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Aeros Weekly Report - Jan. 2

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild

AEROS WEEKLY REPORT

Coming Attractions – Home games Thursday, Saturday, Sunday!



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Call 713.974.PUCK today to book your group outing for any of the three home games this week, or to order the popular Maple Leaf Pub Happy Hour or Family Days packages!

WED, at CHI, 7 p.m.
The Aeros earned a rare win at Allstate Arena last Wednesday, defeating the first-place Wolves 4-3 in a shootout. Houston is 6-16-3-2 in their last 27 trips to Rosemont, and the Aeros snapped a five-game skid against the Wolves overall. Houston is 1-2-0-0 this season against Chicago, and 39-29-14-4 all-time. In Rosemont, the Aeros sport a 16-19-6-2 record.

The Wolves (25-8-1-2) lead the entire Western Conference with 53 points, and currently hold an 11-point lead over second place Omaha in the West Division. Chicago, though, is 1-1-0-1 in its last three games, including a 5-3 home loss to Rochester on Saturday. Chicago enters the week without the top two scorers in the entire AHL – Darren Haydar and Jason Krog. Haydar’s 36-game point streak is an AHL record, but he was recalled to NHL Atlanta on Monday. Chicago still features former Aeros Cory Larose and Kyle Wanvig.

THU, vs. PEO, 7:05 p.m.
The Maple Leaf Pub Happy Hour

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Nearing the season’s midway point, the Aeros have only played Peoria twice, with eight more meetings to come including this game. The teams split two home games earlier this season, with Houston winning 7-1 on October 28, but Peoria rebounded with a 4-1 victory at Carver Arena on December 3. The Aeros are 7-5-0-0 all-time versus the Rivermen, including a 5-1-0-0 home mark. Houston also swept Peoria in the 2006 West Division Semifinals.

The Rivermen are 18-12-1-2 for 39 points – third in the West Division. Peoria has won two in a row after losing three of four. The Rivermen begin a four-game road trip Thursday, after playing host to Omaha on Wednesday.

SAT, vs. SYR, 7:35 p.m.
Curtis Murphy Bobblehead Night (3K)

It’s the Aeros’ most popular bobblehead yet, seven-time All-Star and two-time AHL Defenseman of the Year Curtis Murphy!
The teams haven’t met in more than two seasons, since a 6-3 Aeros win at Syracuse on November 20, 2004. That came 13 days after a 3-0 home win over the Crunch. Houston is 3-1-0-0 all-time versus the Crunch, including two home wins by a combined 7-1 score. The Aeros’ lone loss was in the first ever meeting, November 28, 2003. The Aeros sprinted to a 4-0 lead but lost 5-4 in New York.

Syracuse (10-21-1-2) has the AHL’s worst record, including a 2-6-1-1 mark in its last 10 since a three-game winning streak. This will be the third game of a four-game Crunch road trip – Syracuse is at Toronto on Tuesday and San Antonio on Thursday.

SUN, vs. SAN, 5:05 p.m.
Family Day/Chillypalooza
Call 713.974.PUCK to order a Family Day package! Get four tickets, $20 in Toyota Bucks, four Aeros gifts and free parking, all beginning at just $67! Call 713.974.PUCK now or order at www.aeros.com/themenights. Username is Family, password is Aeros. The first 3,000 fans will receive a Chilly Foam Paw. Also, Puck Pals members are invited to stay after the game to meet two Aeros players.
The Aeros had their 16-0-2-0 home streak against San Antonio snapped Saturday with a 6-4 loss to the Rampage. The loss dropped Houston to 23-3-2-0 all-time at home versus San Antonio. It marked the second loss to the Rampage in as many nights – San Antonio owns just one other pair of back-to-back regulation victories against Houston, and it has never won three in a row in regulation.
The Rampage (12-20-1-1) is within five points of sixth-place Houston entering this week. San Antonio won its second road game of the season (2-9-1-1) Saturday at Toyota Center. The Rampage plays host to Syracuse on Thursday and Peoria on Saturday.

All Aeros games are broadcast live on KNTH 1070-AM and through
Aeros.com. For $6, you can also watch the game live via B2 Networks. Visit Aeros.com 10 minutes prior to gametime to order.

Player of the Week RW Mattias Weinhandl

12/26 vs. SAN 0-0=0, E
12/27 at CHI 1-2=3, E
12/29 at SAN 2-0=2, +2
12/30 vs. SAN 0-0=0, -2
Totals – 4gp, 3-2=5, E

Notched five points (3-2=5) in four games last week…Had a hand in all five of Houston’s goals Wednesday at Chicago and Friday at San Antonio...Has posted team-best nine points (4-5=9) in seven games since being reassigned by Minnesota.

