Senators And Bad Officiating Have Aeros On The Edge Of Defeat

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John Royal
Jean-Michel Daoust about to tie Saturday's game at 1-1
The Houston Aeros play in hockey's top minor league. The players take the game as seriously as those who play in the NHL. And the stakes can be just as important, what with promotions and careers riding on each shift a guy takes on the ice.

But since the AHL is a minor league, the Aeros find themselves facing minor league problems. Like traveling to Binghamton, New York, a small town closer to Scranton, Pennsylvania than New York City, to play the Binghamton Senators for the AHL Calder Cup title in a building that probably looked modern in the early 1970s, but which featured a smaller rink that appeared to negate the Aeros speed advantage.

The worse thing about playing in a minor league, however, is that the officials are minor league. And while the Aeros' run to through the playoffs has seen nothing but awful officiating featuring missed goal calls, phantom penalties, and general mistreatment of players, the officiating was so bad over the weekend that not only did the Aeros lose games four and five of the finals to fall behind the Senators 3-2 while possibly losing two key players due to injuries, the Aeros finally lost their cool and decided to make their thoughts about the officiating known far and wide.

"If you didn't ask me about it, I was going to ask you if you wanted to ask me about it," Aeros head coach Mike Yeo said after the team's 4-2 game five loss on Saturday. "But certainly we took some penalties we shouldn't have taken. But at the same time, I think that some were either called that shouldn't have been called, or I think that there were some penalties that should have been called that were not called."

The criticism seems mild until one realizes that Yeo never speaks about the officiating. He doesn't believe in pinning losses on anybody but his team, or giving credit to the opposition for playing a superior game. But after center Cody Almond was lost to a leg injury on Friday night and defenseman Jared Spurgeon was lost on Saturday, both times with not a whistle to be heard or a penalty given, Yeo couldn't take it anymore.

"The one thing that you ask [of the officials] is don't just manage the game," he said. "As soon as it's 4-2 in power plays you know that they're going to call one. At the same time, we're dominating puck possession time, and I think that, minus last game, we've dominated puck possession time in the entire series, yet they have 21 power plays to our 17. And we're not known as being an undisciplined team. That's not because we're being undisciplined, they're doing the same stuff after the whistle that we're doing, both teams are doing that stuff. But the play between the whistles, when you're actually playing, when you have the puck that many times, you're team should be on the power play more than it should be short-handed."

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John Royal
Matt Hackett can do nothing but watch as the puck goes past him for a Binghamton score

Not that officiating is what cost the Aeros games four and five. The Aeros lost game four on Friday night by a 3-0 score in a game that featured a Houston squad that just didn't seem to give a damn. The Senators played as if it was a game seven, whereas the Aeros played as if it was just another early-season game.

But on Saturday night, the Aeros put out the appropriate effort, playing as if they too were playing in a game seven. Jean-Michel Daoust, who had been little seen in the playoffs, sparked the Aeros on Saturday night, scoring twice as he starred on a revamped fourth line featuring Pascal Morency, a right wing who hadn't played since the regular season ended, but was forced into action because of the injury to Almond. Their efforts weren't enough, however, as the Aeros lost 4-2.

The action, and awful officiating, returns to Houston tomorrow night as the teams play game six at Toyota Center. While the action might be returning, it's questionable whether Almond or Spurgeon will be able to return. But whether those two play or not, the Aeros will not stand a chance if they return to the style of play they exhibited on Friday night.

"One thing is, I know for sure, we're a tough team to play against at home," Yeo said Saturday. "I know that they're a very good road team, and we're going to be expecting them to play a great game, but we seem to have a little bit more jump at times, we seem to have a little bit more speed, a little bit more physicality, and a little bit more just of every shift, every guy going out and doing things the right way. That's probably not uncommon for a lot of teams, but because of the way we play at home, because of things that we've seen for the most part in the series, and because of the fact that we worked so hard this year to get home-ice advantage, we still are very optimistic."

As of Saturday, the Aeros were reporting that over 7,000 tickets had already been sold for tomorrow's game, so the Toyota Center should be loud. And that's just what team captain Jon DiSalvatore wants.

"Bring it! Bring it as loud and as crazy as you can bring it," DiSalvatore said Saturday. "We're excited to get home and play for them. They've been great all year, and we expect them to be a huge boost for us coming home."

