CEDAR PARK, Texas --- Three different players scored and Anton Khudobin made 29 saves as the Houston Aeros snapped their six-game winless skid in a 3-1 victory over the Texas Stars at the Cedar Park Center Saturday night.
Marco Scandella and Carson McMillan scored goals 4:23 apart in the first to pace the Aeros to a 2-0 lead. Houston, which entered the game with a 2-0-0-0 record when leading after the first, took a lead into the second 20 minutes of action for the first time since an Oct. 15 win at Oklahoma City.
Fabian Brunnstrom's goal with 1:24 left in the first cut the Aeros lead in half, but Nate Prosser regained the two-goal advatage for the Aeros with his first pro goal 2:12 into the third.
The Stars outshot the Aeros 23-13 in the first 40 minutes, but Khudobin stopped 22 of those to help the Aeros carry the lead into the final period. Texas goalie Richard Bachman made 14 saves in the loss as the Stars saw their three-game winning streak come to an end.
The Aeros and Stars play the back end of a home-and-home set at Toyota Center Sunday at 4:05 p.m.
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AEROS STARTERS: Anton Khudobin (G), Robbie Earl (F), Warren Peters (F), JM Daoust (F), Jared Spurgeon (D), Drew Bagnall (D)
AEROS SCRATCHES: Jame Fraser, Peter Zingoni, Chad Rau, Tyler Cuma
PREGAME NOTES: The Houston Aeros (Minnesota Wild) continue their third consecutive three-in-three weekend beginning at Texas (Dallas Stars). The Aeros are winless in six games (0-5-1-0) dating back to a 2-1 overtime win Oct. 15 at Oklahoma City. Houston is coming off a 5-2 loss Sunday at San Antonio last night. The Stars had last night off after defeating Chicago 4-3 on Thursday for their third-straight win.
AEROS AT A GLANCE
RECORD: -- 2-5-1-0
HOME: -- 0-3-1-0
ROAD: -- 2-2-0-0
STREAK: -- WINLESS IN 6 (0-5-1-0)
SCORE FIRST! --- Houston is 2-1-0-0 when scoring first this season and 0-4-1-0 when allowing the first goal.
SCORE EARLY! --- The Aeros are 2-0-0-0 when leading after 20 minutes and 0-3-0-0 when trailing after the opening period.
STREAKS --- Robbie Earl has points in two-straight games (0-2-2)...Joel Broda has points in two straight (1-1-2)...
SHOOTIN' --- Jon DiSalvatore, Robbie Earl, Jaron Palmer, Petr Kalus, Maxim Noreau, Drew Bagnall Brandon Buck and JM Daoust have at least one shot in each game they've appeared in this season...Noreau's seven shots on Oct. 17 vs. OKC were a team season-high until Marco Scandella's eight shots on Oct. 29 at San Antonio.
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.
BACK-TO-BACK SHUTOUTS --- The Aeros were shut out in two straight games (1-0 Oct. 22 vs. OKC. and 2-0 Oct. 23 at SAN). That last time that the team was held scoreless in two straight games was during the 2009-10 season in losses to Chicago (3-0, Feb. 14, 2010) and at Milwaukee (2-0, Feb. 19, 2010). The loss at Milwaukee capped three straight shutout games; the Aeros won the first game of the set 1-0 at home vs. Grand Rapids on Feb. 13, 2010.
SCORELESS STREAK SNAPPED --- Joel Broda snapped an Aeros scoreless drought of 158:50 with a goal 18:20 into the first period of Sunday's game vs. Lake Erie. Houston's longest scoreless streak was 185:29; that occured March 19-24, 1995.
ALMOST A SHUTOUT --- Anton Khudobin made 28 saves in regulation last Friday and another three in overtime. The last time the Aeros lost a 1-0 game was Oct. 21, 2009, vs. Lake Erie in regulation.
ALMOST A SHUTOUT, PART 2 --- The last time the Aeros and an opponent went into overtime tied 0-0 was Feb. 13, 2010, vs. Grand Rapids. JM Daoust scored 55 seconds into OT to give the Aeros the win.
THREE-IN-THREE'S --- The Aeros play three three-in-three's in a row. Overall there are 13 three-in-three's this season.
LOOKING FOR FIRST HOME WIN--- The Aeros have dropped their first three home games. The last time that happened was the start of the 2007-08 campaign. That season's club snapped the drought with a 4-1 win over San Antonio on Oct. 27, 2007.
WELLMAN, GILLIES SKATE FOR WILD --- Casey Wellman and Colton Gillies played in Minnesota's 2-1 win over Washington Thursday night.
ROSTER MOVES --- F Casey Wellman was recalled by the Minnesota Wild on Oct. 28... D Brandon Rogers was released from his PTO on Oct. 27...LW Colton Gillies was recalled by the Minnesota Wild on Oct. 19.