Someone suggested on the AHL Live chat tonight that the Aeros were playing better because they didn't want a miserable 3 hour bus ride home with this:
Whatever the case was, the Aeros got 'er done tonight with a 4-3 OT win over Texas.
They stuck to The Plan and came out in the first period hell bent for leather. Nate Prosser put the first point on the board with a PP goal from Palmer and Rau, and the team put 16 shots on goalie Richard Bachman to Texas' 5 in the first period.
Midway through the second, Gillies put the Aeros up by 2 on a nice rush with help from Wellman and Scandella. But the Stars scored late in the second, and finished the rally a little over a minute into the third, with goals from Morin and Sceviour respectively.
I'm reporting from the score sheet at this point because I had to leave for my hockey game (but here's a good in-person recap and another one), but Peters put the Aeros ahead of his former team again 6 minutes into the third (Buck and Gillies assisting) only to have Chupp tie it up with 5 minutes remaining.
In overtime, Fabian Brunnstrom gifted the Aeros with a high sticking call that put the good guys on a power play, and Cody Almond capitalized on it with just seconds left in the man advantage to get the win.
A personnel note: All the long-injured guys were in tonight. Zingoni made his season debut, and both Cuma and Rau were in as well.
The Aeros are now tied with Milwaukee for 4th place in the West division. Hard to complain about a road win, but it would be nice to get some "clean" wins and stop giving the loser point out to all these opponents and maybe widen whatever gaps there are.
Aeros are back at it on the road next Tuesday in OKC, and then home Friday for the Teddy Bear Toss game, always a fun time, assuming the home team scores before everyone gets antsy and things get awkward.