Western Conference notebook

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Chicago captured a pair of wins in New England last weekend and has now won four straight overall, matching a season high… The Wolves sit atop the West Division with 20 points in the season (9-2-1-1)… Former AHL rookie of the year Brett Sterling registered his first goal of the season in a Wolves uniform on Sunday at Manchester after being reassigned from parent-club Atlanta on Friday… Joe Motzko is pacing the Wolves with six goals and 10 points through 13 games… Chicago continues to allow the fewest average goals per game in the league (1.54)… The Wolves continue their season-high six-game road swing with games in Rochester and Syracuse this weekend.
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After playing just 10 games during the season’s first 31 days, Grand Rapids is playing four times in a span of six days this week, including its first three-in-three stretch of the campaign this weekend… Ryan Oulahen’s penalty shot goal on Saturday in Peoria was just the fifth successful attempt in Griffins history; Grand Rapids is now 5-for-15 all-time in penalty shots… The Griffins lost that game to the Rivermen, 5-3, marking their first defeat by more than one goal this year… Rookie Francis Pare shows six points (3-3-6) in just six games played thus far… Grand Rapids hosts Hartford on Friday in the teams’ first-ever meeting.
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Rookie Ben Maxwell is currently riding a three-game scoring streak (0-4-4) and is now has 12 points (5-7-12) in 14 games for the season… Matt D’Agostini leads the Bulldogs in both goals (9) and points (16), and he has recorded three goals in the team’s last two games, all on the power play… Overall, Hamilton is averaging 3.50 goals per game through 14 contests… Kyle Chipchura netted a pair of goals in Saturday’s 5-2 win over Toronto, his first multiple-goal game of the season… The Bulldogs host Rochester for a pair of games this weekend.
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Houston has lost three straight games in regulation since capturing the opener of its five-game road trip on Friday at Hamilton… The Aeros conclude the trip with a game on Friday at Lake Erie… Houston scored progressively fewer goals in its last four games, scoring three against Hamilton, two on Saturday at Rochester, one on Sunday at Syracuse, and getting blanked on Tuesday at Grand Rapids… John Lammers’ three-game goal-scoring streak was snapped in the shutout loss to the Griffins… Goaltender Nolan Schaefer is on a personal three-game losing skid… The Aeros are 5-1-0-0 at home and 2-5-0-0 on the road so far this season.
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Iowa improved to 2-1-0-0 against San Antonio this season with a 5-1 victory at Wells Fargo Arena on Tuesday… After the teams square off for a rematch on Thursday, the Chops and Rampage will not see each other again until Jan. 24… Iowa has won five of its first seven home games this season (5-2-0-0) and still has five contests remaining on a six-game homestand… Andrew Ebbett has scored a goal in three consecutive games (3-2-5), and Drew Miller now has one in two straight (2-1-3)… Joakim Lindstrom’s five-game scoring streak (1-5-6) came to an end in Tuesday’s victory over San Antonio.
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Lake Erie rallied for a 6-4 win over Hamilton on Sunday in the opener of a five-game homestand… Chris Stewart netted a hat trick in that game, and the Monsters scored four times in the third period to take the victory… The six goals marked a season high for Lake Erie and their highest total since scoring seven times in a 7-5 victory over Chicago on Mar. 18, 2008… Stewart snapped a seven-game goal-scoring drought, as he last found the back of the net on Oct. 18 vs. Grand Rapids… T.J. Galiardi shows three points (1-2-3) over his last three games… The Monsters continue their homestand with match-ups against Houston and Hartford this weekend.
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Manitoba wrapped up a seven-game road stretch at 6-1-0-0 and has won 10 of its last 11 games overall since an 0-2-0-0 start… The Moose now return to the MTS Centre for their next six contests, beginning with a two-game set against division-rival Toronto this weekend… Manitoba went 5-3-0-0 against the Marlies during the 2007-08 campaign… Jason Jaffray has a point in nine straight games (6-5-11) since going scoreless in his first two games for Manitoba this year… Jason Krog has found the scoresheet in all seven of his games for the Moose thus far (1-8-9)… Michel Ouellet was reassigned to the Moose by parent-club Vancouver on Wednesday… Manitoba is 5-0-0-0 when leading after the first period and 8-0-0-0 when holding a lead after the second.
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Milwaukee has won four straight games since a 2-4-0-1 start to the campaign… All four victories have come by one goal, and three of the four have required more than three periods to settle… After playing one game in 10 days, Wednesday’s 2-1 shootout win at Rockford kicked off a stretch that will see the Admirals have 10 games in a 19-day stretch… Cal O’Reilly’s eight-game scoring streak (4-8-12) came to an end in Wednesday’s victory… Cody Franson shows a point in three of his last four games (1-2-3), and Nick Spaling has registered three points (2-1-3) over his last three contests… Goaltender Drew MacIntyre has been between the pipes for all four games of Milwaukee’s current winning streak.
