Ottawa Senators AHL affiliate wins Calder Cup with win over Houston

HOUSTON - Ryan Keller scored a power play goal at 9:09 in the third period and Robin Lehner made 33 saves as the Binghamton Senators defeated the Houston Aeros 3-2 Tuesday night to win the American Hockey League title.

Binghamton, the affiliate of the NHL's Ottawa Senators, won the Calder Cup final in six games. It's the first ever AHL championship for the franchise.

Keller's winner came as he shot from the bottom right circle over the glove of Aeros goaltender Matt Hackett.

Houston had a chance to tie after Eric Gryba was sent to the box for tripping at 15:19, but the Aeros couldn't do anything the power play.

The Aeros also had chances to tie it after pulling Hackett in the final minute, but Lehner stopped shots by Patrick O'Sullivan, Robbie Earl and survuved a last second scrum in front of the net.

The Senators tied it at 2-2 at 3:26 in the third as Bobby Butler was left unmarked in the middle of the ice on a power play and fired the puck high past Hackett.

Houston took the lead with two power-play goals five minutes apart in the second. After Andre Benoit was sent to the box for slashing, Jon DiSalvatore deflected a Maxim Noreau shot from inside the right blue-line over the shoulder of Lehner to tie it at 6:37.

The Aeros took a 2-1 lead at 11:20 as Jean-Michel Daoust got the rebound of an Earl shot and snuck it past Lehner.

Binghamton took a 1-0 lead at 2:28 in the second as Kaspars Daugavins passed to Roman Wick, who beat Hackett.

Hackett finished with 24 saves.