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Chicago’s 6-0 win over Providence on Wednesday improved the Wolves to 5-0-0-1 in six games since beginning the season with a pair of losses… Ondrej Pavelec now has two shutouts on the season and ranks third in the league with a 1.48 GAA in eight games (5-2-1)… Joe Motzko has netted two goals in each of his last two games, has a goal in three straight games overall (5-0-5), and has a point in five in a row (5-2-7)… Junior Lessard shows three goals and four points over his last three outings… Matt Anderson has found the scoresheet in five of the six games he has played this season (2-5-7).
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At 4-0-1-1, Grand Rapids has tied a franchise record for best start to a season with 10 points through six games… The Griffins now stand as the only AHL team without a regulation loss this season… Wednesday’s 2-1 shootout loss to Syracuse snapped a streak which saw the Griffins score six or more goals in three straight games, the longest such run in team history… Forward Justin Abdelkader is currently tied for the AHL rookie lead in both goals (6) and points (8), and he has a point in five of six games thus far… Ryan Oulahen has netted a goal in each of his last two outings… Grand Rapids plays a home-and-home set with Milwaukee this weekend.
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Hamilton snapped a three-game winless skid (0-2-1-0) with Wednesday’s 6-0 blanking of Hershey… Goaltender Marc Denis made 37 saves for his second shutout of the season and lowered his GAA to 1.98 in seven games played (5-1-0)… Max Pacioretty, a first-round draft pick by Montreal in 2007, tallied a goal and two assists against the Bears for his first multiple-point game as a pro… Matt D’Agostini continues to lead the Hamilton offense with five goals, six assists, and 11 points through eight games… Ryan Russell is a team-high plus-5 on the campaign.
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After winning seven straight games against Manitoba, the Aeros dropped a pair to the Moose in Winnipeg last weekend… Sunday’s 5-4 loss at Toronto extended the Moose’s winless streak against the Marlies to five games (0-4-1-0)… Houston managed just two shots on goal in the first period of the game in Toronto, its fewest in a period so far this season… John Lammers (2-2-4) and Maxim Noreau (2-1-3) have each tallied a goal in two straight games… Goaltender Nolan Schaefer bounced back from consecutive losses to make 21 saves and allow only one goal in Tuesday’s 3-1 win over Iowa.
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After totaling eight goals in a pair of wins over Quad City and Lake Erie on Oct. 18 and Oct. 24, the Chops have managed just four goals in their last three games (1-2-0-0)… Bobby Ryan has accounted for all three of Iowa’s goals over its last two outings and shows four goals in the last four contests… Joakim Lindstrom has registered a point in four of his last five games (1-3-4)… Iowa has been outscored in the first and second periods by a combined margin of 24-12, but holds a 13-3 edge in the third period and overtime… The Chops host Chicago for a pair of games this weekend, their first-ever match-ups with the defending Calder Cup champs.
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Lake Erie, which went 3-1-0-1 on a five-game homestand to open the season, is currently 0-3-0-0 on a six-game road swing… The Monsters continue that stretch this weekend with games in Hamilton and Toronto before concluding it on Nov. 7 at Grand Rapids… 2008 AHL All-Star T.J. Hensick has scored a goal in two straight games for the Monsters and has a point in five straight (3-4-7) and seven of eight overall (4-7-11)… After scoring a goal in six straight games to begin the campaign, Brian Willsie was held without a goal in Lake Erie’s two-game set at Peoria last weekend.
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With their 4-2 victory at Quad City on Wednesday, Manitoba has now won five straight games since opening the season with a pair of home-ice losses to Hamilton… Goaltender Karl Goehring picked up his first win of the season in game against the Flames (1-1-0), making 33 saves on 35 shots… Former first-round draft pick Michael Grabner has registered three goals in his last two games and four over his last four outings… Rookie forward Mario Bliznak is currently riding a five-game scoring streak (1-4-5)… The Moose boast the league’s top-ranked penalty kill to this point at 90.0 percent (27-for-30).
