The Houston Aeros got back on the winning track after seeing their six game winning streak snapped over the weekend by defeating the San Antonio Rampage 5-1 on Tuesday night. The win was the Aeros seventh in their last eight games and enforces the point that this team is as talented as any in the AHL.
The game was much closer than what the score reveals, at least through the first two periods. Houston opened the scoring in the first period on a Kris Foucault marker, his fourth of the season. Despite out shooting the Rampage by a 14-7 margin in the first twenty minutes, the Aeros could only sneak one shot past Jacob Markstrom who made 25 saves on the night for San Antonio.
The clubs would trade tallies in the second period with Houston scoring first on Charlie Coyle’s ninth of the year, only to see San Antonio cut the lead in half thanks to Greg Rallo picking up his tenth goal on the year.
The game would remain within reach for the Rampage for much of the third period before the Aeros struck for three goals in a five minute span beginning with Nick Palmieri‘s seventh.
David McIntyre would pad the lead for Houston before Jarrod Palmer scored his first of the season to put the game out of reach late in the third period.
Palmieri, McIntyre and Palmer all had a goal and an assist while Matt Hackett picked up the win in goal.
The win helps the Aeros keep pace with the Charlotte Checkers who also won on Tuesday. Houston remains just one point behind Charlotte for the division lead while having two games in hand on the Checkers.
A large crowd of 8,573 was on hand at the Toyota Center to cheer on their home town team to victory. Next action for the Aeros is this Friday when they travel to Charlotte for a pair of back-to-back games against those division leading Checkers. First place in the division will be on the line so let’s hope the Aeros continue their fine play and come out of Charlotte as the new leaders.