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Aeros freeze out Milwaukee

Rickard Wallin notched a goal and two assists, Ray Giroux was one of five players with a goal and an assist, and Mike Smith made 16 saves for his third shutout of the season as the Houston Aeros drubbed the defending Calder Cup champion Milwaukee Admirals, 7-0, for the biggest home win in their 11-year history.

Giroux and Wallin each finished the evening with a plus-4 rating, while Kirby Law, Junior Lessard, Mikko Koivu, Stephane Veilleux and Matt Foy each tallied two-point nights for Houston.

The Aeros, who had never beaten Milwaukee in six previous attempts at the Toyota Center, owned a 55-16 edge in shots on goal.

The Aeros moved to fourth place in the West Division with the win, overtaking Cincinnati and San Antonio. Houston sits just three points in back of third-place Grand Rapids with two games in hand.

The loss ended Milwaukee’s four-game winning streak and allowed Chicago to regain sole possession of first place in the West (see below).

The Aeros, who had been shut out in each of their previous two outings, scored twice in the first period, three times in the second and twice more in the third. Shots were 20-6 through one period and 41-12 after two.

Brian Finley allowed four goals on 29 shots; Seamus Kotyk surrendered three goals on 26 shots.

CHICAGO 4, HAMILTON 2
Kevin Doell scored twice to help Chicago rally past Hamilton on Tuesday, 4-2. The win lifted the Wolves past Milwaukee and into sole possession of first place in the West Division.

Doell and Derek MacKenzie scored shorthanded goals 31 seconds apart late in the second period to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 Wolves lead.

Cory Larose also scored, and Paul Flache added two assists for Chicago. Kari Lehtonen made 28 saves.

MANITOBA 6, SAN ANTONIO 3
Ryan Kesler scored twice as Manitoba doubled up San Antonio, 6-3, at the SBC Center.

With the win, the Moose moved past Rochester and into first place in the North Division.

Justin Morrison, Jimmy Roy and Lee Goren added a goal and an assist apiece for Manitoba.