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Milwaukee has posted a 1-4-0-1 record since winning its season opener at San Antonio… The lone win in that stretch came by a 6-3 final against Peoria on Friday… Six different Admirals netted goals in that game, and 11 of the team’s 18 skaters registered at least a point… Cal O’Reilly is sporting a five-game scoring streak (3-4-7) and has a point in six of seven games overall (3-5-8)… Geoff Peters has tallied a goal in two straight games after going without a point in his first five… Nick Spaling has a point in four games running (1-5-6)… The Admirals play a home-and-home set against Grand Rapids this weekend.
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Peoria outscored Lake Erie 10-4 in taking a pair of home-ice wins over the Monsters last weekend… Goaltender Chris Holt earned the victory in both games, combining to stop 43 shots… Steve Regier totaled four points (2-2-4) over Peoria’s three games last weekend and is now riding a six-game scoring streak (5-4-9)… Chris Conner sports a point in five consecutive outings (4-2-6)… Jeff Woywitka has three points (0-3-3) over his first two games of the season for the Rivermen, and Trent Whitfield has also registered three points (1-2-3) in the last two contests.
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Goaltender Matt Keetley stopped 59 of 60 shots in two road games last weekend en route to being named AHL player of the week… Keetley then took the loss as the Flames were defeated, 4-2, by Manitoba on Wednesday… Kyle Greentree scored his first goal in a Quad City uniform in Sunday’s 2-0 win at Hamilton… Greentree now has a point in three straight outings (1-2-3)… Kris Chucko scored for the third straight road game on Saturday in Toronto, tying a franchise record for the most consecutive road games with a goal… Warren Peters has netted a goal in three straight games overall (3-0-3).
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After posting a 5-4 victory over Quad City on Friday for their first win of the season, the Americans were outscored 14-4 over the next two days in dropping road games to Syracuse and Hershey… Jacob Micflikier factored into all three Rochester goals (1-2-3) in Sunday’s 8-3 loss to the Bears… Rookie Michael Duco has netted a goal in two of his last three contests (2-1-3)… Kenndal McArdle also shows a goal in two of the last three contests (2-1-3)… The Amerks open a six-game homestand this weekend with games against Toronto and Hamilton.
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Rockford has won six straight games since dropping a 3-1 decision at Quad City on Oct. 11… The IceHogs have a perfect 4-0-0-0 mark at home to begin the campaign… Rockford also has an identical perfect 4-0-0-0 mark in one-goal games this season… Sunday’s 3-2 shootout win at Chicago marked the first time this year that the IceHogs did not tally a power play goal… Former first-round draft pick Jack Skille has registered a point in all three games (2-2-4) since being reassigned to the IceHogs by the parent Blackhawks… Petri Kontiola has found the scoresheet in four of his last five outings (3-3-6).
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San Antonio is 1-1-0-0 thus far on a four-game homestand, which concludes this weekend with games against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Providence… The visit by the Penguins will mark their first to San Antonio since the Rampage’s inaugural 2002-03 season… Alex Bourret leads the Rampage offense with six points thus far (2-4-6), while Brett MacLean (3-2-5) and Garth Murray (3-0-3) each have a team-high three goals… MacLean had a four-game scoring streak snapped in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Iowa… Jeff Hoggan shows two goals and three points over his last two outings… David Spina (1-2-3) also has three points over the past two games.
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Nikita Filatov’s regulation goal in Wednesday’s 2-1 shootout win at Grand Rapids gave the rookie forward a goal in all three games he has played for the Crunch this season… Filatov also shows one goal in four games with parent-club Columbus on the year… Goaltender Steve Mason made his pro debut on Wednesday and stopped 32 of 33 shots in the winning effort… Defenseman Clay Wilson racked up three goals and five points in two games last weekend as the Crunch won both games… Syracuse continues its four-game road swing with games this weekend against West Division foes Rockford and Chicago.
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Andre Deveaux’s hat trick in Sunday’s 5-4 win over Houston gave him five goals over his last three games after he had registered just one assist in his first four outings of the season… Brent Aubin has a point in four of his last five contests (2-2-4) for the Marlies, and Mark Bell has one in two of his last three games (1-2-3)… Kris Newbury still leads the team with seven points (2-5-7) for the season, including a shorthanded goal… The Marlies have been outscored 10-4 in the second period this season but hold a 9-5 edge in the final stanza… Toronto travels to Rochester on Friday before returning to host Lake Erie and Hamilton on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.