Oklahoma City Closing in for First- AHL week 5

Houston Aeros (MIN)

The Aeros (8-2-0-3) still have first place in the West Division with 19 points but carry the same record with Oklahoma City after a loss over the weekend. The good news for the Aeros was a 4-2 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs on Friday night. Jon DiSalvatore, Justin Fontaine and Warren Peters each scored in the win, Brian Willsie opening the scoring with a goal at 1:43 in the second. Matt Hackett made 26 saves, improving to 5-0-1 in road decisions for the season.

Houston lost on Sunday to the Toronto Marlies 6-2, who effectively ended thee eight-game points streak. Netminder Dennis Endras made 34 saves for the Aeros in the loss. Warren Peters netted a power play goal and Jon DiSalvatore was able to continue his scoring trend with his fifth of the season.

Aeros continue their four-game homestand with Abbotsford on Thursday then Sunday with Charolette.

Oklahoma City Barons (EDM)

The Barons (8-2-0) traveled to Abbotsford and will come home with a sweep of the two game series.The Barons started with a 3-2 win over the Heat 3-2 on Thursday, rallying from a 2-0 early deficit. Linus Omark, just sent to the Barons from Edmonton, made himself known by assisting Ryan Lowery on his first professional goal and starting OKC’s comeback. Gilbert Brule 27 seconds later tied the game, Kevin Montgomery scoring the gamewinner on a power play chance, all three goals scored within the final 9:14 of the third period.

The Barons took the series 4-3 on Saturday, winning their fourth straight, all while on the road. Omark had three asists in the game, helping Josh Green score twice and Gilbert Brule, who scored in overtime for the win. Philippe Cornet would also score in the win netting his team-high eighth goal off a power play chance.

The Barons will host their school game on Tuesday hosting Toronto, the only time the Marlies will be in OKC, Friday and Saturday hosting Charlette.

Abbotsford Heat (CGY)

The Heat (7-4-1) could not earn their fourth consecutive win despite leading early, losing to the Barons 3-2 on Thursday. Krys Kolanos with his goal, maintains a four game point streak, five goals and four assists for the Heat. Greg Nemisz also scored for Abbotsford in the loss and has goal and three assists in three games.

More of the same on Saturday, the Barons once again disappointed the Heat by leaving town after a 4-3 win and the weekend sweep. Nemisz had two goals in the game, with Ben Walter also scoring and getting his seventh assist, leading with 10 points on the season.

Abbotsford will hope to turn things around on Thursday facing Houston then Texas on Friday and Saturday.

Texas Stars (DAL)

Texas (6-5-0) would come away with a successful weekend, first defeating the Toronto Marlies 4-3 in overtime on Thursday night.Forward Colton Sceviour would come away with a goal and an assist in the game-winning goal by Francis Wathier just 45 seconds into overtime. Rookie Scott Glennie posted his first career multi-point night as well with a goal and an assist. Tomas Vincour would score his fourth goal in his fourth straight game. Tender Richard Bachman stopped 30 of 33 shots in the overtime win.

The Stars would go on to defeat the San Antonio Rampage 4-0 on Sunday night, Richard Bachman earning his second shut out of the season, ninth with the Stars, stopping 29 shots. Tomas Vincour continued to extend his scoring streak, five games, and his seventh goal of the season. Francis Wathier, Travis Morin and Luke Gazedic all contributed to the win, pushing the Stars above .500 for the first time since the brginning of October.

The Stars will take on Abbotsford on Friday & Saturday, Sunday San Antonio.

San Antonio Rampage (FLR)

The Rampage would split the weekend with a loss and a win, putting the team 4-6-0 and at the bottom of the West Division. San Antonio would beat the Toronto Marlies 6-1 in front of a crowd of 7,545 at the AT&T Center on Saturday night. Goaltender Scott Clemmensen would make 31 saves in the win. Evengy Dadonov would score two goals, Michal Repik and Bracken Kearns would tally as well. David Marshall and Joe Devin, a recent call up from Cincinnati, would each score their first AHL goals. With three goals in a span of 1:46 in the third period, it was the most goals the Rampage have scored in a game this season.

Things didn’t go as well for the Rampage on Sunday against the Texas Stars, who shut out the Rampage 4-0. Goaltender Brian Foster would end the night with 29 saves.

The Rampage take their first out of state road trip this Thursday and Friday, playing Lake Erie then back home Sunday to host Texas again.

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