Western Conference notebook

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The Wolves have allowed just 2.50 goals per game this season, which ranks second in the AHL and includes 17 occasions in which Chicago allowed two or fewer scores (record of 12-4-1-0 in those 17 games)… Chicago has tallied a power play goal in a season-high five straight games (8-for-36)… Joe Motzko is riding a five-game goal-scoring streak (6-4-10) and has a point in six straight outings (6-5-11)… The Wolves play a pair of games in San Antonio this week before hosting Rockford on Sunday.
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Darren Helm has tallied the game-winning goal in each of Grand Rapids’ last two victories… Wednesday’s 5-1 win over Syracuse snapped the Griffins’ brief two-game slide (0-1-1-0) at Van Andel Arena… The Griffins’ seven regulation losses are tied for the fewest in the AHL, but their six losses beyond regulation time (three OTL, three SOL) tie for the most in the league… The 11 combined goals in the Griffins’ 6-5 win over Manitoba on Friday marked Grand Rapids’ highest scoring game since a 6-5 shootout loss at Rockford on Nov. 9, 2007.
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The Bulldogs are just 2-4-1-0 since a three-game winning streak from Nov. 22-25… Hamilton has scored the game’s first goal in 16 of its 27 outings and is 12-3-1-0 in those 16 contests… Shawn Belle (1-3-4) and rookie David Desharnais (2-1-3) each have a point in three of their last four outings… Goaltender Cedrick Desjardins stopped 35 of 36 shots in Hamilton’s 2-1 win at Toronto on Sunday… The Bulldogs play a pair of games in New England this weekend, visiting Manchester on Friday and Hartford on Saturday.
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Houston is 0-4 in shootouts this season, with all four of those losses occurring since Nov. 16… The Aeros have picked up a standings point in six straight games entering this weekend (3-0-0-3)… Goaltender Barry Brust posted a 0.98 GAA and .966 save percentage in three games last week (2-0-1)… Wednesday’s 2-1 shootout loss at Milwaukee started a stretch that sees Houston play 14 of its next 16 games on the road… The Aeros visit Rockford for a pair of tilts this weekend.
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Iowa is winless in three straight games (0-2-0-1) since posting a four-game winning streak from Nov. 29 to Dec. 7… The Chops have outscored opponents 31-18 in the third period this season but have been outscored 30-21 in the first 20 minutes… Rookie Ryan Dingle has netted a goal in two straight contests (2-0-2)… Andrew Ebbett’s eight-game scoring streak (3-10-13) came to an end in Iowa’s 6-2 loss to Milwaukee on Saturday… The Chops play a home-and-home with Peoria this weekend before visiting Milwaukee on Sunday.
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Goaltender Tyler Weiman allowed only two goals in two games last week prior to surrendering four in Wednesday’s 5-4 shootout loss at Toronto… The four goals marked the Monsters’ highest output since a 4-2 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Nov. 23… Marty Sertich had three assists on Wednesday to run his scoring streak to four games (0-6-6)… Chris Durno also shows a point in four straight contests (3-3-6).
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Manitoba’s pair of victories over Manchester this week gave them 20 victories on the season (20-7-0-0), tied with Hershey for the most in the AHL… Michel Ouellet (2-6-8), Jason Krog (4-3-7), and Mark Derlago (2-3-5) are each riding four-game scoring streaks for the Moose, and Michael Grabner has a point in three of his last four contests (1-2-3)… The Moose host Quad City twice this weekend to close out a six-game homestand.
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Milwaukee’s season-high six-game winning streak has vaulted the Admirals into sole possession of first place in the West Division at 17-7-0-1 (35 points)… Mike Santorelli had an assist on Wednesday against Houston and now shows a point in 13 straight games (8-16-24), the second-longest streak in the AHL this season… Defenseman Alexander Sulzer has a three-game scoring streak (2-2-4) and a point in six of his last seven tilts (4-7-11).
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Peoria, which dropped a 2-1 decision at Lake Erie on Sunday, will try and avoid losing consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 22-26 when it hosts Iowa on Friday in the front-end of a home-and-home set… Steve Regier has posted an assist in four straight games (0-4-4) and leads the Rivermen with 21 points (9-12-21) in 21 AHL games this season… Jeff Cowan has found the scoresheet in three of his last four contests (1-2-3).
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Quad City is winless in six straight games but has picked up a standings point in three of those six contests (0-3-2-1)… Overall, five of the Flames’ last nine games have extended beyond regulation, and they have dropped all five in either overtime or a shootout… In separate games over the past two weeks, Kyle Greentree has scored with two seconds and nine seconds left in regulation to force overtime… Quad City, which is 1-4-0-1 all-time against Manitoba, travels to Winnipeg for a pair of games against the Moose this weekend.
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Rochester finished 3-2-0-0 in a stretch of playing five games in six days in three different states… Reigning Reebok/AHL player of the week Mike Brodeur was between the pipes for all six games and posted a 1.39 GAA and .949 save percentage over that span… Janis Sprukts (6-8-14), Michal Repik (6-8-14), and defenseman Jason Garrison (2-12-14) are in a three-way tie for the team scoring lead… Rochester hosts Lake Erie and Grand Rapids at the Blue Cross Arena this weekend.
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Rockford’s 32 points are good for fifth place in the West Division, but they sit only three points back of first-place Milwaukee… Rockford is 3-0-0-0 this season in the third game of a three-games-in-three-nights stretch… In 13 regular-season meetings with Chicago, the IceHogs had never led by more than two goals prior to Saturday’s 7-2 victory… Goaltender Corey Crawford is on a personal season-high five-game winning streak and hasn’t lost since Nov. 7 at Norfolk.
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San Antonio’s perfect December (6-0-0-0) came to an end with Sunday’s 4-1 loss at Chicago… The Rampage host the Wolves on Thursday and Friday this week, making it three straight games against their division rival… Sunday’s game marked the 16th time in 30 games this season in which San Antonio scored exactly one goal… Joel Perrault has a three-game scoring streak (1-2-3) and has totaled six points (1-5-6) in seven games since being reassigned to San Antonio by parent-club Phoenix.
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Wednesday’s 5-1 setback at Grand Rapids marked Syracuse’s seventh straight loss; the Crunch haven’t won since Nov. 28, a 5-1 decision over Toronto… The Crunch have surrendered four or more goals in five of the seven games during the current slide… Syracuse lost consecutive home games in regulation last weekend for the first time since Nov. 16-17, 2007… Center Derek MacKenzie skated in his 500th career AHL game on Saturday against Toronto.
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Wednesday’s 5-4 shootout victory over Lake Erie marked the Marlies’ first triumph in five tries against the Monsters this season (1-4-0-0)… Jiri Tlusty had three assists in regulation and two shootout markers in that game… Ben Ondrus has netted a goal in three straight games (4-0-4) and five of his last six (6-0-6)… Tim Stapleton now leads the offense with 25 points (4-21-25) in 27 contests… The Marlies swing through New England this weekend, visiting Providence, Springfield, and Hartford.