Here's some hockey trivia for you. What do goaltenders Jacob Markstrom of the NHL's Calgary Flames and Aaron Dell of the AHL Rochester Americans have in common?

Other than both being excellent pro goalies, they were both pulled from their respective playoff games last night after allowing four goals.

Markstrom was pulled after allowing four in the second period of last night's 4 – 1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers while Dell, a native of Airdrie, exited the Americans' net after letting in four goals on 20 shots 31 minutes into last night's 6 – 1 setback at the hands of the Laval Rockets in game one of the American Hockey League's Calder Cup North Division Finals in Laval.

It was the eighth straight start of the AHL playoffs for Dell who has been the workhorse throughout the playoffs for the Americans, leading them to a first-round, two-game sweep of the Belleville Senators, then going all the way to a five-game series win over the Utica Comets.

Last night wasn't the Airdrie netminders night. After the Amerks took a 1 – 0 lead late in the opening frame against the Rockets before Laval took over with six straight goals, the first four getting by Dell and the last two beating his replacement, Michael Houser.

Before his pro career started, the 33-year-old Dell played for the U18 Airdrie Lightning AAA squad, then spent parts of two seasons with the Airdrie Thunder. His professional journey has taken him to San Jose, where he played for the Sharks over five seasons before a brief stint with the New Jersey Devils. He's spent this year with the Buffalo Sabres and Rochester.

The Americans won't be able to much time reviewing game film following their loss last night. Game two of the best of five series goes tonight in Laval with game three back in Rochester Wednesday night. If a fourth game is needed it too will be played in Rochester on Friday night.

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