Third period wasn't as successful for the Aeros, as they were outshot 15-9 and Constantine wasn't happy with that period. Dubie came up big and kept it to one goal against, while Gregg Johnson scored his second goal in as many games for the Aeros to tie it up.
The teams were locked up through overtime and went to the shootout where the Aeros won in 4 rounds with goals from DiSalvatore, Madsen, and Zingoni, who had the winner. Dubie made several tough pad saves to help with the shootout win.
Much like Saturday, the cohesiveness of this team this early is astounding. Constantine says cuts are probably coming tomorrow, but they're going to be difficult as some of the tryouts are outplaying the guys with contracts. That's a good problem to have.
The Aeros outshot the Stars 11-6 in the second period and even though the teams are tied 1-1, this game belongs to Climie. He has been exceptional tonight, as the Aeros are dominating play both in offensive zone possession and scoring chances.
Dubielewicz, too, is holding his own, but he made a big mistake that led to the first goal of the game. On what appeared to be a lazy shot by Brandon Straub, Dubielewicz did not appear to squeeze the glove. The puck flipped out of his mitt and rolled behind him for a 1-0 lead.
Less than 90 seconds later, Chad Rau tied the game for the Aeros when he put a rebound by Climie with Daoust and Jamie Fraser getting the assists.
The Aeros are 0-for-4 on the power play; the Stars are 0-for-2. Rau now leads the team with four shots, while Gunderson, Zingoni, Milroy and McMillan each have three.
Will try to give some final thoughts postgame tonight.
The Aeros outshot the Stars 15-5 in the first period and carried play throughout the first 20 minutes. Neither teams scored, and former Aero Matt Climie has been very sharp so far. Duncan Milroy leads all players with three shots after 20 minutes.
Houston had two power plays with which to work and snapped off seven shots and, from what I counted, at least four good scoring chances. The Stars had one power play, and held Texas to one, maybe two shots.
Another former Aero, Max Fortunus, was the closest to scoring the first goal of the game when his shot from the top of the left circle beat Wade Dubielewicz before clanging off the right post.
More after the second period.
We are underway in Cedar Park and the Aeros are controlling play early.
Starting tonight for the Aeros:
(by the way more longhorn jerseys in the stands than Stars or Aeros. Just an observation.)
D, Clayton Stoner and Brandon Rogers
C, Chad Rau (Game winner Saturday in SO)
RW, Jon DiSalvatore
LW, Jean-Michael Daoust (formerly of the WBS Penguins)
Starting tonight for the Stars
D, Brendan Milnamow and Matt Stephenson
RW, Kevin DeVergilio (no laughing Fred)
C, Greg Rallo
LW, Michael Neal
Not dressed for the Aeros: Brad Zanon, JP Testwuide, Petr Kalus, Matthew Fornataro and Ryan Lannon.
Not dresses for the Stars: The only one you care about is Matt Beaudoin.
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