AEROS POSTGAME, DEC. 7: EARL SCORES BIG IN 4-3 SHOOTOUT WIN
OKLAHOMA CITY --- Robbie Earl scored twice in the third period and bagged the deciding shootout tally to help the Houston Aeros to a 4-3 win over the Oklahoma City Barons on Tuesday night at the Cox Convention Center.
Earl, who missed the Aeros last game on Saturday due to injury, led an Aeros comeback after trailing 3-1 through two periods. He pulled Houston within a goal at the 4:10 mark of the third and then tied the game on the power play at 14:07. Earl’s second goal moved him into a tie for the team lead with seven markers on the season.
The Aeros, who have won four of their last five outings and two in a row, are now within six points of the West Division-leading San Antonio Rampage.
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Matt Kassian staked the Aeros to the lead just 3:33 into the game with his second goal of the season.
The Barons scored twice in the middle stanza to take the lead on goals by Brad Moran at 13:45 on the power play and Jeff Petry at 19:02. Alexandre Giroux put the Barons up 3-1 at 3:30 of the third.
Anton Khudobin turned aside 11 third period shots including a pair of shorthanded breakaways on Liam Reddox, one with under a minute left in regulation. Khudobin closed the door on the three shots in overtime and then blanked the Barons on all five shootout attempts.
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Earl, 2nd round, shootout
HOU: Khudobin (27/30; 5/5 SO, W)
OKC: Drouin-Deslauriers (35/38; 4/4 SO, SOL)
F: Gillies, Peters, McMillan
D: Prosser, Falk
Fraser, Zingoni, Palmer, Lampman, Kalus, Broda
Dec. 10, 2010, vs. San Antonio at Toyota Center, 7:35 p.m.
Earl is now third in team scoring (7-6-13) in just 17 games played…The Aeros have won four of five; all four wins have come in extra time. The Aeros beat Milwaukee 4-3 in a shootout on Nov. 27, Rockford 2-1 in a shootout last Thursday, and won 4-3 in overtime at Texas on Saturday…The last five games have all been decided by one goal; the lone loss was a 2-1 decision to Rockford last Friday…The Aeros are now 12-9-1-0 vs. West Division teams…The Aeros scored first for the 17th time in the last 20 games. They lead the AHL in first goals (19)...When scoring first Houston is now 14-3-0-2…When scoring at least four goals the Aeros are undefeated (9-0-0-0)… The win marked the second time in four games the Aeros came from behind to win after trailing entering the third period; they defeated Rockford 4-3 in a shootout on Dec. 2… The Aeros came back from a second period deficit for just the second time this season (2-9-0-0) and the first time on the road.
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