AEROS WEEKLY REPORT
THU, at SAN, 7 p.m.
The Aeros are 5-1-0-0 this season against the Rampage and 14-1-1-0 in the last 16 meetings overall. At San Antonio, Houston is 6-1-1-0 in the last eight meetings, with the Aeros’ lone regulation loss coming 3-2 on October 8. Since starting off 2-2-1-0 at SBC Center, the Aeros have points in 14 of the last 16 meetings (9-2-3-2). Six of the last nine SBC Center meetings have been decided by one goal, including Houston’s 4-3 overtime win on Saturday. Houston has points in all but six of its 42 meetings with San Antonio (29-6-5-2). The Rampage enters the week having gone 0-4-1-0 in the last five games after winning five of seven.
FRI, vs. GR, 7:35 p.m.
50’s Night/Paddleball Giveaway (3K)
Houston opens up a season-long seven-game homestand. The Aeros are a perfect 3-0-0-0 against the North Division-leading Griffins this season. In the lone Toyota Center meeting, rookie Roman Voloshenko scored four times off former Stanley Cup goaltender and NHL All-Star Chris Osgood in a 7-3 victory October 21. The Aeros won the last meeting of the season, 6-5 in a shootout on October 29 at Grand Rapids’ Van Andel Arena. Houston has won four straight overall meetings, its longest run in the series since a six-game stretch November 25, 1997-February 6, 2000. The Griffins are 6-0-1-0 in their last seven to seize control of the North with a 24-10-1-2 record. Grand Rapids trails the Aeros by one point for the overall Western Conference lead. The Griffins feature high-scoring winger Jiri Hudler, who enters this week tied for second in the AHL in scoring with Houston’s Kirby Law behind Erik Westrum.
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.
All-Star voting continues - Aeros fans, no fewer than six Aeros are among the league leaders in several offensive and defensive categories. Do you think they deserve an appearance in the 2006 RBK Hockey AHL All-Star Classic in Winnipeg.
Skate with the Pros Sunday - Sunday from 4:15-5:30 p.m., two Aeros players will attend "Skate with the Pros" at Sugar Land Ice & Sports Center, the Official Training Facility of the Houston Aeros. Admission is $10. For more information, please visit www.sugarlandice.com.
The Aeros are 25-8-1-1, their most victories ever after 25 games.
Houston has won seven straight overall for the first time since December 21, 2002-January 3, 2003. The Aeros also won eight in a row to begin that campaign, October 11-26, 2002. The longest winning run in team history is 11, set November 27-December 20, 1996.
The Aeros have also won seven straight at home - one off their franchise record, set November 6-December 11, 1998, during the team’s Turner Cup championship season. The Aeros have outscored their opponents by a whopping 38-15 margin in their current run. Houston has won 12 of 13 at home and is 15-2-1-1 at Toyota Center this season, 21-2-1-3 in the last 27 regular-season games there and 29-4-1-3 in the last 37.
Houston has trailed in 12 of its 25 victories, including four deficits of two goals. The Aeros also rallied from two down for a 4-3 overtime win versus Omaha 12/23, and against San Antonio on Saturday. Houston is 10-4-0-0 when allowing the first goal, including a stellar 6-2-0-0 mark on the road. Seven of the Aeros’ 12 come-from-behind victories have come away from Toyota Center.
The Aeros wrapped up December with a 9-1-0-0 mark, their best winning percentage ever in the month. The Aeros’ .900 winning percentage actually matched October 2002 (also 9-1-0-0) as the best of any month in team history. At home, the Aeros were perfect (6-0-0-0) in December for the first time in team history, and their 3-1-0-0 road mark was the best since going 4-1-0 in 1997-98. It marked the first time ever Houston was perfect at home in a month with at least five games.
C Erik Westrum did extend his point streak to 11 games (4-13=17) in Saturday’s 4-3 OT win at San Antonio. His assist versus the Rampage was originally credited to Kirby Law. Westrum’s 11-game point streak is the longest since Brian Wiseman’s franchise-record 15-game run in the 1998-99 Turner Cup championship season. Westrum’s point streak is tied for the fifth-longest in the AHL this season. It’s tied for the third longest active run. Westrum still paces the AHL with a career-best 49 points (14-35=49). His 35 assists are eight more than any other player.
