Thursday roundup: Aeros end skid

Thursday’s AHL Boxscores

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).

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.

Aaron Palushaj and Julian Talbot also netted shootout goals for the Rivermen, while Colin Long and Matt Beleskey registered successful attempts for the Rampage.

Peoria jumped to a 3-0 lead by the 2:56 mark of the second period on tallies by Nicholas Drazenovic, Brendan Bell, and Talbot, who scored his first goal of the campaign.

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.

Peoria re-took a one-goal lead when Brett Sonne scored on the power play at 14:33 of the third, only to see the Rampage tie it once more on a Viktor Tikhonov marker with 2:15 to play in regulation.

Palushaj and defenseman Steve Wagner each chipped in two assists for the Rivermen, and goaltender Hannu Toivonen made 38 saves through the first 65 minutes.