Western Conference notebook

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Chicago’s 5-0-0-0 start to the season is its best in franchise history, bettering a 3-0-0-0 start to the 2001-02 campaign… Jesse Schultz was held without a point in Wednesday’s 4-3 shootout win over San Antonio, ending his points streak at four games (3-4-7)… Wednesday’s game was the first time this season that the Wolves did not score the game’s first goal… Following Friday’s rematch at home against the Rampage, Chicago will embark on a seven-game road stretch… Last season, the Wolves tied an AHL record with 27 road wins (27-8-2-3).
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Wednesday’s 5-3 victory at Hamilton moved the Griffins to 4-0-0-0 on the road this season… A season ago, Grand Rapids finished 15-19-4-2 away from Van Andel Arena… Brett Engelhardt picked up an assist on Wednesday and now has points in five straight outings (2-3-5)… Carl Corazzini’s goal gave him a team-high three on the campaign, and he now has point in five of six games overall (3-3-6).
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Jonathan Ferland scored a goal in his second straight game during Wednesday’s 5-3 loss to Grand Rapids, and he has a point in three straight overall (2-1-3)… Janne Lahti notched the first goal of his North American pro career last Friday against Syracuse… Winger Sergei Kostitsyn leads the team with five assists (2-5-7) thus far… The Bulldogs’ penalty kill has allowed only four power play goals in 42 man-down situations (90.5%), good for third-best in the AHL.
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Serge Payer, who is tied for the team lead with four points (2-2-4), tallied a goal and an assist in the Aeros’ 6-5 shootout win at San Antonio last Friday, the team’s first win of the season (1-3-1-0)… Erik Reitz’s power play goal in that game snapped Houston’s 0-for-28 skid with the man-advantage… Overall, the Aeros rank last in power play conversion (5.4%) and next to last in penalty killing (72.4%)… Houston has scored the first goal in two straight games after not holding a lead at any point in their first three contests… Goaltender Nolan Schaefer made a career-high 19 saves in the first period of Friday’s win over the Rampage and went on to stop all five shots in the shootout.
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Toby Petersen has registered points in four of his last five games (2-6-8), and Janos Vas sports a four-game points streak (1-4-5)… Petersen’s 11 points on the season (3-8-11) are tied for first in the league, and his eight assists are tied for second-most… The Stars have dropped three straight overall and three straight home games; they have been outscored by a margin of 18-7 in the three home losses… Iowa opens its 10-game season series against Peoria on Friday in Illinois…The Stars posted a 4-6-0-0 record against the Rivermen in 2006-07.
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The Monsters (1-6-0-0) secured their first win in franchise history last Saturday in Syracuse, 3-2… Cody McLeod tallied a pair of goals in that game and has a team-leading four on the season (4-1-5)… Rookie winger David Jones notched Lake Erie’s other goal and now has a point in three straight contests (1-2-3)… The Monsters continue a four-game road stretch in Iowa on Saturday… Lake Erie dropped a pair of games to the Stars in Cleveland last week by scores of 4-2 and 6-2.
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The Moose finished 4-1-0-0 on a four-games-in-five-days marathon last week, with three of the victories coming at the expense of division-rival Rochester… Manitoba outscored its opponents 22-12 in the five games… Colby Genoway has notched a goal in four straight games (4-3-7), and Jozef Balej has recorded a point in five straight (3-4-7)… Genoway and Balej are tied with Jason Jaffray for the overall team lead in points, each with eight on the campaign… The Moose welcome Rockford to the MTS Centre on Thursday and Friday for the teams’ first-ever meetings.
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The Admirals have won three straight games and have a point in five straight (4-0-1-0) since an opening-night loss at Peoria… Milwaukee’s six goals in the second period of Wednesday’s 8-1 win over Quad City were the most the franchise has ever scored in a period since joining the AHL in 2001… The seven-goal margin of victory matched a franchise record, as the team posted an identical 8-1 win at Grand Rapids on Nov. 14 of last season… Rich Peverley has a point in all six games thus far (2-9-11), and Matt Ellison currently sports a five-game points streak (3-4-7).
