HOUSTON AEROS: (35-12-1-2, 1st place West Division) – RW Joel Ward and C Patrick O’Sullivan scored 1:27 apart early in the first period, C Bryan Lundbohm also scored and G Miroslav Kopriva made 21 saves, as the Aeros defeated the Milwaukee Admirals 3-2 in front of 7,367 on Houston Chronicle in Education Field Trip day at Toyota Center Tuesday afternoon…The Aeros kick off a five-game road trip Friday in Manchester and play at Hartford on Saturday this week…Houston lost to the Admirals 6-5 in a shootout last Saturday at home in its only game played last week following the AHL All-Star break…O’Sullivan and RW Kirby Law each scored two goals and G Seamus Kotyk made 29 saves for the Aeros…C Erik Westrum leads the AHL in scoring with 72 points (24-48=72) and Law is second with 68 points (29-39=68)…O’Sullivan ranks tied for fifth with 54 points (28-26=54)…D Curtis Murphy ranks tied for first in defensemen scoring with 41 points (7-34=41)…O’Sullivan named Rbk Hockey/AHL Rookie of the Month for January…In 13 January games, O’Sullivan recorded 18 points (9-9=18) including six multiple-point games beginning with his first career hat trick during a 5-3 victory at San Antonio on Jan. 5…He put together a six-game scoring streak from Jan. 12-22, including scoring two first-period goals in a 5-1 win over Rochester on Jan. 20, and added a goal and an assist in a 5-4 win over Chicago on Jan. 28 as Houston went 9-4-0-0…O’Sullivan closed out January by representing the Aeros at the 2006 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic in Winnipeg and scored the game’s first goal.
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C Kyle Bailey - Portland (WHL): Has scored 13 goals and 25 assists for 38 points in 47 games with Portland. Ranks fifth on his team in scoring and third in penalty minutes with 117. Scored four power play goals and four game-winners
LW Patrick Bordeleau - Val-D’Or (QMJHL): Has scored 17 goals and 37 assists for 48 points in 50 games with Val-D’Or. Ranks third on the team in scoring and has picked up nine power play goals and two game-winning goals.
D Riley Emmerson - Tri-City (WHL): Has scored one goal and one assist in 50 games with Tri-City while accumulating 79 penalty minutes.
LW Matt Kassian - Kamloops (WHL): Has scored five goals and four assists for nine points in 52 games with Kamloops.
LW Benoit Pouliot - Sudbury (OHL): Scored 26 goals and 22 assists for 48 points in 34 games with Sudbury. Leads the team in goals and plus/minus rating (+19), and ranks tied for second in scoring. Has 10 power play goals, three shorthanded goals, and three game-winners. Collected five assists and 14 penalty minutes in helping Canada to a gold medal victory at the World Junior Championships.
D A.J. Thelen - Prince Albert (WHL): Has scored 10 goals and 15 assists for 25 points in 53 games. Ranks fourth on the team in scoring and second with six power play goals.
D Anthony Aiello - Boston College (Hockey East):
Picked up six assists in 24 games with B.C.
RW Mike Erickson - Western Michigan (CCHA): Scored six goals and eight assists for 14 points in 29 games with Western Michigan. Ranks third on the team in scoring and goals.
C Danny Irmen - Minnesota (WCHA): Scored 12 goals and 14 assists for 26 points in 19 games, and was named the WCHA Player of the Week on January 31 after recording five points in a sweep of Wisconsin. Tied for third on the team in scoring and second in goals.
F Ryan Jones - Miami (CCHA): Scored 13 goals and nine assists for 22 points in 29 games with Miami. Ranks fourth on the team in scoring and third in goals.
C Kyle Wilson - Colgate (ECAC): Scored 20 goals and 10 assists for 30 points in 28 games. Ranks first on the team in scoring and third in goals, while leading the club with nine power play tallies.
C Morten Madsen - Frolunda Jr. (SWE):
Scored six goals and 20 assists for 26 points in 25 games with Frolunda. Ranks fourth on the team in scoring and second in assists. Has played five games for Frolunda in the Swedish Elite League.
D Georgi Misharin - CSKA Moscow (RUS): Scored three goals and 10 assists for 13 points in 46 games with CSKA Moscow.
RW Julien Sprunger - HC Fribourg (SUI): Scored 18 goals and 13 assists for 31 points in 35 games with HC Fribourg. Ranks first on his team in goals and fourth in scoring. Scored two goals and three assists for seventh place Switzerland at the World Juniors.
D Mikhail Tyulyapkin - Novokuznetsk (RUS): Scored two goals and three assists for five points in 47 games.
Anton Khudobin - Saskatoon (WHL):
Owns a 15-10-0 record with a 3.01 goals against average and a .914 save percentage with two shutouts. Posted a 4-1-0 record with a 2.20 goals against average and a .932 save percentage for second-place Russia at the World Juniors.
Miroslav Kopriva - Austin (CHL): Owns a 7-2-0 record with a 2.00 goals against average and a .945 save percentage. Named the CHL Goaltender of the Week on December 5, and was recalled by Houston on January 13.
Kristofer Westblom - Kelowna (WHL): Owns an 10-5-1 record with a 3.33 goals against average and a .877 save percentage.