AHL West Division Week 3 recap-Houston takes the lead

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Houston Aeros (MIN)

Starting the week without forward Carson McMillan, who has been for four games as a consequence of an illegal check to the head in their game vs. San Antonio on Oct. 15., the Aeros still managed to win 2 of 3 and take top spot in the West Division 4-1-0-2. On Friday, the Aeros won the road trip at the Charlotte Checkers home, 3-2 by way of a third period rally. Casey Wellman and David McIntyre scored goals eight seconds apart, narrowly missing the franchise record for fastest two goals scored previously set in 1997. Jeff Taffe scored with four seconds left in regulation to bring in the win, his first goal in an Aeros uniform.

Saturdays rematch earned the Aeros a standings point after a 2-1 shootout loss to the Checkers. Jon DiSalvatore scored with 41 second left in regulation to force overtime making him the sixth all-time goal scorer in franchise history with 51.

Back in Houston, the Aeros went on to defeat the Grand Rapids Griffins 3-1 on Sunday. Goaltender Dennis Endras made 31 saves in his first win of the season, Kris Foucault scoring his first goal of the season as well in the win. David McIntyre and Justin Fontaine also scored to keep the Aeros rolling.

Houston will plays at San Antonio on Friday, Saturday at home against Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City Barons (EDM)

The Barons hosted a series at home with the Grand Rapids Griffins, ending up with a split decision. Friday nights game had OKC defeating the Griffins 4-1 while Saturdays game was much closer, ending in a 3-2 shootout loss for the Barons. Philippe Cornet scored two goals on Friday, marking the second straight game he scored two goals and Teemu Hartikainen ended the weekend with two goals. Saturdays loss ends the Barons 4 game win streak.

Continuing their five-game home, Friday the Barons host the Charlotte Checkers, then they travel to Houston Saturday, Sunday San Antonio.

Abbotsford Heat (CGY)

With a 2-1 shootout win over the previously unbeaten Milwaukee Admirals on Friday night, the Heat have had their best franchise start to a season. T.J. Brodie would score just 6:21 into the game, his first of the season in the AHL, after scoring five the previous season, as a rookie. Tender Leland Irving stopped four of five shootout attempts, 20 shots on the night, earning his fourth win. Ben Walter and Greg Nemisz each netted goals in the shootout.

In Saturdays rematch, the Admirals would this time take the win by way of a 3-1 win over the Heat. Clay Wilson netted his first of the season and first with the Heat. Tender Leland Irving drew an assist on the goal and would finish with 25 saves on 28 shots. The game would also see the welcome back to the ice of Raitis Ivanans, playing for the first time since suffering a concussion in the opening game of the Calgary Flames’ 2010-11.

The Heat hit the road for nine days starting on Wednesday night in Toronto, Friday in Grand Rapids and Sunday in Hamilton.

San Antonio Rampage (FLR)

San Antonio would take a 4-3 win over the Texas Stars Thursday night. Michal Repik tallied his first goal of the season, Scott Timmins scoring twice. Former Texas Stars forward Greg Rallo scored his first goal of season against his former team, helping earn the win for the Rampage. Brian Foster stopped 36 in the win. Things didn’t fair a well for the Rampage on Friday night, the Peoria Rivermen visiting and shutting out San Antonio 5-0 in front of 7,527 fans. Foster would stop 23 shots put on him.

Next up for the Rampage, Houston on Friday, Charlotte in Saturday and Oklahoma City on Sunday.

Texas Stars (DAL)

The Stars were defeated by the San Antonio Rampage 4-3 in front of 3,758 home fans on Thursday night. Tomas Vincour ended with a two goals evening and defenseman Brad Lukowich registered an assist in his 100th game with Texas. Goalie Richard Bachman stopped 15 of the 19 shots he faced in the loss.

Texas would defeat the Peoria Rivermen 6-5 in overtime on Saturday. Matt Fraser would score twice, his second goal of the night the game winner at 2:00 into overtime. Center Travis Morin had a goal and three assists, while right wing Ray Sawada added a goal and an assist. All would combine for nine points on the evening, ending the Stars three-game losing streak. Richard Bachman would stop 34 of 39 shots and also registered an assist in the victory.

Texas starts a four-game road trip, first in Rockford on Tuesday, Peoria on Thursday, Chicago Saturday then Sunday at Milwaukee.


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