Western Conference notebook

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Defenseman Brian Fahey had notched a point in a season-high three straight games (2-2-4) prior to being held scoreless in Chicago’s 7-5 loss at Lake Erie on Tuesday… Fahey leads all active Wolves blueliners and has set a career high with 13 goals on the season (13-17-30); His 30 points are an AHL career high… Rookie goaltender Ondrej Pavelec lost in regulation on Mar. 15 for the first time since Feb. 1… Pavelec had been 13-1-2 with an overtime loss during that stretch, and he currently leads all first-year goaltenders and ranks second overall with 28 wins on the season (28-11-2).
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Twenty-one-year-old forwards Darren Helm and Mattias Ritola both made their NHL debuts last week… Ritola recorded his first career AHL point with an assist in Detroit’s 4-3 loss at Columbus on Sunday… Defenseman Garrett Stafford has a point in eight of 10 games (3-9-12) since returning from an NHL stint with the Red Wings… Even with Wednesday’s loss to Toronto, the Griffins have posted a 15-9-1-1 mark at Van Andel Arena since an 0-7-0-1 start to the home slate… Grand Rapids’ 7-1 win over Toronto on Mar. 12 marked their largest offensive output in exactly two years, dating to a 7-3 win at Chicago on Mar. 12, 2006.
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Hamilton is 2-8-0-0 in the 10 games since goaltender Jaroslav Halak was called up to Montreal… Halak still ranks third in the AHL in GAA (2.10) and second in save percentage (.929)… The Bulldogs have not scored more than two goals in any of their seven straight losses, having been outscored 22-7 over that span… Hamilton all-time leading scorer Corey Locke suited up for his 300th career AHL game, all with the Bulldogs, on Wednesday at Syracuse… Rookie Brock Trotter scored his first career AHL goal, added an assist, and posted a plus-2 rating on Mar. 12 at Chicago.
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Houston is 1-3-0-0, all against divisional opponents, in four games since winning seven straight games, all of which were against non-divisional foes… Overall, the Aeros are 18-20-1-2 against West Division teams this season and 17-5-1-1 against the rest of the league… Houston plays two more games against non-divisional teams, visits to Lake Erie and Grand Rapids on Apr. 2 and 4, respectively… Nolan Schaefer and Barry Brust have combined for eight shutouts this season, one shy of the Aeros’ franchise record of nine, set in the 2004-05 campaign.
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Iowa’s 4-1 win at Quad City on Mar. 14 pushed the Stars over .500 (31-30-4-2) for the first time since Jan. 5, when they were 18-17-2-1… The Stars dropped the back end of a home-and-home with the Flames the next night, returning the club to the .500 mark… Iowa and Quad City still have four more meetings before the season is out, part of 14 straight divisional games for the Stars to close the season… Konstantin Pushkarev is currently riding an eight-game scoring streak (5-8-13), while rookie Tom Wandell has a point in five straight contests (2-5-7).
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Lake Erie has won its last two games and will be going for its first three game-winning streak since Nov. 24 – Dec. 1 on Thursday when it hosts Rochester… Monsters goaltender Mike Wall made a season-high 49 saves in a 2-1 win at Grand Rapids on Mar. 15… Brad Richardson has tallied 18 points (3-15-18) in his last 10 games… Johnny Boychuk had his three-game goal-scoring streak (3-2-5) snapped in the Monsters’ 7-5 win over Chicago on Mar. 18… Eric Healey has notched a goal in four straight games (5-3-8) and a point in six straight (5-5-10).
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Manitoba is currently riding a seven-game winning streak, and the second-place Moose sit seven points back of Toronto for the North Division’s top spot… Rookie goaltender Cory Schneider boasts a personal nine-game winning streak and has posted a 1.22 GAA, .952 save percentage, and two shutouts over that span… The Moose went 5-0-0-0 on their recent five-game road trip, marking the first time in franchise history that Manitoba swept a junket longer than four games… Leading scorer Brad Moran currently has a four-game scoring streak (3-4-7).
