skille now has a point in five straight tilts (2-5-7)… Goaltender Alec Richards made 27 saves for his first career AHL win in Friday’s 4-3 victory at Grand Rapids.
 
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San Antonio has outscored opponents 11-4 in collecting back-to-back victories after going winless in 11 straight games (0-9-1-1)… Goaltender Justin Pogge made his Rampage and AHL season debut on Thursday vs. Houston and stopped 29 of 32 shots in a 6-3 victory… It marked San Antonio’s first victory in five tries against the Aeros this season (1-3-1-0)… Joel Perrault is riding a six-game scoring streak (4-5-9), and Kevin Porter has a point in five straight (3-4-7)… Brett MacLean has netted a pair of goals in his last two games (4-1-5) after going scoreless in four straight… San Antonio hosts intra-state foes Houston and Texas this weekend.
 
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Texas has still failed to lose back-to-back games this season, posting an 8-0-0-0 record thus far in games following either a regulation, overtime, or shootout defeat… The Stars, who dropped a 2-0 decision to Milwaukee last Friday, put that mark on the line when they visit the Admirals in a rematch this Friday… Texas also travels to Chicago and San Antonio this weekend before playing four straight at home… Sergei Korostin is tied for the AHL rookie lead with nine goals (9-3-12) in 23 games this year… Goaltender Brent Krahn continues to lead the league in goals-against average (1.41) and save percentage (.958)… Texas is 13-1-1-0 when it scores the game’s first goal.
 
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Troy Bodie netted a pair of game-winning goals as Toronto took home-ice victories over Lake Erie and Binghamton on Wednesday and Friday last week… Toronto rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the third period to beat the Senators on Friday… Ben Ondrus had three points (2-1-3) in that game after totaling three points (1-2-3) in his first 19 outings this season The Marlies finished 3-2-1-0 on their six-game homestand, and after a Friday visit to Hamilton, Toronto will play another four in a row on home ice… The Marlies have been outscored 36-11 in the second period this season but have outscored opponents 25-11 in the third frame.