HOUSTON 5, PEORIA 3
Houston bounced back from deficits of 2-0 and 3-1 on Monday and took a 5-3 road win over Peoria on Monday at Carver Arena, earning a commanding 3-0 series lead in the teams’ West Division semifinal.
Colton Gillies scored twice – including the game-winning goal – for the Aeros, who will shoot for the four-game sweep when Game 4 of the series goes on Tuesday night.
Peoria looked to turn the tide of the series after dropping the first two games in Houston and got off to a good start when Akim Aliu buried a goal just 19 seconds after the opening face-off.
Three-time AHL All-Star T.J. Hensick made it a 2-0 game at the 9:49 mark, and after Casey Wellman put Houston on the board 48 seconds into the second period, Hensick restored Peoria’s two-goal advantage at the 3:41 mark.
Ex-Rivermen forward Jon DiSalvatore brought the Aeros within 3-2 midway through the second period, and Chad Rau tied it up 1:12 into the third frame. That set the stage for Gillies, who tallied the game-winning goal at 11:53 of the third period. Gilles then added an insurance marker less than four minutes later.
The Aeros have now won four straight postseason games against Peoria since dropping Game 6 of the teams’ West Division semifinal, which Houston ultimately took in seven games.