Aeros fly past Admirals in third period


Houston tallied a pair of third-period goals to take a 3-1 win over visiting Milwaukee on Tuesday at Toyota Center in Game 3 of the West Division Finals.

Rookie Matt Beaudoin broke a 1-1 tie and rookie goaltender Anton Khudobin bounced back from his Game 2 loss with a 27-save performance for the Aeros, who grabbed a 2-1 edge in the series.

Houston will go for a commanding 3-1 series lead over the division-champion Admirals when Game 4 faces off on Thursday night.

Krys Kolanos gave Houston the early advantage with his second goal of the series at 5:41 of the opening period, with assists going to Brandon Rogers and Tony Hrkac, who has a point in all three contests vs. Milwaukee (0-4-4).

The Admirals tied it at 18:25 of the second period when ex-Aero Ryan Jones bagged his fourth goal of the playoffs. Patric Hornqvist and Andreas Thuresson picked up the helpers.

Beaudoin, who played two games for the Admirals earlier this season, tallied his game-winner on the power play at 5:14 of the third frame, and it was assisted by Hrkac and Maxim Noreau. Corey Locke added an insurance marker with 1:51 to play in regulation to account for the final margin.

Khudobin stopped 27 of 28 shots in net for the Aeros, including 12 of 13 in a second period that saw the Admirals hold a 13-4 advantage in shots on goal. After surrendering four goals in Houston’s 4-1 loss in Game 2, Khudobin moved to 6-4 in 10 postseason contests this year with his win on Tuesday.

Houston is now 3-1 at home during the playoffs after losing 10 of its previous 12 postseason tilts at Toyota Center.

West Division Finals – Series
“L” (best-of-7)
W1-Milwaukee Admirals vs. W3-Houston Aeros || Preview
Game 1 – Thu., Apr. 30 – Houston 2, MILWAUKEE 1
Game 2 – Sat., May 2 – MILWAUKEE 4, Houston 1
Game 3 – Tue., May 5 – HOUSTON 3, Milwaukee 1
Game 4 – Thu., May 7 – Milwaukee at Houston, 8:05
Game 5 – Sat., May 9 – Milwaukee at Houston, 8:35
*Game 6 – Mon., May 11 – Houston at Milwaukee, 8:00
*Game 7 – Wed., May 13 – Houston at Milwaukee, 8:00