HOUSTON 3, PEORIA 2 (OT)
Houston rookie Matt Beaudoin tallied a goal and assisted on defenseman Maxim Noreau‘s game-winner in overtime as the Aeros rallied from a 2-0 deficit to claim a 3-2 triumph over Peoria on Wednesday at the Toyota Center. The Aeros now hold a 3-2 lead in their West Division semifinal series.
Noreau scored on the power play at 12:14 of overtime to clinch the victory, with Beaudoin picking up the lone assist on the play.
Houston trailed 2-0 with a little more than four minutes to go in regulation before Beaudoin tallied a power play goal of his own at 15:43 to cut the deficit in half. Robbie Earl then potted the equalizer at 17:13, sending the contest to overtime.
Aeros goaltender Anton Khudobin stopped 30 of 32 shots in the winning effort. Houston will have a chance to clinch its first playoff series win since 2006 when the series returns to Peoria for Game 6 on Saturday night.
HAMILTON 4, GRAND RAPIDS 3 (OT)
Hamilton used a trio of special teams goals in the third period to storm back from a 3-0 deficit, and Ryan White scored just 2:42 into overtime to give the Bulldogs a dramatic 4-3 win over Grand Rapids on Wednesday to even their North Division semifinal at two games apiece.
The road team has won the first four games of this series, and Game 5 is set for Friday night in Grand Rapids.
The Bulldogs entered the third period trailing by three goals and on the verge of falling into a 3-1 series deficit. But Kyle Chipchura tallied a shorthanded goal at 7:58, and rookie Ben Maxwell followed with power play markers at 9:41 and 11:27 to tie it up. Fellow rookie David Desharnais picked up assists on both of Maxwell’s goals.
Bulldogs goaltender Marc Denis earned the victory with 33 saves on 36 shots.