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Milroy, Rogers score late goals as Houston beats Heat 5-4 in overtime

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Milroy, Rogers score late goals as Houston beats Heat 5-4 in overtime

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ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - The Houston Aeros grabbed four points in two games from the Abbotsford Heat, thanks in large part to their power play.

Brandon Rogers scored 2:33 into overtime Saturday as the Aeros squeezed out a 5-4 win over the Heat.

Duncan Milroy took the initial shot that led to the overtime goal. The puck took a funny bounce off the end boards, hit Heat goalie Matt Keetley and Rogers was there to bang it home.

Milroy scored with less than two minutes remaining in the third when he batted a puck out of mid-air past Keetley to send the game to overtime.

"We were down a goal in the third period and we need to get some wins," said Aeros head coach Kevin Constantine. "Coming out here we were sixth out of seven teams in our division.

"If we didn't get some points here, you start to fall out of the playoff race in a hurry."

Houston (22-17-7) finished the night 3-for-6 on power play and were 8-for-13 against Abbotsford (21-19-7) in two games after Friday night's 7-1 win over the Heat.

Abbotsford looked to be in the driver's seat early on Saturday thanks to goals from David Van Der Gulik and Josh Meyers in the first.

"I thought 5-on-5 we did a much improved job than (Friday)," said Heat head coach Jim Playfair. "I still think our top players, our veteran players, need to be a lot better and until they take that responsibility on themselves we're going to continue to struggle."

Houston replied in the second, scoring three unanswered power-play goals to take a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes.

Petr Kalus redirected a Cody Almond point shot to get things started and Maxim Noreau tied it 2-2 when he one-timed a feed from Jon DiSalvatore past Keetley.

The Aeros took their first lead of the game when DiSalvatore put home the rebound off a shot from Almond.

Abbotsford managed to regroup after the second and responded in the third, getting goals from Cam Cunning and Colin Stuart less than a minute apart.

"Any time you lead in your own building and you let it slip, it's a sin," added Playfair.

Aeros goalie Wade Dubliewicz made 26 saves for the win while Keetley stopped 19 shots in defeat.

Abbotsford finished the night 1-for-6 on the power play.

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Milroy, Rogers score late goals as Houston beats Heat 5-4 in overtime