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Sunday, November 28, 2010

11/27/10 -- Aeros v. Milwaukee -- The Shoot-Out Torpedo

Sorry this is late -- I've been having to transcribe Rice football postgame quotes and write that story. And I'm tired, so don't expect a lot, but...

The Aeros 2-1 shootout win tonight against the Milwaukee Admirals was much, much better than last night's 5-3 loss to San Antonio. The effort and urgency was clearly there from early on, it's just that the Aeros ran into a tough goalie on a hot streak in Milwaukee's Mark Dekanich -- the guy was only allowing about 1.68 goals per game, so the Aeros getting a goal in regulation play was something of which to be proud. And to top it off, the regulation goal was from Jared Spurgeon who went five-hole on a really pretty shot. Then after Casey Wellman made a Corey Locke-esque type shot in the first round of the shootout, it was Spurgeon who again came up big to score in the last round.

And Yeo was much, much happier about his team's effort tonight.

The Aeros are off until Thursday's kiddie matinee against Rockford. Their record is 11-9-1-2 for 25 points after 23 games, and they're tied, points-wise, with Milwaukee for fourth place, though Milwaukee has the better win percentage.

1. I'm liking the defense combo of Max Noreau and Jared Spurgeon. They don't make for the tallest or biggest duo on the ice, but the effort's there every night, and they're going to hit. Plus those two are turning into quite the offensive tandem.

2. Spurgeon got off a pretty shot in the third period to put the Aeros up 1-0. Milwaukee disputed the goal, but it was clear to us in the press box that it went five hole then hit off the cross bar and behind the blue line before bouncing out. As for the goal, Spurgeon said it was just a by-product of the team attacking the net and he was just trying to get a rebound for either Casey Wellman or Brandon Buck to handle.

3. "In all honesty it was just putting pucks on net," Spurgeon said afterwards. "We’d been throwing them to the net all night, and we were getting opportunities. We had a three-on-two there coming on the rush, and I was just trying to get a rebound for the other guys. It just happened to go in. Good things happen when you put it on the net."

4. As I said, Yeo was much happier with his team tonight. He realizes that there are going to be losses and mistakes made. What he cares about is the team's actions when the losses and mistakes are being made.

5. "If we a lose game, it’s going to be fine," Yeo told us. "Tonight for example, if we lost that game, it’s okay because the intentions of what we were trying to do was pretty clear that everybody was all in. The work ethic was there, and guys were committed to playing the system in the way that we want to play it. In each and every game we’re going to make mistakes. I make mistakes, and everybody’s going to. At the same time, it’s evident when a guy’s going out there and doing what he can for the team. And that was clearly the case tonight. The guys were all in for each other, and the result was positive."

6. Things are looking up for the Aeros health wise. Chad Rau is waiting only medical clearance to return to action. Tyler Cuma and Peter Zingoni have received medical clearance and are getting back into game shape. Marco Scandella is suffering a lower body injury, but Yeo doesn't think he'll be out for long.

7. I normally don't say nice things about the National Anthem singers, but I thought tonight's anthem was exceptional. Of course, the singer was one of our regular readers, but that has nothing to do with it. She was very good. I wish they were all that good.

8. Some strange goings-on before the game. Apparently, the Toyota Center computer system crashed, especially their system that allowed them process the ticketing. Toyota Center requested the Aeros delay the start of the game for 15 minutes as a result. While the Aeros were willing to work with Toyota Center re this -- though not to the tune of 15 minutes -- the Admirals said no and demanded the game start on time.

9. That's why scratches weren't announced since it wasn't known until it was time for the lineups to be announced as to when the game would start. That's also why the Aeros hit the ice before Milwaukee -- everybody was messed up on the timing.

10. The Aeros do not play again until Thursday. Yeo plans to use this time for practice. He feels some of the recent problems the team has been having is due to a lack of practice time due to the scheduling.

11. Tonight's video has absolutely nothing to do with the game, or with any theme arising from the game. It's just I'm an Elvis Costello fan and he's got a new album out called National Ransom and the video is of him performing the title song on Letterman. And if you know someone who's a music fan, then I think this album would be a great Christmas gift.

13 comments:

Forecheck said...

Spurgeon got off a pretty shot in the third period to put the Aeros up 1-0. Milwaukee disputed the goal, but it was clear to us in the press box that it went five hole then hit off the cross bar and behind the blue line before bouncing out.

Huh? I thought it went over his shoulder and hit on the middle bar.