And no matter what happens Tuesday night, no matter how bad the officiating, don't litter the ice with trash and debris as the Binghamton fans did after an imagined bad call on Wednesday night. Leave the officiating battles to Mike Yeo.


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Jakobi
Jakobi

OK, so what is it this time...Officials?  Maybe the small old rink?  Nah...its the same thing it has been the whole time, you were out skilled

See ya Mike Yeo and have a great day John Royal!

Johnny is a cry baby
Johnny is a cry baby

Oooooh. They littered the ice!   That's just terrible....you would never do that in Texas.  Hey Yeo...you lost because YOU-CAN'T HACKETT couldn't.   You lost because the better, hotter, faster team beat you.  You lost because officials wouldn't allow you to drag the players dwon like you did Hamilton...as the slower team latching on.  So cry baby Johnny boy PUCK YOU you whining loser puke...write about that!  LOL.  you people are too much...now please proceed with your everday super slow lifestyle and feelings of righteous indignation...the Cup is leaving your playground.  Congratulations Binghamton Senators and Sens fans....the best anywhere!

Home of the Champions!
Home of the Champions!

All pure sour grapes....Championship teams fins ways to win through it all...and its pure childishness to claim it's "bad officiating".  Man up Texans....you're losers this time. Wipe up your tears....we'll let you play again next year.  Go Sens!  Calder Cup Champions.....defeating the cry babys!!!!

Go Sens
Go Sens

Two things are very clear:1) Houston Press's John Royal is not fit to carry the sportsbra of the Binghamton sports reporter, Joy Lindsay (PSBJoyOnTheSens).2) Binghatmon's Mayor is a bigger idiot than Houston's Mayor.

Cindy Cargill Lee
Cindy Cargill Lee

I would like to know what game that coach was watching,because we didn't get calls we should have and they got every call they deserved,your guys are nasty and dirty player how about the stick to Z.Smith in the  groin from O'sullivan after the whistle in Houston,how about the crap thrown @ our players in Houston, how about Cowan going out in the 1st period from an elbow no our fans should not ,have lowered their standards to the Aeors, but I will agree we did not get our calls,and you want to talk about our mid-70's rink how about your slush barn, can't even keep your ice cool in your hot temp! GO-SENS

Gtu77
Gtu77

YOU CANT HACKET!!!!!!!!!!! GO SENS GO!

michael
michael

Oh my god. SHUT blogger. Shut up people. You are complaining about the Aeros being down cause of the refs? ARE YOU NUTS? Binghamton has 3 solid scoring lines. An excellent young goalie just starting to come into his own. Lehner saved the BSENS playoffs. He carried them on his back after not playing for 2 weeks and then thrown into the fire with the team down 3-1 facing elimination. Binghamton also has a solid d-core that is FINALLY FOR THE FIRST TIME ALL YEAR. HEALTHY...nice cheapshot on Cowen by the way. Oh and he doesnt have a concussion, hes just played a ton of hockey 30min/game to the 3rd round of whl playoffs now 2 rounds ahl playoffs. He doesnt have a concussion and you will see him on the ice tonight.

Binghamton took 1 on the road (not surprising they are 9-2 on the road this playoff), then they won 2 out of 3 at home. THAT is why you are down 3-2 in this series. Binghamton just has to bring it all to win the Calder Cup.

Stop making excuses and complaining. How about you guys try and fix your shitty ice for once. Or is that your plan to slow down faster teams?GO BINGHAMTON GO.

