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West Notes: Stapleton, Johnson on streaks

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Abbotsford is winless in a season-high five straight games (0-4-1-0) following an 0-3-0-0 road trip to Texas this past week… The Heat have tallied just one goal in three of their last five contests… Rookie defenseman Josh Meyers has registered a point in three of his last four outings (1-2-3)… Leading scorer Jason Jaffray (17-21-38) is scoreless in his last two outings; he has not been held without a point in three straight games since Nov. 18-21… The Heat open up a four-game homestand with a pair of contests against Chicago this week.
 
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Chicago is 13-2-1-0 in its last 16 games as the Wolves head northwest for a pair of games in Abbotsford this week… Joey Crabb has racked up eight goals and 13 points in his last 11 games for the Wolves… Tim Stapleton now shows a 10-game scoring streak (7-11-18), which is tied for the second-longest active run in the league… Jason Krog has found the scoresheet in four of his last five contests (3-5-8); Krog ranks second in the league with 41 assists and tied for fifth with 50 points on the season… A 3-2 shootout loss to Hamilton on Saturday halted Chicago’s home winning streak at eight games, one short of matching a franchise record.
 
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Grand Rapids has matched a team record with its current seven-game losing skid; the Griffins also lost seven in a row from Nov. 7-18, 2006… The Griffins are just 3-16-0-0 in their last 19 games overall since they were 18-11-0-1 before play on Dec. 20… Jeremy Williams posted a goal and an assist on Wednesday at Rockford, his first multiple-point showing since scoring a pair of goals on Dec. 18 at San Antonio… Grand Rapids hosts Toronto and Houston this weekend before kicking off a four-game road swing on Tuesday at Texas.
 
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Hamilton is currently riding a season-high five-game winning streak, its longest run since concluding the 2008-09 regular season with five straight victories… Brock Trotter has racked up five points (3-2-5) in his last two games and has notched the game-winning goal in both contests… Trotter now ranks fourth in the league in both goals (25) and points (54) through 49 games this season… David Desharnais shows a 12-game scoring streak (2-16-18), the longest active streak in the AHL… All-Star defenseman P.K. Subban has found the scoresheet in four of his last five outings (2-4-6)… Hamilton is 26-3-1-3 when it scores the game’s first goal… The ‘Dogs visit division rivals Rochester and Toronto this weekend.
 
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Houston has matched a season high with its current three-game winning streak and shows a 6-2-0-0 mark in its last eight games… This marks the fifth time this season that the Aeros have put together a three-game win streak, but they are 0-4-0-0 when trying to win a fourth consecutive game… Petr Kalus is on a three-game scoring streak (1-2-3) and shows a point in five of his last seven outings (3-2-5)… Rookie Brandon Buck posted two assists on Wednesday vs. Peoria, his first points in 12 tilts with the Aeros this season… Houston hits the road this weekend, visiting Milwaukee on Friday and Grand Rapids on Saturday.
 
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Lake Erie halted a brief two-game slide with a 3-2 win over Rochester on Wednesday… The victory moved the Monsters back to .500 for the season (23-23-0-4) and one point ahead of Abbotsford for fourth place in the North Division race… Philippe Dupuis tallied the game-winning goal on Wednesday and has a point in four straight (2-4-6) and six of his last seven games (2-6-8)… Matthew Ford also shows a point in four straight (3-3-6) and six of seven (5-3-8)… The Monsters have scored just 35 of their 146 goals (24.0 percent) in the first period… Lake Erie kicks off a four-game homestand this weekend with a pair of tilts against Rockford.
 
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Manitoba returns home this weekend showing a 1-7-0-0 record in its last eight games… The lone win came by a 6-4 count on Saturday at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton… Four players put up multiple points in that victory – Matt Pettinger (1-2-3), Sergei Shirokov (2-0-2), Jannik Hansen (0-2-2), and Lawrence Nycholat (0-2-2)… The six goals marked the Moose’s highest single-game total of the season… Shirokov added an assist in Sunday’s rematch with the Penguins to give him three points in his last two outings… Manitoba opens a four-game homestand this weekend by welcoming San Antonio for a pair.
 
