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Aeros-Rivermen Game 4 Preview

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild

2011 American Hockey League Playoffs

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

April 19, 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 can win the series with one more victory. Houston 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. They battled back from a 2-0 deficit on Monday to go up 3-0 in the series with a 5-3 win.

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 5 at Peoria 3
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.

--- In elimination games, the Aeros are 8-6 all-time while opponents are 9-6.
--- Houston is 8-5all-time in Game 4 with a 4-1 road record.
--- Houston is 11-3 overall against the Rivermen in the postseason with a 5-2 road record.
--- The Aeros are 5-1 in series when winning the first two games of a playoff series.
--- 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 14-11 all-time in Game 3 playoff contests.
--- 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.

Colton Gillies scored twice in the third period to help lift the Houston Aeros to a 5-3 win over the Peoria Rivermen in Game 3 of the American Hockey League’s West Division Semifinals on Monday night at Carver Arena. Gillies broke a 3-3 tie at 11:53 of the third period to give Houston their first lead of the game and then added another goal at 15:31 to help cement the victory.

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 has a 3-0 playoff record with a 1.88 GAA and .910 SV%... Hackett won a personal season-high four in a row from March 13-20…  Josh Tordjman was 4-1-0 in six appearances during the regular 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 --- Is 3/20 in the first three games of the series… 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 --- PEO is 3/10 on the PP in the series… 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 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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