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Aeros win, join second-place logjam in West Division


HOUSTON 2, GRAND RAPIDS 1

The Houston Aeros moved into a three-way tie for second place in the West Division with a 2-1 home-ice win over Grand Rapids on Thursday at the Toyota Center.

John Lammers posted a goal and an assist for the Aeros, and Jesse Schultz netted the eventual game-winner with 2:16 left in the second period.

The Griffins, playing their second game in as many nights, took a 1-0 advantage when Darren Haydar tallied his team-leading 25th goal of the season 6:33 into the contest. Haydar now has a point in eight straight games (5-10-15) and 15 of his last 16 (9-17-26).

Lammers tied it for Houston 8:28 into the second, with Morten Madsen and Robbie Earl picking up the helpers.

It remained a 1-1 deadlock until Schultz scored his 20th goal of the campaign at 17:44 of the second. Lammers and Corey Locke earned assists, as Schultz reached the 20-goal plateau for the third time in his last four seasons in the AHL.

Houston goaltender Nolan Schaefer earned the victory with 23 saves, improving to 21-15-5 for the season.

At 30-23-1-8 (69 points), the Aeros are tied with Rockford and Chicago for the West Division’s second spot. The trio sits a healthy 15 points back of first-place Milwaukee.


MILWAUKEE 6, IOWA 2
Six different players scored as Milwaukee cruised to a 6-2 win over Iowa in the opener of a two-game set at the Bradley Center.

Andreas Thuresson, Kelsey Wilson, and Hugh Jessiman each posted a goal and an assist for the Admirals, while Scott Ford, Ryan Maki, and Patric Hornqvist also lit the lamp. Hornqvist extended his goal-scoring streak to five games (5-1-6).

AHL All-Star Cal O’Reilly picked up three assists, and goaltender Drew MacIntyre made 28 saves for his league-leading 28th win of the season (28-11-2).

The Chops grabbed leads of 1-0 and 2-1 in the first period on goals by Eric Boguniecki and Ryan Dingle, but Milwaukee scored five unanswered tallies to run away with the contest.

The win allowed the Admirals to avenge a 2-1 loss to the Chops in Des Moines last Saturday; the teams will meet again in Milwaukee on Friday night.