|Photo by Morris Molina - Houston Aeros|
The rematch is tonight at 7:05 at Toyota Center. There is not reason to believe it won't be a Matt Hackett vs. Yann Danis rematch. Both were very good Thursday night.
The Aeros had many, many opportunities to take at least a 3-0 lead in the first 10 minutes, but Danis was up to the task.
Palmieri's regulation goal was just a sick wrister after basically undressing the much heralded Justin Schultz. The pass from Fontaine was just as sweet, too. Fontaine fakes a dump-in and then whips a pass over to Palmieri, who finishes it off early in the sixth minute.
Here is a replay of Palmieri's fifth goal of the 2012-13 season:
What a goal ... but Schultz got the next laugh about six minutes later when he caught a couple of Aeros watching him instead of trying to get the puck.
It was a great shot, but it was mostly uncontested. Schultz just danced around Phillips and then blew by Josh Caron, who got caught watching the future super star.It's hard to fault either one of them here. Phillips fell, got up and then had to chance Schultz all over the place. And Caron probably takes a penalty if he gets in the way. Either way, it was a good play by the Barons to tie the game.
Here is a good look at the Schultz goal, his 100th of the season ; )
The rest of the game was a battle of the PKs and goaltenders. And that lasted until the shootout when the Aeros were able to get three past Danis in six tries. Foucault with the game winner, and now the Aeros are one of just five teams in the west with at least a .600 winning percentage.
For me, without two of their studs, the Aeros are playing much, much better defensively and are making things work with a very weak home power play.
It's kind of hard to imaging that the Aeros sweep the Barons this weekend, but a big win would give them five straight wins before a six-day break.
What stood out for you? I really like Fontaine's game right now, and even though his points are tailing off, Charlie Coyle looks like a future, steady NHLer.