HOUSTON, Texas – The Houston Aeros jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period but lost 3-2 in a shootout to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Sunday night. Houston (8-7-0-1) moved within one point of the Iowa Chops. Bridgeport (12-3-0-2) held their East Division lead with the win.
Houston posted two goals in the first period, both by Krys Kolanos, and held Bridgeport scoreless through the first 20 minutes. Both goals were assisted by Corey Locke with Mitch Love and Jesse Schultz adding the other assists on the markers. Kolanos’ first tally at 11:30 in the frame was a quick wrist shot going top-shelf over Peter Mannino’s glove hand. The second goal with 1:49 left in the opening period was passed into the zone from Locke to Kolanos who sent the puck cross-ice to Schultz. His shot angle was cut off with Mannino sliding to his side of the net so Schultz passed back to Kolanos who stuffed the puck in the open side of the net.
The second period was held scoreless as Houston killed off two penalties and Bridgeport denying the Aeros’ one power-play chance. The Aeros recorded 11 shots on net while the Sound Tigers only registered five.
Bridgeport didn’t get on the scoreboard until the 12:21 mark of the final period when Ben Walter netted his first goal of the season, bringing the Sound Tigers within one. A late penalty had the Aeros in a penalty kill situation scheduled to finish regulation time. Bridgeport pulled Mannino for an extra attacker providing a 6-on-4 advantage and was able to tie the game thanks to Mike Iggulden with only 5.4 ticks left on the clock sending the game into overtime.
Neither team could convert on multiple chances in the extra session with Bridgeport recording the only shot. The shootout heavily favored Bridgeport as they scored on each of their four attempts on Aeros’ goaltender Barry Brust while the Aeros scored on only two, courtesy of Morten Madsen and Locke. Kurtis McLean netted the shootout-deciding goal for the Sound Tigers in their 3-2 victory.
- The Aeros and Sound Tigers met up for just the fifth time in history. Houston is now 2-1-1-1 against Bridgeport including 0-1-1-1 record at home.
- The two-goal first period for the Aeros marked the second time this season Houston has had two or more in the opening frame. The last time was Houston’s 8-6 win over the San Antonio Rampage on October 18 in which they scored three first period goals.
- Barry Brust stopped 22 of 24 shots on net in regulation but allowed all four shootout attempts against.
- The game marked the Aeros first shootout of the season ending in a 3-2 Bridgeport victory. Houston’s last shootout was April 13, 2008 when Houston won 3-2 in the second-to-last game of the season. Shawn Belle recorded the shootout-deciding tally.
Houston stays at home this week playing next Saturday and Sunday at Toyota Center. Saturday’s 7:35 p.m. contest is the Aeros 5th Annual Military Appreciation Night, the first of the five-part Aeros’ Legends Bobblehead series and the second night of the Houston Aeros Charities Food Drive. Click here for more information on the evening’s events.
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HOUSTON, Texas – After a scoreless first period the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins turned up the heat with a three-goal second period and defeated the Houston Aeros 4-3 Sunday night. The Aeros out-scored the Penguins in the third period but couldn’t complete the come-back even with 3:12 of an extra attacker. Houston takes to the road this week to try and snap their three-game road-losing streak starting in Hamilton this Friday at 7:30 p.m. CST. Tune in to 1070-AM KNTH or watch the game live on AHLLIVE.com to catch all the action.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton finished the scoreless first period with 10 shots on net compared to the Aeros eight and neither team recorded a minor penalty. The highlight of the period was a scrap between Aeros’ left winger Matt Kassian and Penguins’ right winger Aaron Boogaard, brother of former Aero Derek Boogaard.
The game picked up in the second period with Chris Minard getting the first of his three goals at the 1:10 mark. Houston turned the puck over in their own zone and two passes later, Minard beat Aeros’ goaltender Nolan Schaefer from the doorstep. Houston quickly tied it when Krys Kolanos netted the Aeros first goal of the night after receiving a pass from Jesse Schultz. The Penguins’ Tim Wallace followed at 9:08 in the period with his second marker of the season. Minard then stuffed in his second marker to give the Penguins a 3-1 lead heading into the second intermission.
