Robert Desimone, Communications Manager
Palmer Hestley, Asst. Communications Manager
March 5, 2010
TONIGHT'S GAME BROADCAST ON FS HOUSTON, FS SOUTHWEST
The The Houston Aeros return home to host the San Antonio Rampage, 7:35 PM from Toyota Center. It's the fourth of five consecutive State Farm Lone Star Faceoff contests for the Aeros. The game is broadcast locally on FS Houston and regionally on FS Southwest. The Aeros dropped to 5-2-1-1 against the Rampage after a 4-3 SO loss at San Antonio Wednesday. The teams will match-up two more times this season.
AEROS GAME NOTES
HEAD TO HEAD
Record - Aeros: 28-27-6-2 (15-13-3-0, Home),
Rampage: 28-25-3-6 (15-14-1-3, Road)
Power Play - Aeros: 44-278, 15.8% (21st),
Rampage: 48-253, 19.0% (11th)
Penalty Kill - Aeros: 215-252, 85.3% (6th),
Rampage: 241-284, 84.9% (7th)
Goals Scored - Aeros: 2.62 (24th), Rampage: 2.81 (17th)
Goals Allowed - Aeros: 2.76 (10th), Rampage: 2.95 (17th)
Penalty Minutes - Aeros: 16.4 PIM/gm (13th),
Rampage: 16.8 PIM/gm (15th)
Scoring First - Aeros: 20-3-3-2, Rampage: 16-8-1-3
State Farm Lone Star Faceoff - The Texas Stars currently hold the top spot in the State Farm Lone Star Faceoff with a 12-4-0-1 record (25 pts.). The Aeros (7-8-2-1) and Rampage (7-7-3-0) are tied at 17 points with San Antonio playing one fewer game than Houston. Tonight is the fourth of six televised games this season. Tonight's game is broadcast on FS Houston as well as FS Southwest. Houston's games at Texas (4/3) and San Antonio (4/8) will be the final two games televised on FS Houston and FS Southwest this season.
Playoff Chase - The Aeros enter tonight's contest trailing the Stars by nine points for the fourth and final playoff spot in the West Division. Houston plays 16 of their final 17 games against West Division opponents and currently holds a 14-20-5-1 record against the West.
Score 4 - The Aeros are 18-0-1-0 when scoring four or more goals this season. The last time Houston scored at least four goals was in a 4-1 victory over Peoria Feb. 21.
The Hrkac is Back in Town - The Aeros signed veteran forward Tony Hrkac Monday. Hrkac came out of a four-year retirement to join the Aeros last season (Mar. 11, 2009). Hrkac scored two goals and two assists in 12 regular season contests before registering 14 points (4-10=14) in 19 playoff games for Houston last Spring.
Squadron Leaders - D Maxim Noreau's goal at San Antonio Wednesday was his 100th AHL point and team-leading 45th point (17-28=45) of the season. RW Jon DiSalvatore leads Aeros skaters with 18 goals scored and LW Matt Kassian remains the club leader in PIMs with 137.
February - The Aeros went 5-8-0-0 in the month of February. It was the first time this season Houston had failed to record at least a .500 record in a calendar month (Oct. 6-6-0-0, Nov. 6-4-1-1, Dec. 5-5-2-0, Jan. 6-4-3-0).
Starting Slow - The Aeros scored first Wednesday for the first time in their last eight games and fell to 20-3-3-2 when scoring first this season. Houston has scored a league-low 33 first period goals this season.
Milestones - C Nathan Smith is two points away from his 200th pro/AHL point.
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