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Calder Cup 2011: Aeros Fall To Senators In Six Games

Completing a comeback for the ages, the Binghamton Senators rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the Calder Cup Finals and took three straight from the Houston Aeros to win their first hockey championship last night at Toyota Center. Senators goalie Robin Lehner, later named the MVP of the series, stuffed 34 of 36 shots and held the Aeros to two goals or less in all but the first game of the finals.

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Ms. Conduct of The Third Intermission was proud of the Aeros' effort, citing a lack of rest as one of the main reasons that they just couldn't finish the job:

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In the end, this series goes back to those 9 days Binghamton had off. The Aeros ran out of gas after having to battle to 7 games in rounds 2 and 3. It was evident how much they wanted it, but Bingo had the jump in their legs all series, except for their rusty first game.

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To me, that break was the difference in the series. Sometimes that's just how the puck bounces though.

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Congratulations go out to Binghamton for their win; they played some very inspired hockey and capitalized on the Aeros poor backline passing to take the Calder Cup home. For Houston, it's yet another disappointing realization as a sports city: we can't even have the consolation of a minor league hockey championship to assuage the recent sports suckitude that has hung over this town.

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