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IceHogs end Aeros’ streak with 4-0 blanking

ROCKFORD 4, HOUSTON 0
Troy Brouwer and Martin St. Pierre each posted a goal and an assist as Rockford cooled off Houston with a 4-0 road win over the Aeros on Thursday at the Toyota Center.

Brouwer reached 30 goals for the season with a power play marker late in the second period. IceHogs goaltender Wade Flaherty made 23 saves for his second shutout of the campaign.

The Aeros entered the match on a seven-game winning streak, having allowed only nine goals in those seven contests.

Rockford rookie Jack Skille opened the game’s scoring 4:50 into the first period, giving him four goals and five points over his last two games.

Fellow rookie Derek Nesbitt made it 2-0 with a power play goal at 6:57 of the opening stanza. St. Pierre and Brouwer, who have four AHL All-Star Game appearances between them, each tallied second-period markers to account for the final score.

Brouwer’s 30 goals are tied for third-most in the league, two off the lead. The second-year pro paces the AHL with 21 power play markers on the season.

After a Friday night off, the IceHogs and Aeros will return to the Toyota Center ice for a rematch on Saturday.