In a game where all 7 goals were scored in the 2nd period, the Aeros used 4 unanswered goals including 3 in just over 5 minutes late in the 2nd period to pull away from the Peoria Rivermen for a 5-2 win back on Sunday Afternoon.
It was a mostly an afternoon where you saw secondary players score most of the goals including Defensemen Jared Spurgeon who scored his first career Professional goal for the Aeros which tied the game at 2-2 early in the 2nd period. And helped kick off the Aeros pulling away from the Peoria Rivermen, as the Aeros were able to snap a 3 game losing streak as they lost both games in BC against Abbotsford and the first of two against the Rivermen the night before.
After a scoreless first period, the goals began flying when it went from 0-0 to 2-2 as Peter Klaus got the scoring going as he scored his 4th of the season just 28 seconds into the 2nd period. After Peoria scored twice in just over a minute apart to take brief 2-1 lead for the Rivermen.
Then the Aeros shut the door on Peoria as Maxim Noreau, Joel Broda on the Power Play and a shorthanded goal by Carson Macmillan put the Aeros up 5-2 with just under 5 minutes left in the 2nd period.
Then it was Matt Hackett's job to keep the door shut as he stopped 7 shots in the 3rd period as the Aeros won comfortably 5-2 over the Rivermen over in Illinois.
As the Aeros are looking to climb back up in the West Division Standings as the Aeros are now 7-6-3 (17 points) and in 5th place in the West. A great winning streak can put them within striking distance of the Rivermen who are just 2 points up plus Milwaukee and Oklahoma City who are currently tied for 2nd at the moment.
As for the upcoming schedule for the Aeros, it's a home game against the Chicago Wolves on Wednesday Night. Then it's a quick 2 game road-trip with games in Grand Rapids and Chicago this weekend.
Here's the Aeros next 5. All games can be heard on Houston News Talk 1070 KNTH.
11/17: VS. Chicago Wolves 7:05 PM
11/19: @ Grand Rapids Griffins 6:00 PM
11/20: @ Chicago Wolves 7:00 PM
11/21: VS. Texas Stars 4:05 PM
11/24: @ Texas Stars 7:30 PM
Houston Aeros 5 Peoria Rivermen 2 (0-0, 5-2, 0-0)
Audio Clips from the Game
Carlson McMillan's SHG
Joel Broda Gives Aeros 4-2 Lead on PP
Spurgeon's First Professional Goal
Game Story from the Houston Aeros Website
From Peoria, Illinois: Three Aeros collected multiple points, including defensemen Maxim Noreau who had a goal and two assists, and the Houston Aeros scored five times in the 2nd period en route to a 5-2 win over the Peoria Rivermen Sunday at Carver Arena.
The win snapped a 3 game Houston Winless skid and ended a five game road trip at 2-1-2.
Carson McMillan and Jared Spurgeon each added a goal and an assist and Matt Hackett made 21 saves for his first win since October 15 and just his third overall this season.
After a scoreless first period, Houston's Petr Klaus scored 28 seconds into the second with his fourth goal of the season.
Peoria's Derek Nesbitt responded 52 seconds later to knot the score at 1-1. Ian Cole gave the Rivermen a 2-1 lead just 1:17 later.
Houston began a run of four unanswered goals starting with Spurgeon's first as a pro, on the power play at 4:50. Noreau scored the eventual game winner at 10:36 and then Joel Broda tallied another power play marker at 13:55. McMillan added a shorthanded goal, the team's first of the season, at 15:13.
The Aeros went 2/7 on the power play and have scored on the man advantage in six of their last seven outings.
Peoria Goalie Jake Allen (17 saves) suffered the loss, his first as a pro, and was relieved after Houston's fourth goal. Ben Bishop made 8 saves in 23:46 of mop up duty.
The Aeros (7-6-3) return home on Wednesday Night at 7:05 PM to face the Chicago Wolves. Get $25 Center Ice Tickets, regularly $35, by calling 713-974-7825.
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