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Friday, December 10, 2010

View from the Pressbox - It's (Wellman) time.

If you didn't have a good time at the Aeros game tonight, then you're just not human.
And if you were in attendance, you probably saw the single best individual effort in the team's 17-year history.

Wellman was unbelievable tonight, and he has been getting better every game since his latest demotion from the Wild.

His first goal was of the hard-working variety. His second one was pretty, too, although he got a little bit of help from Rampage defenseman Garrett Stafford, who turned the wrong way and forgot to cover the far post.

For the natural hat trick, he snapped one low over Climie's glove, and the fourth? That was just sick. He did the old spin-o-rama in front of Climie and roofed one high into the cage. Ms. C will have some art and more about that one later.

Look, the Rampage were playing their fifth straight road game and their best player, Mathieu Beaudoin was on crutches with what appears to be a severe lower body injury. The Aeros got an assist from Lady Luck and the schedule tonight, but a win is a win, and this one was one of the most fun of the year.

Against the Rampage, you have to get a 2-0 or 3-0 lead because this team is loaded offensively, and even when you play your best game of the year, they are still going to get their two or three goals.

We found out late in the game that Chuck Fletcher and Jim Mill were in attendance, and we saw them down by the locker after the game. They will take a forward with them back to Minny, and Wellman certainly made a good case for himself tonight.

But there are several other players, too, that might get the nod. Robbie Earl has been lights out. Warren Peters is playing his best hockey of the season, and Cody Almond just keeps getting better and better. I would not be a bit surprised to see one of them making the trip to join the big club.

The Aeros will start a real nasty trip Sunday in Cleveland. It will be crucial for them to start things off right with games coming up against a great Hamilton team and a Grand Rapids team, that still cannot win at home for some reason.

Friday was the Aeros first win of the season against San Antonio, and they have won five of their last six games and are a season-high five games over .500. The Aeros now know what it takes to be successful in this division. Let's see if they can keep it up as they enter one of their toughest stretches of the season.


artandhockey said...

Artandhockey got that FIRST goal on point 'n shoot camera - posted on the blog. As well as the super vfinal save by Anton K.

Forecheck said...

Yeah, and the weather up in the Great Lakes states is going to be absolutely awful today and tomorrow - near blizzard conditions in places. Not that Cleveland is one of the lake-effect snow capitals of the world or anything. Hope the Aeros arrive safely and on-time.

What really let the Rampage down last night was there defense - they reduced Climie to a wet towel on a clothes line.

Actually, I have the Aeros as one game over 0.500 (15 wins in 28 games, meaning they win 53.6% of the time). OK so I'm old school and don't believe in rewarding people for losing. Their official "percentage" (which is really points per game divided by 2) is 0.589, should be right about league average in a typical year.