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Aeros To Battle Hamilton In Conference Finals

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild
HOUSTON --- The Houston Aeros and the American Hockey League today announced that the Aeros will face the Hamilton Bulldogs in the Western Conference Finals of the AHL’s Calder Cup Playoffs beginning Friday, May 13, at Toyota Center. Face off is 7:35 p.m.

Tickets for games ‘I’ and ‘J’ of the West Division Semifinals are on sale now.  Tickets are available for purchase by calling (866) GO-AEROS, the Toyota Center Box Office, and at select Randalls locations. Special ticket packages are available by calling the Aeros directly at 713-974-7825.

The Aeros are the No. 2 seed in the West Division and will face the Bulldogs, who are the No. 1in the North Division, in a best-of-seven series that will feature a 2-3-2 format.

This is the second time the teams have faced each other in the postseason. Houston won its first Calder Cup in 2003 by defeating the Bulldogs in seven games. The teams split the 2010-11 regular season series with one win each.

The Aeros (top affiliate of the NHL's Minnesota Wild) improved to 5-0 all-time in Game 7's with a 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Admirals on Tuesday night. All five of those Game 7 wins have come on the road. The Aeros are conference finalists for the fourth time in their 10 seasons of play in the AHL and the second time in three seasons.

The Bulldogs (top affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens) have reached the conference finals for the fifth time in the last 10 seasons, advancing with a seven-game victory over the Manitoba Moose that was capped by a win in the longest Game 7 in the AHL's 75-year history, a 2-1 triple-overtime decision on Monday night.

Western Conference Finals – Series “N” (best-of-7)
W2-Houston Aeros vs. N1-Hamilton Bulldogs
Game 1 – Fri., May 13 – Hamilton at Houston, 7:35 PM
Game 2 – Sun., May 15 – Hamilton at Houston, 4:05 PM
Game 3 – Tue., May 17 – Houston at Hamilton, 6:30 PM
Game 4 – Wed., May 18 – Houston at Hamilton, 6:30 PM
*Game 5 – Fri., May 20 – Houston at Hamilton, 6:30 PM
*Game 6 – Sun., May 22 – Hamilton at Houston, 4:05 PM
*Game 7 – Tue., May 24 – Hamilton at Houston, 7:05 PM
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