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Saturday, December 11, 2010

A few notes on Wellman's four-goal night

We got a few comments on Wellman's performance last night and a few questions, too, so that sent me to the archives for some game notes for you. Last night, Wellman put on full display the single greatest individual performance in team history.

But there have been two that were very close.

First, as mentioned in a comment by Forecheck, Dave Hymovitz had a decent debut for the IHL Aeros in 2000. He was the Aeros lone trade-deadline acquisition that season when Ron Low shipped Jeff Daw to AHL Lowell on St. Patty's Day in 2000.

Hymovitz (who later played for the Ottawa Senators) did not score five goals in the game vs. KC at Kemper Arena -- Joe O'Donnell and the PR staff got it right. He scored four in that televised game at KC, but he followed that up with three more in the next game at home against Utah. He is the only Aeros player EVER to score seven goals in two games. How is that for a debut?

That was a good performance, to be sure, but when Roman Voloshenko turned the trick in 2005, he did it against Chris Osgood, who was with Grand Rapids on a rehab assignment. (And you know that jock strap that Ms. C drew for Climie? It is on the opposite side of the arena from Osgood's.) Volo's first goal that night (just 28 seconds in) was an absolute sick wrister from the blue line that I still remember VERY clearly. That opened the floodgates.

Grand Rapids' goaltender Chris Osgood (30) lets in 1 or 7 goals on the evening.The Houston Aeros defeated the Grand Rapids Griffins 7-3, October 21, 2005  at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

That night at Toyota Center, Voloshenko scored two goals on the power play, which is why Wellman's performance cannot be disputed as the single greatest.

If you are on the team and are reading this today, please call or text your teammate with this news. The Aeros have been around a long time and have feature many great players over the year, but Wellman's game against the Rampage Friday stands above them all.


Forecheck said...

Well, I checked the box score for that Hymovitz game and you guys are right.

Remember when I said I'm old school? That implies I'm old, and with age invariably comes failing memory
Houston 1 3 2--6
Kansas City 1 2 0--3

FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Houston, Lambert 17 (power play) (Lamb,
Wilkie), 5:25. 2, Kansas City, Yarema 11 (shorthanded) (Wood, Kenny),
16:21. Penalties: Cull, Hou (unsportsmanlike conduct), 2:25; Olivier, Hou
( misconduct), 2:25; D Ling, Kan (unsportsmanlike conduct), 2:25; Yarema,
Kan ( misconduct), 2:25; Haggerty, Kan (tripping), 4:18; Wilkie, Hou
(cross checking), 5:58; Schneider, Kan (holding stick), 7:49; Kenny, Kan
(tripping), 13:46; Cirone, Kan (slashing), 16:07; Walters, Hou (slashing),
18:33; Scholtz, Kan (slashing), 18:33.

SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 3, Houston, Hymovitz 1 (Reynolds), 1:10. 4,
Houston, Moger 10 (Wiseman), 10:06. 5, Kansas City, D Ling 30 (J Ling,
Yarema), 10:56. 6, Houston, Hymovitz 2 (unassisted), 13:39. 7, Kansas
City, Wood 12 (Pivonka, Vodrazka), 15:21. Penalties: Wiseman, Hou (Obstr
hooking), 5:06.

THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 8, Houston, Hymovitz 3 (shorthanded)
(unassisted), 3:04. 9, Houston, Hymovitz 4 (Bancroft, Reynolds), 8:34.
Penalties: Freer, Hou (Obstr hooking), 2:51; D Ling, Kan (tripping), 9:33;
J Ling, Kan (elbowing), 13:28.

Shots on goal:
Houston 7 12 13--32
Kansas City 11 12 11--34

Power-play Conversions: Hou - 1 of 6, Kan - 0 of 3. Goalies: Houston,
Chabot (34 shots, 31 saves; record: 29-17-6). Kansas City, Racine (32, 26;
record: 9-11-1). A: 6,506. Referee: Koharski. Linesmen: Vokac, Steck.

Game Story

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Ticker) -- Dave Hymovitz set an IHL
season-high with four goals, propelling the Houston Aeros to a
6-3 victory over the Kansas City Blades. Hymovitz, who is on
loan from Lowell of the American Hockey League, scored his first
goals since joining the team four games ago. He had a pair in a
three-goal second period for Houston, which improved to 7-2
against the Blades this season. With the Aeros protecting a 4-3
lead in the third, Hymovitz got a shorthanded tally at 3:04 and
scored again 5 1/2 minutes later. Frederic Chabot stopped 31
shots for his league-leading 29th win for Houston, which
completed a 4-4 road trip. Brendon Yarema and Dody Wood both
had a goal and an assist for the Blades, who fell to 3-17-2 when
trailing after two periods.

Andrew J. Ferraro said...


Great find on this box score. It helped me correct another error. According to this report, Hymovitz did not need an empty netter to complete the feat. I corrected the previous post.

I remember watching this game when they used to be either on UPN 20 or Channel 51 (does anybody remember which?)

I clearly remember the shorthanded breakaway goal and he added the fourth after KC gave up and quit.

Forecheck said...

Andrew - I think it was Ch 52 "The Tube".

I might have a taape of it somewhere in the atti - er, uh - video archives.

Forecheck said...

Ooops - mistyped - should be Ch 51