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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Aeros escape with a point in 2-1 SO loss to Charlotte

Once again, a late -- and I do mean LATE -- rally saved Houston from a regulation loss tonight against the Checkers. Jon DiSalvatore scored with 41 seconds left in the third period (helpers from Ortmeyer and Wellman) to end Mike Murphy's 1-0 shutout and take the game to OT.

As extra minutes weren't enough to resolve the tie, the shootout went 5 round with no goals from any Aeros and only one against Hackett. But one was enough and Charlotte takes the bounce-back W to the bank.

The sugar frosted side of me is glad the Aeros took 3 out of 4 possible points away from the series. The nutritious shredded wheat side of me feels like these "skin of the teeth" wins are a prelude to an ugly slump. At least that was the pattern of this team last year, and it's a lot of the same dudes.

But I guess we'll see tomorrow what shows up at the Toyota Center against the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Hackett was very good tonight and came up with several big saves and deserves as much credit for that overtime point as DiSalvatore. Maybe more. Hard to ask much more of your goalie as he stopped 34 of 35 tonight.

That said, we'll get our first in-person look at Endras tomorrow, one would have to assume. So, you know I'm excited about that.

That's all I've got tonight. I have sexy Saturday night plans of watching Stars v. Kings and eating an ice cream sandwich.

Hasta banana!


Forecheck said...

Nutritious shredded wheat side here.

We could have won this one were it not for some bad shooting in the shootout. Maybe they need to start using nine irons instead of hockey sticks. A nine iron would at least get the puck in the air enough to go over the goalie's outstretched leg. Our guys put puck after puck into it instead.

Word verification "lowlessh" - Lake Erie's record as of tonight.

ICEVET said...

Jed Ortmeyer's hustle gave the Aeros a chance in the waning seconds, but please give credit to Mike Murphy (21 regular season wins, last season) who backstopped the Checkers through 14 playoff games, before the Baby Sens ended it all.

After playing 4 out of 6 games on the road, the Aeros remain, statistically, on track to reach 100 points...Matt Hackett and Team Defense, thus far, have been keys to a good start.

Jordan Pearce, tough on the Aeros in the past, will probably get the start for the Griffins, tonight.

Go Aeros!