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AHL Update

B-Sens can win Calder Cup on Tuesday

Tuesday, 06.07.2011 / 12:05 PM / AHL Update

Never before have the Binghamton Senators won a Calder Cup. They can change that fact with a victory on Tuesday night.

The Calder Cup Final shifts back to Houston on Tuesday after the B-Sens earned a 4-2 win against the Aeros in Game 5 on Saturday night in Binghamton. Despite the fact that they are a solid 60-minute away from being crowned champions of the American Hockey League, the B-Sens -- who are 9-2 on the road this postseason -- are taking nothing for granted.

"If you want to be a championship team, you can't get complacent at any time," forward Zack Smith told the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin on Monday. "We're one win away from a championship, and we're going into a barn with a desperate team. They've played great all series, and if we get complacent, that's just not going to work. But I think we're pretty confident in ourselves."

Aeros win Game 7, advance to Calder Cup Finals

Wednesday, 05.25.2011 / 11:02 AM / AHL Update

Jon DiSalvatore made sure the Houston Aeros survived letting a 3-0 series lead slip away and advanced to the Calder Cup Finals anyway.

The Aeros captain stuffed in a rebound off a scramble in front of the net with 1:13 left in regulation Tuesday night for a 4-3 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs in Game 7 of AHL Western Conference Finals at Toyota Center in Houston.


Hamilton on verge of historic AHL comeback

Monday, 05.23.2011 / 2:31 PM / AHL Update

Emily Kaplan - Staff Writer

Three times this past week, the Hamilton Bulldogs found themselves at the brink of elimination.

And three times this past week, the Bulldogs rallied back to keep their Calder Cup dreams alive.

Hamilton fell into a 3-0 hole in its series against the Houston Aeros in the AHL Western Conference Finals. Yet the Bulldogs pieced together an improbable comeback by winning three-straight games -- including a Game 6 victory that was decided in double overtime -- to force a Game 7 at 8:05 p.m. Tuesday at the Toyota Center in Houston.

Should the Bulldogs win, they'll face the Binghamton Senators in the 2011 Calder Cup Finals. They'll also secure a chapter in the AHL history books.


Binghamton survives wild ride in first round

Thursday, 04.28.2011 / 2:49 PM / AHL Update

A.J. Atchue - Special to

For a team that hadn't made the AHL postseason in six years, the Binghamton Senators sure gave their playoff-starved fans in New York's southern tier a first-round series for the ages, rallying back from a 3-1 deficit to oust the Manchester Monarchs in Game 7 on the road.

That might be enough excitement for fans, but the Ottawa Senators organization also has to be pleased that numerous players who logged heavy minutes with the big club in 2010-11 are contributing to Binghamton's playoff run.
"It was quite the experience for sure," said rookie forward Bobby Butler, the MVP of January's AHL All-Star game who broke out with 21 points (10-11-21) in 36 NHL games down the stretch.


Holtby shining wherever he tends goal

Thursday, 04.07.2011 / 6:00 PM / AHL Update

A.J. Atchue - Special to

Braden Holtby has become well accustomed to shuttling between the AHL's Hershey Bears and the parent Washington Capitals this season, so when a last-minute phone call from Washington came during the final weekend of March, the second-year goaltender tried to take it in stride.

That's not to say that the experience to come wouldn't be a bit of a whirlwind, though.

Holtby and the Bears were in Glens Falls, N.Y., on March 25, preparing for a game against the Adirondack Phantoms when word came that Holtby's services would likely be needed by the Capitals the next night in Montreal.

The 21-year-old Holtby caught a ride for what was conveniently only a three-hour drive north, and sure enough, he was in a Capitals uniform and between the pipes at the Bell Centre on March 26.

Non-stop action has suited Henrique just fine

Thursday, 03.31.2011 / 4:54 PM / AHL Update

A.J. Atchue - Special to

"As a coach, I'm confident in his ability, and it didn't take long for me to gain that confidence in him. Coming right out of camp I could see that he's really smart, knew the game, and he's a reliable guy on both sides of the puck."
-- Albany Devils coachRick Kowalsky on Adam Henrique

It's a good thing Albany Devils forward Adam Henrique loves playing hockey, because that's pretty much all he's been doing for the past two-and-a-half years.