Sens Fan in Binghamton
Sens Fan in Binghamton

This article is comical. I'm a Sens fan and played college hockey. I know the game well and offer these objective opinions. 1.) First off, HOU has looked like the better team in 4 of the 5 games. They've lost games because they are extremely undisciplined. If they don't clean up their act it's likely BING will win the series.  2.) Mike Yeo is doing what all good coaches do by questioning the officials ... posturing. If HOU gets one extra call tonight it might help decide the game. Wait and see at some point during the NHL Finals either the BOS or VAN coach or both will question the officiating because it always happens.  3.) HOU is the most undisciplined team I've seen in the playoffs. At least a third of the penalties called against them in games 3-5 were of the undisciplined variety which can't happen at this stage of the game. HOU is a tough, rugged team. BING is not. BING relies on speed, plays a disciplined style and turns the other cheek to draw dumb penalties. Remarkably the HOU players keep falling for this. 4.) Metro HOU population is 6 million. BING and the surrounding area is 150,000. The guy who wrote that BING never drew 10,000 for a game is an idiot. BING sold out every game - every seat - and then some. Toyota Center holds 17,800 for hockey and you brag about drawing 10,000 fans for a game? I realize countin' n calculatin' dem numbers aint big in Texas but common man. It's simple math. 5.) The real difference in the series has been goaltending. Matt Hackett has been pretty good but Robin Lehner has been outstanding. BING hit at least a half-dozen goal posts in the 3 home games or the scores would have been worse. 6.) BING is a hockey town with fans who truly care about the team and winning the Calder Cup. The fan reaction after game-3 was in poor taste, no question. It was triggered by two "no goal" calls in the final 30-seconds of a 2-1 loss. HOU is not a hockey town and never will be. When you have MLB, NFL and NBA teams it's understandable that AHL hockey would take a distant back seat. When it's 80-degrees in February it's understandable that hockey would not be on the minds of most sports fans. But to question BING fans is just stupid. 7.) Lastly, it's been a really fun series to watch and hopefully game-6 will feature the same action and intensity. If HOU plays as undisciplined as they have BING will win the Calder Cup. If that happens, Mike Yeo will not blame the officials. He knows why the power plays are 21 to 17 at this point and you can be sure he's preaching to his guys to try and stay focused tonight. BING has too much fire power. If HOU gives BING 4 power plays BING will score at least 1 goal as a result. The HOU power play is clicking at a 6% rate in the series. GO SENS GO!  

Sens83
Sens83

Lets call it like it is. This writer is an a-hole. The fans of Houston would rather whine and complain and make excuses than admit there team got rolled on in Game 4.

In game 5, both Condra and Smith made Hackett look like trash. Despite what the "hockey" fans in Texas think their team isnt as skilled as the Sens.

The Aeros are a dirty goal, grinding team. Not one goal is scored skillfully. Its garbage hockey. That isnt a knock, its the truth and its their game.

I love how the beginning of the article rips Bingo and the arena then about halfway through its an "oh yeah the Aeros sucked in game 4" comment. Then back to more Bingo bashing. Nice. Our reporters arent running stories like this here.

Get over yourself. Get rid of your goon players and play some real hockey.

Orion351875
Orion351875

Theofficiating was horrible from what I saw over the weekend. Houston definitelyhad the advantage in that department. Yeo obviously has nothing to complainabout. You guys had more opportunity’s and well... Failed. Sure, you guys arebig bad Houston. Home to a population far greater than Binghamton and thetriple cities. All we have is Endicott which is the birthplace of IBM. Smallcompany and you guys have or err had Enron. Anyways, to argue on this topic is pointless. We have been playinghockey here for over 30 years. I'm not sure if anyone in Texas even owns a pairof ice skates. May the best team win.

Douglas Barnard
Douglas Barnard

Wish I could be in Houston tonight to hand Coach Yeo some sour grapes!  Get over yourself, you are being out coached and out played.  Go Sens!!

Cupcheck
Cupcheck

First off, this article is very poorly written and unprofessional.  The word "worse" in the 3rd paragraph should be "worst".  The pot shots at our city are unnecessary and again unprofessional.

To compare attendance figures for the two teams is rather pointless considering the Greater Houston area has a population of 6.1 million (per wikipedia) and the Greater Binghamton area has a population of 252,000 (per wikipedia).  It's only common sense to conclude that the Aeros will draw more fans, they have a population 25 times larger than Senators with which to draw attendees. 

With that being said the Senators have averaged 3,713 for the playoffs and Houston has averaged 5,214 and for the regular season Houston averaged 6,326 and Binghamton averaged 3,652.  The delta between these numbers hardly reflects the discrepency in population between these two cities.    

I think everyone here is missing Mike Yeo's agenda.  Yeo is calling out the officials because he knows his team is in trouble.  Yeo is not known for complaining and feels that if he does the league will listen.  He is attempting to buy his team some calls for the final two games.  Whether he's truly as disgusted with the officiating as he's claiming is immaterial, his goal is to buy future calls by putting on this show of discontent.

