AEROS WEEKLY REPORT
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WED, at CHI, 7 p.m.Notables – Last Friday, Aeros D Curtis Murphy became the sixth player in team history to play in 300 games. Murphy has 199 points (55-144=199) in 301 career games in Houston. The Aeros are 3-16-2-2 this season in games in which G Josh Harding doesn’t play. Harding remains on recall to NHL Minnesota. Houston is winless in a franchise-record 11 straight road games (0-8-2-1) since winning at Iowa on January 12. The Aeros have tied Portland for the longest road winless streak in the AHL this season. The Aeros have scored just eight goals while going winless in their last seven in a row overall (0-6-0-1). The Aeros have allowed the game’s first goal in six of their last seven games, and haven’t led after one period in any of those seven games.
It’s the final meeting of the season between the Aeros and Wolves. Houston is 3-4-0-0 versus Chicago, but is 2-1-0-0 at Allstate Arena. A victory would give the Aeros three wins in Rosemont for the first time since the 2001-02 campaign.
Chicago (36-20-2-5) reclaimed the top spot in the West Division by a point on Sunday with a 3-2 win over San Antonio. Omaha is a single point back, but with three games in hand. Sunday’s Wolves’ victory snapped a four-game skid and was the second game in a six-game homestand.
SAT, vs. PEO, 7:35 p.m.
Bandana Night (3K)/KRBE $10.40 ticket night
Three of Houston’s final nine home games are versus the Rivermen, starting with this contest. Houston dropped a pair of games to Peoria at Carver Arena over the weekend and is 1-4-0-1 versus the Rivermen this season. But the Aeros are 5-1-0-1 all-time at home versus Peoria in the regular season, and 7-1-0-1 counting the playoffs.
Peoria (31-20-2-4) has won three in a row and is 5-0-0-2 in its last seven to move to 68 points – two clear of fifth-place Iowa with four games in hand. The Rivermen are also just two points behind third-place Milwaukee, with four games in hand.
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Player of the Week C Bryan Lundbohm
3/2 at OMA 0-1=1, +1
3/3 at PEO 0-0=0, E
3/4 at PEO 1-0=1, -1
Totals – 3gp, 1-1=2, E
Had a hand in two of Aeros’ three goals last week (1-1=2)…Has four points (2-2=4) in his last six games...Has 22 points (6-16=22) in 58 games this season.
The National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild (36-23-7) went 1-0-2 last week and is tied for second in the Northwest Division with Calgary, just two points behind Vancouver…The Wild and Flames are tied for seventh overall in the Western Conference, one behind San Jose, two back of fifth-place Dallas and 10 up on ninth-place Colorado…Minnesota hosts San Jose on Tuesday, before heading east to take on Boston on Thursday and Buffalo on Friday…C Wyatt Smith has three points (1-2=3) in 48 games and is averaging 9:10 TOI…G Josh Harding is 1-0-1 with a 0.49 gaa and a .982 save pct. in three games…Thursday in Edmonton, Harding picked up his second shutout in four career NHL starts.
The ECHL’s Texas Wildcatters are second in the South Division with 73 points (32-18-5-4) after dropping two of three games in Utah last week…Florida leads the Wildcatters by a point, but with three games in hand…Third-place Gwinnett, a single point back of Texas, also has three games in hand…Texas plays at Phoenix on Tuesday and Thursday, then in Las Vegas on Friday and Saturday to complete a seven-game road trip…D Mike Madill (4-35=39), and D Paul Albers(11-25=36), both Minnesota Wild contracts and ECHL All-Stars, sixth and tied for eighth among all ECHL defensemen despite their rookie status…Among rookies, Madill is tied for ninth and Albers is tied for 14th…F Mark Rooneem has 18 points (8-10=18)…F/D Riley Emmerson has three points (2-1=3) and 86 PIM’s… G Matt Yeats, who attended Aeros camp, is 24-16-5-2 with a 3.20 gaa and a .905 save pct.
The Central Hockey League’s Austin Ice Bats are 19-22-13 and are tied for third place in the Southeast Division.
Aeros drop three games last week
OMA 3, HOU 1; PEO 6, HOU 1; PEO 4, HOU 1
Friday: Cam Cunning snapped a tie with 3:43 left in regulation, Warren Peters scored two goals and Curtis McElhinney made 24 saves, as the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights knocked off the Houston Aeros 3-1 at Omaha Civic Auditorium to take over sole possession of first place in the West Division.
Dieter Kochan made 22 saves and Danny Irmen scored a goal for Houston.
Saturday: Mike Glumac scored two of Peoria’s four goals in a 3:15 span of the third period, Cam Keith added a fifth third-period tally, and Trent Whitfield, Charles Linglet and Gavin Morgan each finished with a goal and an assist apiece, as the Peoria Rivermen knocked off the Houston Aeros 6-1 at Carver Arena. Marek Schwarz made 27 saves and Glumac added an assist for a three-point night for Peoria.
Matt Foy tallied a power play goal and Tony Quesada made 33 saves in his first AHL start since December 30 for Houston.
Sunday: Jon DiSalvatore, Jamie Rivers and Peter Ferraro each posted a goal and an assist in Peoria’s four-goal second period, and Chris Beckford-Tseu made 29 saves, as the Rivermen routed the Houston Aeros 4-1 at Carver Arena.
Bryan Lundbohm scored a goal and Dieter Kochan made 14 saves in two periods for Houston.
Aeros’ Practice schedule:
Monday – in Chicago
Tuesday – in Chicago
Wednesday – 11:15-12 p.m., pre-game skate; at CHI, 7 p.m.
Thursday – Travel Day
Friday – 10-11:30 a.m., Sugar Land
Saturday – 10:15-11 a.m., pre-game skate; vs. PEO, 7:35 p.m.
Sunday – TBA
Non game-day practices (unless specified) are at Sugar Land Ice & Sports Center, the Official Training Facility of the Houston Aeros.