Western Conference notebook

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Brett Sterling, the 2006-07 AHL rookie of the year, posted four goals in four games last week after being reassigned by Atlanta… Goaltender Fred Brathwaite has won four straight starts and leads the league with eight wins overall (8-1-0)… Jason Krog has tallied seven assists over his last five games… Chicago completes a season-high seven-game road trip on Friday in Iowa… The club is 5-0-1-0 on the trip thus far… On Saturday, the Wolves return home to host Houston at the Allstate Arena, where they are a perfect 4-0-0-0 this season.
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The Griffins are 0-6-0-0 at home this season and have been outscored 26-10 in the six games… Grand Rapids’ franchise record for most consecutive regulation losses at Van Andel Arena is seven, set in the 2004-05 season… Brett Engelhardt (3-5-8) has yet to be held off the scoresheet in consecutive games this season – that streak is on the line Thursday night at Manitoba… The Griffins’ two-game visit to Winnipeg on Thursday and Friday will already be their last such trip of the campaign.
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Duncan Milroy figured into all of Hamilton’s scoring with a goal and three assists in the team’s 5-4 shootout loss to Rochester on Nov. 9… Overall, the Bulldogs are winless in four straight outings (0-2-0-2) and are just 1-5-0-2 in their last eight contests… With an assist in last Saturday’s game against Chicago, Corey Locke took sole possession of third place on Hamilton’s all-time scoring list with 166 points (57-109-166) in 248 career games as a Bulldog.
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The Aeros are 4-1-0-0 in their last five home games after starting the year 0-3-0-0 at the Toyota Center… Third-year pro Peter Olvecky has a point in three straight games (2-3-5) and four of his last five (2-4-6)… Goaltender Barry Brust is 3-1-0 in his last four starts and has posted a .944 save percentage over that time… This weekend, the Aeros travel for match-ups with Peoria and Chicago… Houston dropped games to both teams on home ice earlier this season.
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Toby Petersen posted five goals, six points, and a +4 rating in three games for the Stars last week, and Iowa won all three contests… Petersen’s week included a natural hat trick in the Stars’ 4-3 shootout win over Peoria on Nov. 6… Janos Vas has a point in five straight games (4-1-5), including a goal in three straight and four of the five… Overall, Iowa is 4-0-1-0 in its last five contests, and they conclude a four-game homestand this weekend with tilts against divisional foes Chicago and Quad City.
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Rookie center T.J. Hensick recorded his first professional multiple-point game with a pair of assists in the Monsters’ 3-2 shootout loss to Quad City on Nov. 10… Hensick currently has a point in four of his last five games (0-5-5)… Lake Erie comes into the new week winless in four straight outings (0-2-0-2)… Still looking for their first home win (0-6-0-1), the Monsters again welcome the Flames on Thursday to begin a stretch of three home games in four days.
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Of the Moose’s eight wins on the season, four have come in games where they trailed after the second period… Manitoba is 4-4-1-0 in such games this season… The Moose are 0-for-14 on the power play over their last three games… Alexandre Bolduc scored the club’s last power play goal, coming in the third period of a 6-3 win at Milwaukee on Nov. 2… Mason Raymond has a goal in two straight games (2-0-2) and a point in three of his last four (2-1-3)… Brad Moran has a point in four of his last five outings (1-5-6).
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Rich Peverley has tallied three points (1-2-3) in his last two games for the Admirals… Cal O’Reilly has a point in three of his last four outings (1-3-4)… Milwaukee has allowed only six power play goals in 72 shorthanded situations for an AHL-best 91.7% penalty kill rate… In their lone game of the upcoming weekend, the Admirals host San Antonio at the Bradley Center, where they are 5-1-0-0 so far on the season.
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Former first-round draft pick Jeff Woywitka’s two goal-performance in a 5-4 overtime win over Rockford on Nov. 10 was the first multiple-goal showing by a Peoria defenseman this season… Charles Linglet extended the AHL’s longest current point-scoring streak to nine games (1-8-9) with assists in both of the Rivermen’s games last weekend… Trent Whitfield has a goal in four straight games (5-2-7)… Peoria concludes a four-game homestand with a pair of games against teams from the Lone Star State – Houston on Friday and San Antonio on Saturday.
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Quad City’s 4-1 win over Houston on Nov. 9 marked its best offensive output since scoring five goals in a 5-1 opening-night victory over Rockford… The Flames have won a season-high three straight games… Goaltender Curtis McElhinney, a 2007 Second-Team AHL All-Star, has been in net for all three victories and stopped 83 of 87 shots (.954) over that time… The Flames take a 3-0-0-1 record against the North Division into Thursday’s game at Lake Erie.
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The Americans play their first-ever game against Rockford on Friday when the IceHogs visit the Blue Cross Arena… It will mark Rochester’s only game of the weekend… Rookie Tanner Glass earned his first NHL call-up, to Florida, after registering a point in three of his last four games for the Amerks (1-2-3)… Rob Globke has also found the scoresheet in three of his last four outings (0-3-3).
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Rockford has picked up a standings point in five straight games (3-0-1-1), one short of its season high… Center Martin St. Pierre notched five points (2-3-5) in the IceHogs’ 8-3 win over San Antonio on Nov. 11, the most by a Rockford skater in any game… Petri Kontiola tallied a goal and three assists in that contest for his team-leading fifth multiple-point game… The IceHogs will play 14 of their next 21 games on the road, and 10 of their next 13 against non-divisional opponents.
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The Rampage accumulated an AHL season-high 104 penalty minutes in last Sunday’s 8-3 loss at Rockford… That game had a combined total of 180 PIMs… Joel Perrault has registered a point in nine of his last 10 games (3-8-11)… San Antonio has its fourth consecutive three-in-three weekend upcoming, but the Rampage will play only three more such weekends the rest of the season… The Rampage will enter Saturday’s tilt in Peoria with a 2-8-0-0 record all-time at Carver Arena.
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Rookie winger Derek Dorsett tallied his first professional goal in just his second game as part of Syracuse’s 4-0 win over Rochester on Nov. 10… In that same game, goaltender Thomas Popperle made 22 saves to post his first shutout of the campaign… Center Phillipe Dupuis had three points (1-2-3) in the Crunch’s two games last weekend… Syracuse, at 6-10-0-0 on the season, will try to win consecutive games for the first time when it hosts unbeaten-in-regulation Toronto on Friday.
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Marlies goaltender Scott Clemmensen improved to 7-0-0 in a Toronto uniform with a 5-2 win in Hartford on Nov. 10… Darryl Boyce recorded three assists in two games last weekend and leads all Marlies rookies with 10 points (4-6-10) on the season… Winger Robbie Earl registered five points (2-3-5) and a +5 rating last weekend… The Marlies, still unbeaten in regulation at 10-0-0-2, conclude a seven-game road swing with games this Friday and Saturday at Syracuse and Lake Erie, respectively.