|Kuemper kicks one to the corner / Grand Rapids Griffins photo|
The sell-out crowd did little to boost the Griffins, who had won three straight including a 10-plus goal performance against Rockford last weekend. If you're keeping score, the Aeros have 1-0 wins in two of their last three victories.
The Aeros will complete a five-game road trip tonight in Grand Rapids. Win, and you've got a successful, winning road trip after starting with a pair of losses at Chicago and Peoria.
Justin Fontaine swept in a loose puck for the only goal of the game, and the Aeros were again perfect on the penalty kill and scored a five-on-five goal.
Darcy Kuemper made 28 saves, including 10 in the third period for his third shutout of the season. Kampfer was plus-1 on the night, and was paired with Marco Scandella on the goal. Scandella is back after nursing a groin injury, so the Aeros sent Trevor Ludwig back to the Allen Americans (CHL).
Nick Petersen and Kris Foucault were hurt in the Milwaukee game and did not play against Grand Rapids.
Scoring a single goal is not going to win games most of the time, but the Aeros really frustrated a Griffins team that likes to send four guys toward the net on what you'd call a fast-break in basketball.
But Kuemper is hot right now. He's won four of his last five starts (two shutouts) and has allowed more than two goals in just one of those games. Two of his last three wins are shutouts, and he is just playing better than Matt Hackett right now.
Hackett's been (far too often) a victim of a terrible penalty kill and sloppy play by a banged up defense. He's not playing poorly, and he's got the confidence of the coaches and the team around him. Yes, Kuemper is playing better right now, but it's hard to find any goalie in the AHL that's played better than Kuemper in the last three, four weeks.
Check on the video below for a highlight of the Aeros goal and some comments about Houston from a Griffins player and the head coach.