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West Notes: Rampage’s odyssey ends

Also see… East Notes: Bernier on fire, Norfolk moving up

 
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Abbotsford is 6-1-0-0 thus far on its nine-game road trip and 8-1-0-1 in its last 10 games overall… The Heat have pulled into a second-place tie with Rochester in the North Division, though the Amerks hold two games in hand… Mikael Backlund has registered a point in four of five games (3-3-6) since returning from an NHL stint with Calgary… Defenseman Staffan Kronwall has an assist in three straight games (0-3-3) and seven of his last eight (0-8-8)… Shawn Weller is riding a five-game scoring streak (3-3-6)… The Heat conclude their road trip with a pair of games in Worcester this weekend.
 
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Chicago has won eight straight games, one shy of an AHL team record; the Wolves won nine in a row from Nov. 23 to Dec. 17, 2002, and again from Mar. 18 to Apr. 7, 2006… The Wolves also have a point in 14 straight games (12-0-0-2) since a 5-4 loss at Peoria on Jan. 23… Matt Anderson has exploded for 27 points (8-19-27) in his last 20 games, and Joey Crabb boasts 12 goals and 25 points in his last 21 outings… Johnny Pohl returned after missing eight games to injury and registered five points (1-4-5) in four games last week… Chicago visits Peoria and Milwaukee this weekend before hosting Rockford on Sunday.
 
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Grand Rapids finished 1-3-0-0 on its four-game homestand following a 3-2 loss to San Antonio on Wednesday… The Griffins have played 33 home games thus far – tied with Albany for tops in the AHL – and will play 14 of their final 21 contests away from Van Andel Arena… Cory Emmerton has three points (1-2-3) in his last three games after totaling three points (1-2-3) in his previous 12 contests combined… Rookie Tomas Tatar has a goal in back-to-back games for the first time since Dec. 12-13… Grand Rapids visits Rochester and Lake Erie (twice) this weekend.
 
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Hamilton has won three straight games on the heels of a three-game winless skid, and the Bulldogs have outscored opponents 12-4 during their current streak… Goaltender Cedrick Desjardins earned his sixth shutout – second-most in the AHL – on Sunday with 16 saves in a 5-0 win over Adirondack in Montreal… As a team, Hamilton’s 10 shutouts are tied with Manchester for tops in the league… Max Pacioretty notched 1-2-3 on Wednesday vs. Toronto in his return to the lineup following a four-game absence… David Desharnais has a point in three straight games (3-3-6) and 15 of his last 16 tilts (5-19-24)… The ‘Dogs continue a 10-game homestand this weekend with battles against Rochester and Toronto.
 
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Houston snapped a three-game losing skid – during which the Aeros had totaled just one goal – with a 4-1 win at Peoria on Sunday… Colton Gillies snapped a four-game points drought with the game-winning goal, his first game-winner of the season… Goaltender Barry Brust made a personal AHL season-high 31 saves on 32 shots to pick up the victory in that contest… Maxim Noreau leads AHL defensemen with 15 goals and ranks third with 43 points in 56 games this season… Houston is 14-6-1-0 against non-division opponents this year but just 14-18-5-0 against its own West Division… The Aeros play a home-and-home set with Texas this weekend.
 
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The Monsters are in a stretch of four home games in a five-day span… Lake Erie dropped a shootout decision to Hershey on Wednesday, hosts Syracuse on Friday, and welcomes Grand Rapids to town on Saturday and Sunday… The Monsters are currently three points back of Manitoba for the North Division’s final playoff spot and only seven points behind Rochester and Abbotsford for second place… Tom Preissing has a point in five straight games (2-3-5) and eight of his last nine games played for the Monsters (2-7-9)… Lake Erie is outscoring opponents 70-59 in the second period this season.
 
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Manitoba has the AHL’s 25th-ranked offense (2.56 goals per game) but was shutout for just the third time all season on Saturday in a 2-0 loss at Toronto… The Moose were also blanked on Nov. 6 at Texas (4-0) and on Oct. 29 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (1-0 in overtime)… Goaltender Cory Schneider had started seven straight games before Daren Machesney got the call against the Marlies on Saturday… Michael Grabner’s five-game goal-scoring streak (6-1-7) ended in the loss to Toronto… The Moose conclude their seven-game road swing this weekend with a visit to Houston on Thursday and then a pair of tilts in San Antonio.
 
