Koistinen, Admirals down Aeros, clinch third place

Defenseman Ville Koistinen scored a goal and an assist to lead the Milwaukee Admirals to a 3-1 win at home over the visiting Houston Aeros on Tuesday night.

With the win, the Admirals guaranteed a third-place finish in the West Division; they will open defense of their Western Conference championship next week against either Omaha or Chicago.

Karl Goehring earned his 22nd win of the year with a 29-save performance and Cal O’Reilly and Chris Durno both provided goals for Milwaukee, which ended a two-game skid.

Ramzi Abid has points in both games since returning to the Admirals on Apr. 6, registering two assists on Tuesday.

Defenseman Curtis Murphy scored in a losing effort for Houston.

Jeff Giuliano and Petr Kanko each tallied a goal and an assist to lead the Monarchs to a 3-1 win at Portland, eliminating the Pirates from contention for the 2007 Calder Cup Playoffs.

Manchester, which has already wrapped up the Atlantic Division title, has won five in a row.

Barry Brust backstopped the Monarchs with 29 saves on 30 shots and evened his record to 7-7-0 on the year. Trevor Lewis scored what proved to be the game-winning goal on a 5-on-3 man advantage for Manchester.

Joe Motzko recorded the lone goal for Portland in the loss.

Robbie Earl led the Toronto Marlies to a 4-3 shootout win over the Rochester Americans at Ricoh Coliseum.

Earl recorded a pair of goals and an assist in regulation and scored the only goal in the shootout to snap the Marlies three game losing skid.

Justin Pogge made 21 saves on 24 shots in regulation and overtime and stopped all five Amerks in the shootout to earn his 18th win of the season for Toronto.

Down 3-2 heading into the third period, the Marlies got the equalizer from defenseman Karel Pilar on the power play. Pilar also added an assist in the contest.

Michael Ryan led the Amerks with two goals in a losing effort.

Facing a 1-0 deficit heading into the final period, Omaha three unanswered goals to defeat the visiting San Antonio Rampage, 3-1, at the Omaha Civic Auditorium.

Curtis McElhinney improved his mark to 33-17-1 by stopping 14 shots and only allowing one goal for Omaha.

Dustin Boyd tied things up at the 7:11 mark of the third period and teammate Justin Taylor scored the game-winner with 5:18 remaining as Omaha won for the fourth time in its last five contests.

Cam Cunning rounded out the scoring for the Knights, recording an empty-net goal.

Donald MacLean scored in the loss for San Antonio.