scored two of Houston’s three goals in the third period as the Aeros rallied to beat the Binghamton Senators 3-1 on Friday night in Game 1 of the AHL’s Calder Cup Finals.
Houston halted the Senators’ eight-game road winning streak and handed Binghamton its first defeat on from home enemy ice since Game 1 of the division semifinals at Manchester.
The game was scoreless until Binghamton's Bobby Butler
broke through at 16:17 for his rookie-leading 11th goal of the postseason, with fellow rookie Colin Greening
picking up the lone assist.
But the Aeros, the top farm team of the Minnesota Wild
, tied it 1:47 into the third period on the first of two goals by Ortmeyer, a veteran of 310 NHL games. Ortmeyer then beat Binghamton rookie Robin Lehner
again at 6:09 to put the Aeros ahead to stay. Former first-round draft pick Colton Gillies
and defenseman Marco Scandella
assisted on both goals, which were Ortmeyer’s fifth and sixth of the playoffs.
, who was on the losing side in last year's Calder Cup Finals while playing with the Texas Stars, added an empty-net goal.
Rookie goaltender Matt Hackett
stopped 23 of 24 shots to improve to 13-6 in 19 postseason contests. At the other end, Lehner made 38 saves for Binghamton.
Both sides finished 0-for-2 on the power play in a game that featured just 14 minutes in penalties.
The teams will get right back on the Toyota Center ice for Game 2 on Saturday night before the series shifts to Binghamton next week.