Houston took sole possession of first place in the West Division and Western Conference, now with 88 points, knocking out the Milwaukee Admirals by one point in the standings and by four wins. The Aeros started their first place run by defeating the Admirals 3-2 on Tuesday night. Tender Matt Hackett made 25 saves in the win. Patrick O’Sullivan tied the game for the Aeros with 47 seconds left in the second period on a power play chance, for his 15th goal. O’Sullivan responded again at 8:52 in third to once again tie the game to send it into overtime. Robbie Earl scored the winning goal 1:25 into overtime.
The Aeros beat the San Antonio Rampage 5-1 on Saturday night in front of 11,273 home fans, the largest crowd of the season. Matt Hackett turned aside 14 shots in the win. O’Sullivan scored his 17th goal of the season just 1:05 into the second, followed by a goal from Earl at 8:49 for his 19th goal of the season. Carson McMillan scored twice just 19 seconds apart, at 16:55 and 17:14 in the second period. J.M. Daoust scored the final Houston goal at 9:02 in the third period.
Houston took their fourth consecutive win with a 3-2 shootout victory over the San Antonio Rampage on Sunday afternoon. Matt Hackett made 37 saves in regulation and overtime and then three of five in the shootout. Jon DiSalvatore netted his career-best 23rd goal of the season and a pair of assists, registering his 13th multi-point game this season. Cody Almond got the other Aeros goal in the third period at 7:08.
Houston on Tuesday will face Texas, then host Oklahoma City on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Milwaukee was knocked down to second place after three weeks in the top spot, taking a 3-2 loss to Houston on Tuesday. Milwaukee struck first with a power play goal from Gabriel Bourque at 13:33 of the second period. In the third period, Bourque scored yet another power play goal at 8:37, his 14th goal and fifth on the power play.
The Admirals lost yet again in a shootout effort against the San Antonio Rampage on Wednesday at the AT&T Center, 2-1. The Admirals were able to tie game at 11:36 of the second period with Bourque’s 15th goal of the season. Bourque also scored the only shootout goal for Milwaukee. Mark Dekanich started in net, making 23 before suffering a lower body injury and having to be taken form the game. Backup tender Jeremy Smith came in to make 3 total saves.
Milwaukee came back the next night to defeat the Rampage on Friday 4-1, three of the goals scored in a span of 1:38 in the second period. Goalie Jeremy Smith got his first start since February, stopping 28 shots to earn his 11th win of the season. Defenseman Aaron Johnson netted his ninth goal of the season and second on the power play goal at 11:29 in the second period. Just 1:14 later, Teemu Laakso scored his fourth goal of the season. Andreas Thuresson scored his tenth goal of the season just 24 seconds later. At 13:31 of the second period, four players from each team were sent to the penalty box. Admirals forward Kelsey Wilson and San Antonio defenseman Nolan Yonkman each received game misconducts. In total, 11 penalties were whistled for a total of 66 penalty minutes. Chris Mueller added the empty net goal with 7.7 seconds remaining in the game. Both teams set season high records with the penalties in the second period, Milwaukee with 40 and the Rampage with 44.
Milwaukee fell to the Lake Erie Monsters 3-2 on Saturday night at home, snapping their four game point streak. Brock McBride got Milwaukee on the board with his first goal as an Admiral at 19:10 in the third period. Chris Mueller scored again for the Ad’s with just 13 seconds left in the game but that was all they could do, taking the loss.
Milwaukee will host Oklahoma City on Tuesday,Chicago on Friday, see Rockford on Saturday and Sunday San Anotnio.
The Texas Stars lost to the Manitoba Moose 4-3 on Friday night. Starting goalie Tyler Beskorowany was replaced at 7:16 of the second period, stopping 11 shots. Backup goalie Richard Bachman took the loss stopping 15. Aaron Gagnon netted his 13th goal of the year, giving the Stars the 1-0 lead just :23 seconds into the game. The Stars responded quickly at 8:59 as defenseman Dan Spang scored his 10th goal of the year to trim the Moose lead to 3-2. Texas goalie Richard Bachman for his 20th goal of the year and a 4-2 lead. At 8:59 in the second, defenseman Dan Spang scored his 10th goal of the year. With 4:26 left in the third period, Texas scored another to get with-in one with a power-play goal by Travis Morin, his 17th goal of the year.
