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Western Conference notebook

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Center Jason Krog registered eight points (2-6-8) in three games last week and added a goal in the Wolves’ 6-4 win over Iowa on Wednesday… The AHL’s leading scorer with 55 points (17-38-55), Krog has a 13-game scoring streak (8-21-29), the longest active run in the league… Darren Haydar notched his third pro hat trick on Dec. 5 and it came against Milwaukee, the team for whom he registered the first two tricks… It marked Chicago’s fifth hat trick as a team, just one shy of last season’s total… Chicago’s league-leading offense has netted six goals in consecutive games.
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The Griffins made their first-ever visit to the I Wireless Center on Wednesday and dropped a 5-4 shootout decision to Quad City… Goaltender Adam Berkhoel got the start in place of Jimmy Howard, who had started nine straight games and 15 of the Griffins’ last 16 contests… Defenseman Derek Meech, a 2007 AHL All-Star who has spent much of this season with parent-club Detroit, is back with the Griffins on a conditioning assignment and registered a goal in that loss to the Flames… Grand Rapids did not commit a single penalty on Jan. 4 in Hamilton for the first time since Jan. 22, 2003.
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Bulldogs all-time leading scorer Corey Locke tallied his first career shorthanded goal as part of Hamilton’s 4-1 win over Grand Rapids on Jan. 4… It also marked the Bulldogs’ first shorthanded marker as a team this season… Locke recorded a goal in three straight games (4-1-5) prior to being recalled to parent-club Montreal… Matt D’Agostini’s overtime game-winner against the Griffins extended his scoring streak to five games (2-4-6).
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Since Nov. 30, Houston goaltender Nolan Schaefer has notched a 12-3-0 record with a 1.71 GAA and five shutouts… Schaefer has posted back-to-back shutouts on two occasions, including his last two games… Serge Payer had a career-high four points (2-2-4) in the Aeros’ 5-0 win over Iowa on Sunday… That win made up for a 3-1 loss to Iowa on Jan. 4, which was Houston’s first loss at the Toyota Center since dropping a 3-2 decision to Syracuse on Oct. 30… The Aeros had been 9-0-0-1 in 10 home games between regulation losses.
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Iowa is winless in three straight games (0-2-1-0) as it begins a season-high seven-game homestand with weekend tilts against Milwaukee and Quad City… In addition to this homestand, the Stars will play 11 of their next 12 games at the Wells Fargo Arena… Marius Holtet has a goal in two of his last three games (2-0-2) after going scoreless in his previous nine games… Konstantin Pushkarev has three goals and five points in five games since returning to the Stars from Russia.
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After dropping a 3-1 decision in Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday, Lake Erie continues a three-game swing through Pennsylvania with games in Philadelphia and Hershey over the weekend… The Monsters have been held to under three goals in five straight games and 10 of their last 11… Goaltender Tyler Weiman posted his second shutout in a week on Jan. 5, making 33 saves as the Monsters blanked Rockford, a team that hadn’t been whitewashed all season.
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Manitoba’s four-game winning streak ended with a 3-0 loss at Houston on Wednesday… The Moose still have three games remaining on their swing through Texas, including another match-up with the Aeros… Manitoba has won five straight home games… Michael Grabner is tied for sixth among AHL rookies with 24 points (13-11-24) in 37 games this season… His five-game goal-scoring streak (6-1-7) was snapped on Jan. 5 against Rochester, but the Moose still took a 3-2 win.
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Milwaukee attracted a season-high crowd of 13,843 to the Bradley Center for its game against division-rival Chicago on Jan. 5, a 6-3 loss… It marked the Admirals’ highest attendance since drawing a sellout crowd of 17,633 on Apr. 14, 2006, also against the Wolves… Matt Ellison has a goal in three of his last four games (3-2-5), started by a three-point showing (1-2-3) in the Admirals’ New Year’s Eve win over Rockford… On Saturday, Milwaukee will make its first-ever trip to the MetroCentre to square off with the IceHogs.
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Peoria’s three-game winning streak matches its longest of the season, previously set from Dec. 11-14… The Rivermen take a season-high four-game road winning streak into a stretch of seven straight games away from Carver Arena beginning Friday… Rivermen captain Aaron MacKenzie reached the 50-point plateau for his AHL career with a pair of assists as part of a 3-2 win over Milwaukee on Jan. 4… Trent Whitfield recorded his 250th AHL assist in that game.
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Krys Kolanos is riding a four-game goal-scoring streak (6-1-7), which includes a two-goal game and a hat trick… Kolanos has a point in five straight games (6-3-9) and seven of his last eight contests (7-3-10)… Quad City scored twice on the power play in Sunday’s 4-3 loss at Peoria, marking the first time since Dec. 8 that the Flames scored multiple power play goals in a game… The Flames have not suffered back-to-back regulation losses since Nov. 24-27.
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Stefan Meyer notched his second two-goal game on Jan. 5 at Manitoba, but the Americans still dropped a 3-2 decision to the Moose… It marked Rochester’s fifth straight loss and their 15th out of the last 16 games (1-15-0-0)… The Amerks have scored more than three goals in a game just once since Nov. 16, the lone exception being their only win during the current slump, a 4-1 victory over Hamilton on Dec. 28… Leading scorer Clarke MacArthur has a point in six of his last eight AHL games (3-6-8).
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Winger Michael Blunden notched his team-leading fourth game-winning goal of the season in Rockford’s 5-4 win over Chicago on Saturday… The next night, the IceHogs allowed a season-high 20 shots in the first period against Lake Erie… Over the next two periods, Rockford held the Monsters to just 11 shots combined but still lost the game by a 2-0 final… Center Martin St. Pierre had his AHL season-high 15-game scoring streak (5-17-22) come to an end in that loss to Lake Erie.
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Matt Murley has scored a goal and recorded multiple points in each of his last three games (3-4-7)… Murley has a point in six of his last seven games (4-6-10) to take over the Rampage team scoring lead with 30 points on the season (7-23-30)… Nate DiCasmirro also has a three-game goal-scoring streak (3-1-4), and Chris Durno has a point in three straight outings (1-4-5)… San Antonio is 20-4-1-0 when allowing three goals or less… The Rampage have outshot their opponent in seven straight games and are 10-6-1-1 on the season when doing so.
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Syracuse has neither won nor lost three or more games since a three-game winning streak from Dec. 1-4… Winger Adam Pineault has a five-game scoring streak (5-2-7), including a goal in four of the five contests… Rookie Derick Brassard has posted five assists in five games since returning from a 19-game absence due to injury… With Steven Goertzen’s shorthanded goal as part of a 2-1 loss to Grand Rapids on Jan. 5, the Crunch now have 11 shorties on the season, which is tied for second in the AHL to Toronto’s 12.
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Second-year goaltender Justin Pogge became the Marlies’ all-time leader in wins with a pair last week… Pogge has posted a record of 32-27-6 in 68 appearances for Toronto, including a 13-2-4 mark this season… Rookie Darryl Boyce leads all AHL rookies with a plus-18 rating this season and is tied for 11th among first-year players with 22 points (6-16-22) in 35 games… The Marlies have won three straight and nine of their last 10 (9-1-0-0) as they begin an eight-game road trip, all against non-divisional foes.