What this article also fails to mention is the fact that the Senators have also lost two key players due to questionable hits which drew no whistles.  Roman Wick and Jared Cowen both have missed time due to hits to the head.  The hit to Wick was borderline, while the Patrick O'Sullivan blatant elbow to Cowen's head was deplorable and exactly the type of hit the league is attempting to eliminate from the game.  O'Sullivan also was not whistled for a spear of Zach Smith earlier in the series.  A spear is an automatic match penalty.

Just a note to those who diminish the Senators for coming out of the eastern conference and the east division.  The last 8 teams to represent the eastern conference in the Calder Cup Finals have all come from the East division.  I would dare say that speaks to the level of competition the Sens have faced this season, and to amass 92 ponits in that division is no small feat.

One more failed mention is the debris that was thrown at the Binghamton players by Houston fans after game 2 of this series.  The pot should not call the kettle black. 

Here are a few videos to show just how awesome the fans of Binghamton are, and how passionate they are about their team, enjoy.

Postgame outside arena game 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...4th Goal Game 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...End of Game 5 (long video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Ian N Fisher
Ian N Fisher

Does anyone else find it sad grown men and women are fighting about a game that they themselves couldn't play at this level? Not saying I could, that's just why I tend to keep my mouth shut, I respect the PLAYERS and I watch the PLAYERS, you're going to have stupid fans argue on both sides (sorry fellow Aeros fans, but it's true, you know who you are) can't we just enjoy what has been, in my opinion a very even and great series so far? We both had our domination games 1 for us and 3 for Bingo, but the rest have been close, and good, I've enjoyed the games, but the fans are honestly ruining it for me. I hope to see and hear a loud TC later today, lets have some class and enjoy some hockey either way this goes, and just realized how privileged we are to even have this opportunity, okay? I'll get off my soap box now.

Sens Fan
Sens Fan

I think the series has been great with a contrast of 2 teams, yea Houston might have more puck possesion but the Senators have more skill and have scored by far the more picturesque goals,  however a goal is a goal and the aeros have the better grinding team and seem to get the dirty hard working goal more than bingo.....both goalies have played solid, hackett was fabulous in holding off a late game 3 rally to salvage your important 2-1 road win..... As for the officials, i dont think they have even been a factor. Neither team or fanbase is happy so they must be doing something right.....very unprofessional reporting to blame officials for anything. . Good luck and may the best team win

Jakobi
Jakobi

The attendance records, if I am correct, are based on seats sold, not a percentage of empty to full seats.  I love when a major city like Houston has to belittle a small hockey town. Of course you can fit more people, but its one thing to fill the seats with people, and to fill the seats with fans.

Forecheck
Forecheck

Well, the officiating has been bad, even in the series the Aeros won.

My evidence- the peope doing the officiating. A heavy dose of the Koharskis, the Heberts, and Banfield. 'Nuff said.

I was also interested to find out that the city I live in has 20 MILLION  people! Wow, I thought it only seemed that way during rush hour on the Gulf Freeway.

It cooled off to 103 F outside this afternoon, so hopefully it is nice and hot in the Toy Box Tuesday night.

Jakobi
Jakobi

Yeah this article is spin really makes no sense because it contradicts what the title says.

Senators And Bad Officiating Have Aeros On The Edge of Defeat

"Not that officiating is what cost the Aeros games four and five."

Then you take a shot at our arena about it being old, well it may be old, but we don't need to tell our fans to BRING IT!  What has cost the Aeros is they have been outplayed by a small market AHL team that has a fan base unlike what is in Houston.  There is nothing better than making excuses for losing, pointing fingers never wins an argument.

Go SENS!!!

ETW11
ETW11

I'm glad Binghamton doesn't have completely amateur writers and reporters like Houston does. Then again, Houston isn't much of a hockey town.

Jon
Jon

I am sure this is local spin.  The Sens are a superior team with essentially half a season in the NHL.  Sens is 6.

AerosReader
AerosReader

And you Binghamton fans are experts on the Aeros and their journey to the playoffs?  I don't think so.  Are Aeros fans over on your blogs putting down your team and fans?  Just curious because I wouldn't waste my time posting over there.  We don't care what you think any more than you care what we think.  Obviously both teams were good enough to get to the finals.  Both teams have strong points and not so strong points.  So why all this hateful, meanspirited jabber?  Root for your team.  We'll root for ours.  Both teams have some terrific young men who deserve a championship and a future in hockey. 

