Aeros-Admirals Game 3 Preview
Tuesday, 05.3.2011 / 9:40 AM CT / Preview
West Division Finals
HOUSTON AEROS (2nd seed, West Division)
MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS (1st seed, West Division)
May 3, 2011
TOYOTA CENTER (7:05 p.m. CST)
BEST-OF-7 (SERIES TIED, 1-1)
The Houston Aeros and Milwaukee Admirals battle in a best-of-seven series in the second round of the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs. Milwaukee took a 1-0 series lead with a 3-1 victory in Game 1 at Milwaukee. Houston countered with a 2-0 shutout in Game 2 on the road. The series is a 2-3-2 format, meaning the Aeros can gain home-ice advantage with a win on Tuesday.
HOW THEY GOT HERE
Houston swept its opening round series versus the Peoria Rivermen by a 4-0 count while the Admirals edged the Texas Stars in seven games.
--- The Aeros allowed the first goal in each of the first five games of the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs.
--- Houston is 3-7 all-time in playoff series when losing Game 1.
--- The Aeros are 10-6 in series all-time when they split the first two games.
--- The Aeros are 6-6 in Game 2 of a playoff series after losing Game 1.
--- Houston has a 14-11 record all-time in Game 3 with a 6-6 record at home.
--- The Game 2 shutout was Matt Hackett’s first as a pro in the postseason and Houston’s first since May 7, 2009, when the Aeros blanked the Admirals 2-0 at Toyota Center in Game 4 of the West Division Finals. It was their 14th shutout overall.
--- The Aeros have been outscored 7-3 in the first period, but have outscored opponents 7-2 in the second period and 6-1 in the third.
--- Two of the four games in the first round versus PEO were decided by one goal.
--- Brett Bulmer, Minnesota’s second round draft pick in 2010, made his pro debut on April 28 at MIL in Game 1.
--- Patrick O’Sullivan has a point in five of six playoff games this season.
--- Colton Gillies scored twice in Game 3 and became the 29th Aeros player to record two goals in a playoff game. No Aero has ever scored a hat trick in postseason play.
Houston Aeros (Minnesota Wild)
Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville Predators)
SECOND ROUND PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
West Division Final – Series “L” (best-of-7)
W1-Milwaukee Admirals vs. W2-Houston Aeros
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 29 – Houston 1 at Milwaukee 3
Game 2 – Sun., May 1 – Houston 2 at Milwaukee 0
Game 3 – Tue., May 3 – Milwaukee at Houston, 7:05
Game 4 – Thu., May 5 – Milwaukee at Houston, 7:05
Game 5 – Fri., May 6 – Milwaukee at Houston, 7:35
*Game 6 – Sun., May 8 – Houston at Milwaukee, 5:00
*Game 7 – Tue., May 10 – Houston at Milwaukee, 7:00
*if necessary; all times CT
PLAYOFF HISTORY VERSUS MILWAUKEE
--- This is the fifth playoff clash between the Aeros and Admirals. The series is tied at 2-2.
--- In 20 playoff games versus MIL the Aeros are 9-11 (5-4 at home, 4-7 on the road).
--- Lost 3-1 in 1998 Western Conf. Quarterfinals.
--- Won 3-0 in 2003 Western Conf. Quarterfinals.
--- Lost 4-0 in 2006 West Division Finals.
--- Won 4-3 in 2009 West Division Finals.
REGULAR SEASON SERIES NOTES
--- The Aeros went 2-3-0-1 (2-1-0-0 at home, 0-2-0-1 on the road).
--- HOU went 5/30 on the PP while MIL went 7/26.
--- MIL won three games in regulation while wins for HOU came in extra time (one OT, one SO)
--- MIL scored five goals against the Aeros twice while HOU scored four goals once.
--- Five of the six games were decided by one goal, with the lone exception being a 5-2 win by MIL on April 1.
--- Patrick O’Sullivan led the Aeros (5-2-7) in scoring while Chris Mueller (3-4-7) led the Admirals.
--- MIL scored the first goal in four of the six games. HOU was 1-1-0-0 when scoring first.
REGULAR SEASON NOTES
The Aeros finished the regular season with a 46-28-1-5 (98 pts.) record for the No. 2 spot in the West Division. The Aeros had the most wins in both the division and the Western Conference. Only two other teams finished with more wins (WBS – 58, Portland -47). Milwaukee won the West Division title for the fourth time in eight years and topped 100 points for the fifth time since 2003-04. They finished with a 44-22-6-8 record.
LAST GAME QUICK RECAP
Warren Peters and Colton Gillies scored and goaltender Matt Hackett made 20 saves as the Houston Aeros took a 2-0 victory over the Milwaukee Admirals in Game 2 of the American Hockey League’s West Division Finals at the Bradley Center on Sunday. Peters gave the Aeros their first 1-0 lead of the 2011 postseason at 11:47 of the second period with a power play tally. Gillies added an even-strength goal 3:56 into the third period for his fourth postseason marker.
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--- Matt Hackett went 4-0 in the first round versus PEO with a 1.68 GAA and .932 SV%.
--- Hackett is 3-1 on the road with a 2.50 GAA and .894 SV%. At home, Hackett is 2-0 with a 1.37 GAA and .942 SV%.
--- Hackett won a personal season-high four in a row from March 13-20.
--- Hackett went 1-1-1 against the Admirals (2-1 SOL, 3-2 OTW, 5-1 L) in the regular season.
--- Josh Tordjman was 4-1-0 in six overall appearances during the regular season.
AEROS SPECIAL TEAMS
POWER PLAY --- Is 1/9 versus MIL… Went 3/24 in the opening round… Ranked 6th (20.2%) in the regular season… Jon DiSalvatore led the team with 14 PPG… Finished the season with goals in six-straight to set a season-high streak (18/45)…Also had goals in six-straight from Feb. 22-Mar. 4… Had multiple PPG in 16 games and was 12-2-0-2 in those games.
PENALTY KILL --- MIL is 0/11 in the series… PEO went 3/12 on the PP in the first round… Ranked 22nd (81.0%) in the regular season… Carson McMillan led the team with three SHG… Opponents were 16/46 on the PP in the final eight games of the season… Allowed at least a goal in a season-high seven straight (Mar. 22 – Apr. 2)… Held opponents to one or no PPG in 15 straight games until TOR went 2-for-5 on Jan. 23.