Western Conference notebook

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Chicago allowed seven goals in Tuesday’s 7-2 loss to Manchester; The Wolves had surrendered seven goals total during their five-game winning streak from Nov. 1-14… The loss snapped Chicago’s home winning streak at three games… Steve Martins had an assist against the Monarchs and now sports a five-game scoring run (2-5-7)… Joe Motzko has registered a goal in four of his last five outings (4-1-5)… Offseason acquisition Jeff Hamilton tallied four points (1-3-4) in Saturday’s 6-3 win over Grand Rapids… The Wolves play a home-and-home with the Griffins this weekend, with a Saturday home tilt against Quad City in between.
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Jason Jozsa’s first goal of the season and second career AHL goal came in overtime on Sunday to give Grand Rapids a 5-4 win at Iowa… That capped a stretch that saw the Griffins play five of six away from Van Andel Arena, with all five road games coming against West Division foes… All told, Grand Rapids is in the midst of playing 11 straight against non-divisional foes, a stretch that concludes on Friday when it hosts Chicago… The Griffins then host Rochester on Saturday before traveling to face the Wolves on Sunday… Ville Leino entered Wednesday’s action with a team-high 15 assists, 19 points, and plus-7 rating through 16 games played.
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Hamilton’s 5-3 win at San Antonio on Tuesday pushed the Bulldogs to 3-0-0-0 on a four-game road swing, which concludes on Saturday in Binghamton… The Bulldogs and Senators will then travel north to Montreal, where Hamilton will be considered the home team on Sunday in a tilt at the Bell Centre, home of the NHL’s Canadiens… Rookie Max Pacioretty picked up his first career game-winning goal against the Rampage on Tuesday, breaking a 3-3 tie in the third period… Marc Denis made 34 saves in the victory, his seventh 30-plus save performance of the season.
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Sunday’s 4-0 loss to Hamilton dropped the Aeros under .500 at 8-9-0-1, the first time since Nov. 30, 2007, that they have been below the break-even mark… Houston is 1-5-0-1 in its last seven games and just 4-9-0-1 since starting the season with four straight victories… Corey Locke’s three-game scoring streak (0-5-5) was snapped in the loss to the Bulldogs… After allowing three second-period goals on Sunday, the Aeros have been outscored 20-13 in that period for the season… Houston will look to snap a four-game home winless skid (0-3-0-1) on Friday against Milwaukee.
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After going 3-2-1-0 on a six-game homestand, Iowa began a season-high seven-game road swing on Wednesday at Quad City… The Chops head north this weekend for a pair of games against Manitoba before heading east next weekend… T.J. Trevelyan entered Wednesday’s game with a goal in two straight outings (2-2-4) and a point in three of his last four (2-3-5)… Rookie Matt Beleskey had a goal and two assists on both Saturday and Sunday last weekend… Joakim Lindstrom entered Wednesday pacing the active roster with 17 points (4-13-17) in 18 contests.
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Lake Erie snapped a four-game losing skid (0-3-0-1) with a 4-2 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Sunday… Defenseman Aaron MacKenzie posted the game-winning goal and an assist against the Penguins for his first multiple-point effort of the season… Chris Durno snapped a six-game goal-scoring drought in the contest, tallying his fourth marker of the season… The Monsters’ two leading scorers – Brian Willsie (8-6-14) and T.J. Hensick (6-7-13) – are both currently on NHL recall to parent-club Colorado… The Monsters travel to Rochester on Friday before welcoming Toronto to Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday.
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Manitoba brings a five-game winning streak into this weekend’s pair of games against Iowa at the MTS Centre, which wraps up a six-game homestand… Three of Jason Jaffray’s team-leading 12 goals (12-5-17) have been game-winners, and five of the 12 have come on the power play… Jason Krog has found the scoresheet in nine of 11 games played for the Moose thus far and ranks third on the team with 15 points (2-13-15)… Jaffray (6-0-6), Mark Cullen (4-1-5), and Jimmy Sharrow (0-3-3) all sport three-game scoring streaks… The Moose entered Wednesday’s games leading the AHL in penalty killing at 89.8 percent.
