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West Notes: SA, Abbotsford working OT

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Abbotsford’s last three games have extended to a shootout, resulting in two wins and a 3-2 loss to Toronto on Monday… With 54 points, the Heat are currently tied with Lake Erie for the North Division’s fourth and final playoff spot… Cam Cunning recorded multiple points in both ends of the Heat’s two-game set with Toronto earlier this week (1-3-4)… Defenseman Gord Baldwin shows three goals and four points in his last three contests… The Heat have tallied 10 shorthanded goals on the season, ranking them third in the AHL… Abbotsford begins a season-high nine-game road trip this weekend with games in Rochester and Hamilton before a Monday afternoon visit to Toronto.
 
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Chicago has a point in seven straight games (5-0-0-2) and has put up a 17-3-0-2 record in its last 22 contests to pull within one point of first place in the tight West Division… Wolves goaltender Peter Mannino has surrendered two or fewer goals in 11 consecutive appearances, going 10-1-0 over that span… Matt Anderson is on a three-game scoring streak (1-5-6) and has picked up a point in 11 of his last 13 contests (3-16-19)… Tim Stapleton’s 11-game scoring streak ended on Feb. 5 at Abbotsford but he then earned an assist in Tuesday’s 4-2 win over Peoria… Chicago heads to the Lone Star State this weekend for a pair of games vs. Texas and one in Houston.
 
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Grand Rapids’ 2-1 win at Texas on Tuesday marked the Griffins’ first win in a game where they failed to score three goals since an identical 2-1 triumph on Nov. 28 at Peoria… Francis Pare notched the game-winner on Tuesday and now shows a goal in three of his last four games (3-0-3) on the heels of a six-game drought… Jeremy Williams is on a four-game points streak (2-4-6), and Evan McGrath has a single assist in three of his last four contests… When the Griffins visit Houston on Friday, they will be trying for their first two-game winning streak since a three-game run from Dec. 5-11… Grand Rapids is also in Houston on Saturday and plays in Rockford on Monday afternoon.
 
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Hamilton is currently on a seven-game winning streak and shows an 8-1-0-0 mark since the All-Star break… The Bulldogs’ 75 points for the season are 10 more than anyone else in the Western Conference and five back of Hershey for the overall league lead… Mike Glumac has totaled four goals during his current three-game goal-scoring streak after scoring just three times in his previous 20 games combined… All-Stat defenseman P.K. Subban has multiple points in three straight games (1-5-6) and has found the scoresheet in six of his last seven tilts (2-8-10)… Hamilton currently ranks second in offense (3.30 goals per game) and first in defense (2.17 goals allowed per game)… The ‘Dogs visit Lake Erie on Friday and host Abbotsford on Saturday.
 
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Houston is 7-3-0-0 in its last 10 games but is still five points back of Chicago and Milwaukee for a playoff spot in the competitive West Division… Rookie Cody Almond has a goal in three of his last four games (3-1-4) and a point in four of five (3-2-5)… Petr Kalus also has a point in four of his last five contests (2-2-4)… Goaltender Barry Brust has stopped 45 of 48 shots (.938) in winning his last two decisions for the Aeros… The Aeros are 13-5-1-1 against non-divisional opponents this year but 13-15-5-0 against West Division foes… Houston hosts Grand Rapids twice this weekend before welcoming Chicago on Sunday.
 
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Lake Erie goaltender Tyler Weiman, who led the AHL with eight shutouts last year, collected his third of this season with a 15-save blanking of Milwaukee in a 3-0 win on Wednesday… With the victory, Weiman improved to 7-2-0 in his last nine appearances… Matthew Ford’s six-game scoring streak (5-3-8) ended on Wednesday, but Brian Willsie earned an assist to run his streak to five games (2-4-6)… Randy Rowe has a point in all three games (3-2-5) since returning to the lineup… The Monsters are 3-0 in overtime this season but just 1-4 in shootouts… Lake Erie hosts Hamilton on Friday before visiting Rochester on Saturday.
 
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Manitoba is 12-5-1-0 in divisional games this season but just 13-17-4-1 against teams from outside the North Division… Manitoba collected an overtime loss and a shootout win in its two-game set with San Antonio last weekend… For the season, the Moose are 2-5 in overtime but 7-1 when the game extends to a shootout… Matt Pettinger’s three-game goal-scoring streak (3-2-5) ended on Saturday… Guillaume Desbiens has recorded eight points (4-4-8) in his last eight contests… Manitoba, which hasn’t earned consecutive wins since a two-game sweep at Abbotsford on Jan. 12-13, has a chance to do so when it hosts Toronto on Friday in the first of a two-game weekend set… Each of the Moose’s next six games will be against either the Marlies or Rochester.
 
