Aeros tip Admirals in Tuesday matinee

Joel Ward and Patrick O’Sullivan scored 1:27 apart early in the first period, Bryan Lundbohm also scored and Miroslav Kopriva made 21 saves as the Houston Aeros defeated the Milwaukee Admirals, 3-2, on Tuesday.

Attendance was 7,367 on Houston Chronicle in Education Field Trip day at the Toyota Center. Game time was 11:00 a.m. local.

Houston (35-12-1-2) increased its lead over second-place Milwaukee (31-13-4-1) to six points by winning the Admirals’ final visit to Houston of the season. The Aeros make three more trips to the Bradley Center, including back-to-back visits February 25-26.

Houston, 22-4-1-2 at home this year, plays 19 of its final 30 games on the road, beginning Friday in Manchester.

Brandon Segal and Simon Gamache both scored and Brian Finley made 25 stops for Milwaukee, which fell to 9-2-2-0 in its last 13. Finley fell to 17-7-1 against the Aeros in his career.

Houston finished 0-for-6 on the power play, while Milwaukee went 0-for-4. The Admirals finished the season 0-for-19 with the man advantage at Toyota Center.

Brendan Brooks scored 6:01 into the game and Reinhard Divis made 24 saves as Peoria posted a 1-0 win over Syracuse on Tuesday night.

It was the fourth win in a row for the Rivermen, who remained six points ahead of fourth-place Iowa in the West Division.

The whitewash by Divis extended his personal winning streak to five starts. He made 13 of his 24 stops in the third period.

Andrew Penner made 28 saves in the loss.

Iowa scored three times in the third period to post a 6-4 win over Chicago in a big division battle in Des Moines on Tuesday.

David Oliver, Yan Stastny and Loui Eriksson scored in the final frame for the Stars, who owned a 15-2 edge in shots on goal over the final 20 minutes.

Jamie Johnson recorded three assists for Iowa, and Mike Smith finished the night with 24 saves.

Billy Tibbetts scored twice for the Wolves, giving them a 4-3 lead in the final minute of the second period.