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Wednesday’s 4-1 victory at Quad City extended the Rivermen’s winning streak to three games and improved them to 6-1-0-0 in their last seven tilts… The run has lifted Peoria into sole possession of second place in the West Division with 17 points (8-4-1-0)… Steve Regier, who leads Peoria in scoring with nine goals and 15 points in 13 games, has found the scoresheet in three straight games and 10 of his last 11 outings… Chris Conner sports a goal in his last two games (2-1-3), and Trent Whitfield has one in two of his last three (2-1-3)… Ben Bishop made 24 saves in Wednesday’s victory, his first appearance for the Rivermen since Oct. 18 at Chicago.
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Quad City is just 1-5-1-0 on home ice this season after Wednesday’s 4-1 loss to Peoria, and the Flames have lost six in a row at the I Wireless Center since posting a 3-1 win over Rockford in their home opener on Oct. 11… Jamie Lundmark leads Quad City scorers with 13 points (2-11-13) but saw his three-game scoring run (1-6-7) come to an end in Wednesday’s defeat… Adam Cracknell shows a point in three of his last four outings (0-3-3)… Last weekend’s two-game sweep of the Rampage improved the Flames’ all-time record at the AT&T Center to 5-0-0-1… Warren Peters’ goal on Saturday extended his road goal-scoring streak to four games; the run ended in Sunday’s game.
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Rochester snapped a five-game losing skid with a 3-2 win over Houston on Saturday but then dropped a 5-1 decision to Manitoba on Monday… The Americans have allowed at least five goals in each of their last six losses, having been outscored 34-11 in those six contests… Rookie Michael Duco (4-2-6) and Karl Stewart (4-1-5) are tied for the team lead with four goals apiece… Duco has a point in three of his last four outings (2-1-3)… Kenndal McArdle, who leads the Amerks with eight points (3-5-8), saw his five-game scoring run (2-3-5) come to an end in Monday’s loss to the Moose… Rochester concludes a six-game homestand on Friday against Chicago before traveling to Hamilton for a pair of games to close out the weekend.
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Rockford is now winless in six straight games (0-5-0-1) and has scored just eight combined goals in the six contests… The IceHogs have lost two games in regulation when leading after two periods (4-2-0-0), matching their total from all of last season (31-2-1-2)… Rockford is outscoring opponents 11-4 in the first period but has been outscored 16-8 in the third stanza… Despite the losing skid, the IceHogs’ goaltending tandem of Antti Niemi and Corey Crawford has combined for a 2.25 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage for the season… Petri Kontiola tallied five goals in the season’s first seven games but has not found the back of the net in seven games since.
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San Antonio has scored exactly one goal in six of its last seven games, and scored twice in the other contest; all seven games have ended in defeat (0-6-0-1)… Overall, the Rampage are averaging just 2.00 goals per game, and rookie Brett MacLean paces the active roster with four goals, eight points, and a plus-3 rating in 13 games… Rookie Chad Kolarik has registered a goal in his last two games (2-0-2) and has a point in three of his last four (2-1-3)… Goaltender Josh Tordjman is 0-4-1 since winning his first game of the season, a 2-1 victory over Chicago on Oct. 15 in which he made 25 saves… San Antonio is 0-for-36 on the power play in its seven-game losing streak.
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Syracuse has won three straight games and outscored the opposition 13-7 since a two-game losing skid in which it was outscored 6-2… Rookie forward Nikita Filatov shows a four-game scoring streak (2-6-8), while Craig MacDonald (2-2-4), Mike York (1-3-4), and Jonathan Sigalet (2-1-3) all boast three-game scoring runs… Goaltender Sebastian Dahm stopped all 27 shots he faced in relief to pick up the victory in Wednesday’s 5-3 win at Albany… Syracuse is outscoring opponents 15-7 in the third period thus far… The Crunch have three non-divisional games this weekend, as they travel to Springfield on Friday, host Chicago on Saturday, and visit Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Sunday.
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Winless in three straight games (0-2-0-1), Toronto continues a five-game road swing with a pair of games in Winnipeg against Manitoba this weekend… The Marlies are 1-2-0-0 on the road and are tied with Hartford for the fewest road tilts played in the AHL thus far… Kris Newbury has potted 12 points (4-8-12) over the last nine games since going scoreless in his first two outings… Newbury’s 12 points lead the Marlies, while Andre Deveaux sports a team-high six goals (6-1-7)… Tim Stapleton has registered an assist in four of his last five contests (0-6-6)… Toronto has scored the game’s first goal just three times in 11 games, but it has won all three of those contests.