Western Conference Notebook

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Chicago has lost in regulation just once in its last 18 outings, posting a 14-1-1-2 record in that span… Rookie goaltender Ondrej Pavelec 12-1-2 in his last 15 starts and has allowed more than two goals in just one of those 15 outings… Pavelec leads all AHL rookies goaltenders and ranks second overall with 27 wins on the campaign (27-9-2)… Joe Motzko’s five-game scoring streak ended in Sunday’s 2-1 win at Peoria… Motzko had found the scoresheet in each of his first five games since joining the Wolves… Brett Sterling is tied for the league lead with 32 goals on the campaign.
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Griffins netminders faced two penalty shots in a span of three games last week after going nearly a calendar year without facing any… Adam Berkhoel denied Toronto’s Tyler Doig on Mar. 5, and Jimmy Howard turned back Lake Erie’s J.D. Corbin on Mar. 8… Garrett Stafford has recorded a point in six of seven games (3-7-10) since returning from Detroit and in nine of his last 11 AHL contests overall (5-9-14)… Carl Corazzini had his career-high four-game goal-scoring streak snapped in a 4-2 loss at Milwaukee on Mar. 6.
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Prior to dropping consecutive games this week in Iowa and Chicago, the Bulldogs had been 9-1-0-0 in their last 10 road contests… Overall, Hamilton has lost five straight games and is averaging one goal per game over that span… Matt D’Agostini snapped a six-game scoring drought with Hamilton’s lone goal in a 3-1 loss to Manitoba on Sunday… The Bulldogs travel to Toronto on Saturday, against whom they are 3-5-0-0 on the campaign.
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Reigning Rbk/AHL player of the week Barry Brust has been in net for all seven games of Houston’s current winning streak and is 10-1-1 in his last 12 starts overall… Brust has allowed just nine goals over the seven-game winning streak… The Aeros penalty kill, which is tied for the league lead overall at 87.1%, has killed off 46 straight shorthanded situations over the last 10 games… Houston is 17-5-1-1 this season against non-divisional opponents… All seven games of its win streak have been against such foes… Ryan Hamilton is on a three-game goal-scoring streak, a team season high.
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Iowa scored a season-high seven goals in its 7-3 triumph over Lake Erie on Tuesday, including four markers in the third period alone… B.J. Crombeen tallied his first professional hat trick in that contest and added an assist for a four-point night… The Stars are 4-1-1-0 in their last six games, pulling their overall record back to .500 at 30-30-4-2… Konstantin Pushkarev is currently riding a six-game scoring streak (4-6-10), and Chris Conner has a point in seven of his last eight outings (3-8-1)… Beginning Friday, the Stars will play six of their final 14 games against Quad City.
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A night after allowing four third-period goals in a 7-3 loss to Iowa, the Monsters scored five third-period markers of their own to defeat Quad City, 6-3, on Wednesday… Chris Stewart matched his season high with four points, all assists, in the game… Goaltender Mike Wall is 4-1-0 in his last five home games… Brad Richardson currently has a five-game scoring streak (2-9-11), which includes a pair of four-point games and a three-point effort… Eric Healey has a three-game scoring streak (2-3-5) and a point in four of his last five (3-5-8).
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Rookie goaltender Cory Schneider stopped 37 of 38 shots (.974), including his first professional shutout, during the Moose’s two games in Hamilton last weekend… Schneider has won six straight starts and is 11-3-1 since Dec. 14… Overall, the Moose have won four straight contests, one short of their season-high of five, set from Nov. 10-21… Jason Jaffray had a seven-game scoring streak (7-6-13) snapped in a 3-1 win at Hamilton on Sunday… Manitoba has scored 70 third-period goals this season, compared to 57 in the second period and 47 in the first.