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After hosting Peoria on Wednesday, Milwaukee embarks on a five-game road swing to Houston (two), Hamilton, Toronto, and Quad City… For the fourth time in the last five seasons, the Admirals will head to Texas for the Thanksgiving Day weekend… The Admirals split a pair of games in Iowa last weekend, winning by a 3-0 count on Friday and dropping an 8-6 decision on Saturday… After being reassigned by parent-club Nashville last Thursday, Patric Hornqvist posted a goal and two assists on the weekend, and Ryan Jones added a goal and a helper.
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Since a three-game winning streak from Nov. 5-12, Peoria alternated wins and losses over its next five games entering Wednesday’s road contest at Milwaukee… That match-up came a day after the teams’ NHL affiliates squared off, with St. Louis (Peoria) taking a 1-0 shootout win at Nashville (Milwaukee) on Tuesday… Nicholas Drazenovic became the first Rivermen player to post a three-point game on Saturday when he tallied a goal and two helpers in Peoria’s 7-4 loss to Hamilton… Chris Conner saw his six-game goal-scoring run (6-3-9) end on Saturday.
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Quad City bench boss Ryan McGill coached his 500th career AHL game on Saturday at Rockford, a 5-4 shootout loss… McGill shows a record of 257-196-47 with Quad City, Omaha, and Hartford, and he is 15-15 in 30 career Calder Cup Playoff contests… Peter Vandermeer shows three goals in 20 games this season, already the most he has scored since netting six for Hamilton during the 2005-06 campaign… John Armstrong (2-4-6), Kris Chucko (2-2-4), and Jamie Lundmark (1-4-5) all brought three-game scoring streaks into Wednesday’s game against Iowa.
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Defenseman Franklin MacDonald netted his first goal of the season in Rochester’s loss at Toronto on Wednesday afternoon… That loss dropped the Americans to 0-5-0-1 in their last six games and 1-11-0-1 in their last 13 outings… Rochester has not scored more than three goals in a game since tallying five in a 5-4 win over Quad City on Oct. 24… Second-year forward Dan Collins tallied his first two goals of the campaign in the Amerks’ 4-2 loss to Manchester on Friday… Rochester hosts Lake Erie on Friday before traveling to Grand Rapids and Toronto to close out the weekend.
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Rockford has won three of its last four games (3-1-0-0) since dropping six in a row… Entering Wednesday’s home tilt against San Antonio, the IceHogs are 9-0-0-0 when scoring three or more goals in a game… Of Rockford’s 52 goals on the season heading into Wednesday’s action, 24 have come on the power play and two have been shorthanded markers… The IceHogs have outshot their opponents in five of their last six games after doing so just twice in their first 13 contests… Rockford plays a home-and-home with in-state rival Peoria this weekend.
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Tuesday’s 5-3 loss to Hamilton extended the Rampage’s franchise-record winless skid to 14 games (0-13-0-1)… San Antonio last collected a victory on Oct. 25, a 5-1 triumph over Iowa… Rookie forward Brett MacLean has netted a goal in two straight games (2-1-3) and three of his last four outings (3-1-4) entering Wednesday’s action… Derek Nesbitt tallied his first multiple-point game of the season with a goal and an assist in Tuesday’s loss to the Bulldogs… San Antonio visits Rockford on Wednesday and Quad City on Friday before returning home to play Houston on Saturday.
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Syracuse has lost three of its last four games (1-3-0-0) following a six-game points streak (5-0-0-1)… The Crunch’s 2-1 loss to Binghamton on Sunday snapped an 18-game home winning streak dating back to last season, leaving Syracuse one game short of the AHL record… With an assist in that game, rookie forward Nikita Filatov snapped an eight-game scoring drought… Syracuse is 12-0-0-0 this season when it scores two goals or more… The Crunch have posted a record of 5-5-0-0 against the East Division but are 8-1-0-1 against the rest of the AHL… Syracuse hosts Toronto on Friday before traveling to Albany on Thursday.
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Toronto’s 3-1 win over Rochester on Wednesday afternoon extended the Marlies’ season-high winning streak to four games and pushed the team over the .500 mark overall at 8-7-0-2… Darryl Boyce was scoreless in his previous nine games before netting a pair of goals in that victory… Jeremy Williams has tallied a goal in four of his last five games for the Marlies (6-1-7), and Tim Stapleton shows a point in three of his last four outings (2-4-6)… Toronto visits Syracuse and Lake Erie this weekend before welcoming Rochester to Ricoh Coliseum on Sunday.