OKLAHOMA CITY --- Jarod Palmer posted three points (1-2-3) and scored the game-winner to help lead the Houston Aeros to their fourth consecutive win in a 4-2 victory over the Oklahoma City Barons Saturday night at Cox Convention Center.
Anton Khudobin made 23 saves and won his fourth consecutive start in goal as the Aeros ended OKC's five-game-winning streak. The Aeros (6-5-1-0) current win streak is their longest of the season.
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Brock McBride got the Aeros scoring started with his first of the season at the 5:35 mark of the opening period. Houston added another in the first on a Carson McMillan goal at 15:17 with assists from Petr Kalus and Palmer.
Oklahoma City scored the lone goal in the second period at 16:42 by Alex Plante with assists to Alexandre Giroux and Brad Moran to cut the Aeros lead to 2-1.
The Aeros quickly seized the momentum in the third period when Palmer scored his first AHL goal, 36 seconds into the period, on the power play with an assist from J.M. Daoust to stretch the Houston lead to 3-1.
Robbie Earl added to the Aeros lead 9:20 into the third to give Houston a 4-1 lead. Earl now has points in five of the last six games.
OKC's Ben Ondrus closed the scoring at 17:28 to make it a 4-2 game.
The Aeros will travel to Abbotsford for games against the Heat on Monday and Tuesday with each contest beginning at 9pm, central standard time.
Nov. 6 at Oklahoma City, 7:05 p.m. CST
Nov. 8 at Abbotsford, 9:00 p.m. CST
Nov. 9 at Abbotsford, 9:00 p.m. CST
The Houston Aeros (Minnesota Wild) visit the Oklahoma City Barons (Edmonton Oilers) for the fourth meeting this season and third at OKC. The Aeros have won three in a row including a 3-2 shootout win over Toronto last night at Toyota Center. Houston's three-game winning streak comes on the heels of a six-game (0-5-1-0) winless skid. The Barons are winners of five in a row including last night's 6-1 win over Texas.
AEROS AT A GLANCE
STREAK: WON 3
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
BUSY KHUDOBIN --- Anton Khudobin has started four of the last five games. He has won three in a row, turning aside 94 of 99 shots (.939, 1.62 GAA)
KHUDOBIN AMONG LEAGUE LEADERS --- Anton Khudobin enters Saturday's game first in save percentage (.940) and fifth in GAA (1.97) while Drew Bagnall is fifth among defensemen in PIM (29).
STREAKS --- Marco Scandella has points in four straight (1-3-4)...Robbie Earl has points in four of five (0-4-4)...Warren Peters has points in two straight (1-2-3)...Maxin Noreau has points in three of four (2-1-3).
MCMILLAN'S WINNERS --- Carson McMillan scored the game-winner in two straight games (Oct. 30 at TEX, Oct. 31 vs. TEX).
MOVIN' ON UP --- The Aeros have already had four players called up to Minnesota (Gillies, Wellman, Kassian, Almond).
SCORE FIRST! --- The Aeros have scored the first goal in four straight games. Houston is 5-1-0-0 when scoring first this season and 0-4-1-0 when allowing the first goal.
SCORE EARLY! --- The Aeros are 5-0-0-0 when leading after 20 minutes and 0-3-0-0 when trailing after the opening period.
HITTIN' THE ROAD --- The Aeros play five in a row away from home (1 at OKC, 2 at ABB, 2 at PEO) from Nov. 5-14...Eight of the team's 10 games after Nov. 5 are on the road. After the first five away, the team plays at home Nov. 17 vs. CHI and then heads back out for games at GR and CHI.
SHOOTIN' --- The Aeros are 5-1-0-0 when being outshot 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.
LAST GAME QUICK RECAP
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 improved to 5-5-1-0.
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