Seven straight goals equals ninth straight win for Moose

Rookie Mark Derlago tallied the first two goals of his AHL career, part of seven straight markers racked up by Manitoba on its way to a 7-2 road win over Lake Erie on Tuesday at the Quicken Loans Arena.

The Moose matched an AHL season high with their ninth consecutive win and extended their points streak to 11 games (10-0-0-1). Manitoba also set a new franchise record by capturing its seventh straight road victory.

Lake Erie’s Wyatt Smith and Manitoba’s Jannik Hansen traded goals in the opening period. Smith now has a goal in six of his last seven outings (6-3-9).

Derlago, a Manitoba native playing in his third game for the Moose, scored his first goal just 59 seconds into the second period. After Pierre-Cedric Labrie scored at 3:57, Derlago lit the lamp again at 11:56 to make it 4-1.

Michael Grabner, Greg Rallo, and Danny Groulx added goals in the third period for the Moose. Rallo’s was his first AHL marker of the campaign.

Monsters winger Eric Healey closed the game’s scoring with his 21st goal of the season.

Manitoba goaltender Drew MacIntyre (24-16-2) picked up the win with 26 saves.

Joel Ward’s power play goal with 44 seconds left in regulation forced overtime, and Shawn Belle scored the only shootout goal for either side as Houston downed Peoria by a 3-2 count at the Toyota Center.

The Aeros trailed 2-0 entering the third period, but Ryan Hamilton made it a 2-1 game just 1:48 into the stanza.

That set the stage for Ward’s goal at the 19:16 mark. Jon Awe and Brandon Rogers assisted on both Houston markers.

Aeros goaltender Barry Brust made 26 saves and stopped all five shootout attempts in the winning effort.

Trent Whitfield had a goal and an assist for the Rivermen, and Chris Porter also scored. Jim Jackson picked up a pair of assists.

Houston captured its fourth straight win and took over sole possession of third place in the West Division, one point ahead of intra-state rival San Antonio and three back of second-place Rockford.