HOUSTON 5, SAN ANTONIO 4 (SO)
Matt Foy tallied a goal and two assists and scored in the shootout as the Houston Aeros outlasted the San Antonio Rampage, 5-4, in a preseason game in Sugar Land, Texas.
The Aeros sprinted to a four-goal lead – all on power-play tallies – and got goals from Foy and rookie Ben Thomson in the shootout.
Curtis Murphy and Roman Voloshenko added a goal and an assist and Alex Leavitt also scored for Houston, which travels to San Antonio for a rematch on Sunday. Miroslav Kopriva allowed one goal on 14 shots, while Tom Lawson followed with a 17-save performance. Lawson was perfect on four attempts in the shootout.
Daniel Winnik, Randall Gelech and Jakub Koreis each had a goal and two assists for San Antonio. Kyle Wilson also scored, while Philippe Sauve (14 saves, 4 GA) and Josh Tordjman (18 saves, 0 GA) tended the nets for the Rampage.
The Aeros scored four power-play goals on four attempts in the game’s opening 10:37, but the Rampage rallied to eventually tie the score on Gelech’s goal with 7:08 left in regulation.
MANCHESTER 5, WORCESTER 4 (SO)
Defenseman Eric Werner‘s lone shootout goal lifted the Manchester Monarchs over the Worcester Sharks, 5-4, in Hooksett, N.H.
Monarchs goaltender Daniel Taylor stopped all five of Worcester’s shootout attempts
Worcester jumped out on the scoreboard at 4:08 of the first period as center Michal Macho buried a wrist shot into the back of the net. Matt Moulson evened the score at 1-1 less than two minutes later, but the Sharks regained the lead with 16 seconds remaining in the opening frame, as Dan Spang fired a slap shot from the point past a screened Barry Brust.
Manchester tied the score again when Ryan Murphy blasted a shot past Thomas Greiss (44 saves) at 2:11 of the second period, but Worcester regained the lead at 17:47 on a Joe Pavelski goal.
Manchester evened things up at the 3:40 mark of the final frame as Noah Clarke made it 3-3. Worcester took back their lead at 11:59 when Torry Gajda backhanded a rebound over Daniel Taylor.
Just 68 seconds later, Kevin Saurette flipped a backhander through the legs of Greiss to bring the score back to a tie at 4-4.
PROVIDENCE 3, SPRINGFIELD 1
David Krejci and Ryan Gaucher had a goal and an assist each as Providence posted a 3-1 win over Springfield at the MassMutual Center on Saturday.
Daniel Sparre also scored for the Bruins, and Brian Finley stopped 28 shots.
Justin Keller scored the Falcons’ lone goal.
CHICAGO 6, MILWAUKEE 1
Veteran forwards Steve Martins and Cory Larose each collected two goals and one assist to lead the way as the Chicago Wolves finished their preseason with a 6-1 victory against the Milwaukee Admirals in Hoffman Estates, Ill., on Saturday night.
Chicago (4-1-0-0), which won each of its last four preseason tilts, also received a three-assist night from left wing Brett Sterling. Netminder Michael Garnett registered 19 saves on 20 shots to keep Milwaukee’s offense in check.
Karl Goehring posted 36 saves in the loss for the Admirals.
OMAHA 3, IOWA 0
Omaha got 23 saves and an assist from Matt Keetley to beat the Iowa Stars, 3-0, at the Civic Auditorium on Saturday night.
The teams meet again in Des Moines on Sunday.
Rookie Steve McJannett opened the scoring on a first-period power play, and the Knights’ 1-0 led held up until Derek Edwardson snapped home an insurance goal at 4:21 of the third period.
Justin Taylor finished the scoring with an empty-net shorthanded goal.
BINGHAMTON 3, WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 1
Right wing Jeff Heerema scored two goals and added one assist while right wing Cory Pecker collected one goal and one assist to lead the Binghamton Senators to a 3-1 victory over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at the Wachovia Arena on Saturday.
Defensemen Chris Cava tallied two assists while Kelly Guard and Jeff Glass combined for 20 saves.
Eric Sonnenberg, brother of former Penguin Martin, had the only Wilkes-Barre goal of the night.
HAMILTON 7, TORONTO 2
The Hamilton Bulldogs registered their first win of the preseason on Saturday afternoon with a 7-2 win over the Toronto Marlies in Woodstock, Ont.
Maxim Lapierre and Duncan Milroy each scored twice for the Bulldogs and Kyle Chipchura added three assists, while Yann Danis made 25 saves.
Eighteen-year-old Jiri Tlusty, a first-round draft choice by the Maple Leafs in 2006, scored both Marlies goals on the night.
ALBANY 4, BRIDGEPORT 1
Kyle Cumiskey and Keith Aucoin each had a goal and an assist to lead the Albany River Rats to a 4-1 victory over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in front of 5,026 fans at the Glens Falls Civic Center in Glens Falls, N.Y.
Dan DaSilva and Jon Laliberte also scored for the River Rats, who outshot the Sound Tigers by a 50-21 margin.
Kevin Mitchell scored the lone goal for the Sound Tigers with a power-play tally midway through the first period.
Justin Peters, a second-round pick by Carolina in 2004, started in net for Albany and stopped nine of the 10 shots he faced in 30:14 minutes of action.
Billy Thompson made 46 saves in the losing effort for Bridgeport.