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Finley shuts door on Houston

The Houston Aeros will be happy to see Brian Finley leave town as he shutout the Aeros for the third straight time on Sunday.

Finley stopped all 39 Houston Aero shots, leading the Milwaukee Admirals to a 3-0 victory at the Toyota Center in Houston on Sunday. Finley earned his fourth win and now has three shutouts this season.

The Aeros last scored on Finley on February 10 when he gave up an overtime goal to Kirby Law. That is a span of 189:31. Finley, who lowers goals against average to just 1.54, also recorded his second shutout of the weekend as he stonewalled the San Antonio Rampage on Saturday night.

The Admirals’ Timofei Shishkanov provided most of the offensive power, scoring twice in the winning effort. Greg Classen rounded out the scoring with an insurance goal in the third period.

MANCHESTER 4, PROVIDENCE 3 (SO)
Helped by shootout goals from Noah Clarke, Yanick Lehoux, and Brad Smyth, the Manchester Monarchs were able to squeeze by the Providence Bruins 4-3 at Verizon Wireless Arena.

The Bruins’ Nathan Robinson scored twice in the losing effort, including the game tying goal with 5:55 left in the third period to force overtime.

With the win, the Monarchs (13-3-0-3, 29 pts.) remain two points behind the division leading Portland Pirates. The Bruins (7-8-1-1, 16 pts.) are in sixth place in the Atlantic Division.

PORTLAND 5, SPRINGFIELD 4
After a relatively slow first two periods, the Pirates came out on top 5-4 at the MassMutual Center in a game that featured six third period goals.

Springfield’s Jason Jaspers and David Spina scored just 36 seconds apart in the third period to knot the game at four. The game was not tied for long as Portland’s Curtis Glencross scored his second goal of the game 1:15 after Spina’s game tying goal.

Jordan Smith also had a pair of goals to help the Pirates to the win.

The Pirates remain in first place in the Atlantic Division, just two points ahead of the Manchester Monarchs.

IOWA 2, OMAHA 1 (SO)
The Iowa Stars David Oliver scored on the powerplay with 45 seconds remaining in the third period to force overtime in a game that the Stars would eventually win 2-1, in a shootout.

Brandon Prust had the only goal for the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights.

PHILADELPHIA 3, BINGHAMTON 2
Brent Kelly scored the game winner 1:54 into overtime to give the Phantoms a 3-2 victory over the Binghamton Senators at the Broome County Arena on Sunday.

Ryan Ready and Pat Kavanagh had the regulation goals for the Phantoms. Kavanagh’s goal was a shorthanded goal, his second shorthanded goal of the season.

Gregg Johnson and Steve Martins had the goals for the B-Sens.

MANITOBA 3, CLEVELAND 1
The Manitoba Moose beat the Cleveland Barons 3-1 on Sunday, winning their third straight and cutting the Grand Rapids lead in the West Divison to just three points.

Mike Brown scored a shorthanded goal and Tomas Mojzis scored on the powerplay to help the Moose to the victory. Jesse Schultz also had a goal in the winning effort.

Shane Joseph had the lone goal for the Barons.

ROCHESTER 6, TORONTO 3
Nathan Paetsch had two goals and three assists while Jiri Novotny had a pair of goals and assists in the Rochester Americans’ 6-3 victory over the Toronto Marlies at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester.

The Amerks (12-9-0-0, 24 pts.) are in third place in the North Division, while the Marlies (8-12-0-0, 16 pts.) find themselives in last place in the North.