Robert Desimone, Communications Manager
Palmer Hestley, Asst. Communications Manager
March 28, 2010
The Aeros finish the season's final 3-in-3 against the Peoria Rivermen, 3:00 PM at Carver Arena. The Aeros split the first two games of the weekend, defeating Lake Erie 3-2 in overtime Friday before falling 4-1 to the Rivermen last night. Houston returns home Wednesday to host the Chicago Wolves, 7:00 PM at Toyota Center.
AEROS GAME NOTES
Aeros Assitant Coach Troy G. Ward
Peoria Head Coach Rick Wamsley
HEAD TO HEAD
Record - Aeros: 30-31-7-4 (13-16-3-4, Road),
Rivermen 35-30-2-6 (20-14-1-2, Home)
Power Play - Aeros: 49-310, 15.8% (21st)
Rivermen: 68-336, 20.2% (5th)
Penalty Kill - Aeros: 247-287, 85.9%, (4th)
Rivermen: 260-326, 79.8% (25th)
Goals Scored - Aeros: 2.54 (25th), Rivermen: 2.92 (T15th)
Goals Allowed - Aeros: 2.76 (8th), Rivermen: 3.08 (20th)
Penalty Minutes - Aeros: 16.40 PIM/gm (12th)
Rivermen: 17.53 PIM/gm (15th)
Scoring First - Aeros: 22-4-3-4, Rivermen: 25-9-1-6
Final Countdown - The Aeros are in the midst of playing the final 10 games of the 2009-10 season and fell to 1-1-0-0 inside the final 10 games after last night's loss. Houston went 2-7-1-0 in the final 10 games of the 2008-09 regular season.
Aeros vs. the West - The Aeros will play their final eight games this season against the West Division. Houston is 15-24-6-3 this season against the West. The Aeros are 4-3-0-0 against Peoria this season including 2-1-0-0 at Carver Arena.
Squadron Leaders - RW Jon DiSalvatore scored his second goal in as many games last night and now leads the team with 21 goals and 50 points (21-29=50). DiSalvatore also leads the Aeros with 29 power-play points (11-18=29). D Maxim Noreau leads the Aeros with 32 assists and is second on the team with 49 points (17-32=49). LW Matt Kassian is the team leader in penalty minutes (PIM) with 142.
3-in-3 - The Aeros finish their final three-games-in-three-days stretch tonight. In all, Houston will have played seven 3-in-3s in 2009-10 after playing 15 last season. The Aeros are 7-13-0-1 in the first game, 10-7-3-1 in the second game and 2-3-0-1 in the third game.
Consistentine - Aeros head coach Kevin Constantine has never missed the playoffs when coaching a team throughout a full season. Houston is currently 12 points out of the fourth and final playoff spot in the West.
Man of the Year - LW Matt Kassian was awarded the Aeros' American Specialty/AHL Man of the Year team award Thursday for his efforts in the community. Kassian has worked alongside the Houston Humane Society, Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital and the Houston Fire Department among other local charitable organizations.
Milestones - DiSalvatore scored his 150th AHL/pro goal last night. Friday was D Jaime Sifers 250th AHL game and RW Danny Irmen's 300th pro game. Irmen is not in Peoria in preparation for the birth of his first child. C Nathan Smith is six games away from his 500th pro game. C Tony Hrkac is three goals away from his 300th pro goal. Noreau is two games away from his 200th pro game.
The Aeros return home Wednesday to host the Chicago Wolves, 7:05 PM at Toyota Center. Watch the games 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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