Houston comes out of this weekend remaining unbeaten in regulation in the last six games, being unbeaten in regulation at home. This also helps the Aeros move into sole-possesion of first place in the Western Conference. Friday’s game against San Antonio gave the Aeros a 4-2 win and Chay Genoway scoring his first pro goal. Saturday the Aeros hosted Oklahoma City, who left with a 5-4 shootout win. Houston was able to come from a three goal deficit, all on power play chances, to tie but could not provide the extra push. Casey Wellman scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season in the attempt. Sunday had the Aeros pushing another comeback against the Charolette Checkers, this time coming away with a 5-3 win. Carson McMillan,in his second game back after suspension, netted the game-winner with 2:10 remaining in regulation time.
Houston will hit the road for games against Lake Erie Thursday, Hamilton Friday, then return home Sunday for a game against Toronto.
The Barons are happily sitting on a 6-2-0-1 record in this week four. With Alex Plante, Jeff Petry being called up and Milan Kytnar sent down has not terribly affected the Barons output. At the end of their home stand on Friday, OKC took a hard defeat against the Charolette Checkers, who took a 2-1 victory. With the game tied and set to head to overtime, Colten Teubert took a trip to the box, along with Alex Plante given a miscounduct, letting the Checkers score and take the win.
Saturday the Barons were able to defeat the Houston Aeros 5-4 in a shootout even after surrendering a three goal lead. Josh Green scored 1:08 into the contest, the quickest Barons goal from the start of a period this season, to set the pace. Hunter Tremblay, Philippe Cornet, and Teemu Hartikainen, who scored with a 2-man advantage, rounded out the Barons goals.
The Barons would go on to take a 4-1 win over the San Antonio Rampage on Sunday afternoon. Philippe Cornet and Ryan Keller each scored in the first period for the Barons, Gilbert Brule and Josh Green would also score in the win.
The Barons stay on the road continuing the four-game trip in Abbotsford on Thursday and Saturday.
The Heat started their weekend set with a bang, beating the Grand Rapid Griffins 5-1 on Friday night. Krys Kolanos made his after surgery debut impressive, scoring three goals and an assist, not playing a game since January of 2010. The second period didn’t disappoint the Heat fans as two fights broke out in the Griffins’ zone eventually leading Heat tender Leland Irving to challenge the Griffins net-minder Joey MacDonald to a fight. Joni Ortio and Jordan Pearce would finish the game for their respective teams when the starting goalies were later ejected.
Sunday the Heat kept their impressive wins rolling with a 6-2 victory in Hamilton. Rookie forward Dustin Sylvester scored twice, his first points in his AHL career. Krys Kolanos would also put another goal on the board. Goaltender Leland Irving started his ninth consecutive game, making 26 saves on 28 shots, nailing his sixth win of the season.
The Heat will conclude their road trip on Tuesday with the Bulldogs then home Thursday against the Oklahoma City Barons.
The Stars inproved their record to 4-5-0-0 this weekend, skating away with an even 2-2 win/loss ratio.
Starting on Tuesday, the Stars defeated the Rockford IceHogs 6-2. Texas scored three goals in the final 5:08 of play to pick up the first road win of the year. Rookie Matt Fraser came away with a pair of power-play goals for the second straight game, with seven other skaters picking up multiple points. Tender Tyler Beskorowany turned aside 33 shots for his first victory of the season.
The Peoria Rivermen beat Texas 5-3 on Thursday night. Tomas Vincour and Jordie Benn each scored within a 2 minutes of each other, with Fraser continuing to score, however leading to the loss.
The Stars were defeated by the Chicago Wolves 2-1 at on Saturday night, forward Tomas Vincour scoring the Stars lone goal, Texas continuing their trouble on the road. Goalie Tyler Beskorowany stopped 20 shots in the defeat.
Texas defeated the Milwaukee Admirals 5-3 on Sunday afternoon. Tomas Vincour came away with the game winner with just over 3 minutes left in the game. Matt Fraser again scored, now leading his team with eight goals for the year. Francis Wathier sealed the Texas victory with an empty-net goal with under a minute left in the third.
Texas will next face Toronto on Thursday and San Antonio on Sunday.
The weekend was the worst for the West Division’s Rampage who ended 0-3.The Rampage started out with a 4-2 loss to the Houston Aeros on Friday night. Bill Thomas netted his first goal of the season, giving San Antonio the early lead. Saturday did not help the Rampage, who took a 4-1 loss to the Charlotte Checkers, the first matchup between the two teams. Colby Robak scored the lone goal, his second goal of the year for the Rampage. Sunday had the Oklahoma City Barons in town, and taking with them a 4-1 win. Mike Kostka scored his second goal of the year on a power play chance for the Rampage’s lone goal. Tender Tyler Plante made 16 saves on 18 Barons shots before being replaced by Brian Foster at the end of the second, who made 13 saves on 14 shots. Plante was not able to have the chance to stop his brother, Alex Plante, who plays with the Barons due to him being called up to Edmonton.
San Antonio will try to regroup when they face Toronto on Saturday and Texas on Sunday.