MANITOBA 3, HOUSTON 2 (SO)
Second-year pro Michael Grabner scored in regulation and added a shootout marker as Manitoba took a 3-2 road win over Houston on Thursday afternoon before 8,169 fans at the Toyota Center.
After a scoreless second period, Grabner extended the Moose’s lead to 2-0 with an unassisted tally at 12:04 of the third.
Houston goaltender Barry Brust denied Manitoba’s first two shootout tries before Cullen, Derlago, and Grabner scored in succession over the next three rounds.
Locke scored the Aeros’ lone goal in the shootout, converting in the first round. Morten Madsen, Kolanos, and Deitsch were all unsuccessful for Houston.
Moose goaltender Karl Goehring earned the victory on the afternoon. He only had to make 14 saves through regulation and overtime before his 3-for-4 showing in the shootout.
Manitoba now heads west to San Antonio to battle the Rampage on Friday night and Sunday afternoon.
MILWAUKEE 5, HAMILTON 4
Ryan Jones’ second goal of the night came exactly eight minutes into the third period to break a 4-4 deadlock and give Milwaukee a 5-4 road win over Hamilton at Copps Coliseum.
Mike Santorelli tallied a game-high four points (2-2-4) for the Admirals, and Jones finished with a three-point night (2-1-3).
SAN ANTONIO 3, SYRACUSE 0
San Antonio snapped a 13-game losing streak and 17-game winless streak (0-16-0-1) with a 3-0 shutout victory over visiting Syracuse at the AT&T Center.
Joakim Lindstrom, an AHL All-Star with Syracuse last season who was obtained by San Antonio from the Anaheim organization on Wednesday, added a goal against his former team in his first game for the Rampage.
Rampage goaltender Josh Tordjman made 27 saves to pick up the shutout and help San Antonio register its first victory since Oct. 25.
The Crunch fell to 2-5-0-0 in their last seven contests.