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Milwaukee has won its last two games by a combined score of 6-1 and is bidding for its first three-game winning streak since winning four in a row from Jan. 5-10… Playing for his third AHL team of the season, Dylan Hunter notched the game-winning goal in the Admirals’ 4-1 triumph over Rockford on Sunday… Goaltender Mark Dekanich is on a personal three-game winning streak (1.00, .958, one shutout)… Milwaukee has netted 71 goals in the second period this season while scoring 46 apiece in the first and third frames… The Admirals host Rockford on Thursday and Chicago on Saturday before a Sunday trip to Peoria.
 
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Peoria snapped a season-high five-game losing skid with a 5-3 come-from-behind win at Grand Rapids on Saturday, and then snapped a six-game home losing streak with a 4-3 win over Texas on Tuesday… Peoria’s rally from a 3-0 deficit to the Griffins on Saturday marked its largest comeback of the season… The Rivermen scored five goals in a period that night (the second period) for the second time this season, having also accomplished the feat on Nov. 20 vs. San Antonio… Rookie Brett Sonne has three goals in his last three games after scoring twice in his previous 26 outings combined.
 
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Rochester’s 3-2 shootout win over Portland on Sunday allowed the Americans to join Hershey as the only AHL franchises ever to reach 2,000 regular-season victories… It also snapped the Amerks’ four-game losing streak, which was their longest since a five-game skid from Dec. 30 to Jan. 9… Clay Wilson has a point in six of his last seven games (3-5-8) and now ranks second in scoring among AHL defensemen with 44 points (11-33-44) in 59 games for the season… Jamie Johnson has also recorded a point in six of his last seven outings (3-3-6)… Rochester hosts Grand Rapids and Binghamton this weekend, with a Saturday trip to Hamilton in between.
 
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Matt Keith notched Rockford’s first hat trick of the season when he scored three times in a 6-5 win over San Antonio on Friday… Keith also had the game-winner the next night as the IceHogs beat the Rampage again, 3-2… Pete MacArthur chipped in five assists in the two-game sweep of San Antonio… Corey Crawford had been 4-0-1 in his previous five road games before suffering a 4-1 loss at Milwaukee on Sunday… Richard Petiot’s plus-4 rating on Friday vs. San Antonio was an IceHogs single-game high for the season… Rockford hosts Peoria on Saturday and visits Chicago on Sunday.
 
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San Antonio halted a four-game losing skid on Wednesday with a 3-2 win at Grand Rapids… That victory allowed the Rampage to finish 7-5-0-2 on their 14-game road trip… Forward Andrew Orpik’s brother Brooks Orpik is currently suiting up for Team USA in the 2010 Olympics… Rampage assistant coach Mike Pelino served as an assistant for Team Canada’s gold medal-winning squad in 2002… Chad Kolarik has a point in three of his last four games (1-3-4) for San Antonio, but Mikkel Boedker’s eight-game scoring run ended on Wednesday… The Rampage host Manitoba twice this weekend before a Sunday road game vs. Texas.
 
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Texas lost three straight contests after beginning its recent five-game road trip with a pair of victories… The Stars are now just 3-8-0-9 in their last 11 games overall and have fallen to fourth place in the West Division, still just nine points out of first… The Stars’ defense is ranked second in the AHL, surrendering just 2.41 goals per game… Aaron Gagnon has already set career highs in goals (15) and points (36) this season, and he shows five goals in his last five outings… Perttu Lindgren has a point in five of his last six contests (1-5-6)… The Stars return home vs. Houston on Friday, visit the Aeros on Saturday, and host San Antonio on Sunday.
 
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Toronto’s three-game winning streak ended on Wednesday with a 3-1 loss at Hamilton… The Marlies are now 0-2-1-0 this season when trying to extend a winning streak to four games… Toronto had won its previous two games despite totaling four goals; netminders Joey MacDonald and James Reimer combined to stop 52 of 53 shots (.981) over that span… Kyle Calder’s seven-game scoring streak ended on Wednesday, but rookie Viktor Stalberg now has a point in three of his last four (1-2-3)… The Marlies host Hershey on Thursday and then are off on both Friday and Saturday this weekend; Toronto visits Hamilton again on Sunday.