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Monday, November 1, 2010

10/31/10 -- Aeros v. Stars -- The Monster Mash Edition

The Aeros got the 4-2 win over the Texas Stars tonight, improving their record to 4-5-1-0 in the process. There was some good defensive play. Anton Khudobin gave up two goals, but seeing as how he faced nearly 40 shots, that's a pretty good average. So on with the hail of bullets.

1. Did someone at Toyota Center forget to pay the A/C bill? It was ridiculous how hot the arena was. It was uncomfortable in the stands, so I would hate to think of how miserable it was for the players.

2. Was that a nice pass by Warren Peters to Carson McMillan for that third goal, or what? McMillan gave all of the credit for the goal to Peters. But think about it, how many times have we seen an Aero whiff on a supposedly easy, can't miss shot like that? But McMillan buried the shot, so he deserves some credit as well.

3. Andrew called the Nate Prosser goal in the third period, the one that made it 4-2. He made a comment about Matt "Gretzky" Kassian with the assist before Prosser even had the puck off of the pass. I just wish he would give me the damn lottery numbers.

4. Kris Fredheim's goal in the first period was a rocket of a shot -- one of those Max Noreau-type things. It was also Fredheim's first professional goal.

5. Marco Scandella -- I don't really know what all to say. He made numerous good plays on the defensive end, and he even got an assist. I don't remember who we gave the stars to -- but I argued that Scandella deserved one for his defensive play.

6. Guess what, the Aeros are on a winning streak. Sure, it's only a two-game streak, but a streak has to start somewhere, right?

7. Mike Yeo said the team had a good weekend -- there will be quotes in the mothership tomorrow. The team might have lost to San Antonio on Friday night, but he liked the team's play in the first period that night, and he was encouraged by how the team worked through the heat, the third game in three days, and letting Texas tie the score to come on strong and win the game.

8. He was happy to get the home win, especially because he thought you, the fans, deserved the win for sticking with the team.

9. The team's not out of the woods. He's going to spend this week working on focus while continuing to work on their understanding of the offense.

10. I don't know about you, but maybe the Aeros should just start declining power play chances. I don't even think the Aeros were this bad on the power play last season, and they were bad last season. My solution is to just stick four guys down by the net and let Noreau fire away from the blue line. But that's probably why I'm not a coach.

11. Here's a stat that won't surprise you. The Aeros are 4-1-0-0 when they score the first goal. Of course, their primary problem this season has been just scoring a goal at any point.

12. The Dynamics "Where's Waldo" Halloween costumes just didn't work for me, though I kind of liked the glasses thing.

13. I want to apologize for the delay in getting this posted -- I'm working a temp job at the moment (hoping that it goes permanent) and I had to do some work for it when I got home, along with writing a story for the mothership.

14. That said, I won't be around for Friday's game with Toronto. I'll be covering the Houston Cougars/UCF Knights game at Roberstson Stadium for the mothership -- college football gets bigger readership numbers.

15. Things go better with a win, don't they?

16. Do something about the air conditioning. Please.

17. In honor of Halloween, here's a Craig Ferguson clip from Friday night -- I think he's one of the funniest guys on television.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

That was a lot of fun. Been waiting a good while to see a game like that. Way to go fellas.

Forecheck said...

1. Did someone at Toyota Center forget to pay the A/C bill? It was ridiculous how hot the arena was. It was uncomfortable in the stands, so I would hate to think of how miserable it was for the players.

I assume that Les Alexander conspired to leave the A/C off so that the Aeros would have an unplayable surface and would thus demand a new stadium or threaten to take the team to Tennessee. (It's happened before in this town.
) That way he can be rid of us pesky hockey types who don't like basketball and on;y have those who bow down before him in his arena.

2. Was that a nice pass by Warren Peters to Carson McMillan for that third goal, or what?

Not "what". And ditto on the fear of a whiff.

5. Marco Scandella -- I don't really know what all to say.

Keep quiet about this or he won't be here much longer.


9. The team's not out of the woods..

By no means. It's not a playoff team yet. It however has cleared the rather low hurdle of being able to beat lower-tiered teams like Texas. No, Texas doesn't have a good team this season. Dallas harvested all the fruit from last season except for Brunstrom.

10. I don't know about you, but maybe the Aeros should just start declining power play chances

Why have a power play unit at all? Just skate regular shifts like it was 5-on-5.

It would be interesting to calculate "goals-per-sixty minutes" for the Aeros even strength vs. power play. The former might even be higher.

The main positive thing you can say about the Aeros power play is that the opposition is less likely to score - - I think.

12. The Dynamics "Where's Waldo" Halloween costumes

Oh, so that was what it was. I thought the Christmas costumes arrived early.

B2Bomber said...

There were still breakdowns in defense Sunday afternoon, but all in all, everyone was happy to finally see a win at home. I thought the passing was a bit better but still needs a lot of work. A lot of shots weren't anywhere close to finding the net and left me wondering if it was a SOG or just a bad pass since there wasn't a white sweater anywhere near where the puck was going.
It's correct that Texas doesn't have near the team it had last year. Climie and Beaudoin are sure making SA a better team though. I was impressed with SA Friday by what I saw on ahl live.
Let's hope we can hold our own Friday again. Let's hope someone remembers to lower the thermostat at the TC.