The Houston Aeros defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 4-3 Tuesday night, winning Game 7 of the AHL Western Conference Final and advancing to the Calder Cup Final. The Aeros jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first, only to see the Bulldogs tie it up by the end of the period. Each team got a goal in the second period. The third period saw no goals until Aeros captain Jon DiSalvatore scored with 1:13 remaining in the game. Casey Wellman scored twice and Matt Hackett got the win in net.
The Aeros will be facing off against the Binghamton Senators (Ottawa Senators) and their goalie, ex-Aero Barry Brust, for the Calder Cup. The first game of the series is Friday, May 27, with the puck set to drop at 7:35 p.m. in Houston.