The rookie prospect for the New Jersey Devils is coming off back-to-back Memorial Cup runs with the Ontario Hockey League's Windsor Spitfires, and while many of his peers were enjoying time off around Christmas in 2009, Henrique was busy helping Team Canada to a silver medal at the World Junior Championships.

Now, 68 games into his first pro season in the AHL and with the finish line in sight, some time to rest and recover is finally on Henrique's horizon.

Postma has dedicated himself to both ends of ice

Thursday, 03.24.2011 / 2:41 PM / AHL Update

A.J. Atchue - Special to

When Chicago Wolves defenseman Paul Postma is done with his hockey career, it's quite possible that he'll look back at the spring of 2010 as a major turning point in his fortunes.

Not because of any milestones, awards, or championships, but rather a postseason benching which jarred him into accepting what it takes to truly takes for a player like himself to succeed in pro hockey.

A native of Red Deer, Alta., Postma broke into hockey playing forward as a kid and never lost his offensive instincts after a summer-league coach switched him to defense around age 11.

He relishes the chance to jump up and contribute to a team's goal-scoring abilities, and for a period of time, that approach paid huge dividends.


Wellman stepping up to the plate for Aeros

Thursday, 03.17.2011 / 2:51 PM / AHL Update

A.J. Atchue - Special to

As a professional athlete and the son of a former Major League Baseball player, one might expect Houston Aeros rookie forward Casey Wellman to also be plying his trade with bats and gloves instead of sticks and pucks.

Wellman's father, Brad, spent much of the 1980s as an infielder in the majors, hanging up his spikes in 1989 when Casey was barely 2 years old.

And while Wellman did give baseball a try in his youth, the speed and excitement of hockey ultimately won him over.

"I played baseball, too, but I had quite a bit of energy in me when I was younger," said Wellman, a top prospect of the Minnesota Wild. "Baseball was just a little too slow and boring for me."


Teubert off to fast start with Oklahoma City

Thursday, 03.10.2011 / 2:55 PM / AHL Update

A.J. Atchue - Special to

Colten Teubert had just played three games in as many nights with the Manchester Monarchs and was enjoying a day off on Feb. 28, playing video games with a few teammates.

But the rookie defenseman's leisure time was abruptly halted with the news that he'd been dealt by the parent Los Angeles Kings to the Edmonton Oilers prior to the NHL's trading deadline.

What had begun as a day to catch his breath quickly evolved into a whirlwind of following the latest coverage on TSN -- standout forward Dustin Penner was going the other way in the deal -- and preparing to leave town.

"I wasn't really expecting it, but obviously it's part of the business,"Teubert said. "I knew L.A. was trying to grab one of the big names at the trade deadline, and for me to get the opportunity to come to the Oilers organization, I'm just super excited and it's a fresh start for me."

Helmer writing new chapter in storied AHL career

Thursday, 03.10.2011 / 12:07 PM / AHL Update

Lindsay Kramer - Correspondent

The telltale ring usually comes early in the evening, cutting through Bryan Helmer's Oklahoma City hotel room like a siren call.

It originates in Westport, Ontario, where Helmer's wife Pam, 9-year-old son Cade and 5-year-old daughter Rylan still live. On the other end of the phone is usually one or both of the children, who like to say good night to their dad half a continent away before they go to bed.

"I've never been without my family this long," Helmer said. "The kids are in school back in Ontario. To pull them out of school in January would be pretty tough. It's hard when you call home and they ask, 'Where's dad?' They know I'm here playing hockey."

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Hockey means everything to people here [Winnipeg]. They take their team's success to heart. We've had an incredible year and they've given us incredible support.

— Jets center Mathieu Perreault after losing to the Ducks in Game 3 of their playoff series on Monday