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Western Conference notebook

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Chicago’s 5-1 win over Peoria on Wednesday marked its highest goal output since posting a 6-2 win at Manitoba on Dec. 30… Joey Crabb tallied a hat trick and four points against the Rivermen and shows a goal in all three games (5-1-6) for the Wolves since being reassigned by parent-club Atlanta on Jan. 30… Crabb has 10 goals on the season for Chicago – four of them have come on the power play and three shorthanded… Jordan LaVallee has netted a goal in three of his last four contests (3-1-4)… The Wolves travel to Grand Rapids on Friday before hosting Milwaukee and Houston to close the weekend.
 
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Grand Rapids is on an eight-game points streak (6-0-1-1) after Wednesday’s 3-2 win at Quad City…Goaltender Jimmy Howard made a season-high 44 saves on Wednesday, his second 40-plus showing against the Flames in a span of two weeks… Francis Lemieux has tallied the game-winning goal in the Griffins’ last two games and has totaled four goals in that span… Grand Rapids’ eight goals in an 8-4 win over Rochester on Saturday marked its highest output since posting a 9-2 win at Cleveland on Feb. 16, 2006… After hosting Chicago and Lake Erie this weekend, Grand Rapids will play 19 of its final 29 games on the road.
 
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Hamilton has lost three straight games and been outscored 9-4 over that span… It marks the Bulldogs’ first three-game losing skid since Nov. 29 to Dec. 4… Goaltender Marc Denis is on a personal four-game losing streak for Hamilton, last capturing a win on Dec. 30, when he posted a 21-save shutout against Toronto… Mike Glumac’s four-game scoring streak (3-1-4) ended in Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to Syracuse… Hamilton is one of three AHL teams (Iowa, Springfield) yet to lose in regulation this season when leading after the first period (20-0-1-0).
 
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Houston has been shutout in two of its three games since the All-Star break, suffering a 5-0 loss to Quad City on Jan. 29 and a 3-0 setback at Chicago on Saturday… That tilt began a six-game road swing for the Aeros, which continues this weekend in Iowa, Quad City, and back in Chicago… Brandon Rogers scored the game-winner in Houston’s 3-2 victory over Binghamton on Saturday, his first goal since Dec. 19 at Rockford… Rogers was the eighth different player to tally the game-winning goal in Houston’s last eight non-shootout victories.
 
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Iowa has a point in three straight games (1-0-0-2) after earning a win and a shootout loss in last weekend’s home-and-home with Peoria… An Iowa goaltender has not started three or more straight games since Jean-Philippe Levasseur earned four in a row from Dec. 13-21… The Chops open a six-game homestand on Friday against Houston, which will provide the opposition for three of the six contests… Bobby Ryan, who racked up 19 points (9-10-19) in 14 games with the Chops early in the season prior to being recalled to Anaheim, was named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for January earlier this week.
 
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Lake Erie’s home game against Syracuse on Friday marks their only contest at Quicken Loans Arena in a span of 12 games… The Monsters begin a nine-game road swing on Saturday in Grand Rapids before playing in Hamilton on Sunday… Lake Erie is 0-2-0-1 against the Griffins since capturing a 4-3 overtime decision on opening night… AHL All-Star goaltender Tyler Weiman shows 14 wins on the season (14-11-2), a league-leading six of them via the shutout… Weiman ranks fifth in the AHL with a 2.33 goals-against average.
 
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Manitoba took a pair of wins over Lake Erie earlier this week and now leads the entire AHL with 71 points (34-14-0-3), one more than Hershey and division-rival Grand Rapids… Josh Soares (1-2-3) and Dylan Yeo (1-1-2) each registered a point in their first two games with the team… Alexandre Bolduc posted a goal and an assist in Tuesday’s victory, his first multiple-point showing since Nov. 14 vs. Toronto… February has been kind to the Moose over the last two seasons, as they went a combined 19-7-1-1 in the month in 2006-07 and 2007-08… Manitoba kicks off a 10-game road swing on Friday in Providence.
 