Marcel in Houston
Marcel in Houston

Paul in Binghamton has a few good points, and misses the mark on many.  I've always said that playoff hockey always comes down to Goaltending.  Houston's Matt Hackett is at times brilliant, but you can't expect to win a Cup with a goalie who can't put up numbers better than 2.4 GAA and 0.900 SV% (regular season and playoffs).  The Sen's Lehner has just been awesome - a rookie who's really stepping it up.

Binghamton doesn't have nearly the depth as Houston.  Just look at the team stats, especially regular season.  Take away Potulny (who I don't think has had any goals in this series), and they don't even come close to Houston's depth. Again, a mediocre regular-season Sens team rocketed to the Finals on Lehner and Potulny alone.

Houston is just playing tired.  7-game series against Milwaukee and Hamilton (both better teams than the Sens) have wore out Hackett.  Plus, the Sens have been effective at shutting down Houston's sniper O'Sullivan.

I commend the Sens for this series.  I think it's lame to blame the officiating.  Of all the games I've attended (which is all of them!) it has been poor, but equally poor to both sides.

Paul in Binghamton
Paul in Binghamton

Are all Aero’s fans such gigantic wimps?  I hope that the Aero’s do believe that the officials are the reason they find themselves in a 3-2 hole. Because, if they show up Tuesday with that mindset, there won’t be a game 7. (There won’t) JBlame what you want on the officials, the reason the Aero’s are not leading this series is that they do not have the talent that Binghamton possesses (thanks for Corey Locke, btw) . Binghamton has 3 equally dangerous scoring lines, they are balanced, well coached and disciplined and have had the fortune of having a benchwarmer goalie get red-hot at the perfect time. Houston has… well, Gillies is 11th in playoff scoring right now. Binghamton has 5 of the playoffs top 6 scorers. Like the Senators, the Aero’s have benefitted from excellent goaltending, but have also had at least a half dozen post and crossbar deflections. Also worth noting, if it weren’t for the amount of time it took for the Aero’s to put Hamilton away, this thing would probably already be over. Binghamton was predictably and clearly affected by the 9-day break between sweeping Charlotte and waiting for Hamilton and Houston to decide who wanted it less. Binghamton  steamrolled the Checkers and had to wait over a week to play again. Until Game 4 of this series, Houston did not see the Senators play the way they’ve played throughout the playoffs.As for the digs against Binghamton and it’s fantastically intimate hockey arena – exactly why is it that Houston doesn’t have an NHL franchise? Oh, that’s right – you can barely get 5,000 seats filled for a playoff game with a population of 20 MILLION. Binghamton has sold out every game with a population over 10 times smaller. So don’t gripe about AHL small towns or the bad officiating. Look in the mirror, and ask why you can’t generate enough fan support to get a team to match your population.

Jakobi
Jakobi

I guess instead of Jon DiSalvatore telling fans to bring it, he should have listened to his own advice!!!

artandhockey
artandhockey

I must have been asleep when 'the referenced crap' was tossed in Houston. As far as I could see the ice was clear NO CRAP of any kind! Sorry daaling, you must have misheard something!

artandhockey
artandhockey

Agree with about your kid LEHNER. HE IS outstanding. As I feel some of you other players are as well!And yes I am an Aeros fan, but I do see and acknowledge talent when I see it!

May the best team with with the fairest officiating, possible. It will be a game to talk about one way or another!

GO AEROS!

Forecheck
Forecheck

6.5 million people metro, 1/3rd don't speak English as their first language, if at all, half the rest think hockey is a " furrin" sport and Canada is a Communist country in Eastern Europe (just east of Australia). That knocks down the fan base considerably. The Aeros also suffer from being a minor league team in a major league city. They get little media attention as the local media has little incentive to cover hockey here (it doesn't get you free NFL or NBA tickets, nor invites to exclusive parties). The fan bsse consists of snowbirds like myself who grew up wIth the sport and the local converts we've made.

artandhockey
artandhockey

FYIHouston’s hockey history actually pre-dates that of Binghamton. The Houston Skippers began play at the Sam Houston Coliseum in 1946, changed their name to the Huskies, and were coached by Toe Blake during the 1947-48 season. The team won the USHL crown that season. Binghamton’s first pro team was known as the Broome Dusters in the NAHL in 1973.Just saying...  But may the best team win with fair officiating!

