Aeros 1, Knights 2 (OT)
Saturday, 04.01.2006 / 12:13 AM / News
|Knights 2, Aeros 1 (OT)
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OMAHA, Neb. – Warren Peters forced overtime with a power play goal with 1:52 left in regulation, and Mark Giordano scored 1:03 into the extra session, as the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights continued their torrid run with a 2-1 victory over Houston, extending the Aeros’ winless streak to eight games. Brent Krahn made 21 stops for Omaha, which is 7-1-0-1 in its last nine and 16-3-0-2 in its last 21. The Knights have 79 points, still three clear of fifth-place Iowa for the final playoff spot in the West Division. The Stars beat Milwaukee 3-2 in a shootout tonight.
Rookie sensation Patrick O’Sullivan scored his team-leading 44th goal and Seamus Kotyk made 21 saves for Houston, which is 0-5-2-1 in its last eight but remained three points behind first-place Milwaukee. Houston has two games in hand, and is still in control of its own destiny. The Aeros are winless in eight straight for the first time since a franchise-record 0-5-8-1 streak from December 27, 2003-January 23, 2004.
The Aeros, who went 0-2-2-1 on their five-game road trip, kick off a five-game homestand Saturday against third-place Peoria. It’s Chad Hedrick Night, as the Aeros honor the Olympic Champion speedskater and Texas native, who is hosting a group of Special Olympians. The first 5,000 fans will receive a commemorative puck. Buy tickets.
Five of the eight meetings between Houston and Omaha this season have gone into overtime or a shootout.
Kotyk made his best save of the opening period late, when a loose puck squirted to Brandon Prust in the high slot. Prust let loose through traffic, but Kotyk stopped the shot and covered up the rebound in a crush of bodies.
A busy first period saw 10 minor penalties called.
Carsen Germyn split a four-minute Omaha power play when he took a slashing penalty early in the second.
On the ensuing 4-on-4, O’Sullivan netted his team-best 44th goal, on a breakaway at 2:46. Kirby Law created a turnover at the Aeros’ blueline and hit a cutting O’Sullivan up the left wing. O’Sullivan let loose of his patented wrister from the top of the left circle. Krahn got a piece of the puck, but the blast trickled off the netminder and over the goal line. O’Sullivan is one goal off Jeff Christian’s 1998-99 team record, while Law picked up his league-leading 101st point.
Houston defenseman Erik Reitz got called for a boarding major and was given a game misconduct with five minutes left in the second. But Omaha’s leading scorer, Giordano, picked up a hooking minor with 1:58 remaining.
With seven minutes left in the third, Kotyk pushed a Lynn Loyns point-blank shot just wide, then got a glove on Germyn’s rip from the low slot.
Giordano created a Knights power play with 1:56 left, when he got loose past Curtis Murphy and caused a hooking call – the lone penalty of the third period.
Omaha took just four seconds after the faceoff to tie things up, with 1:52 remaining. Peters deflected a Germyn floater by Kotyk for his 12th goal of the season.
At 1:03 of the 4-on-4 overtime session, Giordano scored his 16th goal. He snapped a give-and-go from Tim Hambly low under Kotyk.
Houston went 0-for-5 on the power play, while Omaha finished 1-for-7.
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