Game Day at Rampage
Fri., Dec. 30, 2011
The Houston Aeros (17-6-2-7, 43 pts.) travel to face the San Antonio Rampage (14-14-2-0, 30 pts.) on Friday at 7:05 p.m. The Aeros are 10-2-0-2 on the road this season and have the third-best standing-point total in the AHL.
: 1070 KNTH-AM
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*TONIGHT: OFFICIAL AWAY GAME WATCH PARTY AT NICK'S PLACE
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The Houston Aeros (17-6-2-7, 43 pts.) travel to face the San Antonio Rampage (14-14-2-0, 30 pts.) on Friday at 7:05 p.m. Houston edged the Rampage 2-1 in overtime on Monday on Jeff Taffe’s goal 1:03 into extra time. The Aeros, who are 10-2-0-2 on the road this season and have the third-best standing-point total in the AHL, trail first place OKC in the West Division by two points. The Rampage has points in six straight games (4-0-2-0) and holds the No. 4 position in the West Division. They have dropped two straight OT decisions (Dec. 26 at HOU/2-1, Dec. 27 at TEX/3-2).
THIS WEEK’S GAMES
Monday (Dec. 26) --- vs. San Antonio (2-1 W, OT)
Friday (Dec. 30) --- at San Antonio (7:05 p.m.)
Sunday (Jan. 1) --- vs. Oklahoma City (5:05 p.m.)
Radio: 1070 KNTH-AM
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GOING TO AEROS HOME GAMES
On-street, garage and surface parking surround Toyota Center… The Box Office and Will Call windows are located on La Branch Street… Due to recent road construction surrounding Toyota Center, the Aeros encourage all guests to allow extra time for parking or visiting the box office.
Aeros fans can get four tickets, four Aeros gifts and parking for any Sunday game with prices starting as low as $52… The Aeros will host the first-ever ISHL All Star Game, presented by The College Money Guys, featuring the best high school hockey players from around the area, on Jan. 1.
---This is the sixth meeting this season… Houston has won four straight… Houston is 4-0-0-1 vs. the Rampage this season… HOU PP is 8/22 (36.5%)… SA PP is 2/19 (10.5%)… The Aeros are 65-29-8-4 all-time vs. the Rampage (45-10-3-0 at home, 28-19-5-4 on the road).
WATCH FOR THIS
---Darcy Kuemper has started the last four road games in goal (2-1-1).
---The Aeros have outscored the Rampage 10-3 at SA and notched three goals in a period three times.
RECENT AEROS TRANSACTIONS
---Dec. 29: F Jon DiSalvatore reassigned by MIN
---Dec. 29: F Matt Kassian recalled by MIN
---Dec. 27: F Jon DiSalvatore recalled by MIN
---Dec. 27: D Nate Prosser recalled by MIN
---Dec. 23: F Jed Ortmeyer reassigned by MIN
David McIntyre missed seven straight games, returned to the lineup on Dec. 21, and then sat out the last game… Mike Montgomery has missed the last five games.
---Jon DiSalvatore: 22nd goal will be 200th career goal… 18th goal will be 69th as an Aero, placing him first in franchise history (AHL only, 4th AHL/IHL).
---Jeff Taffe’s 12th goal will be his 200th as a pro… 33rd goal will be his 200th in the AHL… 37th game will be his 500th in the AHL… 61st game will be his 700th as a pro.
---Drew Bagnall’s 37th game this season will be his 300th in the AHL.
AEROS PLAYER NOTES
---Chad Rau has goals in three of the last four games and points in each of the last four games (3-2=5).
---Jon DiSalvatore had his second two-point game (0-2=2) in his last three games and has eight two-point games this season.
---DiSalvatore made his Wild debut on Dec. 28 and skated 14:27 with two shots, two PIM and one hit. It was his first NHL game since March 7, 2006, and the sixth of his career.
---Justin Fontaine had his third two-point game (0-2=2) of the season. He has a point in five of the last seven games (1-3=4).
---Jeff Taffe’s OT goal on Dec. 26 was his first since Nov. 18 at Texas... Taffe has a four-game points streak (1-4=5).
---Drew Bagnall is on pace to surpass his career-high for points in a season (12).
---Jarod Palmer scored his first NHL goal on Dec. 29 as the Wild beat EDM 4-3.
---Matt Kassian, Nate Prosser and Jarod Palmer each earned Three Star nods in a 4-3 win over EDM on Dec. 29.
---The Aeros faced five power plays in four games from Dec. 16-21 and allowed two goals. On Dec. 26, the Aeros held SA 0/5 on the PP.
---Houston has earned at least a point in 14 of the 17 games (6-3-2-6) in which they have allowed the first goal. They are 11-3-0-1 when scoring first.
---Houston has made 31 transactions since Dec. 1 involving 17 separate players.
---The Aeros play nine of 11 games at home from Dec. 8-Jan. 6.
---The Aeros are 12-0-0-2 when leading at the end of two periods.
---Houston has played 15 games that have decided by one goal (5-1-2-7).
---The Aeros broke the 100,000 mark in attendance this season with the 4,608 who attended the game on Dec. 18.
HACKETT – Is 4-5-2 (2.58 GAA/.902 SV%) at home and 7-0-1 (1.86 GAA/.941 SV%) on the road… Has won five-straight road starts… Made his NHL debut on Dec. 6 and made 34 saves in a 2-1 win at SJ after entering the game early in the first period to relieve an injured Josh Harding… Last Game: Stopped 20 of 21 in a 2-1 OTW vs. SA on Dec. 26.
KUEMPER --- Is 1-0-2 at home (.86 GAA/.972 SV%) and 2-1-1 on the road (2.46 GAA/ .916 SV%)… Led the ECHL in both GAA (1.74) and save percentage (.941) at the time of his recall on Nov. 29 and posted a 7-1-0 record with the Ontario Reign… Recorded his first pro shutout with 1-0 win on Dec. 9 vs. SAN (33 saves)… Last Game: Stopped 5/5 in 20 minutes of third period relief work on Dec. 18 vs. RCH.
Is 3/11 in the last three games… Went 5/37 (13.5%) in games 21-30 after going 20/106 (18/9%) in games 1-20… Set a season-high going 3/5 in a 4-2 win at SAN on Oct. 28… Casey Wellman leads the team with 7 PPG.
Opponents went 0/7 in the last three games… PK stopped 20/27 (74.0%) in games 21-30 after stopping 80/97 (82.4%) in games 1-20… Allowed goals in five straight before holding TOR 0/6 on Nov. 6.
AEROS PRONUNCIATION GUIDE
4 – BAGH-nawl
7 – FRED-haym
8 – MED-vekh
14 – deh-SAL-vuh-tohr
20 – ROWH (like now)
22 – TAYF
26 – MACK-in-tyre
27 – mick-MILL-uhn
35 – KEM-per
39 – GEHN-oh-way
41 - ORT-migh-er
42 – KASS-ee-uhn
61 – KOOH-muh