Western Conference notebook

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After Wednesday’s 7-6 loss to Peoria, Chicago has allowed seven goals in a game twice in a nine-day span (7-2 loss to Manchester on Nov. 25)… The Wolves did not surrender more than three goals in any of their first 14 contests… Overall, the Wolves are 3-6-0-0 since a season-high five-game winning streak from Nov. 1-14… Grant Stevenson tallied his first two-goal game in a Wolves uniform on Wednesday, and rookie forward Spencer Machacek netted his first marker since Oct. 21… Fellow rookie Riley Holzapfel shows a goal in two of his last three outings (2-0-2)… The Wolves travel to Peoria on Friday before hosting Rockford on Saturday.
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Grand Rapids won three games in three nights last weekend for the first time since Dec. 21-23, 2005, and went 3-0-0-1 in a stretch of four games in five nights… With Saturday’s 3-1 win over Rochester, the Griffins extended their home-ice points streak to seven games (5-0-0-2) and improved to 7-1-0-3 overall at Van Andel Arena… Jimmy Howard denied an Amerks penalty shot in that game, making him 4-for-4 on penalty shots in his Griffins career… First-year goaltender Daniel Larsson made 29 saves for his second shutout of the season in Sunday’s 1-0 win at Chicago… The Griffins host division-rivals Toronto and Hamilton this weekend.
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Hamilton dropped a pair of games to Binghamton last week, including Sunday’s 5-3 loss at the Bell Centre in Montreal… The Bulldogs host Milwaukee on Thursday, travel to Grand Rapids on Saturday, and welcome Toronto to Copps Coliseum on Sunday… Rookie Max Pacioretty shows a three-game scoring streak (2-2-4) for Hamilton… Yanick Lehoux has registered a point in four of his last five games (0-8-8) and has moved into the team scoring lead with 26 points overall (6-20-26)… Matt D’Agostini (14-11-25 in 20 games) remains on NHL recall to Montreal.
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Houston’s 3-2 shootout loss to Manitoba on Thursday afternoon dropped the Aeros to 0-0-1-2 in games that go beyond regulation since they took a 2-1 overtime win over Chicago in their season opener on Oct. 11… Krys Kolanos posted an assist on Thursday to extend his scoring streak to four games (4-3-7), but his goal-scoring run ended at three games… Corey Locke has a point in three of his last four contests (3-3-6) and is pacing the Aeros with 22 points overall (6-16-22)… Houston is now 7-0-1-0 against the West Division this season but 3-10-0-2 against the rest of the AHL… The Aeros host Syracuse on Saturday in their only game of the weekend.
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Iowa has earned a point in each of its last five games (3-0-1-1) and in eight of its last 10 outings (6-2-1-1)… The Chops (12-7-1-1) are currently tied for second place in the West Division, two points back of first-place Chicago but only one up on fourth-place Peoria… Andrew Ebbett is riding a three-game scoring streak (1-4-5) and leads the Chops with 21 points (8-13-21) in 21 games… Petteri Wirtanen shows a point in four of his last five contests (2-2-4), as does T.J. Trevelyan (2-4-6)… Iowa is tied for the AHL’s third-best power plat at 21.1 percent… The Chops continue their seven-game road swing on Friday at Rochester and on Saturday and Sunday at Lake Erie.
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Coming off a 3-2 win over Toronto on Saturday, Lake Erie will have had six days off when it goes for its second straight victory this Saturday against Iowa… The Monsters have not won consecutive games since starting the season at 2-0-0-0… Marty Sertich posted a goal and an assist in the win over the Marlies, his second multiple-point showing of the campaign… Chris Durno has registered a goal in two of his last three outings (2-1-3), and defenseman Ray Macias has a point in five of his last six games (1-4-5)… Three of Lake Erie’s top five scorers are currently on NHL recall – Brian Willsie (8-6-14), T.J. Hensick (6-7-13), and Kyle Cumiskey (1-7-8).
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Manitoba went a perfect 4-0-0-0 in their season series with Houston this year after entering the campaign having dropped seven in a row to the Aeros… The North Division-leading Moose are now 17-4-0-0 overall (34 points) and are 17-2-0-0 since a two-game losing skid to begin the season… Defenseman Maxime Fortunus has registered a point in three of his last four games (2-2-4); Fortunus shows eight points (2-6-8) over his last eight games after going scoreless in 10 straight tilts to begin the season… The Moose travel across Texas to battle San Antonio on Friday and Sunday before playing 12 of their next 14 games on home ice.
