Western Conference notebook

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2006-07 AHL rookie of the year Brett Sterling has notched 15 points (8-7-15) in 11 games since being reassigned from parent-club Atlanta on Nov. 5, and he has at least one point in eight of the 11 contests… Sterling (3-5-8), Jason Krog (3-4-7) and Jesse Schultz (1-5-6) each have four-game scoring streaks, and Steve Martins is riding a three-game streak (2-4-6)… Goaltender Kari Lehtonen, on a conditioning assignment from Atlanta, made his first AHL appearance since the 2005 Calder Cup Finals on Wednesday against Quad City… His shutout bid was broken up with 10 seconds left in regulation, but he still made 27 saves in the Wolves’ 4-1 victory.
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Mark Hartigan, who leads the Griffins with 11 goals in 20 games (11-6-17), was recalled by parent-club Detroit on Thursday… Hartigan had a goal in three of his last four games (4-1-5) prior to his recall… The Griffins are in the midst of playing four road games in four different cities over a five-day span… The club defeated Toronto on Wednesday and will travel this weekend to San Antonio, Houston, and Milwaukee… Grand Rapids is 2-10-0-1 when outshooting its opponents and 5-1-0-1 when its opponent has more shots.
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Hamilton’s penalty kill ranks first in the AHL, having allowed 10 power play goals in 95 shorthanded situations (89.5% kill rate)… Jaroslav Halak added to his franchise lead with his 10th career AHL shutout and first of the season in the Bulldogs’ 3-0 win over Toronto on Nov. 23… Rookie Sergei Kostitsyn saw his four-game scoring streak (2-4-6) come to an end in Hamilton’s 3-2 loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday… Kostitsyn still ranks fourth among rookies with 19 points overall (5-14-19).
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Houston is winless in three straight outings (0-2-0-1), its longest skid since dropping its first four games of the season (0-3-1-0)… The Aeros’ five-game home winning streak ended with a 3-2 shootout loss to Milwaukee on Nov. 25… It marked their longest such streak since winning seven straight home games from Nov. 30 – Dec. 28, 2005… Center Steve Kelly had a three-game scoring streak (2-3-5) snapped in that Nov. 25 loss to the Admirals.
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The Stars have gone just 2-4-1-0 since winning four straight from Oct. 30 – Nov. 10… Iowa will go for its second straight home win on Friday against Manitoba, something that it has accomplished only once this season (Oct. 30 – Nov. 6)… Janos Vas has a point in three consecutive games (2-1-3)… Defenseman Bryce Lampman scored his first goal in a Stars uniform on Nov. 27 against Houston, and it turned out to be the game-winner.
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Rookie center T.J. Hensick had a seven-game scoring streak (3-6-9) come to an end in the Monsters’ 5-4 overtime win over Manitoba on Nov. 24… Eric Healey’s four-game scoring streak (1-3-4) ended in that same contest… Rookies Mark McCutcheon and Wes O’Neill both tallied the first goals of their pro careers in that victory over the Moose… Chris Stewart has notched eight points (5-3-8) in his last five games after failing to register a point in any of his previous nine outings.
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Manitoba is 2-1-1-0 thus far on its season-high seven-game road swing, which continues with games this weekend at Iowa and Quad City… Greg Classen is riding a six-game scoring streak (4-4-8)… Mason Raymond tallied seven points in three games last week (3-4-7), including a five-point outburst (3-2-5) in the Moose’s 5-3 victory at Rochester on Nov. 21… Manitoba is has a 6-3-1-0 record in November with one more game to play… Since joining the AHL in 2001, the Moose have never finished under .500 in the month of November.
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This year marked the fourth straight season that the Admirals were on the road for Thanksgiving weekend, and it was the third time out of the four years that Milwaukee visited the AHL’s Texas teams… The Admirals went 2-2-0-0 on the trip, splitting a pair of games with both Houston and San Antonio… Milwaukee visits Quad City on Friday to conclude its road swing before returning to the Bradley Center to host Grand Rapids on Sunday.
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Peoria will go for its first three-game winning streak of the season on Thursday when it visits Chicago in the teams’ third meeting in the last nine days… The Rivermen’s penalty kill is a perfect 40-for-40 on the road through seven games this season… Chris Beckford-Tseu became the first Peoria goaltender to win back-to-back games this season with victories on Nov. 23 against Chicago and Nov. 24 at Quad City… Center Julian Talbot picked up four goals and five points in those two victories.
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Quad City has dropped two straight games since posting a season-high four-game winning streak from Nov. 17-23… Goaltender Brent Krahn won his first three starts of the season for the Flames before a 2-1 loss to Peoria on Nov. 24… Rookie defenseman Gord Baldwin registered his first professional point with an assist in the Flames’ 5-3 win at Rockford on Nov. 23… Fellow blueliner Adam Pardy has notched a point in four straight games (1-3-4) and five of his last six (1-4-5).
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The Amerks make their only visit to New England this weekend with games in Manchester on Friday and in Providence on Saturday… Rochester went 2-0-0-0 against the Monarchs last season, and they dropped their first meeting to the Bruins this season, a 4-3 final at home on Oct. 13… Left wing Anthony Stewart has a four-game scoring streak (3-4-7), and Dylan Hunter has a point in four of his last five outings (1-3-4).
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Like Rochester, Rockford will make its only New England trip this weekend, and the IceHogs will trade places with the Americans… Rockford will be in Providence on Friday and in Manchester on Saturday… On Friday, the IceHogs will be going for their first three-game winning streak since Oct. 13-17… Goaltender Corey Crawford has stopped 62 of 63 shots over the club’s last two games, including a 20-save shutout of Houston on Wednesday… Rockford is 10-2-1-1 when scoring the game’s first goal.
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San Antonio’s seven-goal output in a 7-0 win over Milwaukee on Nov. 24 matched their season high for goals and fell one short of the franchise record of eight… That was set in an 8-1 win over Chicago on Mar. 13, 2003… Making his Rampage debut, goaltender Alex Auld turned in a 24-save shutout in that win over the Admirals… This Friday marks the Rampage’s first meeting of the season with Grand Rapids, against whom they went 1-3-0-0 in 2006-07.
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Left wing Joakim Lindstrom tallied seven points (3-4-7) in two games last weekend for the Crunch and was named Rbk/AHL Player of the Week… He scored the game-winning goal in the club’s 6-4 win over Manitoba on Nov. 23… Clay Wilson’s goal on Nov. 24 at Toronto was his first tally as a member of the Crunch… Syracuse’s power play went 4-for-13 (30.8%) last weekend, improving the overall conversion rate to 22.0%, good for fourth in the league.
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Toronto is 2-4-0-0 since an 11-0-0-2 start to the season… Rookie defenseman Darryl Boyce had four points (0-4-4) in the Marlies’ two home games last week (Nov. 21 and Nov. 23)… Defenseman Chris Harrington has scored a goal in two straight games (2-0-2) after failing to light the lamp in his first 12 contests this season… Goaltender Scott Clemmensen has dropped three straight starts beginning the season 8-0-0.