Aeros sweep weekend set in Milwaukee

Rem Murray posted a goal and two assists and Kirby Law, Curtis Murphy and Patrick O’Sullivan each added a goal and a helper as the Houston Aeros stormed back from an early two-goal deficit for a 5-2 victory over the Milwaukee Admirals at the Bradley Center on Sunday afternoon.

Peter Olvecky’s goal late in the first period began the comeback, and former Admiral Seamus Kotyk made 25 saves for Houston (41-14-1-2), which has bettered its 2004-05 win total and pushed its West Division lead over Milwaukee to six points after sweeping both games from the Admirals this weekend.

The Aeros, who still have a game in hand on the Admirals, have won six straight overall and five in a row on the road.

Chris Durno and Kevin Klein each scored first-period goals and Pekka Rinne made 27 saves for Milwaukee, which has lost back-to-back games in regulation for the first time since before Christmas.

O’Sullivan, Murphy and Murray all scored in the final 4:45 of the second period to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 lead for the Aeros.

Law (83 points) has opened up a two-point lead over teammate Erik Westrum (81) for the AHL’s scoring lead. O’Sullivan, now on a seven-game scoring streak, leads AHL rookies with 34 goals and 66 points.

Elsewhere on Sunday:

  • Hartford rallied to tie four separate times in regulation before Thomas Pock netted the winner in overtime as the Wolf Pack beat Lowell, 6-5
  • Brandon Bochenski scored three times in the first period and Filip Novak finished with four assists as Binghamton raced out to a five-goal lead before holding on to defeat Bridgeport, 6-5
  • Mike Zigomanis scored two of Peoria’s three shorthanded goals, including the winner 43 seconds into OT, as the Rivermen edged Chicago, 4-3
  • Tyler Redenbach led the way with two goals and an assist as Providence rolled past Manchester, 7-2
  • Nathan Marsters stopped 28 shots for Portland in a 4-1 win over visiting Norfolk
  • Mark Hartigan scored a goal for the 11th straight game, but Ahren Nittel‘s hat trick and Barry Tallackson‘s overtime goal helped Albany to a 5-4 win over Syracuse
  • Donald MacLean scored twice in the third period — his league-leading 43rd and 44th goals of the season — to rally Grand Rapids past Hershey, 4-3
  • Former Penguin J.S. Aubin made 38 saves for Toronto in a 3-1 win over the Penguins
  • Layne Ulmer scored twice and David LeNeveu made 38 saves as San Antonio earned a 4-3 shootout win over Iowa
  • Marc-Antoine Pouliot broke a tie with one minute left in regulation, sending Hamilton to a 6-4 win at Rochester