Aeros Weekly Report - Dec. 5
Monday, 12.05.2005 / 3:45 PM / News
AEROS WEEKLY REPORT
FRI, at ROC, 6:35 p.m. (Broadcast joined in progress at 7 p.m.)
Houston kicks off a brief three-game road trip with a game in Rochester. The Aeros and Amerks play just twice a year, but it’s become one of the more entertaining rivalries. Each of the last five meetings has either been decided by one goal, or ended in a tie. The teams split two games in 2004-05, with Houston winning 2-1 in Rochester in November, and the Amerks returning the favor at Toyota Center, 3-2, in December. Rochester is in third place in the AHL’s North Division at 13-10-0-0 for 26 points. Three of the Amerks’ top four scorers are currently with the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres. Rochester leads the AHL with a sparkling 25.8 power play percentage.
SAT, at HAM, 6 p.m.
The Aeros finally make their much anticipated return trip to Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, site of their 3-0 Game 7 win over the Bulldogs in the 2003 Calder Cup Finals on June 12, 2003. Houston went 2-2 in Hamilton in the seven-game thriller, winning the championship in front of 17,428. Members of that Aeros’ team still with the organization are Curtis Murphy, Erik Reitz, assistant coach Matt Shaw, special assistant to hockey Cam Stewart, athletic trainer Jerry Meins and equipment manager Rick Bronwell. This will mark the first-ever regular-season meeting between Houston and Hamilton. The Bulldogs are winless in their last four (0-3-0-1) and have just one win in their last 11 games (1-9-0-1).
SUN, at CLE, 4 p.m.
The Aeros are 4-4-0-0 all-time in Cleveland, but just 1-3-0-0 in the last four meetings. Houston won the last trip there November 23, 2004, 3-2 in a shootout. The Barons are 2-7-1-1 in their last 11 after losing a pair of games to Houston last week, while going 1-0-0-1 in San Antonio. After this game, the Aeros will play only eight non West Division opponents the rest of the season.
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Player of the Week C Patrick O’Sullivan
11/30 vs. CLE 3-0=3, +3
12/4 vs. CLE 0-2=2, +1
Totals 2gp, 3-2=5, +4
Totaled five points (3-2=5) and was plus-four in only two games last week as Aeros went 2-0-0-0...Notched first career hat trick in Wednesday’s 7-2 rout of Cleveland...Tacked on two assists in 5-2 win over Barons on Sunday...Ranks sixth among AHL rookies with 21 points (10-11=21) in 24 games...Aeros’ fourth-leading scorer...Plus-six rating ranks tied for second on Houston’s roster.
Aeros sweep Barons, lead West by five points
HOU 7, CLE 2, HOU 5, CLE 2
Houston won its only two games last week, rolling to 7-2 and 5-2 wins over Cleveland. The Aeros enter this week 17-7-1-1 for 36 points - five clear of second-place Peoria, which has four games in hand on the Aeros.
Wednesday: Twenty-year-old rookie Patrick O’Sullivan tallied a hat trick, Kirby Law added two goals and Erik Westrum and Josh Olson also scored, as the Houston Aeros rolled to a 7-2 victory over the Cleveland Barons at Toyota Center. Josh Harding made 20 saves for Houston (16-7-1-1).
Sunday: Westrum posted a goal and two assists, Law contributed a goal and a helper and O’Sullivan added two assists, as the Houston Aeros knocked off the Cleveland Barons 5-2 at Toyota Center. Rem Murray, Bryan Lundbohm and Roman Voloshenko also scored, and Harding made 17 saves for Houston, which went 3-1-0-0 on its four-game homestand.
Aeros’ Practice schedule:
Monday - 1-2, Sugar Land
Tuesday - 10-11:30, Sugar Land
Wednesday - 10-11:30, Sugar Land
Thursday - Travel Day
Friday - at ROC, 6:35 p.m.
Saturday - at HAM, 6 p.m.
Sunday - at CLE, 4 p.m.