HOUSTON 4, MANITOBA 1
Houston’s struggling offense came to life with four goals on Thursday en route to a 4-1 win over Manitoba at the Toyota Center. Defenseman Maxim Noreau paced the Aeros with two goals and an assist after totaling three points (0-3-3) in his first 12 games this season.
Danny Irmen also netted a pair of goals for Houston, which entered the contest having managed two goals during a three-game losing skid.
Noreau assisted on a first-period marker by Irmen and then tallied goals of his own in the second and third frames. Fellow defenseman Clayton Stoner picked up an assist and was plus-3 on the night.
Houston goaltender Anton Khudobin only had to make 14 saves to pick up the win, as the Aeros held a 34-15 advantage in shots.
Ex-Aero Marco Rosa scored for the Moose, who have lost three straight games and have won just once in their last six outings (1-3-2-0).
PEORIA 5, SAN ANTONIO 4 (SO)
Barry Tallackson’s sixth-round shootout goal allowed Peoria to emerge with a 5-4 win over visiting San Antonio on Thursday at Carver Arena.
But San Antonio eventually battled back to a draw. Defenseman Sean Sullivan put the Rampage on the board at 18:12 of the second period, and Joel Perrault followed just 38 seconds later. Perrault then tallied an unassisted shorthanded goal for the equalizer 13:50 into the third frame.