GO AEROS!

fosiacat
fosiacat

its what real hockey fans do. debate, support, trash talk, etc. you guys wouldn't know anything about that.

Gorf187
Gorf187

Nicely put... How often is there ice outside in Houston?  You're not a hockey town, but your writers are going to bash Binghamton, a town with decades of amazing hockey history.  Everything is bigger in Texas including your egos

Ron
Ron

Fan base????  You guys were 28th in attendence!!! Houston 9th!!!!

What is loosing it for the Areos is your power play is better than ours other than that the teams are very equal.  If we were to stay out of the box the Areos would be up 3 to 2.

Paul in Binghamton
Paul in Binghamton

My initial post wasn't directed so much toward the Aero fans as the author of the poorly written, whiny article above.

Bob Howard
Bob Howard

That would be AerosReader, and I agree with you on root for your team, but my problem with the article and yes, I have follwed the team all season and have interviewed players and broadcasters from years past on my show and shown MUCH RESPECT to the Aeros and will always, But when an article is so inacurrately written about a team that appearently the writer really doesn't know, then yeah people will be a little outraged by it.

I know Orts, Paatrick O,DiSalvatore, Pascal and know of the younger rookies as well. I know what this team is made up of.

I also know that the East Division has produced the champion the last 4 out the last 6 seasons. And the Pens were the #1 team in the league and Bsens were #1 power play, most man games in Ottawa (Houston wasn't that far off), both teams have good Defenses, Bingo's was a little more banged up.

But to say Houston has more depth, prove it, noone has. To blame the refs for 4 more man advantages? Come on, lame.

"But since the AHL is a minor league, the Aeros find themselves facing minor league problems. Like traveling to Binghamton, New York, a small town closer to Scranton, Pennsylvania than New York City, to play the Binghamton Senators for the AHL Calder Cup title in a building that probably looked modern in the early 1970s, but which featured a smaller rink that appeared to negate the Aeros speed advantage."

And I disagree with the speed comment completely. 2 feet narrower and 3 feet shorter is different but negates speed?? Ok, cop out I guess.

And where Binghamton is, has what to do with anything. What if Houston plays in St John's next seasons should they be outraged about playing in NF??

To be real these two teams are more equal then most give credit and have two very amazing Head Coaches, much respect to both of them and YES we know who Mike Yeo is. I don't bad article in my opinion.

Paul in Binghamton
Paul in Binghamton

Marcel, I’d like clarification on the ‘many’ points I ‘missed the mark’ on. We both know that regular season doesn’t mean nearly as much in minor league hockey as it does in major sports. You can’t compare regular season stat’s when over half your team spent significant time in the NHL.  When you have 2 teams that have reached the finals playing a compatible number of games, you have a statistical body worthy of review… and by the numbers, it’s not even close. Your ‘deep’ Aero’s simply have not put up the numbers offensively or defensively that Binghamton has. Again, Binghamton has 5 of the league’s top 6 playoff scorers – the best Houston can point to is O’Sullivan (8th in points) and Gillies (11th in goals)- Charlotte, Hamilton – even players from Manitoba and Portland have more playoff points than most of the Aero bench, and they’ve been home for weeks! Well, Houston is a defensive team, some would say – again, by the numbers Binghamton has given up 5 fewer goals than Houston in the playoffs, while scoring 17 more. Be my guest and believe that Potulny is the only player the Aero’s have to worry about – unlike Houston, who are here because of Hackett alone, Binghamton has had high production from ALL of it’s lines, as well as several defensemen. I don’t know how you could have written that with a straight face – you are aware that Corey Locke was the league’s leading scorer and won the MVP, don’t you? Take a look at the playoff numbers, because THAT is the proof of the playoffs - The regular season doesn’t matter, in the minors. If it did, the Senators would have been gone in the first round.  2 places I did miss the mark – I said Houston is 10x bigger – that number is far greater. Houston’s hockey attendance when compared to it’s population is a joke. And I forgot to mention the great gift from the referees at the end of game 3. That puck was in the net. I can’t believe that ANYONE from the Aero’s side has the balls to complain about the officiating.  The series should have been over Saturday night.

