Boyd nets hat trick in return to Knights

In his first game back from the NHL, Dustin Boyd scored three times to lead Omaha to a 4-1 win over Toronto at the Air Canada Centre on Thursday night.

Boyd, who played two games for Calgary during his first career NHL stint, has 16 points in 10 games for the Knights, who are 9-0-1-0 with the rookie forward in the lineup.

Curtis McElhinney (5-1-0) made 34 saves for Omaha, including 19 in the second period alone.

Boyd scored two power-play goals and a shorthanded marker as the Knights dominated on special teams, going 3-for-6 with the man advantage while killing off all six Marlies chances.

Tim Ramholt also scored for Omaha, and David Moss recorded two assists.

Colin Murphy had the goal for Toronto.

Benoit Pouliot scored twice as Houston avenged three earlier losses to Iowa with a 3-2 win over the Stars at Wells Fargo Arena.

The teams will meet again on Friday night.

Josh Harding finished with 38 saves for the Aeros, who won a road game in regulation for the first time in 2006-07. The netminder stood tallest in the third period, making 18 stops as Iowa outshot the visitors, 19-2.

The Stars owned a 40-16 edge in shots on goal for the game.

Wyatt Smith also scored for Houston, and Danny Irmen recorded two assists.

Joel Lundqvist registered a goal and an assist for the Stars.

Shane Willis scored twice and Keith Aucoin recorded three points for Albany in a 3-2 win over Milwaukee at the Bradley Center.

It was the third straight three-point game for Aucoin, who scored the game-winning goal in the final minute of the second period. He has 12 points in his last five AHL contests for Albany.

Tyler Weiman made 30 saves for the River Rats, who had lost six of their previous seven games.

Ramzi Abid and Rich Peverley scored for the Admirals.