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Monday, November 19, 2012

Aeros Split the Weekend vs. Rockford

True to their mediocre form, the Aeros split their two games this weekend, losing at Rockford Friday and then winning the "home" game at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Basically the story of the weekend was this:
Fontaine celebrates his goal on Sunday (Bruce Kluckholm)

Power play went 1-for-9 Friday, and the team whiffed on two 5-on-3s in a 2-1 loss. Then on Sunday, Matt Hackett essentially saved their bacon in an ugly win in front of more than 11,000 fans. The game Sunday wrapped up a stretch of nine games in the first 17 days of the month, and now the team will be off until Friday when they visit San Antonio.

After a fourth straight road game, the Aeros will kick of a stretch of three straight home games and five of six overall at Toyota Center.

Johan Larsson scored twice Sunday, and Justin Fontaine scored the other goal to secure a win.

Defensively, Hackett and the Aeros allowed fewer goals in the two games than they did in the 7-5 win over the Rampage last week. The Aeros improved to 3-4-0-2 in November. Not TOO bad, but they have fallen back in the pack in the Western Conference.

Hackett has started the last three games and seven of the last eight overall. He has all three wins, and Kuemper is 0-2 and has given up eight goals this month after a nice October.

Even though the power play failed them Friday, that unit has scored goals in four straight games (6x28) and has come through at least once in six of the nine games this month. And until yesterday, the PK unit has been mostly OK. Sunday marked the first time all the month they allowed more than one power play goal in the game.

Here are the highlights from the win on Sunday at the X.




5 comments:

Anonymous said...

LARSSON GOT A Sh GOAL!!! A first this season for the team? And for him!

Anonymous said...

unfortunately the first sentence says it all - mediocre team.
had such high hopes and now for the last year in houston we'll have a marginal team at best.
there is no killer instinct or so it seems
maybe the bar was set too high and we also might have been spoiled by the achievements of the previous coaching staff.
i would be totally elated to be wrong on all counts

Forecheck said...

@Anon-

Agreed. Medicore team, but I will be happy to be proven wrong.

At least Hackett looked more like his old self Sunday. The effort/desperation just wasn't there Friday.

Is Torch's messgae ever going to get through their heads, or are they going to be juniors players the rest of their loves?

Forecheck said...

Kuempner sent to Orlando? Why?

Anonymous said...

Strange. Must be something in the works. More playing time?