Bob Howard
Bob Howard

A very inaccurate article, someone who obviously knows nothing about this team, its journey to the finals and about the East Division/Conference.

Too bad someone did no research.

Ron
Ron

PaulYour sellout is 4700,  in the first 2 games of the series here in Houston attendence was over 17000 That is almost 4 times as many than what you averaged for 2 games.  If the toyota center only held 4700 people we would sellout every game too. I don't know how you came up with the 20 million but you are a tad bit off. More like 3 million in the Houston area. One other thing, I bet there are a thousand more things to do here in Houston then up there in Binghamton on a  Friday or Saturday hence the only 17000 people for the last 2 games here.

If the Sens played in the west division/ conference you probably wouldn't even have made the playoffs!!

The Aeros had to wait after the Peoria series in fact they only palyed 3 games in the final 2 weeks of the regular season and sweped the Rivermen that didn't seem to affect the Aeros too much so that is a poor excuse.

Joeblow
Joeblow

 20 Million? Really?

Look around the league, genius. Every team draws flies in the early going of the playoffs. The Aeros will have over 10,000 at the game tomorrow.

Bob Howard
Bob Howard

That info came directly from Assitant Coach Steve Stirling in an interview I did with him last week.

artandhockey
artandhockey

oops that should have read .. your other players..and later   may the best team win...sorry the typodevil made me do it!

artandhockey
artandhockey

Am not a snow bird, did not grow up with hockey, don't even skate - ski yes, skate no! LOL. BUT enjoy waching hockey played, at all levels. It is so dranmatic and that complete athleticism of hockey players is truly astounding!   Followed the old advice: "Try it - you may like it" - I LIKED IT! ;-)!If you never tried it, you won't know what you are missing!  

Go Aeros!  

CenterIce
CenterIce

You beat me to it, artandhockey!  I was about to point that out, as well as the fact that Gordie Howe was playing hockey in Houston at the same time that Binghamton got its first hockey team.

All these people talking about attendance comparison per capita is about as idiotic as comparing the attendance per capita of barbecue restaurants in Binghamton.  Hockey is not anywhere near as popular in Texas as it is in New York.

Pete in Bingo
Pete in Bingo

Houston is the 4th largest city in the US with a population of 2.1 million people, the fact that Houston doesn't have a NHL team should say something about fan support. Comparing fan base on attendance is apples to oranges and I would hope that they sell more tickets than the Sens in Binghamton...a city of 47 THOUSAND people.

Marcel in Houston
Marcel in Houston

1. You said Houston was having excellent goaltending.  I disagree, as do the stats.  you call 2.4 and 0.900 excellent?  I think Matt just can't hack it.2. On depth, if you looked at the "Skaters by Team" totals going into the series (which I did), Houston showed much more depth - a whole lot more skaters contributing significant points.  The Sens had only about 3, then it dropped way off.  If you look now, since Potulny has been shut down several other players are stepping up, but by the stats, Houston is still slightly deeper.3. Sens affected by their long break?  Puh-leeze.  Like the rest is going to hurt them?  Houston had a very light schedule for the last 2 weeks, then a 4-game sweep, followed by 2 grinding 7-game series against better teams than the Sens.4. 20 Million?  Give me a break.5. Bing has given up 5 fewer goals, but have played 2 fewer games.  Big deal.  So they're even there.6. Bing has scored 17 more goals.  Over Rds 1-3, Bing & Opponent averaged 6.5 goals per game.  Houston & Opponent averaged 5.5 goals per game.  Bing played 16 games and Houston played 18.  So again, they are exactly even.

Hey, Houston is not a hockey town, but we had Gordie Howe playing for the Aeros before the BSens existed.  And we've won 2 Calder Cups. And the 5000-7000 fans who attend every game are true hockey fans, no doubt about that!  Texas has 3 AHL teams and 1 NHL team.  That's pretty awesome.

I know New Yorkers don't give a rat's arse about Houston or Texas, but believe me the feeling is mutual.

