Charles Linglet posted a five-point night, registering a pair of goals and three assists to lead Peoria to an 8-2 rout over Houston at the Toyota Center on Tuesday.
Ryan MacMurchy scored two goals and Ryan Ramsay tallied a goal and two assists for the Rivermen, who snapped a five-game winless skid with the victory.
Marek Schwarz stopped 21 of 23 shots to earn his first win since Mar. 16 for Peoria, which moved to within four points of fourth-place Iowa in the West Division. With the "crossover" possibility to qualify for the postseason, the Rivermen are also three points behind Grand Rapids, the fourth-place team in the North Division.
Mike Glumac, Yan Stastny and Rocky Thompson each recorded goals while defenseman Tomas Mojzis had three helpers on the night for the Rivermen, who ended their six-game road trip with the win.
Joel Ward led Houston with a goal and an assist in the loss. The Aeros allowed 34 goals on their five-game homestand (1-4-0-0).
OMAHA 2, IOWA 1
Curtis McElhinney made 26 saves on 27 shots to backstop Omaha to a 2-1 win over Iowa at Wells Fargo Arena, moving the Ak-Sar-Ben Knights atop the West Division.
McElhinney earned his 30th win of the year, joining Jason LaBarbera of Manchester and Corey Crawford of Norfolk as the only 30-game winners on the season thus far.
Omaha is tied with Chicago for the most points in the West Division (93), but the Knights have more wins (44-42) as well as two games still in hand on the Wolves.
Tomi Maki and Kris Chucko both tallied in the win for Omaha, which is 9-2-0-0 all-time in Des Moines.
Paul Szczechura scored the lone goal for Iowa in the loss.