Western Conference notebook

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Chicago’s 3-2 shootout win over Toronto on Wednesday snapped a seven-game winless streak (0-6-1-0) and a five-game home losing skid… The winless skid tied a franchise record, while the losing streak was one game shy of a record… The Wolves rank sixth in the West Division but sit just three points out of second place… AHL All-Star Joe Motzko is without a goal in his last six games after scoring one in seven straight… Brett Sterling snapped a career-high five-game scoreless streak with two points (1-1-2) on Jan. 7 vs. San Antonio… The Wolves visit Rockford on Friday, marking the fourth consecutive Friday they will play their intra-state rivals.
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The Griffins extended their points streak to five games (4-0-1-0) with a 3-1 win at Hamilton on Wednesday… It took Grand Rapids just 40 games to reach the 24-win mark this year (24-8-5-3); last season, the Griffins didn’t reach 24 victories until game number 60 (24-29-2-5)… AHL All-Star goaltender Daniel Larsson is tied for the league lead with five shutouts, one shy of Grand Rapids’ single-season record… The Griffins’ nine-game home points streak (7-0-2-0) is their longest since a 10-game run (9-0-0-1) from Feb. 18 to Apr. 14, 2006.
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Wednesday’s 3-1 loss to Grand Rapids marked the 1,000th regular-season game in Hamilton’s franchise history… Rookie David Desharnais saw his nine-game scoring streak (4-8-12) come to an end in the defeat, and Mike Glumac’s three-game goal-scoring run (3-1-4) also ended… Desharnais’s streak tied Portland’s Tim Kennedy for the longest by an AHL rookie this season… The Bulldogs show an 18-4-1-0 record when they score the game’s first goal… Hamilton hosts Lake Erie on Friday before visiting Syracuse on Saturday night and Monday afternoon.
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Houston wrapped up its eight-game road trip at 2-4-0-2 after taking a 4-1 win at Chicago on Sunday… Jesse Schultz posted three points (1-2-3) against his former team for the Aeros in that game… Houston opens a six-game homestand on Friday against Toronto… Matt Beaudoin is on his third AHL team of the season and scored his first two career AHL goals last weekend… Peter Olvecky has chipped in five assists over his last four games… Following’s Houston’s two games this week against North Division foes, the Aeros will play 32 of their final 35 tilts against West Division opponents.
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Iowa is winless in three straight games (0-2-0-1) to begin a six-game homestand and has totaled just three goals over the three contests… Troy Bodie has netted two of those goals, and Ajay Baines is responsible for the other… Friday’s 6-1 defeat to Manitoba marked the first time this season that Iowa lost a game in regulation after scoring the first goal (15-1-1-2)… The Chops host Quad City and Milwaukee this weekend before wrapping up the homestand on Tuesday against Rockford.
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Goaltender Tyler Weiman has stopped all 63 shots he’s faced in posting back-to-back 3-0 shutouts of Philadelphia and Quad City… It marks the first time in the Monsters’ two-year history that they have blanked consecutive opponents… Weiman is now tied for the league lead with five shutouts and ranks fourth with a 2.28 goals-against average in 21 games (11-8-2)… Captain Nathan Smith shows three goals and four points over his last two games… Defenseman Nigel Williams (1-2-3) and rookie T.J. Galiardi (2-2-4) are each riding three-game scoring streaks.
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After splitting a two-game set with Milwaukee this week, Manitoba has played 26 of its first 42 games on home ice… The Moose begin a five-game road swing with visits to Grand Rapids and Lake Erie this weekend and will play 15 of their next 19 games in enemy territory… AHL All-Star goaltender Cory Schneider saw his personal 13-game winning streak end on Tuesday but rebounded with a 34-save shutout of Milwaukee on Wednesday… Michael Grabner shows seven goals in his last five games… Michel Ouellet netted a goal in both games against the Admirals this week (2-1-3).
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Wednesday’s 4-0 loss at Manitoba marked the end of the Admirals’ 12-game points streak (9-0-2-1) and was their first regulation loss since another shutout, a 2-0 setback at Grand Rapids on Dec. 20… Goaltender Drew MacIntyre had allowed just two goals on his previous 88 shots prior to surrendering three on 19 shots in Wednesday’s loss to the Moose… The Admirals are allowing the second-fewest average goals per game in the league (2.53)… Milwaukee is the only AHL team with Friday off and then wraps up its five-game road swing on Saturday at Iowa.
