Western Conference notebook

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Chicago’s 3-1 win at San Antonio on Mar. 22 snapped a four-game losing streak, which had been tied for the Wolves’ season high… Jason Krog (35-62-97), who has a 16-point lead atop the AHL scoring leaderboard, has registered a point in 54 of his 69 tilts this season… Darren Haydar has racked up 15 points (6-9-15) in his last 11 contests, including his 14th multiple-point outing of the season in the win over the Rampage… Colin Stuart tallied his first game-winning goal of the season in that game… The Wolves are averaging an AHL-high 3.72 goals per game.
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Defenseman Garrett Stafford has a point in 10 of 13 games (3-12-15) since returning from an NHL stint with Detroit… Stafford is on pace to finish among the AHL’s top 20 scoring defensemen for the fourth time in his five pro seasons… 2008 AHL All-Star goaltender Jimmy Howard appeared in his 49th game of the season on Wednesday against Lake Erie, tying a career high that he set last season… Carl Corazzini, Jamie Tardif, and Ryan Oulahen have each played in all 71 games for the Griffins this season.
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Hamilton, which is 0-9-1-0 in its last 10 games, has not won since dropping Hershey by a 3-2 score on Mar. 1 in a rematch of last year’s Calder Cup Finals… Hamilton has not scored more than two goals in any of the last 10 contests… The Bulldogs continue a six-game road swing with a trip through Pennsylvania this weekend, visiting Wilkes-Barre, Hershey, and Philadelphia… Corey Locke, who played his 300th career AHL game last week, continues to lead the Bulldogs this season in goals (23), assists (33), and points (56).
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Houston has won four straight games and 12 of its last 15 (12-3-0-0), and the Aeros tied a season high with their fifth straight road win on Sunday in San Antonio… Ten of Houston’s last 11 wins have come by one goal… The Aeros sit third in a West Division where just five points separate second place from fifth… Goaltenders Nolan Schaefer, Barry Brust, and Anton Khudobin have combined for nine shutouts this season, tying an Aeros franchise record… After hosting Peoria on Friday, Houston will embark on an eight-game road swing… Beginning on Sunday, five of the Aeros’ last nine games will be against Milwaukee.
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Iowa has lost three straight games and scored exactly two goals in each of the three defeats (outscored 16-6)… Konstantin Pushkarev had his nine-game scoring streak (6-8-14) snapped in the Stars’ 6-2 loss at Peoria on Mar. 22… That game also marked the professional debut for goaltender Matt Climie, who joined the Stars after a four-year career with Bemidji State University… B.J. Crombeen, who scored both goals in that loss to the Rivermen, has registered six goals and nine points over his last seven games.
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Eric Healey has a point in three straight games (1-3-4) and in 10 of his last 11 outings (6-9-15)… Healey leads the Monsters with 51 points (21-30-51), and his 21 goals are second on the club to rookie Chris Stewart (23-18-41)… Stewart has four goals and six points over his last six games… Lake Erie has been outscored 13-3 in dropping its last two contests… Rookie T.J. Hensick, a 2008 AHL All-Star has found the scoresheet in seven of his last eight games (1-8-9)… Beginning this weekend, the Monsters play eight of their final nine tilts against divisional opponents, the lone exception being a visit by Houston on Apr. 2.
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Manitoba captured its AHL season-high 10th straight victory with a 4-1 triumph on Wednesday at Rochester… The Moose (42-24-2-3) have reached the 40-win plateau for a fourth consecutive season… Manitoba registered its 40th win in its 69th game this season, marking the earliest it has ever hit 40 wins… The Moose’s goaltending tandem of Drew MacIntyre and Cory Schneider has combined to allow two or fewer regulation goals in 12 straight games and 17 of 18… Second-year pro Jannik Hansen has a goal in three straight games (3-3-6) and a point in six straight (4-5-9)… Brad Moran has a seven-game scoring streak (4-10-14), including multiple points in six straight.
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The Admirals totaled two goals in a pair of losses to Rockford last week after posting seven straight victories overall… Cal O’Reilly ranks third in the AHL in both assists (59) and points (73) through 70 games… O’Reilly’s five-game scoring streak (2-7-9) came to an end in the Admirals’ 4-1 loss to Rockford on Monday… Milwaukee begins a stretch of seven games in 10 days on Friday in Grand Rapids… The Admirals are 10-5-0-0 this season against the North Division…. Beginning on Sunday, Milwaukee will play its final eight games against either Houston or San Antonio.
