Aeros blank Wolves, 4-0

Erik Westrum scored two goals and added an assist while Seamus Kotyk made 30 saves as Houston defeated Chicago, 4-0, at Allstate Arena on Sunday evening.

Westrum is up to 68 points on the season, four better than teammate Kirby Law for the top spot in the AHL scoring race.

It was the Aeros’ first regulation win in Rosemont since Apr. 7, 2002, a span of 21 regular-season and playoff games.

Law recorded an assist and established a new franchise record with a 16-game point streak for Houston (32-10-1-1), which has won 14 of its last 16 and 17 of its last 20 and extended its West Division lead over idle Milwaukee to six points.

The Aeros, playing their first game outside of the state of Texas since Dec. 11, have outscored their opponents 18-3 during their current four-game winning streak.

Kotyk recorded his first shutout since Dec. 23, 2003. Getting the bulk of work in place of an injured Josh Harding, Kotyk is 6-1-0 with a 1.35 GAA in his last seven appearances.

Westrum now has four straight multiple-point contests and six in the last seven games. Patrick O’Sullivan, with a goal and an assist, reclaimed sole possession of the AHL rookie scoring lead with 46 points on the year.

Elsewhere on Sunday:

Vitaly Kolesnik weathered a third-period storm and backstopped Lowell to a road win over Hartford on Sunday.
  • Vitaly Kolesnik made 42 saves and Niklas Nordgren scored the game-winning shorthanded goal with 2:05 left in his AHL debut as Lowell got past Hartford, 3-2
  • Ben Guite (1g, 2a), Pascal Pelletier (1g, 2a), Jay Leach (3a) and David Lundbohm (3a) recorded three points apiece in Providence’s 8-2 win over Springfield
  • Tomas Fleischmann scored two goals and added an assist as Hershey defeated Portland, 4-3
  • Colin Murphy scored the game-winner early in the third period as Toronto edged Hamilton, 2-1
  • Nathan Barrett had a goal and an assist in regulation and netted the winning goal in the shootout as Norfolk beat Philadelphia, 4-3
  • Patrick Lalime made 24 saves to help Peoria to a 4-1 win over Manchester.