I hate to be Debbie Downer, but the Aeros 5-2 win over the Marlies Saturday was a lot closer than it should have been.
I will attribute that mostly to playing a team that got really frustrated and started playing cheap in the second half of the game.
The only other negative thing I will bring up other than that disappointing and very long 5-on-3 power play in the second period was the fact that team captain Jon DiSalvatore left the game with a leg injury and did not return. He could not even skate off the bench after the horn sounded to congratulate Dubielewicz and the rest of the team.
Now for the positive stuff:
Daoust scored the first goal by doing what he does best. Going to the net and cleaning up the garbage.
Kassian's second goal of the year was a beauty. KC said he has had the best month of his professional career, and he was not being a smart ass. Kass, going in 2-on-1 in the third minute of the second period, tried to slow down to make it look like he was going to fake a pass.
"But I was going (shot) all the way," said Kassian.
Hey, I was fooled and so was Joey MacDonald, who got yanked after Nathan Smith scored his first goal of the night three minutes later.
Smith tied his career high with three points and J.P. Testwuide did record his career-high with three points.
Max Noreau had an incredible game (two helpers), and he might win the hardest shot contest Sunday in Portland. I bet he is the only guy in the league that has put a puck THROUGH the next twice without breaking the twine.
And Dubielewicz. The trucker just keeps on winning.
He used every trick in the book to keep the puck out of the net in the first period and allowed the Aeros to get the big lead and hold on.
With Anton struggling so bad right now, I wonder where the Aeros would be if he was off his game right now.
That is all for tonight, Heather and John will have more later.
I really hope she is cooking up a good stick figure for tonight.