Saturday’s match-up fared better for the Stars, defeating the Manitoba Moose 5-1 on Sunday. Richard Bachman stopped 31 of 32 in the win. Texas opened the scoring at 6:50 of the first period with a goal from Greg Rallo, his 22nd goal of the season. The Stars went up by 2 at 12:25 with a Sean Backman score. The Stars finally capitalized on their first power play of the day at 11:11 with another from Greg Rallo. Just 43 seconds later, Mathieu Tousignant at 11:54 netted one for his ninth goal of the year, ending the night for Manitoba goalie Eddie Lack. The scoring with an empty-net, shorthanded goal by Greg Rallo at 16:15 for the Stars first hat trick of the season.
The Stars will face Houston on Tuesday, Grand Rpaids on Firday and Saturday.
The Barons lost to the Peoria Rivermen 2-1 in a shootout Tuesday night to start off their mostly Illinois roadtrip. Colin McDonald scored very quickly for OKC just 33 seconds into the game, and was the only point for the Barons. Martin Gerber stopped 20 of the 21 shots faced in regulation and overtime.
Oklahoma City dropped Wednesday’s matchup against Grand Rapids by way of a 2-1 shootout loss, the second straight night to lose in a shootout for the Barons. Martin Gerber stopped 35 of 36 Griffins shots in 2 1/2 periods, was forced to leave the game after he was involved in a pileup in front of the net. Gerber was removed on a stretcher and taken to the hospital for precautions. Jeff Deslauriers came in for relief duty and stopped all 11 shots. Brad Moran scoring on a power play chance at 19:06 in the first period, putting the Barons once again on the board first. Chris Vandevelde scored the Barons’ lone shootout goal.
The Barons’ were able to turn their luck around on Friday, taking a 5-1 win over the Rockford Icehogs. Mark Arcobello put OKC on the board first, yet again, at 5:13 in the first. Colin McDonald scored his three goals in the second period, Philippe Cornet at 11:37, on power play. McDonald completed his first hat trick of the season at 12:20, still in the second. A big night for Jeff Deslauriers who made 40 saves.
Oklahoma City continued their run with a 4-3 win over the Chicago Wolves on Saturday. The Barons scored on a shorthanded chance, opening the scoring by Colin McDonald at 8:09 of the first. Ben Ondrus and Bryan Helmer scored for OKC in the second period. Jesse Gimblett scored his first AHL goal and the game winner at 13:56 of the third period. 21 stops were made by Deslauriers for the win.
The Barons finally hit the wall, taking a 4-0 loss to the Wolves in the rematch game on Sunday. It was only the fourth time Oklahoma City has been shut out this year. Jeff Deslauriers takes the loss, making 35 saves.
Oklahoma City stays on the road, hitting Milwaukee on Tuesday, and then travel to Houston for games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The Wolves had a light week, seeing only the Oklahoma City Barons at home for a pair of weekend games, which were split in the win column. Chicago took a 4-3 loss to the Barons before 14,533 fans on Saturday night, unable to maintain their lead. Andrey Zubarev put the Wolves on the board first at 9:34 in the first period. Riley Holzapfel, at 14:26 still in the first, gave the Wolves their lead. Spencer Machacek scored again for Chicago at 16:06 in the third trying to get the comeback. Edward Pasquale made 22 saves in the loss.
Sunday’s rematch let the Wolves get complete revenge on the Barons, taking a 4-0 shutout victory. In their 71st game, the Wolves finally got their shut out, one of two teams who were yet to do it this season. 8,310 were on hand to see the feat. Tender Pasquale recorded his first career shutout, stopping all 34 shots he faced for the win. Tim Miller scored with a shorthanded goal at 11:37 into the first period. The Wolves continued their scoring with a power-play goal from jason Krog at 11:13 of the second period. Just 1:25 later, Mark Matheson put Chicago ahead 3-0 with their second power-play goal. On a five-on-three power-play chance, the Wolves’ Jason Krog netted one as it expired at 11:36 of the third period.
