HOUSTON — Houston outscored Oklahoma City by one in a shoot-out Thursday night, and the Aeros notched a 2-1 victory in an American Hockey League game. A Toyota Center crowd of 3,505 watched the teams each score in the first period, and then play scoreless hockey over the final two periods and a five-minute overtime.
The Aeros (10-6-3) outscored Oklahoma City (11-5-3) 3-2 in the best-of-5 shoot-out. Jason Zucker, Zack Phillips and Kris Foucault scored against Barons goaltender Yann Danis. Oklahoma City's Dane Byers and newcomer Toni Rajala beat Aeros goalie Matt Hackett. The difference was Hackett stopping Teemu Hartikainen on the Barons' last attempt.
Houston led 1-0 at the 5:01 mark of the first period, when Nick Palmieri scored his sixth goal of the season. The Barons tied it about six minutes later when rookie Justin Schultz scored his 11th of the season, getting assists from Byers and Curtis Hamilton. Schultz leads the AHL in scoring.
Oklahoma City still gained one standings point for going past regulation. The Barons drew within one point of South Division leader Charlotte. OKC has a chance to tie or pass the Checkers with a win on Friday night. Oklahoma City and Houston play another 7 p.m. game at the Toyota Center. Houston, third in the South Division, is two points behind Oklahoma City.
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