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Western Conference notebook

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Jason Krog currently has a team season-high 10-game scoring streak (5-18-23) and has registered 17 points (4-13-17) over his last six games alone… Krog leads the league with 35 assists and 49 points on the season… 2006-07 AHL MVP Darren Haydar has a point in all six games (2-12-14) since being reassigned from the parent Atlanta Thrashers, including multiple points in the first five contests… Joel Kwiatkowski’s three-goal effort on Dec. 28 at Milwaukee was the Wolves’ 69th hat trick in franchise history, but the first by a defenseman.
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Grand Rapids has been blanked in two of its last three games, and the Griffins have scored four or more goals in a game just twice in 16 outings since posting a 6-1 win at Toronto on Nov. 28… After recording a franchise-worst mark of 2-9-0-2 in the month of November, Grand Rapids went 7-5-2-1 for December… Carl Corazzini’s goal in a 4-2 win over Milwaukee on Dec. 29 snapped an eight-game goal drought, his longest of the season… Jamie Tardif had his third two-goal outing of the campaign in that game.
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Hamilton has won its last two games despite scoring a total of three goals… Goaltender Jaroslav Halak has denied 57 of 58 shots over the two contests, a save percentage of .983… Halak is 4-2-0 with a 1.82 GAA and .935 save percentage in six games since returning from a brief recall to parent-club Montreal… Corey Locke became Hamilton’s all-time leading scorer with a goal on Dec. 29 against Toronto… Locke currently has 180 points (63-117-180) over four seasons in a Bulldogs uniform.
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Goaltender Nolan Schaefer finished December with an 8-2-0 record, posting a 2.05 GAA and .929 save percentage along with two shutouts during the month… As a team, the Aeros went 9-4-0-1 in December, with six of the nine victories coming on the road… Forwards Adrian Foster and Serge Payer and defenseman Jon Awe are all currently riding their first two-game goal scoring streaks of the season… Houston has not lost a home game in regulation since Oct. 30, a span of 10 straight games (9-0-0-1), which marks the longest streak in the AHL this season… The Aeros lost to Syracuse on Oct. 30 by a 3-2 final.
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Iowa’s 5-4 win over Houston on New Year’s Eve gave the Stars their first two-game winning streak since capturing three straight from Nov. 27 – Dec. 1… The Stars play two games in Houston and one in San Antonio this weekend… They are a combined 5-4-1-0 against the Aeros and Rampage this season… Marty Sertich has three goals in his last two games (3-0-3) after totaling three in his previous 19 outings… Toby Petersen has a point in four of his last five games (3-2-5) and paces the Stars in goals (16), assists (19), and points (35) through 36 games.
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Lake Erie dropped two straight in Manitoba on Monday and Tuesday, and the Monsters are now 0-3-0-1 in their last four tries against the Moose… Goaltender Tyler Weiman posted 36 saves to earn his first shutout of the season in Lake Erie’s 3-0 win over Rochester on Dec. 29… Jamie Lundmark is currently riding a three-game goal scoring streak, which matches a team season high… Eric Healey’s four-game assist streak (0-4-4) came to an end in the Monsters’ 4-2 loss at Manitoba on Tuesday… Lake Erie’s 2-1 shootout victory over Grand Rapids on Dec. 26 was just their second win in seven shootouts this season.
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Manitoba’s 3-1 win over Lake Erie on New Year’s Eve pushed the Moose’s final December record over .500 at 6-5-0-1… The club has never finished below .500 in December through its first seven AHL seasons… Manitoba went 5-for-11 (45.5%) on the power play in its two-game set against the Monsters after going just 1-for-28 (3.5%) in its previous five contests… Rookie Michael Grabner, selected 14th overall by Vancouver in the 2006 draft, has a four-game goal-scoring streak (4-1-5)… Grabner had not scored a goal in more than two straight games this season prior to the streak.
