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Moose edge Aeros in shootout, 3-2

Thursday’s Boxscores


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.

Mark Cullen and rookie Mark Derlago added goals in the shootout for the Moose, who swept their four-game season series with the Aeros and moved to 17-4-0-0 overall.

Alexandre Bolduc gave Manitoba a 1-0 lead just 3:32 into the game with his third goal of the season. Pierre-Cedric Labrie and Maxime Fortunus picked up the assists.

After a scoreless second period, Grabner extended the Moose’s lead to 2-0 with an unassisted tally at 12:04 of the third.

The Aeros cut the deficit in half just 1:06 later, though, as Jason Deitsch scored on the power play, with assists going to Brandon Rogers and Corey Locke.

Locke then netted the game-tying goal with 1:53 in regulation. Clayton Stoner and Krys Kolanos picked up the helpers on Locke’s sixth tally of the campaign.

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.

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).

Stephen Werner also scored for Milwaukee, and Alexander Sulzer chipped in a pair of assists. The Admirals improved to 10-3-0-0 in their last 13 games.

Mike Glumac scored twice for the Bulldogs, who also received markers from Ryan Russell and Dan Jancevski. Hamilton has now dropped three straight games in regulation for the first time this season. 

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.

Rookie Chad Kolarik and captain Jeff Hoggan each posted a goal and an assist for the Rampage.

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.