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Aeros-Rivermen Game 3 Preview

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild

2011 American Hockey League Playoffs

HOUSTON AEROS (2nd seed, West Division)
PEORIA RIVERMEN (3rd seed, West Division)

April 18, 2011
CARVER ARENA (7:05 p.m. CST)

The Houston Aeros and Peoria Rivermen battle in a best-of-seven series in the opening round of the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs. The series is a 2-3-2 format. The Aeros won Game 1 on Wednesday by a 4-1 count and edged the Rivs 3-2 in overtime on Friday to take a 2-0 series lead.

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). Peoria finished at 42-30-3-5 (92 pts.) and earned the No. 3 seed in the West. Peoria raced out to an impressive 25-12-2-1 record in the first half of the season and went 17-18-1-4 in the final 40 games of the season.

Houston Aeros (Minnesota Wild)
Peoria Rivermen (St. Louis Blues)

Game 1 - Wed Apr 13 7:05 PM Peoria 1 at Houston 4
Game 2 - Fri Apr 15 7:35 PM Peoria 2 at Houston 3 (OT)
Game 3 - Mon Apr 18 7:05 PM Houston at Peoria
Game 4 - Tue Apr 19 7:05 PM Houston at Peoria
Game 5 - Wed Apr 20 7:05 PM * Houston at Peoria
Game 6 - Fri Apr 22 7:35 PM * Peoria at Houston
Game 7 - Sun Apr 24 4:05 PM * Peoria at Houston

--- The Aeros went 2-3-1-0 (0-2-1-0 at home, 2-1-0-0 on the road).
--- HOU went 4/34 on the PP while PEO went 3/22.
--- HOU went scoreless on the PP in the first three games of the series.
--- PEO was held without a PPG in the first four games of the series.
--- PEO had the first goal in four of the six games including the first three overall.

--- This is the third time the Aeros have played the Rivermen in the playoffs. Houston swept the Rivermen in 2006 and won in seven games in 2009). Both were first round matchups.
--- The Aeros are 4-0 all-time in overtime playoff contests versus Peoria
--- Houston is 10-3 overall against the Rivermen in the postseason with a 6-1 home ice record.
--- The Aeros are 5-1 in playoff series when winning the first two games.
--- The Aeros are 12-4 all-time in the playoffs when they win the first game of the series.
--- After winning the first game of a series, the Aeros are now 7-10 in Game 2.
--- The Aeros are 13-11 all-time in Game 3 playoff contests.

Carson McMillan scored the game-winning goal in overtime to give the Houston Aeros a 3-2 win over the Peoria Rivermen in Game 2 of American Hockey League’s West Division Semifinals on Friday night at Toyota Center. McMillan broke a 2-2 deadlock at the 11:34 mark of overtime to give the Aeros a 2-0 series lead in the best-of-seven series as Houston outshot Peoria for the second consecutive game, 46-34, while Aeros goalie Matt Hackett recorded 32 saves.

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 at

Matt Hackett won a personal season-high four in a row from March 13-20…  Hackett improved to 12-4-2 at home with the March 27 win vs. OKC… Hackett had won five in a row at Toyota Center until taking the loss on March 31 vs. CHI… Josh Tordjman is 4-1-0 in six appearances this season.

Jon DiSalvatore led Houston in scoring with 61 points (28-33=61) in 80 games. Hackett posted team-bests in wins (23), goals against average (2.37) and save percentage (.916).

POWER PLAY --- Went 2/14 in the first two games of the series… 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 --- Held PEO 0/3 in Game 1 and 1/5 in Game 2… Opponents were 16/46 on the PP in the final last 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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