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Reigning Rbk/AHL Player of the Week Julian Talbot, who tallied a hat trick and added an assist in a 5-2 win over Lake Erie on Mar. 21, accomplished the exact same feat back on Nov. 23 against Chicago… Goaltender Ben Bishop has started his pro career at 2-0-1 with a 2.22 GAA after joining the Rivermen from the University of Maine… Peoria concludes a four-game Texas trip with three games in three days beginning tonight in San Antonio… The Rivermen currently sit two points back of Milwaukee for a likely playoff spot in the Western Conference.
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Quad City’s four-game winning streak was snapped with a 2-1 loss to Lake Erie on Mar. 22… The Flames are currently six points out of a likely playoff spot with 10 games to play… Goaltender Curtis McElhinney has started 14 straight games for the Flames, posting a record of 7-7-0-0 over that span… Quad City, which has appeared in a league-record 17 shootouts this season (10-7), has not participated in one since a 3-2 win at Manitoba on Mar. 1… Grant Stevenson has a point in five of his last six games (3-3-6)… The Flames will bring a season-high four-game road winning streak into Friday’s tilt in Iowa… Quad City’s 86.2% penalty-kill rate ranks third in the AHL.
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After Wednesday’s 4-1 loss at the hands of Manitoba, Rochester has dropped 11 consecutive games to the Moose dating back to last season… The Amerks’ last victory in the series came on Dec. 6, 2006, in Winnipeg… Rochester will get another try on Friday in the teams’ final meeting this season… Marc-Andre Gragnani (3-4-7) and Dylan Hunter (4-2-6) each have a point in four of their last five games… Forward Tommy Goebel registered four points (1-3-4) in his first three AHL contests for the Americans last week.
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Goaltender Wade Flaherty earned the 300th win of his pro career on Monday at Milwaukee, with whom he won the Calder Cup in 2004… After scoring just one empty-net goal in their first 69 games this season, the IceHogs have accomplished the feat in each of their last two games, both against Milwaukee… Martin St. Pierre scored one last Saturday, and Petri Kontiola did so on Monday… Rockford’s only other empty-netter this season was scored by Dustin Byfuglien on Oct. 16… St. Pierre posted his team-high 20th multiple-point game of the season on Mar. 22.
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San Antonio, which has dropped four straight outings, is two games into a six-game homestand… The Rampage will welcome Peoria for a pair of games this weekend and will host Milwaukee twice next week… Mike Zigomanis has a point in eight of his last nine games (4-6-10) for the Rampage… Bill Thomas has a team-high 22 goals (22-25-47), while Matt Murley leads San Antonio with 51 points (17-34-51)… San Antonio is 23-5-2-3 this season when it scores the game’s first goal.
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Goaltender Dan LaCosta and 2008 AHL All-Star defenseman Clay Wilson made their NHL debuts together for Columbus in Tuesday’s 3-0 loss at Nashville… Wilson tallied his first career NHL goal and added an assist the next night, a 4-0 win over Chicago… The Crunch have won six straight games, are 11-0-0-3 in their last 14 outings, and are 15-1-0-5 since Feb. 2… Syracuse has scored the first goal in 38 of its last 51 contests… Kirill Starkov recorded his first career AHL goal with his third-period tally in a 5-2 win over Grand Rapids… The Crunch have four games left on their season-high nine-game homestand… Syracuse is 20-9-1-4 at the Onondaga County War Memorial this season and 16-17-1-3 on the road.
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Scott Clemmensen had his four-game winning streak snapped in the Marlies’ 3-2 shootout loss at Syracuse on Wednesday… The standings point moved Toronto to 5-0-0-1 in its last six contests… Defenseman Bryan Muir has scored a goal in two of his last three games (2-0-2) after going his previous 26 games played without a goal… He had last lit the lamp on Nov. 11 at Lake Erie… Toronto’s 43 wins and 95 points are both franchise highs, eclipsing marks set in the team’s inaugural 2005-06 campaign.