Aeros to open 2009 Calder Cup Playoffs

By Yolande Lezine
Updated: April 13, 2009

HOUSTON — The Houston Aeros are set to open the 2009 Calder Cup Playoffs against the Peoria Rivermen Wednesday night on the road.

The best-of-seven series starts in Peoria at Carver Arena with games being played at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday. Games 3, 4 and 5 if necessary will shift back to the Toyota Center in Houston next week.

The Houston Rockets will be hosting their first round playoff opponent so their will be a little bit of a scheduling conflict to work out. The final two games of the series will be played back in Peoria on Saturday, April 25th and Monday, April 27th.

Left winger Krys Kolanos has been named the Reebok/American Hockey League Player of the Week for the period ending April 12th. Kolanos scored five goals in two games to help the Aeros lock up a berth in the 2009 Calder Cup Playoffs.

After returning from the parent Minnesota wild at the start of the week, Kolanos rejoined the Aeros lineup on Friday night and scored both Houston goals — including the game-tying marker with 51 seconds remaining in regulation — in a 3-2 overtime loss to San Antonio.

The standings points earned in the game allowed the Aeros to clinch a postseason invitation for the seventh time in eight years since joining the AHL.

In recognition of his achievement, Kolanos will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Aeros home game. A first-round pick by Phoenix in 2000, Kolanos finished the 2008-09 season with 31 goals and 20 assists for 51 points in just 45 games with the Aeros, along with three goals and three assists in 21 NHL contests with Minnesota.

The Calgary native has totaled 97 goals and 90 assists for 187 points in 199 career AHL games as well as 41 points (20 goals, 21 assists) in 136 NHL matches with Minnesota, Edmonton, and Phoenix.