Chicago will next face Milwaukee on Friday, hamilton on Saturday and Rockford on Sunday.
The Rampage were able to defeat the Milwaukee Admirals 2-1 in a shootout on Wednesday night in front of 6,484 fans at the AT&T Center. San Antonio’s first power play opportunity of the night resulted in a goal at 9:15 after the initial puck drop from Bracken Kearns. Viktor Tikhonov, Ned Lukacevic and Matt Beaudoin each tallied goals in the shootout. Tender Matt Climie made 21 saves on 22 Admirals shot attempts, three of four in the shootout.
San Antonio fell 4-1 to the Admirals on Friday in front of 8,828 fans at the AT&T Center. Kearns netted his 18th goal of the season, the only point for the Rampage in the game. Joe Fallon made 29 saves on 32 Milwaukee shot attempts.
San Antonio still earned a point despite a 3-2 shootout loss to the Houston Aeros on Sunday afternoon in front of a sold-out crowd of 7,649 fans and nearly 200 dogs in their Pucks and Paws event. The Rampage were the first on the board with a goal from Randy Robitailee at the 5:25 mark of the second period. Rampage leading scorer Matt Beaudoin at 8:56 in the second period, putting San Antonio ahead. Matt Climie finished the game with 25 saves, along with two saves on five shootout attempts.
The Rampage on Wednesday will see Rockford, then Peoria on Friday and Saturday, Milwaukee on Sunday.
Peoria, after a hard fought game, took the 2-1 win from the Barons in a shoot out ending on Tuesday. Ben Bishop held Oklahoma City scoreless for the final 64:27 and finished with 23 saves. Dave Scatchard tied the game for the Rivermen at 8:19 in the third with his fifth of the season. On the assist was Nicholas Drazenovic for his 150th career point with the Rivermen.
Peoria took a 4-3 loss from the Rockford IceHogs on Saturday night at the Rockford MetroCentre. The Rivermen were on the board first at 8:13 with Graham Mink’s team-leading 21st goal of the season in the first period. Scoreless until the third period, just 1:42 in, Scatchard scored again for Peoria. Akim Aliu netted one as well at 8:12. Alec Richards made 29 saves in the loss.
Sunday night, Lake Erie topped the Rivermen 4-3. Graham Mink put the Rivermen on the board first with his 22nd of the year right off a faceoff win at 7:22 in the first. With his seventh goal of the year, Anthony Nigro scored at the 4:19 mark of the third. Akim Aliu also scored on a late power-play chance.
Peoria will take on San Antonio Friday and Saturday, Hamilton on Sunday.
Rockford was handed a 5-1 loss by the Oklahoma City Barons on Friday night at the Rockford MetroCentre. Hannu Toivonen took the loss stopping 16 pucks, Alec Richards stopping all 14 shots faced in his relief effort. The Icehogs lone goal was scored by Kyle Beach on a power play chance at 3:57 in the third for his 14th of the year.
The Icehogs were able to defeat Peoria 4-3 in front of a sellout crowd on Saturday night. Brian Connelly put the Hogs up 1-0 at 2:48 in the first period. Jeff Taffe, Peter LeBlanc, and Igor Makarov rounded out the Icehogs goals. Richards picked up his 14th win of the season blocking 29 shots.
Sunday afternoon, the IceHogs fell 5-3 to the Grand Rapids Griffins despite outshooting Grand Rapids 34-28. Jassen Cullimore netted his first goal of the season at 9:59 of the third period, putting Rockford on the board. Kyle Hagel notched his fifth goal of the year at 19:02, Cullimore with his second goal of the game at 19:30. Richards was tagged with the loss, blocking 23 Griffins shots.
Rockford will next face San Antonio on Wednesday, Hamilton on Friday, Milwaukee on Saturday and the Chicago on Sunday.