Aeros rally for three third-period goals to edge B-Sens in Calder Cup opener Friday in Houston
It took eight games but a team finally stopped the road warriors from Binghamton.
Jed Ortmeyer scored twice as the Houston Aeros rallied from a 1-0 deficit with three third-period goals to edge the Binghamton Senators 3-1 in game one of the 2011 Calder Cup Finals Friday in the Lone Star State.
The loss was the first for the Senators since game one of the division semi finals April 14 against Manchester Monarchs.
The game was also the last time the B-Sens have been held to one goal.
The teams played through a scoreless first period before Bobby Butler notched his 11th marker of the playoffs at 16:17 of the middle frame.
Ortmeyer tied the contest early in the third before scoring the eventual game winner five minutes later.
Warren Peters added an empty net goal to complete the scoring.
Houston out shot the Ottawa Senators AHL affiliate 41-24, including 14-7 in the third period.
Game two of the best-of-seven AHL Final goes tonight in Houston before the series shifts for games three and four Wednesday and Friday in Binghamton.
Matt Hackett turned aside 23 of 24 shots to edge out Robin Lehner in the Sens nets.
Nelson Minor Hockey product Geoff Kinrade, one of the keys to the Binghamton defence, finished the game with a minus-1 rating and no points.