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Milwaukee played 17 games during the month of January (9-7-0-1), and not including the AHL All-Star break, the Admirals had only three days in the month when they were not either traveling or playing a game… By contrast, the Ads will play only 11 times in February, eight of them at home… Hugh Jessiman finished January with 14 points, including a team-high seven goals, for his highest-scoring month in two years with the team… Reigning Reebok/AHL rookie of the month Colin Wilson has a goal in three straight games (3-3-6) and a point in six straight (4-5-9) and nine of his last 10 contests (7-10-17)… Milwaukee hosts Houston on Friday in its lone game of the weekend.
 
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Peoria is winless in four straight games (0-2-0-2) and has just one win in its last seven outings (1-4-0-2)… The Rivermen have scored just one goal in their last two games, both on the power play; overall, Peoria’s power play is up to third in the AHL at 21.5 percent… Peoria played seven of its 12 January games against either Rockford or Chicago, two teams that were a combined 20-5-0-3 in the month… Chris Porter’s goal on Friday at Rockford was his first since Nov. 20; it took Porter 25 games to get his eighth goal of the season after scoring seven times in his first 18 contests… Peoria visits Texas for a pair of games this weekend.
 
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Rochester has dropped four straight games to Lake Erie and five of six on the season (1-4-1-0) following Wednesday’s 3-2 loss in Cleveland… The Americans have scored exactly two goals in three straight games, though they won the first two in that stretch… Amerks leading scorer Jamie Johnson (19-31-50) is now riding a 10-game scoring streak (5-10-15), a stretch that began with a hat trick on Jan. 10 vs. Binghamton… Daniel Steiner has registered 15 points (5-10-15) in 16 games since joining the Americans… Rochester hosts Hamilton on Friday before paying Binghamton a visit on Saturday.
 
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Rookie Akim Aliu tallied Rockford’s first penalty shot goal of the season on Saturday, beating Grand Rapids goaltender Thomas McCollum… It marked the IceHogs’ first successful penalty shot since Troy Brouwer scored vs. Rochester on Dec. 14, 2007… Rockford finished 4-0-0-0 on the road vs. Grand Rapids this year, and all four contests were decided by one goal… Fifth-year defenseman Richard Petiot has set career highs this season with 20 assists and 22 points in 53 games… Bryan Bickell shows four points (1-3-4) in his last two contests… The IceHogs hit the road for a pair of games at Lake Erie this weekend.
 
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San Antonio’s six-game points streak (3-0-0-3) ended on Wednesday with a 4-0 shutout loss at Hamilton, marking the sixth time this season that the Rampage were blanked… San Antonio is now 2-1-0-1 thus far on its 14-game road trip, which continues this weekend with a pair of tilts at Manitoba… The Rampage played four consecutive shootouts from Jan. 23-29, winning one and losing three… Former AHL All-Star Brett MacLean put together his eighth multiple-point effort of the season on Saturday with a goal and two assists in a 5-3 win at Lake Erie.
 
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Texas matched a season high with a five-game winning streak from Jan. 23-31, but the run ended with a 5-1 loss at Milwaukee on Tuesday… It marked the second straight game in which the Stars tallied just one regulation goal; they took a 2-1 shootout win at Peoria on Sunday… Tuesday also marked goaltender Todd Ford’s first regulation AHL loss of the season after going 4-0-1 in his first five appearances… Aaron Gagnon has a point in seven of his last nine games (5-5-10) on the heels of a seven-game drought and leads Texas with 31 points overall (11-20-31)… The Stars rank second in team defense, surrendering just 2.31 goals per game… Texas hosts Peoria for a pair of games this weekend.
 
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Toronto halted a four-game winless skid (0-2-0-2) with a 4-2 triumph over Lake Erie on Sunday… The Marlies have tallied exactly four goals in each of their last three wins, having previously taken a 4-3 decision over Hamilton on Jan. 23 and a 4-1 victory at Grand Rapids on Jan. 22… Tim Brent has racked up eight points (4-4-8) in seven games since joining the Marlies after missing the entire season to injury up until that point… Christian Hanson shows eight points (3-5-8) in seven games since the All-Star break, and rookie Greg Scott has found the scoresheet in seven of his last nine outings (4-5-9)… The Marlies visit Grand Rapids on Friday before hosting provincial rival Hamilton on Saturday.