Houston again out-scored their opponents in the third period by scoring two but the Penguins clinched the victory with their one goal of the frame. Jon Insana brought the Aeros within one with an even strength goal at 3:12 in the final period with assists going to Bryan Lundbohm and Clayton Stoner. Marco Rosa quickly followed with his fourth goal of the season only 17 seconds after Insana’s marker. John Lammers recorded the lone assist on the goal tying the game at three apiece. The tie game only lasted 24 seconds as Minard finished his hat trick for the game-winning goal at 3:53 in the period.
Both teams finished the game with two power-play attempts but couldn’t convert. Houston out-shot the Penguins 37-20, the largest shot margin for the Aeros so far this season. Visit AEROS.com for more information on upcoming games and promotions!
- The three goals in the third period were scored in just 41 seconds. Houston tied the game with goals just 17 seconds apart and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton regained the lead 24 seconds later. The three goals in 41 seconds marked the fastest three goals scored by both teams in the Aeros’ 15-year history. The previous record was 44 seconds set twice with the last coming on February 12, 2005.
- Minard’s hat-trick was the second the Aeros have allowed this season. The first was by Andre Deveaux at Toronto on October 26.
- Krys Kolanos’ has recorded seven goals in as many games played to lead the Aeros and rank him tied for fifth in the AHL for goals scored.
- Marco Rosa’s goal put him in a tie for first on the team at nine points (4-5=9) tying him with Corey Locke’s nine (3-6=9)
- Houston’s 37 shots was the most recorded by the team so far this season.
- The night was the Houston Aeros’ Bobblehead Election game. The fans voted and the winner was announced during the second intermission - Aeros’ mascot Chilly!
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HOUSTON, Texas – The Houston Aeros remained tied with the Providence Bruins through two periods but took the final period for a 4-2 victory at Toyota Center Friday night. The win moved Houston (6-3-0-0) into a three-way tie for second place in the West Division with Chicago and Iowa at 12 points. The Aeros extended their home-win streak to seven games - five this season - dating back to last year. The streak ties the club’s longest home-winning streak.
Providence got on the board first with a tally at 5:41 into the game but just over a minute later Jason Deitsch tied the game with the first of three points on the evening. Krys Kolanos earned the lone assist on Deitsch’s goal at 6:57 in the first period.
Kolanos put the Aeros ahead 2-1 only 1:52 in the second frame as linemate Corey Locke earned his first of two assists on the night. Providence tied the game at two each with 4:23 left in the period, which lasted through the intermission.
Danny Irmen netted his second goal of the season, the eventual game winner, at 3:26 in the third period. Locke and Deitsch earned the assists for the goal. Houston fought off late efforts from the Bruins including an extra-attacker situation. Bryan Lundbohm took advantage of the empty-net when Deitsch passed the puck to set up a breakaway to the open net to complete the 4-2 victory.
Houston remains home for the Houston Aeros Bobblehead Election game on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. John McCain and Barack Obama bobbleheads - 1,500 of each - will be handed out at the doors and fans will have the option of which candidate to pick up as they enter Toyota Center. Doors open at 3 p.m. so don’t be late! Call (866) GO-AEROS or visit AEROS.com to get your tickets today!
- Krys Kolanos’ two-point night marked his second multi-point game of the season. He has totaled seven points (6-1=7) in six games this season.
- Houston’s one penalty, two minutes, marked the lowest total penalty minutes of the young season. The Bruins recorded only four penalty minutes marking the lowest of Aeros’ opponents.
- The win extended the Aeros home-winning streak to seven games, tying a team record, dating back to last season.
- Brothers Nolan and Peter Schaefer played against eachother for the first time as pros Friday ngiht. Peter recorded two shots against Nolan.
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