The Aeros, after building a 3-0 series lead, are having trouble finishing the Hamilton Bulldogs off. With Binghamton just waiting its Calder Cup Finals opponent, the Aeros lost their second in a row last night by a 4-2 score. Game 6 will be in Houston at 4:05 p.m.
According to the AHL, of the 122 AHL teams to trail a series 3-0, Hamilton is just the 15th ever to force a Game 6.
Here's the below release from the Aeros:
AEROS POSTGAME REPORT
MAY 20, 2011: HAM 4, HOU 2
HAMILTON, Ontario --- Ryan Russell’s shorthanded goal in the third period proved to be the game-winner as the Hamilton Bulldogs edged the Houston Aeros 4-2 in Game 5 of the American Hockey League’s Western Conference Finals on Friday at Copps Coliseum.
The Hamilton victory cut Houston’s series lead to 3-2 and forced the series to return to Houston. Game 6 is set for Sunday at 4:05 p.m. at Toyota Center.
JM Daoust and Jed Ortmeyer scored the goals for the Aeros, who are now 6-6 all-time in Game 5 Calder Cup Playoff contests.
The Bulldogs opened up a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Paul Zanette and Aaron Palushaj. Palushaj, who had the game-winning goal on Wednesday, bagged his sixth of the postseason.
Daoust's goal, his first of the playoffs, pulled the Aeros within a goal early in the second period.
Russell's shorthanded tally came with 8:22 gone by in the third period, but Ortmeyer again made it a one-goal game just 1:40 later. Ortmeyer's goal was his third of the postseason and second of the series.
Andrew Conboy sealed the win for Hamilton with an empty-net goal at 18:50 as the Aeros pressed for the equalizer.
Drew MacIntyre made 31 saves in goal for the Bulldogs. Matt Hackett suffered the loss with a 26-save outing.
Houston is 1-2 all-time in Game 5 Calder Cup Playoff road games… The Aeros are 11-9 all-time in Calder Cup Playoff games in which they can eliminate an opponent…This playoff season, the Aeros are 2-3 when they can oust an opponent… Matt Hackett dropped to 5-4 on the road with the loss... Jed Ortmeyer has two goals in the series. He had been held without a goal since Game 1 of the opening round versus Peoria.
F – DiSalvatore, O’Sullivan, Rau
D – Prosser, Falk
G - Hackett
Fraser, Penner, Lofquist, Foucault, Bulmer, Campbell, McMillan, Fredheim, Morency, Buck, Broda, Cuma
Western Conference Finals – Game 6
Sun., May 22, 4:05 p.m. (CST)
Russell (8:22, 2nd)
HOU: Hackett (26/29, L)
HAM: MacIntyre (31/33, W)
HOU leads 3-2