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Houston wins Game 1 of Calder Cup Final

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Jed Ortmeyer 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.

Warren Peters, 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.
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