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Bliznak scores twice as Manitoba storms back to beat Houston 5-3 @NHL

HOUSTON - Mario Bliznak scored twice in a four-goal third period that lifted the Manitoba Moose to a come-from-behind 5-3 win over the Houston Aeros in Tuesday's lone American Hockey League game.

Bliznak's third goal of the season 6:43 into the third period began the charge, and Mark Cullen's goal more than three minutes later evened the score 3-3. Mark Derlago scored the go-ahead goal at 10:53, and Bliznak capped the comeback with an empty-netter at 18:43.

Jason Krog added a second-period power-play goal for the Moose (16-4-0-0), who extended their North Division lead to three points over the idle Hamilton Bulldogs, Syracuse Crunch and Grand Rapids Griffins.

Jesse Schultz, Maxim Noreau and Krys Kolanos had second-period goals for the Aeros (10-10-1-1), who lost in regulation for the first time in four games.

Karl Goehring stopped 26 shots to earn the win for Manitoba.

Nolan Schaefer made 32 saves in defeat for Houston.

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