Notables –
  • RW Matt Foy’s next game played will be the 200th of his Aeros career. He’ll become the 15th player in team history with 200 games. Foy has posted 116 points (53-63=116) with the Aeros, ranking tied for 16th all-time in team history in points, 13th in goals and 21st in assists. Foy’s 15 goals have tied his career-high in just 28 games. Foy posted 15 goals in 51 games last season. Fourteen of Foy’s 15 goals this season have come at Toyota Center. His other goal also came in Texas – at AT&T Center in San Antonio on December 14.
  • LW Roman Voloshenko has points in each of his last three games, with two goals and an assist in that span. It’s Voloshenko first three-game point streak since March 23-25, 2006.
  • D Curtis Murphy registered a goal and two assists Saturday against San Antonio, his first three-point game since April 15, 2006, against Chicago. Murphy has seven points (2-5=7) over his last seven games to move to 18 points (5-13=18) this season – moving him into a tie for 13th among AHL defensemen.
  • G Josh Harding missed Friday and Saturday’s games with the flu, but he still ranks second in the AHL in games (31), minutes (1,787), shots faced (919) and saves (845). Harding is tied for eighth in gaa (2.49) and fourth in save pct. (.919).
  • Houston is 4-3 in shootouts this season. The Aeros are the lone AHL team to not have a single game decided in sudden-death overtime.
  • The Aeros rank ninth in the AHL in attendance, averaging 5,919 fans per game at Toyota Center. Houston has drawn 100,624 fans in its 17 home games. That’s up 23.7 percent from the first 17 games of last season.

    Affiliation News

    The National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild split four games last week, running its home winning streak to seven games, but seeing its road winless streak stretch to 10...Minnesota plays three times this week – all at home – Tuesday against Atlanta, Thursday versus Tampa Bay and Saturday versu Colorado…C Wyatt Smith has two assists in 25 games…RW Joel Ward has one assist in six games.

    The ECHL’s Texas Wildcatters went 2-0-0-1 last week against Florida to move to an ECHL-best 20-6-2-1… Texas plays at Columbia this Friday, Saturday and Sunday before embarking on a six-game road trip…F Kevin Baker (18-14=32), who attended Aeros camp, is tied third in the ECHL in goals and is tied for 13th in points…C Marco Rosa is tied for fifth in the team with 23 points (10-13=23) and is currently playing for AHL Providence…D Paul Albers(7-14=21) and D Mike Madill (1-18=19), both Minnesota Wild contracts, rank tied for seventh and tied for 16th, respectively, among all ECHL defensemen despite their rookie status…F Mark Rooneem has nine points (5-4=9) in 28 games…F Riley Emmerson has one assist and 62 PIM’s in 22 games…C Alex Leavitt has two points (1-1=2) in three games…G Miroslav Kopriva is 6-1-0 with a 2.78 gaa and a .909 save pct. in 12 games…G Matt Yeats, who attended Aeros camp, is 14-45-2 with a 2.96 gaa and a .914 save pct.

    The Central Hockey League’s Austin Ice Bats are 11-11-6, in third place in the Southeast Division…RW Michael Tucciarone, who attended the Aeros’ training camp in September, is tied for fifth on the team in scoring (8-9=17).

    Aeros split four games
    HOU 3, SAN 2 (SO); HOU 4, CHI 3 (SO); SAN 3, HOU 2; SAN 6, HOU 4

    Tuesday: Harding made 22 saves and stopped Jeff Taffe in the final shootout round after Taffe forced overtime with 1.8 seconds left in regulation, and defenseman Shawn Belle scored the deciding shootout goal, as the Houston Aeros defeated San Antonio 3-2.

    Wednesday: Mattias Weinhandl tallied a goal and two assists, Josh Harding made 38 saves, and defenseman Shawn Belle scored the deciding shootout goal for the second time in as many nights, as the Houston Aeros rallied from a two-goal deficit to earn a rare win at Rosemont Arena, 4-3 over the Chicago Wolves. Jason Morgan and Roman Voloshenko each scored a power play goal for the Aeros.

    Friday: Chris Ferraro tallied a goal and an assist, Bill Thomas and Pascal Rheaume had a goal apiece and Josh Tordjman made 20 of his 38 saves in the third period, as the San Antonio Rampage defeated the Houston Aeros 3-2 at AT&T Center.
    Mattias Weinhandl scored two goals and Tony Quesada made 24 stops for the Aeros.

    Saturday: Yanick Lehoux had a goal and two assists, and Donald MacLean, Bill Thomas, Jeff Taffe and Tyler Redenbach each tallied a goal and an assist, as San Antonio held on to defeat Houston 6-4 to earn its first regulation victory at Toyota Center since January 16, 2004. Pascal Rheaume also scored and Josh Tordjman made 27 for San Antonio.
    Matt Foy scored twice, Curtis Murphy had a goal and an assist and Roman Voloshenko also scored for the Aeros.

    Aeros’ Practice schedule:
    Monday – 12-1 p.m., Sugar Land
    Tuesday – Travel Day
    Wednesday – at CHI, 7 p.m.
    Thursday – vs. PEO, 7:05 p.m.
    Friday – 1-2 p.m., Sugar Land
    Saturday – 10:15-11 a.m., pre-game skate, vs. SYR, 7:35 p.m.
    Sunday – vs. SAN, 5:05 p.m.
    Aeros non game-day practices are at Sugar Land Ice & Sports Center, the Official Training Facility of the Houston Aeros.

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