MAY 8, 2011
HOUSTON AEROS (2nd seed, West Division)
at MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS (1st seed, West Division)
BEST-OF-7 (HOU LEADS 3-2)
BRADLEY CENTER (5 p.m. CST)
The Houston Aeros and Milwaukee Admirals clash in Game 6 of the AHL’s West Division Finals. The Aeros took a 3-2 series lead with a 3-2 OT win at Toyota Center on Friday.
HOW THEY GOT HERE
Houston swept its opening round series versus the Peoria Rivermen by a 4-0 count while the Admirals edged the Texas Stars in six games.
AEROS TEAM NOTABLES
--- In Calder Cup Playoff action, the Aeros are 10-6 in games when they can eliminate an opponent.
--- Since joining the AHL, the Aeros are 1-5 in Game 6 situations and 1-9 all-time.
--- The Aeros are 10-6 all-time in series when they split the first two games.
--- Houston has outshot their opponents in eight of nine playoff games including the last five straight.
--- Game 5 was the 14th-longest overtime game in Aeros history.
--- Opponents have scored first six times, but the Aeros have won five of those games.
--- The Aeros are 4-0 in games decided by one goal.
--- Houston is 3-0 when leading after two periods, 2-2 when trailing after two and 2-0 when tied after two.
AEROS PLAYER NOTABLES
--- Robbie Earl's two-goal effort in Game 5 was the 30th time an Aeros player has scored twice in a postseason game. Earl notched three assists in Game 3, just one shy of a team playoff record. He has six assists in the last four games.
--- Patrick O'Sullivan had 12 shots in Game 5 and set a new team record in the process. He has at least a point in all but two games.
--- Colton Gillies scored twice in Game 3 and became the 29th Aeros player to record two goals in a playoff game. No Aero has ever scored a hat trick in postseason play.
--- Carson McMillan has two overtime game-winners this postseason and is the first Aero to ever record multiple OT game-winners the playoffs.
--- Brett Bulmer, Minnesota’s second round draft pick in 2010, made his pro debut on April 28 at MIL in Game 1.
LAST GAME QUICK RECAP
Robbie Earl scored at 8:45 of the first overtime to lead the Houston Aeros to a 3-2 victory over the Milwaukee Admirals in Game 5 of the American Hockey League’s West Division Finals on Friday night at Toyota Center. Casey Wellman added a pair of assists for the Aeros, who won their 11th straight overtime playoff game dating back to 2003. The Aeros took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series, which shifts back to Milwaukee for Game 6 on Sunday at 5 p.m. Houston rallied for a pair of goals in the final 4:22 of regulation to force extra time.
Houston Aeros (Minnesota Wild)
Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville Predators)
SECOND ROUND PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
West Division Final – Series “L” (best-of-7)
W1-Milwaukee Admirals vs. W2-Houston Aeros
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 29 – Houston 1 at Milwaukee 3
Game 2 – Sun., May 1 – Houston 2 at Milwaukee 0
Game 3 – Tue., May 3 – Milwaukee 5 at Houston 3
Game 4 – Thu., May 5 – Milwaukee 2 at Houston 3 (OT)
Game 5 – Fri., May 6 – Milwaukee 2 at Houston 3 (OT)
Game 6 – Sun., May 8 – Houston at Milwaukee, 5:00
Game 7 – Tue., May 10 – Houston at Milwaukee, 7:00
PLAYOFF HISTORY VERSUS MILWAUKEE
--- This is the fifth playoff clash between the Aeros and Admirals. The series is tied at 2-2.
--- Lost 3-1 in 1998 Western Conf. Quarterfinals.
--- Won 3-0 in 2003 Western Conf. Quarterfinals.
--- Lost 4-0 in 2006 West Division Finals.
--- Won 4-3 in 2009 West Division Finals.
REGULAR SEASON SERIES NOTES
--- The Aeros went 2-3-0-1 (2-1-0-0 at home, 0-2-0-1 on the road).
--- HOU went 5/30 on the PP while MIL went 7/26.
--- MIL won three games in regulation while wins for HOU came in extra time (one OT, one SO)
--- MIL scored five goals against the Aeros twice while HOU scored four goals once.
--- Five of the six games were decided by one goal, with the lone exception being a 5-2 win by MIL on April 1.
--- Patrick O’Sullivan led the Aeros (5-2-7) in scoring while Chris Mueller (3-4-7) led the Admirals.
--- MIL scored the first goal in four of the six games. HOU was 1-1-0-0 when scoring first.
AEROS BROADCAST INFO
Follow the Aeros on News Talk 1070 KNTH and online at AEROS.COM with Joe O’Donnell providing the play-by-play call. Watch every game online at www.ahllive.com.
--- Matt Hackett went 4-0 in the first round versus PEO with a 1.68 GAA and .932 SV%.
--- Hackett’s 21-save shutout in Game 2 was his first as a pro in the postseason and Houston’s first since May 7, 2009, when the Aeros blanked the Admirals 2-0 at Toyota Center in Game 4 of the West Division Finals. It was their 14th shutout overall.
--- Hackett is 3-1 on the road with a 1.77 GAA and .914 SV%. At home, Hackett is 4-1 with a 2.23 GAA and .896 SV%.
--- Hackett won a regular season personal season-high four in-a-row from March 13-20.
--- Hackett went 1-1-1 against the Admirals (2-1 SOL, 3-2 OTW, 5-1 L) in the regular season.
--- Josh Tordjman was 4-1-0 in six overall appearances during the regular season.
AEROS SPECIAL TEAMS
POWER PLAY --- Is 5/26 versus MIL… Went 3/24 in the opening round… Ranked 6th (20.2%) in the regular season… Jon DiSalvatore led the team with 14 PPG… Finished the season with goals in six-straight to set a season-high streak (18/45)…Also had goals in six-straight from Feb. 22-Mar. 4… Had multiple PPG in 16 games and was 12-2-0-2 in those games.
PENALTY KILL --- MIL is 1/22 in the series… The Ads scored a SHG in Game 5… PEO went 3/12 on the PP in the first round… Ranked 22nd (81.0%) in the regular season… Carson McMillan led the team with three SHG… Opponents were 16/46 on the PP in the final eight games of the season… Allowed at least a goal in a season-high seven straight (Mar. 22 – Apr. 2)… Held opponents to one or no PPG in 15 straight games until TOR went 2-for-5 on Jan. 23.
AEROS REGULAR SEASON NOTES
The Aeros finished the regular season with a 46-28-1-5 (98 pts.) record for the No. 2 spot in the West Division. The Aeros had the most wins in both the division and the Western Conference. Only two other teams finished with more wins (WBS – 58, Portland -47). Milwaukee won the West Division title for the fourth time in eight years and topped 100 points for the fifth time since 2003-04. They finished with a 44-22-6-8 record.
AEROS PRONUNCIATION GUIDE
6 - scan-DELL-uh
8 – LOFF-kwist
10 – FOO-coh
14 – deh-SAL-vuh-tohr
20 – ROWH (like now)
22 – ORT-migh-uhr
26 – Max-uhm naw-roh
32 – FRED-haym
42 – KAS-ee-uhn
61 – KOO-muh
62 – DAH-ooh
Yeo – YOH
Sydor – sugh-DOHR
Tretiak – TREE-tee-ack
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AEROS SEASON TICKETS
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