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Aeros-Senators Game 2 Preview

Saturday, 05.28.2011 / 10:31 AM / News
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Aeros-Senators Game 2 Preview

MAY 28, 2011
HOUSTON AEROS (Western Conference Champions)
vs. BINGHAMTON SENATORS (Eastern Conference Champions)
BEST-OF-7 --- TOYOTA CENTER (7:35 p.m. CST)


OVERVIEW
The Houston Aeros and Binghamton Senators square off in Game 2 of the Calder Cup Finals at Toyota Center. The series is a best-of-seven with a 2-3-2 format in which the Aeros have home ice advantage.

HOW THEY GOT HERE
HOUSTON
--- Swept the Peoria Rivermen 4-0 in the first round.
--- Defeated Milwaukee in seven games in the second round.
--- Defeated Hamilton 4-3 in the Western Conference Finals

BINGHAMTON
--- Defeated Manchester 4-3 in the first round.
--- Defeated Portland 4-2 in the second round.
--- Swept Charlotte 4-0 in the Eastern Conference Finals.

DID YOU KNOW?

--- The Aeros are the first AHL club ever to win a playoff series after relinquishing a 3-0 series lead (Conference Finals vs. HAM)
--- With wins over Milwaukee and Hamilton in the last two rounds, Houston improved to 6-0 all-time in AHL Game 7’s.
--- Houston and Binghamton both reached the 2011 Calder Cup Finals after missing the postseason entirely in 2010.
--- Binghamton is the eighth consecutive East Division team to represent the Eastern Conference in the Calder Cup Finals.
--- Houston’s hockey history actually pre-dates that of Binghamton. The Houston Skippers began play at the Sam Houston Coliseum in 1946, changed their name to the Huskies, and were coached by Toe Blake during the 1947-48 season. The team won the USHL crown that season. Binghamton’s first pro team was known as the Broome Dusters in the NAHL in 1973.

2011 AEROS PLAYOFF NOTABLES
--- The Aeros are 6-0 at home in front of crowds of 5,000 or better.
--- When registering 40 or more shots, the Aeros are 4-1.
--- Opponents have scored first 11 times, but the Aeros have won seven of those games.
--- On home ice, Houston has a 4-0 record when allowing the first goal.
--- The Aeros improved to 3-4 when trailing after two periods with the Game 1 win over Binghamton.
--- The Aeros are 6-2 when scoring first.
--- Houston has outshot their opponents in 14 of 19 playoff games. They are 9-5 when doing so.
--- The Aeros are 8-2 in games decided by one goal.
--- Houston’s 61 shots in Game 6 vs. HAM tied a team record for the second-most shots in one playoff game and were the most since Houston peppered Hamilton’s Ty Conklin with 84 shots in Game 2 of the 2003 Calder Cup Finals.

AEROS PLAYER NOTABLES
--- Jed Ortmeyer became the fifth Aeros player to score two goals in a game this playoff campaign when he notched a pair in Game1 vs. BNG.
--- Aeros players have a combined 28 multi-point games in the playoffs, led by Patrick O’Sullivan (4), Jed Ortmeyer and Casey Wellman (3 each).

NHL AFFILIATES
Houston Aeros (Minnesota Wild)
Binghamton Senators (Ottawa Senators)

CALDER CUP FINALS SCHEDULE
2011 Calder Cup Finals (best-of-seven)
W2-Houston Aeros vs. E5-Binghamton Senators
Game 1 – Fri., May 27 – Binghamton 1 at Houston 3
Game 2 – Sat., May 28 – Binghamton at Houston, 7:35 CST
Game 3 – Wed., June 1 – Houston at Binghamton, 7:05 EST
Game 4 – Fri., June 3 – Houston at Binghamton, 7:05 EST
*Game 5 – Sat., June 4 – Houston at Binghamton, 7:05 EST
*Game 6 – Tue., June 7 – Binghamton at Houston, 7:05 CST
*Game 7 – Thu., June 9 – Binghamton at Houston, 7:05 CST

PLAYOFF HISTORY, CONNECTIONS

--- This is the first time the teams have met in the playoffs.
--- The Aeros have never faced a team from New York in the postseason.
--- Binghamton’s Corey Locke is the Aeros single season (2009) playoff leader in points (23), goals (12) and PPG (6). Goaltender Barry Brust was an Aero from 2007-10.

AEROS GOALIES

--- AT HOME, Matt Hackett is 8-2 with a 2.21 GAA and .912 SV%. He went 3-1 at home in the Conference Finals.
--- ON THE ROAD, Hackett is 5-4 with a 2.94 GAA and .884 SV%. He is 3-3 in his last six road games.
--- Matt Hackett’s uncle, Jeff, led the Springfield Indians to a Calder Cup win in 1990 and was awarded the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy, annually given to the most valuable player of the playoffs. He went 10-5 that playoff campaign.

LAST GAME QUICK RECAP

Jed Ortmeyer scored twice and goaltender Matt Hackett stopped 23 of 24 shots as the Houston Aeros upended the Binghamton Senators 3-1 in Game 1 of the Calder Cup Finals in front of 8,018 fans at Toyota Center on Friday night. The Aeros, sparked by Ortmeyer, Colton Gillies and Marco Scandella, rallied for three goals in the third period to take the lead. The win by Houston ended an eight-game road winning streak by the Senators.

AEROS SPECIAL TEAMS
POWER PLAY --- Is 0/2 vs. BNG… Went 6/30 vs. HAM… Went 6/32 vs. MIL in round 2… Went 3/24 vs. PEO 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 --- BNG is 0/2… HAM went 6/25and scored three SHG… MIL went 4/30 in round 2… The Ads scored a SHG in Game 5… 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.

AEROS BROADCAST INFO

Follow the Aeros on News Talk 1070 KNTH and online at AEROS.COM with Joe O’Donnell providing the play-by-play call. Watch every game online at www.ahllive.com.

AEROS 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).


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