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A 4-3 loss to Manitoba on Sunday dropped the Rivermen to 2-6-0-1 in their last nine games… Peoria hasn’t scored more than three goals in any of the nine contests, last accomplishing it in a 4-3 overtime win at Grand Rapids on Dec. 26… Defenseman Steve Wagner posted back-to-back two-point efforts last weekend (1-3-4)… Jonathan Filewich shows three points (1-2-3) over his last three games… The Rivermen are tied for the AHL lead with 10 shorthanded goals on the season… Peoria hits the road for four games in Texas, beginning with a pair against San Antonio this weekend.
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After its 3-0 loss at Lake Erie on Wednesday, Quad City has just one win in its last 10 road games (1-4-2-3), which was a 2-1 triumph at Manitoba on Dec. 20… The Flames have not scored more than three goals in a game since a 6-4 win over San Antonio on Nov. 28, a span of 17 contests… Carsen Germyn is one point away from moving into a tie for first on the Flames’ all-time scoring list, and David Van der Gulik is one goal away from moving into a tie for first all-time in that category… Quad City continues its season-high nine-game road swing this weekend in Iowa, Chicago, and Milwaukee.
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In its last six games, Rochester is 0-2-0-0 against Binghamton and 4-0-0-0 against everybody else… Stefan Meyer has registered a point in five of his last six games (4-3-7) and now leads the Amerks with 11 goals and 21 points overall… Rookie Shawn Matthias shows four points (2-2-4) over his last two games… Janis Sprukts saw his three-game scoring run (1-3-4) end in the Amerks’ 4-1 loss at Binghamton on Wednesday… Defenseman Jason Garrison registered a season-high four points (1-3-4) on Sunday vs. Hamilton… The Amerks travel to take on Atlantic Division foes Manchester and Providence this weekend.
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Rockford’s six-game points streak (5-0-0-1) – tied for a season high – came to an end on Wednesday in a 4-2 loss to San Antonio… The IceHogs killed off all four Toronto power plays in Saturday’s 1-0 win over the Marlies, snapping a nine-game stretch in which Rockford had allowed at least one power play goal… Rob Klinkhammer netted a goal in five straight games (6-1-7) from Dec. 31 to Jan. 9… Pascal Pelletier has recorded a point in five of his last six games (5-5-10), while Jack Skille is on a five-game scoring run (4-5-9).
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The Rampage have rolled to a 14-5-0-0 record since concluding a winless November with a 3-1 loss to Houston on Nov. 29… Captain Jeff Hoggan set a franchise record by scoring a goal in six straight games (7-0-7) from Dec. 27 to Jan. 7… Joel Perrault’s three-point effort on Tuesday in Rockford gave him a five-game scoring streak (3-6-9) and 21 points (6-15-21) in 19 games since joining the Rampage on Dec. 3… David Spina currently shows a seven-game scoring run (5-6-11)… San Antonio hosts Peoria twice this weekend before welcoming Toronto on Monday and Lake Erie on Wednesday.
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Syracuse concluded a season-high six-game road swing at 3-2-1-0, including its first back-to-back wins since Nov. 15-16… The Crunch have now played 25 of their first 39 games on the road and host Albany on Friday to kick off a stretch in which they play seven of eight at the Onondaga County War Memorial… Defenseman Andrey Plekhanov netted a goal in two straight games (2-1-3) last weekend after going his first 30 contests without scoring… Tom Sestito (2-2-4) and Mike York (1-3-4) each has four points over his last four games.
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Toronto is 2-1-1-1 thus far on its nine-game road swing after Wednesday’s 3-2 shootout loss at Chicago… Including playoffs, that dropped the Marlies to 0-4-0-1 at Allstate Arena over the past two seasons… Toronto has now had a league-high 12 games go beyond regulation this year; the Marlies are 3-1 in overtime and 4-4 in shootouts thus far… Mark Bell snapped a season-high four-game scoring drought with a goal in Wednesday’s game against the Wolves, and Darryl Boyce also scored… Toronto moves on to Texas for a pair of games, visiting Houston on Friday and San Antonio on Monday.