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Milwaukee managed only 15 shots in its 3-0 loss at Lake Erie on Wednesday, only three more than the league season-low 12 that Toronto managed last Saturday vs. Hamilton… Prior to Wednesday, the Admirals had not been blanked since a 2-0 loss to Abbotsford back on Oct. 28… Milwaukee has lost a league-low one contest in regulation after scoring the game’s first goal (20-1-1-3)… Active scoring leader Mike Santorelli (18-13-21) is just two tallies shy of his third straight 20-goal AHL season to begin his professional career; his two NHL goals this season already give him a total of 20 for the campaign… Milwaukee plays a home-and-home with Rockford this weekend before hosting San Antonio on Sunday.
 
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Peoria shows just two wins in its last 10 outings (2-6-0-2) and is now 10 points back of the final playoff spot in the West Division… Since Jan. 2, the Rivermen are averaging 4.60 goals per game in their five wins but just 1.55 in their 11 losses… Their power play is 9-for-21 (43 percent) in the victories while it is 7-for-44 (16.0 percent) in the defeats… Saturday’s 5-0 loss at Texas was the third time Peoria has been shut out this season and the first since a 1-0 loss to Houston on Nov. 18… The Rivermen are one of three AHL teams still without a shutout of their own this season… Peoria, which is 3-0-0-0 against San Antonio on the year, hosts the Rampage for a two-game set this weekend.
 
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Rochester’s 5-4 win at Binghamton on Saturday gave the Amerks their 30th win of the season, the first time they’ve reached the 30-win mark since the 2006-07 season… That victory is the Amerks’ only one in their last four contests (1-3-0-0), but Rochester still holds a six-point edge on Manitoba for second place in the North Division… Michal Repik scored on Wednesday in his first game back after an NHL stint with Florida, and he now has a goal in six of his last seven games (7-1-8) in an Americans uniform… Rochester is 17-9-2-0 this season when outshooting its opponent… The Amerks play seven of their next eight games at home, beginning with tilts this weekend vs. Abbotsford and Lake Erie.
 
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Rockford’s four-game winning streak ended on Saturday with a 5-3 loss at Lake Erie, marking just the IceHogs’ second regulation defeat in their last 12 outings (10-2-0-1)… It also marked the IceHogs’ first-ever loss at Quicken Loans Arena (5-1-0-0)… All three of Rockford’s games last week ended in a 5-3 score… ‘Hogs leading scorer Mark Cullen (17-28-45) appeared in his 500th career professional game on Saturday… After going scoreless in nine straight contests, rookie Akim Aliu shows nine points (4-5-9) in his last 12 games… Richard Petiot recorded a career-high three points (1-2-3) in Friday’s 5-3 win at Lake Erie… Four of Rockford’s next seven games are against Milwaukee, beginning with a home-and-home set this weekend.
 
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San Antonio is 3-1-0-2 thus far on its 14-game road trip, which continues this weekend with a pair of games in Peoria and one in Milwaukee… Six of the Rampage’s last eight games have extended beyond regulation; in those six, San Antonio shows an overtime win, a shootout win, and four shootout losses… The Rampage are just 1-6 in shootouts for the season, the lone win coming on Jan. 27 at Toronto… Sean Sullivan has a point in six of his last seven games (2-5-7) and ranks tied for fourth among AHL defensemen with 36 points (10-26-36) in 47 games for the season… Former third overall draft pick Kyle Turris has five points (2-3-5) in his last four contests.
 
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Texas has dropped three of its last four (1-3-0-0) on the heels of an eight-game points streak (7-0-1-0)… Goaltender Matt Climie made a season-high 41 saves to earn the shutout on Saturday in a 5-0 win over Peoria… Rookie Travis Morin has registered nine goals and 17 points in his last 16 games… Fellow rookie Scott McCulloch shows an assist in three straight outings (0-4-4)… The Stars average only 13.33 penalty minutes per game, third-fewest in the AHL… At 0-12-1-1, Texas is one of three remaining AHL teams without a victory when trailing after two periods… The Stars host Chicago twice this weekend before embarking on a five-game road trip.
 
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Toronto has 10 losses beyond regulation (five in OT, five in SO), second-most in the AHL behind Springfield’s 11… The Marlies split a pair of shootouts at Abbotsford earlier this week and conclude their four-game road trip with two games at Manitoba this weekend… Following those two contests, the Marlies will play eight of their next 10 games at Ricoh Coliseum… Leading scorer Andre Deveaux (14-18-32) is on a four-game scoring streak (2-3-5), and Ashton Rome has a point in three of his last four games (2-2-4)… The Marlies have been outscored 83-38 in the second period this season.