The Houston Aeros, primary affiliate of the Minnesota Wild, fell in the Calder Cup Finals Tuesday night 3-2 to the Binghamton Senators (Ottawa Senators affiliate). Houston lost the battle for the American Hockey League Championship in 6 games at home, and even held a 2-1 series lead before losing its last 3 games.
After falling behind just 2 and a half minutes into the second period, the Aeros battled back with two straight power play goals from forwards Jon DiSalvatore and Jean-Michel Daoust. Taking their 2-1 lead into the 3rd period, Houston looked as if they were going to be able to force a game 7 and have a shot at winning their second Calder Cup title.
However, the Aeros had two players wind up in the penalty box in the 3rd period, and it cost them, as Binghamton tallied on both power plays and captured their first AHL crown.
Houston outshot the Senators 36-27, including a series of shots in the final minute that nearly went in, but Binghamton goalie Robin Lehner was able to keep the puck out of his net and secure the victory for his team.
Key players and recent Wild call-ups Cody Almond and Jared Spurgeon did not play tonight due to injury, but the team’s outstanding playoff run was surely not in vain, as it provided future Minnesota players with invaluable playing experience against other possible NHLers in a pressure-packed environment. For a little more on Houston’s playoff run, click here.