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Julian Talbot registered both goals for the Rivermen in their 4-2 loss to Chicago on Sunday… Charles Linglet has an assist in three straight contests (0-3-3)… Friday’s 3-2 shootout win over Quad City pushed Peoria’s record to 17-2-0-2 against Calgary’s AHL affiliate since the start of the 2005-06… The Rivermen went 16-2-0-2 against the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights in two seasons prior to the franchise’s move to Quad City… Peoria plays a home-and-home this weekend against Grand Rapids, which beat the Rivermen out by one point for the Western Conference’s final playoff spot last season.
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Rookie center Dan Ryder’s four-game points streak (1-4-5) to begin his pro career ended in Wednesday’s 8-1 loss at Milwaukee… Defenseman Tim Hambly leads the Flames with seven points on the campaign (3-4-7), and his three goals thus far already matches his total goal output in 67 games last season (3-15-18)… Having finished a four-game road stretch at 1-2-0-1, Quad City will look to exact revenge on Milwaukee when they open a seven-game homestand against the Admirals on Friday night… Six of the seven games are against divisional foes.
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Since winning two of their first four games, the Americans have gone winless in five straight (0-4-0-1), most recently a 6-1 decision at Hershey last Saturday… This is Rochester’s longest winless streak since suffering a seven-game skid (0-6-0-1) from Feb. 11-26, 2006… Rochester will look to turn the tide in a home-and-home set this weekend with Syracuse, who they defeated at home on opening night… Clarke MacArthur’s 10 points (3-7-10) are good for the team lead and a share of fourth-most in the league… Forwards Kamil Kreps and Stefan Meyer were recalled by the Florida Panthers on Tuesday.
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Defenseman Prestin Ryan leads the IceHogs with seven points (3-4-7) and has accumulated all seven during his current five-game points streak… Fellow defenseman Dustin Byfuglien, the reigning Rbk/AHL Player of the Week, registered a point in each of his first four games in a Rockford uniform last week (1-5-6) and was +4 for the week… The IceHogs have scored three power play goals in three of their first six contests… Rockford has three more games on its season-opening nine-game road swing, before kicking off their home schedule at the Rockford MetroCentre on Nov. 2 against San Antonio.
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The Rampage have earned a standings point in five of their first six games (3-1-0-2) under new head coach Greg Ireland… Enver Lisin has posted a goal in each of his last two games (2-0-2)… Both Jon DiSalvatore (1-3-4) and Bill Thomas (1-3-4) have a point in three of their last four outings… Travis Roche has posted an assist in three straight games (0-4-4)… San Antonio will try to avenge Wednesday’s 4-3 shootout loss to Chicago when they visit Allstate Arena for a rematch against the 5-0-0-0 Wolves on Friday.
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Left wing Joakim Lindstrom, in his third full North American pro season, has tallied a point in five straight games (3-3-6)… Rookie center Derick Brassard’s six-game points streak (3-6-9) to start his pro career was snapped in Wednesday’s 3-2 loss at Albany… Defenseman Darcy Campbell notched his first professional goal in last Friday’s 2-1 win over Hamilton… The Crunch have lost five of seven games thus far (2-5-0-0), but all five defeats have been by either a one or two-goal margin… Wednesday’s game in Albany started a stretch that has Syracuse playing seven of eight games away from the Onondaga County War Memorial.
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Rookie forward Jiri Tlusty, the 13th overall pick by Toronto in the 2006 draft, earned his first recall to the big club on Wednesday… Derrick Walser (4-4-8) and David Ling (1-7-8) are tied for the team lead in points, and both players have found the scoresheet in each of the Marlies’ first five games… Special teams have been strong in the early going, as Toronto leads the league with a 29.0% power play and is second in penalty killing at 92.3% while adding a pair of shorthanded goals… The Marlies open their 12-game season series against Hamilton on Friday… Each team took six victories in the 2006-07 series.