AEROS WEEKLY REPORT
Coming Attractions – Nine of 10 on the road starting this week!
FRI, at OMA, 7 p.m.Notables – Aeros D Curtis Murphy 199 points (55-144=199) in 298 career games with the Aeros. He will become just the fourth player in team history to reach the 200-point mark. The Aeros have 13 SHG this season. Houston’s team record for SHG is 15, set in its inaugural season of 1994-95. C Bryan Lundbohm has a hand in six (2-4=6) of the Aeros’ 13 SHG. Lundbohm, RW Joel Ward, RW Danny Irmen, D Erik Reitz and D Curtis Murphy each have two SHG this season. This is the first time since 2000-01 that the Aeros have five players with at least two SHG. Aeros RW Matt Foy has team-best and career-highs in goals (23) and points (42). Foy’s next goal will be his 62nd all-time with the Aeros, tying him with Brian Wiseman for fifth place on the franchise’s all-time list. Only Kirby Law has more goals (68) among the Aeros’ AHL players. Eighteen of Foy’s 23 goals this season have come at Toyota Center. Foy has 382 career PIM to move into 10th place on the team’s all-time list, becoming the second player player to be ranked in the top 10 of the Aeros’ all-time lists in both points and PIM. Foy is seventh with 131 points. Mike Yeo is also in the top 10 on both lists, ranking tied for 10th in points and fourth in PIM’s. Foy’s 108 PIM this season are two behind D Erik Reitz for the team lead. Foy is looking to become the first Aero in team history to lead the team in both scoring and PIM. Houston is 0-3-0-1 in its last four home games, its longest home winless streak since an 0-1-4-1 stretch from December 28, 2003-January 16, 2004. The Aeros are 0-5-2-1 in their last eight road games, and play nine of their next 10 on the road. That’s one game shy of Houston’s franchise record winless streak of nine (0-7-2-0), set from January 31-February 26, 2004.
The Aeros have just one victory in seven games against Omaha this season (1-3-0-3). Houston is 0-2-0-1 in Nebraska this season, and is winless in regulation in eight trips to Omaha overall (2-3-1-2). Both of the Aeros’ wins came in a shootout in their first two attempts, so since then Houston is 0-3-1-2 since its last victory, 4-3 in a shootout October 20, 2005.
Omaha (35-19-3-1) is in second place in the West Division, but just three points behind first-place Chicago with three games in hand. Percentage-wise, the Knights actually lead the Wolves (.638 to .631). The Knights have won four in a row overall – with each game coming on the road – after a 4-2 win at Chicago on Sunday.
SAT, at PEO, 7 p.m.
The Aeros are 1-2-0-1 against Peoria this season, with six games left against the team with the third-best points percentage in the West Division. Houston is 0-2-0-0 at Carver Arena this season and 2-5-0-0 overall in the regular season. All-time in the regular season, the Aeros are 7-6-0-1 versus Peoria. Houston’s last regular-season win in Peoria came 2-1 on January 27, 2006.
Peoria (28-20-2-4) is in fifth place in the West Division, but percentage-wise (.574), the Rivermen are third. Peoria is two points behind fourth-place Iowa with four games in hand, and six points behind third-place Milwaukee, but with six games in hand. The Rivermen have points in four straight games (2-0-0-2) and have just one regulation loss in their last nine games (5-1-1-2).
SUN, at PEO, 4 p.m.
Each of the teams’ next three games after this meeting are at Toyota Center, March 10, March 30 and April 3.
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Player of the Week C Jason Morgan
2/23 vs. IOW 0-1=1, +1
2/25 vs. MIL 1-0=1, +1
Totals - 2gp, 1-1=2, +2
After missing 1 1/2 games due to injury, Morgan returned to post a point in each of his two games last week...Notched assist in 3-2 SOL to Iowa on Friday...Scored team’s lone goal in 3-1 loss to Milwaukee on Sunday...Has six points (2-4=6) in last seven games...Has only one minus outing in 10 February games...Alternate captain has 14 points (7-7=14) in 35 games this season.
The National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild (35-23-5) is in second place in the Northwest Division with 75 points after a three-game winning streak…The Wild sits seventh overall in the Western Conference, two points behind Dallas and San Jose, and two up on Calgary and nine up on ninth-place Edmonton…Minnesota travels to Calgary on Wednesday, Edmonton on Thursday and Vancouver on Sunday, beginning a stretch of eight out of 10 games on the road…C Wyatt Smith scored his first goal of the season last week. Smith also has two assists in 46 games and is averaging 9:13 TOI…G Josh Harding has played 18 minutes, stopping four shots and allowing no goals…The NHL trade deadline is Tuesday at 2 p.m. (ct).
The ECHL’s Texas Wildcatters went 1-2-0 last week in a three-game set against Stockton but still leads the American Conference with 71 points (31-16-5-4)…In the South Division, Texas leads Florida by a single point, but the Everblades have four games in hand…Percentage-wise, Texas is in third place in the division...Texas begins a seven-game road trip with games in Utah on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday…D Mike Madill (3-32=35), and D Paul Albers(11-24=35), both Minnesota Wild contracts and ECHL All-Stars, rank tied for seventh among all ECHL defensemen despite their rookie status…Among rookies, the duo is tied for 10th…C Alex Leavitt has 23 points (9-14=23) in 29 games…F Mark Rooneem has 16 points (7-9=16)…F/D Riley Emmerson has three points (2-1=3) and 81 PIM’s… G Matt Yeats, who attended Aeros camp, is 23-14-5-2 with a 3.18 gaa and a .907 save pct.
The Central Hockey League’s Austin Ice Bats are 19-21-11 and are in fourth place in the Southeast Division…G Tony Quesada is 2-6-3 with a 2.82 gaa and a .914 save pct.
Aeros winless last week
IOW 3, HOU 2; IOW 3, HOU 2 (SO); MIL 3, HOU 1
Thursday: Chris Conner’s second power play goal of the game snapped a tie midway through the third period and former Aero Marius Holtet also scored a man advantage goal, as the Iowa Stars outlasted Houston 3-2 at Toyota Center. Dan Ellis made 26 saves for Iowa.
Peter Olvecky and Joel Ward scored a goal apiece and Dieter Kochan made 29 saves for Houston.
Friday: Dan Ellis made 37 saves and stopped four of five shootout attempts, and former Aero Junior Lessard netted the deciding shootout tally, as the Iowa Stars defeated the Houston Aeros 3-2 at Toyota Center. Newcomer Shane Endicott and Chris Conner scored in regulation for Iowa.
Mattias Weinhandl and Bryan Lundbohm each scored a goal and Dieter Kochan made 33 saves for Houston.
Sunday: Rich Peverley notched a goal and an assist and Pekka Rinne made 31 saves, as the Milwaukee Admirals defeated the Houston Aeros 3-1 at Toyota Center. Bracken Kearns and Ville Koistinen also scored for Milwaukee.
Jason Morgan scored a goal and Dieter Kochan made 23 saves for Houston.
Aeros’ Practice schedule:
Monday – 1-2 p.m., Sugar Land
Tuesday – 10-11:30 a.m., Sugar Land
Wednesday – 10-11:30 a.m., Sugar Land
Thursday – Travel Day
Friday – at OMA, 7 p.m.
Saturday – at PEO, 7 p.m.
Sunday – vs. at PEO, 4 p.m.
Non game-day practices (unless specified) are at Sugar Land Ice & Sports Center, the Official Training Facility of the Houston Aeros.