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Aeros Survive Fierce Comeback From Hamilton, Advance To AHL Finals

The Toyota Center will finally host The Finals this Friday. No, Daryl Morey's Rockets did not come back from the dead to re-enter the playoffs, although they might as well have since perhaps they could actually diagram plays out of timeouts. Unlike say, Oklahoma City. 

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Instead, we're talking about the Calder Cup Finals. The AHL. You know, hockey? Yes, Houston still has a team. The Minnesota Wild affilated Houston Aeros narrowly avoided ignominy last night with a 4-3 win against the Hamilton Bulldogs to win the Western Conference. Hamilton had erased a three games to none deficit to tie the series at three-all before Jon DiSalvitore's controversial goal with 1:13 to play gave the Aeros a lead that they finally would not relinquish. Houston will be taking on the Binghamton Senators in the Calder Cup Finals.

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Here's the schedule for the Calder Cup:

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Game 1: BING @ HOU -- Friday, May 27th, 7:35 CT 
Game 2: BING @ HOU -- Saturday, May 28th, 7:35 CT
Game 3: HOU @ BING -- Wednesday, June 1st, 6:05 CT
Game 4: HOU @ BING -- Friday, June 3rd, 6:05 CT
Game 5: HOU @ BING -- Saturday, June 4th, 6:05 CT*
Game 6: BING @ HOU -- Tuesday, June 7th, 7:05 CT*
Game 7: BING @ HOU -- Thursday, June 9th, 7:05 CT*

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*-if necessary

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For more on the Aeros, please check out John Royal and the rest of the staff at The Third Intermission

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