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Aeros-Admirals Game 3 Preview

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild

2011 American Hockey League Playoffs
West Division Finals

HOUSTON AEROS (2nd seed, West Division)
MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS (1st seed, West Division)

May 3, 2011

The Houston Aeros and Milwaukee Admirals battle in a best-of-seven series in the second round of the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs. Milwaukee took a 1-0 series lead with a 3-1 victory in Game 1 at Milwaukee. Houston countered with a 2-0 shutout in Game 2 on the road. The series is a 2-3-2 format, meaning the Aeros can gain home-ice advantage with a win on Tuesday.

Houston swept its opening round series versus the Peoria Rivermen by a 4-0 count while the Admirals edged the Texas Stars in seven games.

--- The Aeros allowed the first goal in each of the first five games of the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs.
--- Houston is 3-7 all-time in playoff series when losing Game 1.
--- The Aeros are 10-6 in series all-time when they split the first two games.
--- The Aeros are 6-6 in Game 2 of a playoff series after losing Game 1.
--- Houston has a 14-11 record all-time in Game 3 with a 6-6 record at home.
--- The Game 2 shutout was Matt Hackett’s first as a pro in the postseason and Houston’s first since May 7, 2009, when the Aeros blanked the Admirals 2-0 at Toyota Center in Game 4 of the West Division Finals. It was their 14th shutout overall.
--- The Aeros have been outscored 7-3 in the first period, but have outscored opponents 7-2 in the second period and 6-1 in the third.
--- Two of the four games in the first round versus PEO were decided by one goal.
--- Brett Bulmer, Minnesota’s second round draft pick in 2010, made his pro debut on April 28 at MIL in Game 1.
--- Patrick O’Sullivan has a point in five of six playoff games this season.
--- Colton Gillies scored twice in Game 3 and became the 29th Aeros player to record two goals in a playoff game. No Aero has ever scored a hat trick in postseason play.

Houston Aeros (Minnesota Wild)
Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville Predators)

West Division Final – Series “L” (best-of-7)
W1-Milwaukee Admirals vs. W2-Houston Aeros
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 29 – Houston 1 at Milwaukee 3
Game 2 – Sun., May 1 – Houston 2 at Milwaukee 0
Game 3 – Tue., May 3 – Milwaukee at Houston, 7:05
Game 4 – Thu., May 5 – Milwaukee at Houston, 7:05
Game 5 – Fri., May 6 – Milwaukee at Houston, 7:35
*Game 6 – Sun., May 8 – Houston at Milwaukee, 5:00
*Game 7 – Tue., May 10 – Houston at Milwaukee, 7:00
*if necessary; all times CT

--- This is the fifth playoff clash between the Aeros and Admirals. The series is tied at 2-2.
--- In 20 playoff games versus MIL the Aeros are 9-11 (5-4 at home, 4-7 on the road).
--- Lost 3-1 in 1998 Western Conf. Quarterfinals.
--- Won 3-0 in 2003 Western Conf. Quarterfinals.
--- Lost 4-0 in 2006 West Division Finals.
--- Won 4-3 in 2009 West Division Finals.

--- The Aeros went 2-3-0-1 (2-1-0-0 at home, 0-2-0-1 on the road).
--- HOU went 5/30 on the PP while MIL went 7/26.
--- MIL won three games in regulation while wins for HOU came in extra time (one OT, one SO)
--- MIL scored five goals against the Aeros twice while HOU scored four goals once.
--- Five of the six games were decided by one goal, with the lone exception being a 5-2 win by MIL on April 1.
--- Patrick O’Sullivan led the Aeros (5-2-7) in scoring while Chris Mueller (3-4-7) led the Admirals.
--- MIL scored the first goal in four of the six games. HOU was 1-1-0-0 when scoring first.

The Aeros finished the regular season with a 46-28-1-5 (98 pts.) record for the No. 2 spot in the West Division. The Aeros had the most wins in both the division and the Western Conference. Only two other teams finished with more wins (WBS – 58, Portland -47). Milwaukee won the West Division title for the fourth time in eight years and topped 100 points for the fifth time since 2003-04. They finished with a 44-22-6-8 record.

Warren Peters and Colton Gillies scored and goaltender Matt Hackett made 20 saves as the Houston Aeros  took a 2-0 victory over the Milwaukee Admirals in Game 2 of the American Hockey League’s West Division Finals at the Bradley Center on Sunday. Peters gave the Aeros their first 1-0 lead of the 2011 postseason at 11:47 of the second period with a power play tally.  Gillies added an even-strength goal 3:56 into the third period for his fourth postseason marker.

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--- Matt Hackett went 4-0 in the first round versus PEO with a 1.68 GAA and .932 SV%.
--- Hackett is 3-1 on the road with a 2.50 GAA and .894 SV%. At home, Hackett is 2-0 with a 1.37 GAA and .942 SV%.
--- Hackett won a personal season-high four in a row from March 13-20.
--- Hackett went 1-1-1 against the Admirals (2-1 SOL, 3-2 OTW, 5-1 L) in the regular season.
--- Josh Tordjman was 4-1-0 in six overall appearances during the regular season.

POWER PLAY --- Is 1/9 versus MIL… Went 3/24 in the opening round… Ranked 6th (20.2%) in the regular season… Jon DiSalvatore led the team with 14 PPG… Finished the season with goals in six-straight to set a season-high streak (18/45)…Also had goals in six-straight from Feb. 22-Mar. 4…  Had multiple PPG in 16 games and was 12-2-0-2 in those games.

PENALTY KILL --- MIL is 0/11 in the series… PEO went 3/12 on the PP in the first round… Ranked 22nd (81.0%) in the regular season… Carson McMillan led the team with three SHG… Opponents were 16/46 on the PP in the final eight games of the season… Allowed at least a goal in a season-high seven straight (Mar. 22 – Apr. 2)… Held opponents to one or no PPG in 15 straight games until TOR went 2-for-5 on Jan. 23.
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