, Asst. Communications Manager
The Houston Aeros visit the Rockford IceHogs tonight for a 5:05 p.m. puck drop at the Rockford Metro Centre. The Aeros close out their sixth 3-in-3 tonight falling to Peoria 4-3 at Toyota Center Friday before taking a 2-1 shootout loss at the hands of Chicago last night at Allstate Arena. The Hogs were also in action last night, defeating Manitoba 6-3 at the MTS Centre. Houston is 2-2-2-0 against Rockford this season and finish up the season series with the IceHogs at Toyota Center Apr. 6. The Aeros finish up their sixth 3-in-3 tonight with a 5:05 p.m. tilt against the IceHogs at the Rockford Metro Centre. Watch the game live on ahllive.com or listen to Joe O'Donnell's play-by-play call on 1070 AM-KNTH. Follow the interactive in-game blog here on aeros.com.
AEROS GAME NOTES
HEAD TO HEAD
Record - Aeros: 29-29-6-3 (13-15-3-3, Road),
IceHogs: 39-25-3-3 (23-8-1-1, Home)
Power Play - Aeros: 47-292, 16.1% (21st)
IceHogs: 49-310, 15.8% (22nd)
Penalty Kill - Aeros: 229-267, 85.8%, (4th)
IceHogs: 250-299, 83.6% (10th)
Goals Scored - Aeros: 2.61 (24th), IceHogs: 2.94 (13th)
Goals Allowed - Aeros: 2.76 (8th), IceHogs: 2.89 (13th)
Penalty Minutes - Aeros: 16.52 PIM/gm (12th)
IceHogs: 17.83 PIM/gm (18th)
Scoring First - Aeros: 21-4-3-3, IceHogs: 30-7-2-2
Within the West - The West Division is the only division in the American Hockey League (AHL) with seven teams at .500 or better. Houston currently sits in seventh place with a 29-29-6-3 record and is 15-22-5-2 against West Division opponents. The Aeros play only one game outside the division the rest of the season.
3-in-3 - The Aeros finish their sixth 3-in-3 this season tonight. Houston is 2-3-0-0 in the final game of a 3-in-3 this season. Houston has one remaining 3-in-3 on the 2009-10 campaign after playing 15 3-in-3's last season.
Squadron Leaders - D Maxim Noreau tallied an assist Friday night for his club leading 47th point and 30th helper. RW J-M Daoust scored two goals Friday to tie RW Jon DiSalvatore for the club-lead in goals scored with 19. LW Matt Kassian continues to lead all Aeros skaters with 137 PIM.
Streaking - D Jamie Fraser had his eight-game point streak snapped last night in Chicago. Fraser scored three goals and added six assists for nine points over those eight games. It's the longest point streak among Aeros skaters this season. Meanwhile, C Nathan Smith tallied an assist last night to extend his point streak to four games (3g, 2a).
This Time Last Year - Last year the Aeros were 33-25-1-8 with 13 games left in the regular season and in second place trailing the Milwaukee Admirals for the top spot in the West Division. The club would ultimately finish the season in third place en route to a Western Conference Finals exit to Manitoba.
Career Years - Noreau (17-30=47) and Daoust (19-27=46) have each already set personal bests in goals scored, assists and points for a season.
Milestones - RW Duncan Milroy scored his 100th pro goal last night in Chicago. RW Danny Irmen is four games away from his 300th pro game. C Tony Hrkac is three goals away from his 300th of his pro career. D Brandon Rogers is five points away from his 100th pro point.
The Aeros return home Saturday to host the Milwaukee Admirals for "Kids Free Weekend" at Toyota Center. Call 713.974.PUCK (7825) for more information. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. Saturday and the first 3,000 fans receive a Cal Clutterbuck bobblehead. Watch the game live on ahllive.com or listen the Joe O'Donnell's broadcast on 1070 AM-KNTH. Follow the interactive in-game blog on aeros.com.
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