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.
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.
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.
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.
Paul Szczechura scored the lone goal for Iowa in the loss.