LaBarbera blanks Aeros again

Jason LaBarbera made 35 saves for his 16th career AHL shutout as Hartford posted a 1-0 shootout win over Houston in a Monday matinee at the Hartford Civic Center.

LaBarbera, who has shut out the Aeros in three straight meetings, dueled rookie Josh Harding for 65 minutes. Harding stopped 27 Wolf Pack shots.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard opened the shootout with a goal, but LaBarbera denied the next four Houston attempts while Lucas Lawson and Chad Wiseman converted for Hartford.

The Wolf Pack improved to 7-0-0-0 on the season with the win, while the loss snapped the Aeros’ three-game winning streak.

In Monday’s other AHL game, Simon Gamache scored twice, including the winner with 1:01 left in overtime, as Milwaukee defeated San Antonio, 2-1.

The defending Calder Cup champion Admirals are 6-0-1-0 on the year, and have not lost in regulation in their last 14 outings, dating back to the Calder Cup 2004 Playoffs.

Brian Finley needed just 18 saves for the win as Milwaukee outshot the Rampage, 41-19. Travis Scott turned aside 39 shots, but fell to 2-4-0.