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Aeros Top Rivermen, 2-1, And Sweep Series

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild

PEORIA, Ill. --- Patrick O’Sullivan scored the game-winning goal and Matt Hackett made 23 saves in net as the Houston Aeros took a 2-1 victory in Game 4 and swept their best-of-seven series over the Peoria Rivermen in  the American Hockey League’s West Division Semifinals on Tuesday night at Carver Arena.

O’Sullivan’s breakaway goal came just 2:42 after Houston’s Drew Bagnall knotted the game at 1-1 at the 8:22 mark of the middle period.

Peoria’s Nathan Oystrick staked the Rivermen to a 1-0 lead at 8:03 of the first period with a power play goal.

The four-game sweep is just the third in the history of the Aeros franchise.

Tickets for Round 2 of the Calder Cup Playoffs go on sale (Games E & F, the first two home games in Round 2) at noon on Wednesday, April 20. Game Dates/Times/Opponent are TBA. The Aeros will play the winner of the Texas Stars/Milwaukee Admirals series.

Aeros tickets are available via aeros.com, the Toyota Center Box Office, by calling 1-866-GO-AEROS and at select area Randalls locations. For groups or packages, please call 713-974-PUCK.

BOMB DROPPINGS
The Rivermen scored first for the fourth straight game… The Aeros out shot Peoria 24-19 overall… Houston is now 12-3 overall against the Rivermen in the postseason with a 6-2 road record… The Aeros are 4-0 in series after jumping out to a 3-0 lead… They are 3-1in Game 4 in that situation… Opponents are 9-7 all-time when facing elimination and 7-5 on the road.

AEROS STARTERS
F – Gillies, Ortmeyer, Peters
D – Spurgeon, Bagnall
G - Hackett

AEROS SCRATCHES
Fraser, Scandella, Lofquist, Foucault, Campbell, Fredheim, Morency, Buck, Broda, Cuma, Daoust

NEXT GAME
West Division Finals
TBA

DECIDING GOAL
O’Sullivan (11:04, 2nd)

POWER PLAYS
HOU: 0/4
PEO: 1/3

GOALIES
HOU: Hackett (23/24, W)
PEO: Bishop (17/19, L)

SERIES
HOU wins 4-0 (Best-of-7)
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