Austin Millbarge
Austin Millbarge

he did get one thing right .. the Arena is old .. after that .. well .. not so accurate

Innocent Bystander
Innocent Bystander

Maybe you'd like to explain how with 6.1 million people in the greater Houston area, you only managed to draw an average of 6,326 while Hershey, in the greater Harrisburg area that has a population of about 660,000, set the league mark of 9,800 average per game ? I wouldn't get all worked up about attendance when you are getting smoked by a much smaller market as that one.

Austin Millbarge
Austin Millbarge

More to do in Houston ?  Without a doubt.  Nothing more important than the Calder Cup Finals to a hockey fan though

With 92 points the BSens would have been 4th in either division ..

Blaming the refs ?  Sounds like Mike Yeo remembers how to wine just like he did back in his Wilkes Barre Scranton Penguins days ..

And the caption under the photo should read "Aeros goaltender Matt "Can't" Hackett ..

fosiacat
fosiacat

 "people in attendance" != "fans" - there's a difference.

Innocent Bystander
Innocent Bystander

Fosiacat, I was talking to Ron about the Houston market being smoked if you re-read my post. I am from Binghamton, a season ticket holder,  I know about our small market. :-)      PlayerTeamGPGAPTSPIM1 Ryan PotulnyBinghamton Senators22141226122 Ryan KellerBinghamton Senators229152483 Nigel DawesHamilton Bulldogs201482284 Zack SmithBinghamton Senators2281220345 Kaspars DaugavinsBinghamton Senators221091986 Aaron PalushajHamilton Bulldogs1971219147 Marco RosaManitoba Moose146111748 Patrick O'SullivanHouston Aeros2341317169 Andre BenoitBinghamton Senators22314171210*Bobby ButlerBinghamton Senators22124166

fosiacat
fosiacat

they've won 2 cups in 2 years, and have washington capitals backing them big time. they pay for players. and again, you're talking about 660,000 people vs. 40,000. that's exponentially larger base to draw from. simple math kids, simple math. 

fosiacat
fosiacat

uh, you're kidding right? 

take a look at the eastern conference teams, history, and records and get back to me.

here, ill do it for you.

wilkes-barrehersheycharlottenorfolkbinghamton all over 90 points, 2 teams with over 100, and hershey coming off back to back calder wins.pretty easy and clear to anyone with the ability to think objectively that the east division has historically been the toughest in the league, and this year was no difference. (92 points was good for 5th place)

this is nothing but a big excuse for poor performance. i don't live in binghamton, but i went up for the games and the bottom line is binghamton outplayed houston in every possible way. the refs neglected to call some pretty serious things that houston did (spearing for one thing, o'sullivan is nothing but the AHL's matt cooke, a liability at best)

its actually pretty tacky to have a "professional" write up an article with the same whiney excuses that your dopey fans come up with. lets try being a bit objective.

Ron
Ron

They wouldn't have been able to get to 92 points if they had to play the same teams as the Aeros!!! 

Innocent Bystander
Innocent Bystander

Maybe you'd like to explain how with 6.1 million people in the greater Houston area, you only managed to draw an average of 6,326 while Hershey, in the greater Harrisburg area that has a population of about 660,000, set the league mark of 9,800 average per game ? I wouldn't get all worked up about attendance when you are getting smoked by a much smaller market as that one.      

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PTSPIM1 Ryan PotulnyBinghamton Senators22141226122 Ryan KellerBinghamton Senators229152483 Nigel DawesHamilton Bulldogs201482284 Zack SmithBinghamton Senators2281220345 Kaspars DaugavinsBinghamton Senators221091986 Aaron PalushajHamilton Bulldogs1971219147 Marco RosaManitoba Moose146111748 Patrick O'SullivanHouston Aeros2341317169 Andre BenoitBinghamton Senators22314171210*Bobby ButlerBinghamton Senators22124166

Austin Millbarge
Austin Millbarge

Bigger arena, bigger population base to draw from and you outdraw us .. shocker ..

Ron
Ron

But it's still more than twice as many people that show up to see the Sens!!

Hey Paul you may want to double check your stats, according to the AHL you are 3rd from last in attendence with a average of 3652 per game during the regular season and and 9th in the playoffs with a average of 3713 per game. Not a sellout for every game.

Houston is 9th with 6326 during the regular season.

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