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Milwaukee has won three straight games and holds an eight-point lead on Rockford for first place in the West Division heading into the teams’ clash on Friday at the Bradley Center… That kicks off a stretch that sees the Admirals play 15 of their next 18 games at home, including a five-game homestand from Feb. 8-19… AHL All-Star defenseman Cody Franson registered four points (1-3-4) in two games last weekend, and Patric Hornqvist is riding a three-game scoring streak (2-2-4)… Admirals goaltender Drew MacIntyre has earned a league-leading 23 of the team’s 31 wins this season.
 
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Peoria has lost its last two games and will be trying to avoid its first three-game regulation losing skid all season when it visits Quad City on Friday… Trent Whitfield scored the Rivermen’s lone goal in Wednesday’s 5-1 loss at Chicago, his first goal since scoring the game-winner in a 3-2 victory on Jan. 10, also at Chicago… The Rivermen have now visited Chicago four times on the season but have welcomed the Wolves south just once, a 3-2 win on Dec. 5… Defenseman Justin Fletcher is riding a three-game scoring streak (2-1-3).
 
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Quad City has lost three straight games in regulation, its longest such skid since dropping four in a row from Oct. 29 to Nov. 7… The Flames set a franchise record for shots on goal in a single period with 25 shots in the first period of Friday’s 4-2 loss at San Antonio… Kevin Lalande posted a 24-save shutout in his AHL debut on Jan. 29 as the Flames took a 5-0 win at Houston… Jamie Lundmark has a four-game scoring streak (2-3-5), while Kyle Greentree shows a point in three of his last four outings (2-3-5)… Quad City continues a six-game homestand this weekend against Peoria and Houston.
 
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Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to Rockford begins a stretch that has Rochester playing eight games in 12 days… Goaltender Tyler Plante took the loss on Wednesday in his first appearance for the Amerks since Nov. 7… Rookie Michal Repik has netted a goal in two straight games (2-1-3) and has a point in three straight (2-2-4)… Karl Stewart snapped a seven-game drought with a goal on Jan. 31 at Grand Rapids… The Amerks host Binghamton and San Antonio this weekend before embarking on a five-game road trip through the West Division.
 
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Rockford’s four-game winning streak is its longest since a season-high six-game run from Oct. 12-26… All four wins have come on the road, and the IceHogs still have visits to Milwaukee, Iowa, and Peoria remaining on their season-high seven-game road swing… Goaltender Antti Niemi posted back-to-back road wins on Jan. 29-30 for the first time since Oct. 18-26, both of which were shootout victories… Saturday’s 6-3 win at Toronto improved Rockford to 4-0-0-0 all-time against the Marlies… Adam Pineault is on a three-game scoring streak (1-4-5).
 
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San Antonio has dropped two straight to begin its 13-game road trip after entering the voyage on a franchise-record five-game road winning streak… Wyatt Smith has been responsible for three of the Rampage’s four goals over the last two games… Rookie Chad Kolarik has a point in five straight contests (1-6-7)… The Rampage played their third three-games-in-three-nights set of the season last weekend and have a combined record of 3-6-0-0 (1-2-0-0 in the first game, 1-2-0-0 in the second game, and 1-2-0-0 in the third)… San Antonio visits Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Hershey, and Rochester this weekend.
 
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Syracuse entered the third period down 1-0 to Hamilton on Wednesday but rallied for a 2-1 win; It marked the Crunch’s league-leading eighth victory of the season when trailing after two periods (8-16-1-1)… Goaltender Sebastian Dahm’s 27-for-28 save performance on Wednesday pushed his season record above the .500 mark at 7-6-0… After winning three games in a row, fellow goaltender Dan LaCosta is now on a three-game skid… The Crunch’s penalty kill has killed off 20 of the club’s last 21 shorthanded situations, and the unit now ranks 13th overall at 83.0 percent.
 
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Reigning Reebok/AHL Player of the Week Tim Stapleton has five points (3-2-5) in his last two games and has found the scoresheet in seven of his last eight games played (3-9-12)… Rookie Jiri Tlusty has netted a goal in consecutive contests (2-1-3) for the first time since a four-game run from Nov. 30 to Dec. 7… Defenseman Staffan Kronwall is riding a season-high four-game scoring streak (1-3-4)… Toronto has played four straight games without going past regulation; The Marlies have not had five consecutive games without an overtime tilt since November… Toronto continues its 11-game homestand against Syracuse and Grand Rapids this weekend.