HOUSTON --- Joel Broda and Maxim Noreau scored in regulation while Jon DiSalvatore had the deciding goal in the shootout as the Houston Aeros extended their winning streak to three games in a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Marlies in front of 8,477 fans Friday night at Toyota Center.
Anton Khudobin turned aside 34 shots in the win as the Aeros improve to 5-5-1-0.
Houston, which is now 5-0-0-0 when leading after the first period, took a 2-0 lead out of the opening 20 minutes on Broda's fourth of the season, on the power play, at 4:49. Noreau scored his second of the season at the 14:15 mark.
Toronto's Ryan Hamilton cut the lead in half 1:45 into the third and then Mike Brennan knotted the score with 5:02 remaining.
DiSalvatore followed up Jarod Palmer in the shootout to give the Aeros the win. Khudobin stopped three of four Toronto shootout bids.
The Aeros visit Oklahoma City Saturday night and then travel to Abbotsford for games vs. the Heat on Monday and Tuesday. They return home to face the Chicago Wolves on Wednesday, November 17.
AEROS STARTERS: Anton Khudobin (G), Nate Prosser (D), Jarod Palmer (F/D), Petr Kalus (F), Carson McMillan (F), Jared Spurgeon (D).
AEROS SCRATCHES: Jamie Fraser, Peter Zingoni, Chad Rau, Tyler Cuma
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PREGAME NOTES: The Houston Aeros (Minnesota Wild) play host to the Toronto Marlies (Toronto Maple Leafs) for first of two meetings this season and the only meeting in Houston. The Aeros have won two in a row including a 4-2 victory Sunday over Texas. Houston's two-game win streak comes on the heels of a six-game (0-5-1-0) winless skid. The Marlies had lost three in a row until Thursday's 6-1 win at San Antonio
AEROS AT A GLANCE
STREAK: WON 2
LEAGUE LEADERS --- HOU'S Anton Khudobin is 2nd in save percentage (.939) and 7th in GAA (1.99) ...HOU'S Drew Bagnall is 4th among defensemen in PIM (29)...TOR'S Nazem Kadri is tied for 3rd in rookie scoring (4-5-9)...
STREAKS --- Marco Scandella has points in two straight (1-2-3)...Nate Prosser has goals in two straight (2-0-2)...Carson McMillan has goals and points in two (2-1-3)...Kris Fredheim has points in two (1-1-2)...Brandon Buck has assists in two (1-1-2).
SCORE FIRST! --- Houston is 4-1-0-0 when scoring first this season and 0-4-1-0 when allowing the first goal.
SCORE EARLY! --- The Aeros are 4-0-0-0 when leading after 20 minutes and 0-3-0-0 when trailing after the opening period.
HITTIN' THE ROAD --- After tonight the Aeros play five in a row away from home (1 at OKC, 2 at ABB, 2 at PEO)...Eight of the team's 10 games after tonight are on the road. After thr first five away, the team is back home Nov. 17 vs. CHI and then head back out for games at GRP and CHI.
SHOOTIN' --- The Aeros are 3-1-0-0 when being out shot and 0-3-1-0 when outshooting their opponents.
POWER PLAY DROUGHT OVER --- Maxim Noreau scored on Houston's fourth power play Oct. 29 at San Antonio to snap a six-game scoreless drought on the man-advantage. The Aeros power play was 0-for-28 in six games prior to going 1-for-7 that night.
ROSTER MOVES --- C Rylan Kaip was recalled from Bakersfield (ECHL) on Nov. 5... C Cody Almond was recalled by Minnesota on Nov. 4...LW Colton Gillies was assigned by Minnesota to Houston on Nov. 3...LW Matt Kassian was recalled by Minnesota on Nov. 3...The Aeros signed F Brock McBride to a PTO Oct. 29...F Casey Wellman was recalled by the Minnesota Wild on Oct. 28.