DEC. 26, 2010: AEROS AT RAMPAGE
The Houston Aeros (17-15-1-2) travel to San Antonio to battle the San Antonio Rampage (22-8-1-0) for the fifth of 10 meetings this season. Houston is coming off a 4-3 shootout win over the Texas Stars last night at home. The victory ended a four-game slide by the Aeros, who leaped ahead of both Chicago and Oklahoma City into fifth place in the West Division. Houston sits three points behind the fourth place Stars. San Antonio leads the West Division and Western Conference with 22 wins and 45 points. They have won seven of their last 10 and two-in-a-row. They last played on Dec. 19 in a 5-4 victory over Hamilton.
Dec. 27 at San Antonio, 7:00 p.m. CST
Dec. 29 at Milwaukee, 7:00 p.m. CST
Dec. 30 at Rockford, 6:35 p.m. CST
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AEROS AT A GLANCE
RECORD: 17-15-1-2, 37 pts., 5th, West
STREAK: LOST 4
Houston Aeros (Minnesota Wild)
San Antonio Rampage (Phoenix Coyotes)
PP: 16.1% (23rd)
PK: 84.4% (10th)
POINTS: Noreau (7-14-21)
GOALS: Earl/Almond (8)
ASSISTS: Noreau (14)
PIM: Kassian (80)
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
TRENDING --- The Aeros have allowed the first goal in four of the
last six games after scoring first in eight straight…Warren Peters’ goal, 30 seconds into the first period last night, snapped Houston’s scoreless skid at 159:13…The Aeros are looking to reverse a season-long four-game road losing skid. Their last road win was Dec. 14 at Hamilton (3-1)…The Aeros have scored a goal in all three periods a total of seven times this season; five of those games have been against Texas.
SCORE FIRST! --- The Aeros had scored the first goal in eight
Consecutive games (Nov. 26-Dec. 12, 5-3-0-0) until HAM drew first
blood on Dec. 14. Houston leads the AHL in first goals (22) and is
15-5-0-2 when scoring first. The Aeros also scored the first goal in
seven straight games (Oct. 29-Nov. 8) and were 4-1-0-2 in that span.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER --- The Aeros are 9-5-0-1 in games
after a win this season…In games after a loss they are 7-7-1-0…In
the second game of back-to-back outings they are 8-8-0-1…In the
third game of a 3-in-3 they are 3-2-0-0.
HOMEBOYS --- Houston has won eight of 11 at home dating
back to an Oct. 31 victory over Texas. Four of those wins have
been by one goal; a pair has been decided by two goals...Nine of
Houston’s 15 home games have been one-goal decisions (5-3-1-
0) and three have been decided by two goals (2-1)…Except for
an 8-2 loss to Peoria, a5-3 defeat by San Antonio and 5-0 loss to
Hamilton, the Aeros have not allowed more than three goals in a
home game…Goals allowed (1 – 2X; 2 – 5X; 3 - 5X; 5 – 2X; 8 –
TURNSTILE TIDBIT --- Through 15 home games, the Aeros are
sixth in the AHL with an average attendance of 5,766. As of Dec.
23, 2009, the Aeros averaged 5,374 through 18 games.
WESTWARD --- The Aeros are 14-9-1-0 vs. West Division teams
this season and have won three-in-a row against Division rivals.
WHEN IT’S CLOSE --- The Aeros are 8-4-1-2 in games decided
by one goal.
HEATIN’ UP --- Jon DiSalvatore had two power play goals on Dec. 26 vs. Texas…Four of DiSalvatore’s seven goals this season have come against the Stars…He has five multiple-point games this season.
FOUR-SCORE --- When scoring at least four goals the Aeros are
undefeated (11-0-0-0). Houston has yet to win a game when
allowing four or more goals (0-9-0-0) and is 0-6-0-0 on the road
when doing so.
SCHEDULE NOTES --- Nine of the final 12 games of 2010 are on
the road…A total of 18 of Houston’s final 27 games in the calendar
year of 2010 are away from Toyota Center…Houston plays four
games in five days from Dec. 26-30 and five in seven from Dec. 26-
Jan. 1…The team played five games in seven days, all on the road,
from Dec. 12-18.
RECENT ROSTER MOVES --- D Bryce Lampman was released
from his PTO on Dec. 22…F Joel Broda and F Peter Zingoni were
recalled from Bakersfield on Dec. 20…D Marco Scandella was
recalled by MIN on Dec. 20…F Brock McBride was released from
his PTO on Dec. 16…F Warren Peters was reassigned by MIN on
Dec. 13…F Warren Peters was recalled by MIN on Dec. 11…Jamie
Fraser was reassigned to Elmira (ECHL) on Dec. 10.
LAST GAME QUICK RECAP
Jon DiSalvatore scored a pair of power play goals, Robbie Earl and Max Noreau each notched two helpers and Cody Almond scored in the seventh round of the shootout to give the Houston Aeros a 4-3 win over the Texas Stars in front of 7,513 fans Sunday at Toyota Center. Matt Hackett turned aside 22 shots in the win, including five of seven in the extra-extra and notably the potential shootout-tying attempt by Stars leading scorer Travis Morin. Houston is now 5-1-0-0 against Texas this season and 3-0-0-0 at home.