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GAMEDAY: Aeros vs. Barons - April 19

The Aeros open their run for the Calder Cup against the Barons

Thursday, 04.19.2012 / 10:07 AM / News
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GAMEDAY: Aeros vs. Barons - April 19



The Houston Aeros open the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs (35-25-5-11, 86 pts., 8th seed in Western Conference) against the Oklahoma City Barons 45-22-4-5, 99 pts., 1st seed in Western Conference) on Thursday (7:05 p.m. CST) at Toyota Center.

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Radio: 1070 KNTH-AM Houston
Listen online: aeros.com
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Listen via Smartphone: Download the TuneIn Radio app; search Houston, then KNTH.

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OVERVIEW
The Houston Aeros open the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs (35-25-5-11, 86 pts., 8th seed in Western Conference) against the Oklahoma City Barons 45-224-5, 99 pts., 1st seed in Western Conference) on Thursday (7:05 p.m. CST) at Toyota Center.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The Aeros are 12-7 in Game 1 AHL playoff action with a 9-1 record at home.

Houston’s roster has 11 players (Bagnall, Penner, Scandella, Almond, DiSalvatore, Bulmer, Palmer, Rau, McMillan, Broda, Hackett) who saw ice time in the 2011 playoffs.

This is the first time the Aeros and Barons have met in the playoffs.

ROUND 1 PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Game 1 – Thu., Apr. 19 – Oklahoma City at Houston, 7:05 P.M.
Game 2 – Fri., Apr. 20 – Oklahoma City at Houston, 7:35 P.M.
Game 3 – Sun., Apr. 22 – Houston at Oklahoma City, 7:00 P.M.
*Game 4 – Tue., Apr. 24 – Houston at Oklahoma City, 7:00 P.M.
*Game 5 – Wed., Apr. 25 – Houston at Oklahoma City, 7:00 P.M.

LAST GAME

Joel Broda and Kris Foucault each had a goal as the Houston Aeros defeated the Texas Stars 2-1 to clinch the eighth seed in the AHL's Western Conference Sunday night at the Toyota Center in front of a sellout crowd of 10,652.

AEROS BROADCASTS

Radio: 1070 KNTH-AM
Listen online: aeros.com
Watch online: ahllive.com
Listen via Smartphone: Download the TuneIn Radio app; search Houston, then KNTH.

LIVE SCORING AND STATS

The AHL provides live scoring and stats via the GameCenter tab at www.theahl.com.

AEROS/BARONS HEAD-TO-HEAD

HOU went 1-4-0-3 against the Barons (1-1-0-2 at home, 0-3-0-1 on the road) during the regular season… All-time HOU is 10-5-0-3 (5-2-0-2, 5-3-0-1 road) during the regular season… HOU PP went 4/47… OKC PP went 10/31… OKC had a pair of SHG.

GOALIE HEAD-TO-HEAD

Matt Hackett appeared in two games for HOU vs. OKC in the regular season (0-2-0, 4.54 GAA, .862 SV%)… Yann Danis appeared in all eight games vs. HOU (7-0-1, 1.32 GAA, .946 SV%).

AEROS PLAYER NOTES

Jon DiSalvatore led the Aeros with 61 points (28-33=61) in the regular season. He led the team in goals and PPG (13) and was the only Aero to play in all 76 games. DiSalvatore represented the Aeros at the AHL All-Star Classic and was also a Second Team AHL All-Star. ---Justin Fontaine was second in team scoring (16-39=55) and led the team in assists, His totals place him in the top-5 in Aeros-AHL single season rookie seasons scoring.

Jeff Taffe was third in team scoring (18-35=53) and led the club with 21 power play assists.

Chay Genoway was named the team’s winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the Houston community during the 2011-12 season. Genoway has assists in four of the last five games and points in five of the last seven games (1-5=6).

Drew Bagnall registered career-highs in points and assists (2-12=14).

The Minnesota Wild made 54 recalls from Houston this season involving 22 different players.

The Aeros made 186 transactions during the regular season, involving 56 different players, both new team records.

A total of 52 different players saw ice time with the Aeros during the regular season.
 
TEAM NOTABLES

Houston earned at least a point in 23 of the 41 games (12-18-3-8) in which they have allowed the first goal. They are 23-7-2-3 when scoring first.

The Aeros played 40 games that were decided by one goal (15-9-5-11).

AEROS GOALIES

BRODEUR --- Has a 40-37-6 record in 102 AHL games with four shutouts, a 2.85 GAA and a .907 SV%. He also has appeared in seven NHL games, all with the Ottawa Senators, posting a 3-1-0 record with one shutout and 2.17 GAA and .922 SV%... The 6-foot-2, 186-pound Calgary native was selected to the Canadian all-star team for the 2009 AHL All-Star Classic… Joined the Aeros from the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL… Brodeur was a seventh-round selection (211th overall) of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft… Was a member of the Binghamton Senators during the 2010-11 season but was injured during the team’s run to the Calder Cup.

HACKETT – Went 9-10-5 (2.52 GAA/.910 SV%) at home and 11-7-1 (2.29,/.925 SV%) on the road… Won six-straight road starts from Oct. 28-Dec. 30…  Was 3-5-0 with a 2.30 goals against average (GAA) and a .927 save percentage (SV%) in 11 games with the Wild this season… Hackett is ranked second for the most games played by a goalie in Houston's AHL history, with 89 games played... Hackett is second on the all-time saves list in Houston's AHL history with 2,222 saves, trailing Josh Harding's 3,270 saves... Hackett is also third in wins with 43, fifth in minutes and second in total shots.

POWER PLAY

Went 4/20 (20%) in games 71-76…  Went 6/44 (13.6%) in games 61-70… Went 8/38 in games 51-60 (21.1 %)… Went 8/43 in games 41-50 (18.6%)… Went 7/38 (18.4%) in games 31-40…  Went 5/37 (13.5%) in games 21-30… Went 20/106 (18/9%) in games 1-20… Set a season-high going 3/5 in a 4-2 win at SAN on Oct. 28… Tied the 3/5 mark on March 10 vs. GR… Went 3/4 vs. SA on April 14.

PENALTY KILL

Stopped 16/17 in games 71-76 (94.1%)… Stopped 31/39 in games 61-70 (79.5%)… Stopped 6/34 in games 51-60 (82.4%)… Stopped 30/39 (76.9 %) in games 41-50… Stopped 28/36 (77.7%) in games 31-40… Stopped 20/27 (74.0%) in games 21-30… Stopped 80/97 (82.4%) in games 1-20.

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