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Aeros Look To Regain Advantage On Road

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild

JUNE 1, 2011
HOUSTON AEROS (Western Conference Champions)
vs. BINGHAMTON SENATORS (Eastern Conference Champions)

The Houston Aeros and Binghamton Senators square off in Game 3 of the Calder Cup Finals at Broome County Arena. The series is a best-of-seven with a 2-3-2 format in which the Aeros have home ice advantage. Houston won Game 1 by a 3-1 count while the Senators answered with a 2-1 overtime victory in Game 2.


--- Swept the Peoria Rivermen 4-0 in the first round.
--- Defeated Milwaukee in seven games in the second round.
--- Defeated Hamilton 4-3 in the Western Conference Finals

--- Defeated Manchester 4-3 in the first round.
--- Defeated Portland 4-2 in the second round.
--- Swept Charlotte 4-0 in the Eastern Conference Finals.

--- The Aeros are the first AHL club ever to win a playoff series after relinquishing a 3-0 series lead (Conference Finals vs. HAM)
--- With wins over Milwaukee and Hamilton in the last two rounds, Houston improved to 6-0 all-time in AHL Game 7’s.
--- Houston and Binghamton both reached the 2011 Calder Cup Finals after missing the postseason entirely in 2010.
--- Binghamton is the eighth consecutive East Division team to represent the Eastern Conference in the Calder Cup Finals.
--- Houston’s hockey history actually pre-dates that of Binghamton. The Houston Skippers began play at the Sam Houston Coliseum in 1946, changed their name to the Huskies, and were coached by Toe Blake during the 1947-48 season. The team won the USHL crown that season. Binghamton’s first pro team was known as the Broome Dusters in the NAHL in 1973.

--- The Aeros are 7-3 all-time in AHL Playoff series when they split the first two games.
--- In 2003, the Aeros split the first two games of each best-of-seven series on their way to the Calder Cup.
--- Houston is 8-9 all-time in AHL Game 3’s with a 5-3 record on the road.

--- When registering 40 or more shots, the Aeros are 4-1.
--- On home ice, Houston has a 4-1 record when allowing the first goal.
--- On the road, the Aeros are a combined 5-3 in games decided by two or fewer goals.
--- The Aeros are 6-2 when scoring first.
--- Houston has outshot their opponents in 14 of 20 playoff games. They are 9-6 when doing so.
--- Opponents have scored first 12 times, but the Aeros have won seven of those games.
--- The Aeros are 8-3 in games decided by one goal.
--- Houston’s 61 shots in Game 6 vs. HAM tied a team record for the second-most shots in one playoff game and were the most since Houston peppered Hamilton’s Ty Conklin with 84 shots in Game 2 of the 2003 Calder Cup Finals.

--- Jed Ortmeyer became the fifth Aeros player to score two goals in a game this playoff campaign when he notched a pair in Game 1 vs. BNG.
--- Aeros players have a combined 28 multi-point games in the playoffs, led by Patrick O’Sullivan (4), Jed Ortmeyer and Casey Wellman (3 each).

Houston Aeros (Minnesota Wild)
Binghamton Senators (Ottawa Senators)

2011 Calder Cup Finals (best-of-seven)
W2-Houston Aeros vs. E5-Binghamton Senators
Game 1 – Fri., May 27 – Binghamton 1 at Houston 3
Game 2 – Sat., May 28 – Binghamton 2 at Houston 1 OT
Game 3 – Wed., June 1 – Houston at Binghamton, 7:05 EST
Game 4 – Fri., June 3 – Houston at Binghamton, 7:05 EST
*Game 5 – Sat., June 4 – Houston at Binghamton, 7:05 EST
*Game 6 – Tue., June 7 – Binghamton at Houston, 7:05 CST
*Game 7 – Thu., June 9 – Binghamton at Houston, 7:05 CST

--- This is the first time the teams have met in the playoffs.
--- The Aeros have never faced a team from New York in the postseason.
--- Binghamton’s Corey Locke is the Aeros single season (2009) playoff leader in points (23), goals (12) and PPG (6). Goaltender Barry Brust was an Aero from 2007-10.

--- AT HOME, Matt Hackett is 8-3 with a 2.17 GAA and .911 SV%. He went 3-1 at home in the Conference Finals.
--- ON THE ROAD, Hackett is 5-4 with a 2.94 GAA and .884 SV%. He is 3-3 in his last six road games.
--- Matt Hackett’s uncle, Jeff, led the Springfield Indians to a Calder Cup win in 1990 and was awarded the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy, annually given to the most valuable player of the playoffs. He went 10-5 that playoff campaign.

Jim O’Brien scored the deciding goal with 12:06 left in the first overtime as the Binghamton Senators edged the Houston Aeros 2-1 in Game 2 of the Calder Cup Finals in front of 9,002 fans at Toyota Center on Saturday night. Aeros goaltender Matt Hackett turned aside 19 shots in the loss. Robin Lehner made 28 saves.

POWER PLAY --- Is 1/6 vs. BNG… Went 6/30 vs. HAM… Went 6/32 vs. MIL in round 2… Went 3/24 vs. PEO 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 --- BNG is 1/8… HAM went 6/25and scored three SHG… MIL went 4/30 in round 2… The Ads scored a SHG in Game 5… 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.

Follow the Aeros on News Talk 1070 KNTH and online at AEROS.COM with Joe O’Donnell providing the play-by-play call. Watch every game online at

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).
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