RW Kirby Law has 14 points (7-7=14) in a seven-game point streak, a season-high. Law continues to lead the AHL in goals (21), and his 46 points are tied with Grand Rapids’ Jiri Hudler for second in the league behind teammate Erik Westrum.
C Petr Taticek’s five-game point streak (2-6=8) is a career-high. He has at least one assist in five straight games, tied with Erik Westrum and Curtis Murphy for the team season-high.
Saturday, D Erik Reitz became the 13th Aero and fourth defenseman in team history to play in 200 games.
RW Joey Tetarenko has played in 299 career AHL games.
Houston ranks fourth in the AHL on the power play (20.7 percent) and fifth on the penalty kill (85.0 percent). The Aeros and Hershey Bears are the lone AHL teams ranked in the top five in each category.
LW Roman Voloshenko continues to play in the 2006 World Junior Championships in British Columbia. Voloshenko is tied for second on Team Russia in goals with three, trailing only 2004 No. 2 overall pick Evgeni Malkin. Team Russia earned a bye in the first round of medal play, and will play either the United States of Czech Republic on Tuesday for a berth in the Gold Medal Game. Voloshenko’s three goals tie him for seventh among all players in the tournament.
Player of the Week C Petr Taticek
12/26 vs. SAN 1-2=3, +3
12/28 vs. IOW 0-1=1, +1
12/31 at SAN 1-1=2, +2
Totals - 3gp, 2-4=6, +6
Notched six points (2-4=6) and was plus-six as Aeros went 3-0-0-0 last week...Scored GWG and added two assists in 7-1 win over former team San Antonio Monday...Was plus-three...Assisted on Kirby Law’s go-ahead goal in 3-2 win over Iowa Wednesday...Tallied goal and assist in 4-3 OT win at San Antonio Saturday...Goal tied game at 3-3 just 27 seconds into third period...Was plus-two...Has 20 points (8-12=20) and is plus-six in only 28 games...Eight goals are new career-high...Posted seven goals in 67 games for San Antonio in 2004-05.
Aeros run win streak to seven with perfect 3-0-0-0 week
HOU 7, SAN 1; HOU 3, IOW 2; HOU 4, SAN 3 (OT)
Houston’s seven-game winning streak has its Western-Conference best record up to 25-8-1-1 for 52 points - seven clear of Milwaukee, which is in second on the West Division with a game in hand.
Monday: Kirby Law scored two goals, Erik Westrum added three assists to pad his advantage in the AHL points race, and former Phoenix prospect Dustin Wood snapped an 84-game goal-less streak, as the Houston Aeros rolled to a 7-1 victory over the San Antonio Rampage at Toyota Center. Former Rampage forward Petr Taticek added a goal and two assists, Patrick O’Sullivan and Joel Ward also scored and Bryan Lundbohm and Curtis Murphy each supplied two assists for Houston, which got 27 saves from Josh Harding.
Wednesday: Law scored his league-best 21st goal in his 500th AHL game and Westrum tallied a goal and an assist to extend his point streak to 10 games, as the Houston Aeros knocked off the Iowa Stars 3-2 in front of a season-high 7,271 fans at Toyota Center for their sixth straight victory and seventh in a row at home. Harding made 26 saves, O’Sullivan added a goal and an assist and Matt Foy chipped in two helpers for Houston, which snapped Iowa’s league-best six-game winning streak.
Saturday: Rookie Ryan Stokes’ first goal as an Aero came 1:32 into overtime after Taticek tied the game 27 seconds into the third period, as the Houston Aeros rallied from two goals down for their seventh straight victory, a 4-3 decision over the San Antonio Rampage at SBC Center. Taticek and Clayton Stoner each tallied a goal and an assist, Josh Olson also scored, Law chipped in two helpers and Seamus Kotyk had 26 saves for Houston.
Aeros’ Practice schedule:
Monday, 10-11:30 a.m., Sugar Land
Tuesday - 10-11:30 a.m., Sugar Land
Wednesday - 10-11:30 a.m., Sugar Land
Thursday - 10-11 a.m., pre-game skate, Sugar Land, at SAN 7 p.m.
Friday - vs. GR 7:35 p.m.
Saturday - TBA
Sunday - TBA
Aeros non game-day practices are at Sugar Land Ice & Sports Center, the Official Training Facility of the Houston Aeros.
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