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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Word count for dummies

Saw a comment from an earlier post about the Chronicle not printing 10 words about the Aeros game in Cleveland Friday night.

To end any confusion or argument, the story was actually 360 words, which is actually much longer than some home game reports.

Here is a copy of the article:

CLEVELAND — The last time the Aeros were on the road, they scored just two goals in three straight losses to Grand Rapids (twice) and the Texas Stars.

Friday night in the first of back-to-back games against the Lake Erie Monsters, the Aeros tripled that output in a single game with a 6-0 shutout win at Quicken Loans Arena.

Six different players scored and Jon DiSalvatore recorded three assists. Anton Khudobin made 17 saves as the Aeros (9-7-0-0) won their third straight game and jumped past Peoria for sole possession of second place in the West Division standings.

The Aeros scored the first goal of the game late in the opening period when Nathan Smith took a pass from DiSalvatore and beat Monsters goalie Tyler Weiman with 1:36 left.

With three goals in the first eight minutes of the second period, the Aeros blew open the game and chased Weiman from the net.

Danny Irmen scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season 99 seconds into the period, and Clayton Stoner made it 3-0 when he scored his third goal of the season at 5:46.

Less than three minutes later, Max Noreau beat Weiman after taking a pass from Duncan Milroy at 8:10.

Noreau’s goal spelled the end of the night for Weiman, who blanked the Aeros 1-0 last month at Toyota Center.

Peter Kalus did not light the lamp in his first 14 games with the team, but he has scored goals in back-to-back games. The Aeros have scored at least four goals in a season-high three straight games.

The Aeros played the game without winger Robbie Earl, who was recalled to Minnesota on emergency conditions and played 5:21 in the Wild’s 3-1 loss at Washington Friday. Earl will likely be with the Wild and will miss tonight’s game against Lake Erie and Chicago on Sunday.

Also, Aeros goalie Barry Brust was assigned to the Florida Everblades earlier this week on a conditioning assignment. Brust made 34 saves as the ‘Blades beat the Toledo Walleye 4-3 in a shootout.

Brust will play tonight in the rematch.


Forecheck said...

No offense meant, Andrew. I just thought the amount of coverage granted by the sports desk was rather small.

B2Bomber said...

Just got back from a long ride with the bike (motorcycle) club and noticed that Lake Erie got us this afternoon. Maybe we were a little laid back or maybe Kalus PO'ed them last night!

Forecheck said...

B2 - Both. Constantine used his time-out in the first two minutes.

Word verification "chednest" as in "I raised an unintended chednest with my comments on the Chronicle's reporting."

Andrew J. Ferraro said...

No one raised a chednest ... and I understand exactly what you mean, Forecheck. I just felt like, considering this was one of the longer Chron recaps for a road game, I needed to defend it.

I feel like, given the space I am given, I do a decent job of pointing out what needs to be said for an Aeros road game.

Had I been at the game, I definitely would have made more of Kalus' actions and spoken to him about it.

But often, even when AHL live is down or choppy, that is the best look that I can get at a road game. And heck, sometimes I am just not able to watch the game and have to go off the Aeros press release and/or the box score.