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With 13 games to go, the Admirals have four players on their roster who have played in every game – rookie forward Mike Santorelli, center Cal O’Reilly, defenseman Janne Niskala, and captain Alex Henry… Goaltender Pekka Rinne has appeared in 60 of the team’s 67 games this season and leads the league with 33 wins (33-23-2)… Milwaukee concludes a season-high six-game homestand on Friday when it hosts division-rival Iowa… It has been Milwaukee’s longest homestand since hosting a franchise-record nine straight games in February and March of 2005… The Ads are 21-11-1-1 at the Bradley Center this season.
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Charles Linglet (20-39-59) and rookie Julian Talbot (20-21-41) are tied for the team lead with 20 goals apiece… Linglet’s 59 points are a team high… Marek Schwarz’s 38 saves in a 5-3 win at Chicago on Mar. 15 were the most in a single game by a Rivermen netminder this season… Jean-Guy Trudel has a five-game scoring streak (2-5-7) and has notched a point in six consecutive road games… Peoria will conclude its non-divisional schedule on Friday when Lake Erie visits Carver Arena… The Rivermen have tallied a power play goal in seven straight games (10-for-48; 20.8%).
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Quad City’s 5-2 win at Iowa on Mar. 15 snapped the Flames’ season-high five-game losing streak… Since then, the Flames won a pair of tilts in Houston to extend their winning streak to three games… Goaltender Curtis McElhinney, a Second-Team AHL All-Star last season, has played each of Quad City’s last 12 games… Flames leading scorer Grant Stevenson has a point in four straight games (2-3-5) and seven of his last eight outings (3-5-8)… Carsen Germyn has found the scoresheet in four of his last five games (2-2-4).
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Rochester is winless in four straight games (0-2-2-0) and has just one win in its last eight tries (1-5-2-0)… The Americans close out a five-game road swing on Thursday at Lake Erie, against whom they are 1-2-0-1 this season… 2008 AHL All-Star Mark Mancari posted his fifth three-point game of the season with a goal and two assists in the Amerks’ 4-3 overtime loss at Binghamton on Mar. 15… Mancari leads Rochester with 46 points (16-30-46) on the season.
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Rockford defenseman Tyson Marsh scored his first career AHL goal on Mar. 15 in the IceHogs’ 3-2 loss at Houston… Petri Kontiola has an assist in six straight games (1-7-8), matching an IceHogs season high… Derek Nesbitt has tallied a point in seven of his last nine games (6-5-11)… With their power play goal on Mar. 12 in Houston, the IceHogs snapped the Aeros’ run of consecutive killed penalties at 46… Beginning Friday, Rockford will play eight of its final 12 games at home, where it is 17-12-1-2 this season.
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San Antonio is 2-3-0-0 thus far on its six-game road swing, which concludes on Thursday at Manitoba… Goaltender Al Montoya has lost three straight starts since winning his first two in a Rampage uniform… Defenseman Brendan Bell has a point in three straight games (0-3-3) and four of his last five outings (1-4-5), while Mike Zigomanis is riding a six-game scoring streak (4-4-8)… David Spina (1-3-4) and Peter Vandermeer (1-2-3) each have a point in their last three contests… San Antonio has outscored opponents 83-65 in the third period this season.
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Syracuse is 3-0-0-0 thus far on its season-high nine-game homestand… The Crunch have won four straight overall and are 13-1-0-5 in their last 19 contests, opening a nine-point lead on Hamilton for the North Division’s third and final guaranteed playoff spot… Zenon Konopka’s hat trick on Sunday was the club’s second three-goal effort this season, as Gilbert Brule posted three goals on Jan. 14 at Albany… Duvie Westcott is riding a six-game assist streak (0-7-7), while reigning Rbk/AHL player of the week Clay Wilson has a point in four straight games (3-4-7).
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Toronto has won three straight contests after suffering a five-game skid (0-4-1-0)… Scott Clemmensen has been in goal for all three victories and has stopped 83 of 87 shots over that span (.954)… Clemmensen last won back-to-back starts Nov. 3-10… David Ling, who leads the Marlies with 50 points (12-38-50), has found the scoresheet in four of his last five games (1-3-4)… Colin Murphy has a point in four straight games (1-4-5)… Toronto sports the AHL’s best penalty kill at 87.4%.