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Milwaukee, which has won four straight games, will try to match and break its season-high five-game winning streak this weekend with a pair of home games against Peoria… The Admirals have won three of their last four games against the Rivermen… Rich Peverley posted 16 points (5-11-16) in his last eight games for the Admirals prior to being recalled to the NHL by Nashville on Tuesday… With his win over Rockford on Mar. 8, Pekka Rinne became the first Admirals goaltender to post two 30-win seasons in the AHL… Rinne, who is 31-23-2 this season, went 30-18-2 as a rookie in 2005-06.
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Since the beginning of February, Peoria is just 4-11-0-1… The Rivermen have recorded at least one power play goal in four straight games (6-for-26, 23.1%)… Peoria will play eight of its next 10 games on the road, where it is 18-9-2-1 this season… Charles Linglet (20-36-56) and Julian Talbot (20-20-40) are tied for the team lead with 20 goals apiece… Talbot’s 40 points put him in a three-way tie for fourth among AHL rookies this season, and his 20 goals are tied for third… Nikolay Lemtyugov has scored on 19.6% of his shots (18-for-92), tops among league rookies.
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Carsen Germyn recorded his 200th career point with an assist in Quad City’s 2-1 loss at Peoria on Mar. 4… The Flames are 5-1-0-0 against Iowa this season and will meet the Stars six times over the final month of the season… After enjoying their best month of the season in February (7-3-0-2), the Flames are 1-4-0-0 to begin March… Goaltender Curtis McElhinney has started eight straight games for Quad City and 13 of the team’s last 15 contests.
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Rochester dropped both games of its Texas road trip by identical 3-2 scores, though the Amerks got a point out of a 3-2 overtime loss in Houston on Sunday… The Americans’ road swing continues closer to home this weekend with games in Syracuse and Binghamton, against whom Rochester is a combined 2-10-1-0 this season… Trent Hunter has notched three goals over his last three games (3-2-5) and has a point in three of his last four outings (3-3-6)… Clarke MacArthur, playing in his first AHL game since Jan. 4, lit the lamp in last Saturday’s 3-2 loss in San Antonio.
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Rookie Jack Skille netted his first career hat trick in Sunday’s 4-3 win against Iowa, including the overtime game-winner… It also marked the first three-goal game by an IceHogs skater this season… Rockford had notched a power play goal in five straight games prior to going 0-for-4 against the Stars on Sunday… Petri Kontiola has a four-game scoring streak (1-5-6)… Veteran goaltender Wade Flaherty has been between the pipes in three straight games and six of Rockford’s last nine contests… The IceHogs are currently in a stretch of playing just two games in 11 days, both at Houston.
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Al Montoya made 28 saves against his former Hartford Wolf Pack teammates last Saturday, but the Rampage dropped a 2-1 decision… Montoya and the Rampage travel to Hartford on Friday, part of a four-game New England swing… San Antonio defeated Worcester on Wednesday and will also tangle with Providence and Springfield this weekend… Jon DiSalvatore has a point in eight of his last 10 games for San Antonio… The Rampage have notched an AHL-high 80 third-period goals and have won seven times when trailing after two periods (7-13-1-3).
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Syracuse has scored the game’s first goal 40 times in 66 games, most in the AHL… The Crunch are 25-13-1-1 when scoring first and 7-13-1-5 when they allow the first tally… Syracuse’s goaltending has helped them to a 10-1-0-5 record in their last 16 contests… In seven games since Feb. 2, Karl Goehring is 5-0-2 with a 1.11 GAA and .963 save percentage… Counterpart Dan LaCosta is 5-1-3 with a 2.26 GAA and .927 save percentage in nine games over the same span… Since allowing a power play goal on Feb. 27 against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the Crunch have killed off 37 consecutive penalties.
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Toronto is currently winless in a season-high five straight games (0-4-1-0) and is just 1-5-2-1 in its last nine outings… Second-year goaltender Justin Pogge has lost three straight starts after going his first 33 appearances this season without even dropping back-to-back games in any fashion… Max Taylor recorded his first career AHL goal in the Marlies’ 3-2 loss at Syracuse on Mar. 7… Toronto’s penalty kill is tied for the league lead at 87.1%… Toronto plays 15 of its last 16 games within the North Division.