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Since posting a four-game winning streak from Dec. 14-21, Milwaukee is just 1-5-0-0 in its last six outings… The Admirals will travel to Peoria on Friday, a team they haven’t faced since dropping a 4-2 decision on opening night… Milwaukee went 8-0-1-1 against the Rivermen last season… Cal O’Reilly has picked up a point in six of his last seven games (1-7-8) and 11 of his last 13 (2-11-13)… Josh Langfeld has a goal in three straight games played (3-1-4)… Leading scorer Rich Peverley had four assists in a 5-3 win over Rockford on New Year’s Eve.
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Jean-Guy Trudel’s career-high four-goal effort in an 8-3 win at Iowa on Dec. 28 marked the most goals scored by an AHL player in a game this season… Peoria’s eight goals in that game tied a franchise record, set twice previously in games against Houston… The Rivermen held Houston to just one shot on goal in the third period of a 3-2 overtime loss on Tuesday, the fewest shots allowed in a period by Peoria this season… Among AHL rookies, Julian Talbot is tied for second in goals (13) and tied for fourth in points (23) through 31 games.
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Krys Kolanos registered the first hat trick in Quad City’s history as part of a 5-2 win at Chicago on Dec. 29… It also marked the Flames’ first victory in four tries against the Wolves (1-3-0-0)… Grant Stevenson has a four-game scoring streak (2-5-7)… The Flames went all of December without losing consecutive games in regulation, having last done so Nov. 24-27… Quad City plays a home-and-home set with Peoria this weekend, nearly a month after sweeping a pair of road games from the Rivermen on Dec. 7-8.
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Rochester has been shutout in three straight games and has gone a total of 204:22 since its last goal… That was scored by defenseman Peter Aston at 15:38 of the second period on Dec. 28, a 4-1 victory over Hamilton… The four goals marked the Amerks’ largest offensive output since scoring five in a 5-4 win over Rockford on Nov. 16… The Americans look to rebound with a two-game set this weekend at Manitoba, against whom they are 0-4-0-0 on the season… Overall, Rochester will play nine of its 13 games in January away from the Blue Cross Arena.
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Rockford has lost consecutive games in regulation since its 16-game points streak (11-0-1-4) came to an end… Martin St. Pierre is riding a 14-game scoring streak (5-15-20), the longest in the AHL this season… St. Pierre leads the IceHogs with 44 points on the season (13-31-44), and his 31 helpers rank third in the league… A year after finishing tied for second in the AHL with 20 power play goals in 66 games, Troy Brouwer already has a league-high 13 in 37 games this season… Rookie wingers Derek Nesbitt and Ross Carlson each scored their first career AHL goal last week.
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San Antonio’s goal production tends to go up as the game progresses – this season, the Rampage have scored 29 goals in the first period, 36 in the middle stanza, and an AHL-high 46 in the third period… San Antonio has won its last two games and outscored opponents 11-4… The Rampage had scored a total of five goals in its previous three games (1-2-0-0)… They continue a seven-game homestand on Saturday against Iowa and will be going for their first three-game winning streak since winning four straight from Oct. 31 – Nov. 4… Goaltender Josh Tordjman has posted a 1.34 GAA while going 2-1-0 in his last three starts.
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Syracuse’s penalty kill, which had killed off 25 consecutive shorthanded situations entering Wednesday’s game at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, allowed three power play goals in a 6-3 loss to the Penguins… Rookie Tom Sestito notched his first career multiple-point and multiple-goal game with a pair of tallies in the Crunch’s 4-0 win at Rochester on Sunday… Philippe Dupuis has scored seven goals this season (7-4-11), and a team-high four have been game-winners.
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Since going 2-4-0-1 from Nov. 17-30, the Marlies have reeled off 10 victories in their last 13 games (10-2-0-1)… Toronto has just six regulation losses on the season (23-6-0-4), second-fewest in the league to Providence’s five… Second-year goaltender Justin Pogge picked up his first two shutouts of the season this past week, blanking Grand Rapids on Dec. 27 and Rochester on Wednesday… Leading scorer David Ling has a point in four straight games played (1-3-4) and six of his last seven (2-5-7).