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Milwaukee split a pair of games in Houston last weekend, taking a 2-1 overtime victory on Friday before dropping a 4-2 decision on Sunday… The Admirals are still 9-3-0-0 in their last 12 games and continue their five-game road swing this weekend against North Division foes Hamilton and Toronto… Milwaukee went a combined 4-0-0-0 against the Bulldogs and Marlies in the 2007-08 campaign… Second-year forward Mike Santorelli has a goal in four straight games (4-2-6) and a point in seven in a row (4-7-11)… Rookie Ryan Jones has four points (2-2-4) in his first five games with the Admirals since being reassigned by parent-club Nashville.
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The Rivermen’s seven goals in Wednesday’s 7-6 win at Chicago was their highest output in a game since Jan. 15, 2008, a 7-2 victory over Hamilton… Nicholas Drazenovic tallied the game-winner on a penalty shot late in the third period on Wednesday… Peoria will go for its first two-game winning streak since a three-game run from Nov. 5-12 when it hosts the Wolves in a rematch at Carver Arena on Friday… Second-year pro Julian Talbot scored twice against Chicago on Wednesday, his first multiple-goal game since opening night at Iowa on Oct. 10… Josh Soares has tallied a goal in three straight games (3-2-5).
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Quad City has earned a standings point in six straight games (3-0-2-1) and is within one point of .500 overall at 9-10-3-1… Rookie center John Armstrong has registered a point in five straight games (2-6-8) for the Flames, while Kris Chucko has tallied a goal in four of his last five contests (5-3-8)… Carsen Germyn tied a franchise record for assists in a game with four helpers in Friday’s 6-4 win over San Antonio… That game also tied Flames franchise records for goals (six) and power play goals (three), and the 10 combined goals made it the highest scoring contest in team history.
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Rochester took three of a possible six points last weekend via a 3-1 win over Lake Erie on Friday and a 4-3 shootout loss at Toronto on Sunday… The Amerks will host Iowa this Friday and welcome cross-state rival Albany to the Blue Cross Arena on Sunday… Rookie Michal Repik has a point in three straight games (2-2-4) and leads the Americans with 13 points (6-7-13) on the campaign… Five of Repik’s six goals have come on the power play… Overall, Rochester has scored 28 of its 44 goals this season with the man advantage… Defenseman Keaton Ellerby has registered an assist in three straight outings (0-3-3).
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Reigning Reebok/AHL player of the week Pascal Pelletier set an IceHogs franchise record with four goals in Wednesday’s 6-1 win over San Antonio… Pelletier has registered a goal in four straight games (7-2-9) and five of his last six (8-3-11)… Petri Kontiola (2-8-10) and Jack Skille (5-5-10) are both riding seven-game scoring streaks, and Tim Brent has a four-game run (0-6-6)… Pelletier, Kontiola, and Brent each have five multiple-point games on the season, while the rest of the IceHogs have a combined 13 such games… Rockford hits the road this weekend for games at Quad City on Friday and at Chicago on Saturday.
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San Antonio looks to snap its 13-game losing streak and 17-game winless skid (0-16-0-1) when Syracuse visits the AT&T Center on Thursday… The Rampage received former AHL All-Star Joakim Lindstrom on Wednesday after parent-club Phoenix made a trade with the Anaheim organization… Lindstrom joins the Rampage after leading the AHL’s Iowa Chops with 21 points (7-14-21) in 21 games this season… San Antonio rookie Brett MacLean has registered a point in four of his last five games (2-3-5)… MacLean’s 14 points on the season (7-7-14) led the Rampage prior to the acquisition of Lindstrom.
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Syracuse has lost four of six games (2-4-0-0) after going 5-0-0-1 in its previous six contests… Derek MacKenzie registered four points (1-3-4) in the Crunch’s two games last weekend, a 5-1 win over Toronto and a 6-3 loss at Albany… Craig MacDonald (2-2-4), Alexandre Picard (2-2-4), and Nikita Filatov (1-2-3) each has a scoring streak of three games… Filatov’s streak comes on the heels of six straight games without a point… Dan Smith tallied a goal in the third period on Friday, his first marker of the season and first since Jan. 2, 2008, at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, a span of 63 games… The Crunch swing through Texas this week, visiting San Antonio on Thursday and Houston on Saturday.
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Rookie Stefano Giliati scored his first career AHL goal in Sunday’s 3-2 win over Rochester and totaled three points (1-2-3) and a plus-2 rating in four games last week… Tim Stapleton is on a three-game scoring streak (1-2-3) and has registered nine points (3-6-9) over his last seven games, including three multiple-point efforts… Toronto is converting 25.5 percent of its power play chances on the road (13-for-51), the best such mark in the AHL… This weekend has the Marlies traveling to Grand Rapids on Saturday, hosting Milwaukee on Saturday, and journeying to provincial rival Hamilton on Sunday.