. I normally don't say nice things about the National Anthem singers, but I thought tonight's anthem was exceptional.

Exceptional. She has been professionally trained, unlike Friday's singer who was all over the place.

8. Some strange goings-on before the game. Apparently, the Toyota Center computer system crashed, especially their system that allowed them process the ticketing. Toyota Center requested the Aeros delay the start of the game for 15 minutes as a result. While the Aeros were willing to work with Toyota Center re this -- though not to the tune of 15 minutes -- the Admirals said no and demanded the game start on time

So that's why time was added to the clock, andd the intros were messed up, and why the scoreboards seemed to crash. I thought the interns were running things again.

 Better intensity tonight after (I’m assuming here) a butt-kicking during films today. Swarming even at a few points. But unfortunately shooting blanks when you have open nets or general mayhem in front of the net doesn’t let you capitalize. Could have easily had 2-3 more goals.

 OK, since when can you wrap your arm arond a guy’s shoulder when he’s about to score on you? Yes, I’m talking Koharski here. And Kass’ “boarding” penalty. Not to mention signaling a wash-out on a goal in the shootout. If the Koharskis weren’t happening to the AHL, they might even be humorous.

 Anton played a great 64:50. Unfortunately, a ten second span nearly cost the game – clearing pass to the Ads followed by a softie through the wickets.

 In the “Are the Aeros Being Run by the Interns?” department :

+ Who put up on the game briefing that the Aeros are 8-1-1-0 against the West Division? WRONG!!

+ Who wrote on the explaination for offside that the face off is “just outside the line in the offending team’s defensive zone?”

B2Bomber said...

Hmm.....perhaps my perspective of the game is a tad off but I didn't think they played any better than they did on Saturday, rather played a more "evenly matched" team. I was a little disappointed in the overall play. I agree with Forecheck as I sit in that end of the rink. Spurgeon's goal hit Dekanich's right shoulder then deflected and hit the cross bar. Milwaukee's contention was that it didn't get INTO the net and when it landed on the ice it did not cross the blue line. My perspective was that it hit just behind the cross bar because the netting moved...I say "puckered" as the puck hit. There wasn't the distinctive sound of the puck hitting the cross bar though. I couldn't tell much by the replay but maybe there is a different view on AHL live highlights.

I like Yeo's frankness. A good dose of reality along with timely praise can keep the boys moving in the right direction.

Anonymous said...

Two things:
1. I wish our guys went after the puck the way the Rampage guys do.

2. Anton stopped more shots than the Admirals goalie. How did they get 2 stars and the home team, which won, only got one?

Forecheck said...

@b2
I thought I heard one clink , possibly two, meaning a hit off the cross bar and possibly deeper in the cage and I think I saw barely perceptible net movement.

Andrew J. Ferraro said...

I know I voted for Dekanich over Anton because the MKE netminder kept the game from being 3 or 4-0 in the first period. He was the best player on the ice in the game.

John Royal said...

FC and B2B: it was our view from the pressbox that it went 5-hole. As for the 3 stars, who knows? We picked with about 3 minutes left in the game and the thinking then was Spurgeon, Johnson, and the MIL goalie who we felt had faced better shots, and it was agreed that whoever got the game-winning goal would replace the goalie as a star. Little did we know that the person getting the game-winning goal would also be Spurgeon.

B2Bomber said...

Watch the AHL live highlights. Spurgeon's goal went off Dekanich and in...
not five hole.

John Royal said...

From now on I'll just write that the Aeros scored when ______ went ____. Then you guys can go to AHL Live and watch the replay and fill in the blanks.

Anonymous said...

I have only 1 question, and it has nothing do with how the aeros played or who got the 3 stars of the game. My question has to do with #21 for Mil. I thought it was not allowed for the players to interact with fans during the game, or are they allowed to get in the face of an official on or off ice. However Mr. Lundmark did both, cussing at both the goal person and fans, in regards to spurgeons goal. All on ice officals saw him doing this as well. I was just curious if it was allowed by the league or not.

Ms. Conduct said...

My best guess is penalizing stuff like that is at the discretion (and probably mood) of the official witnessing it. Some have different tolerances, but yeah, I'd think cussing at fans, particularly if in an aggressive way is probably not what the league wants.

Anonymous said...

I recall last season there was an announcement on NHL TV that at the owners' meeting in Florida, a decision was made that AHL games would have two referees starting with the 2010-11 season. Do any of you know why that hasn't happened? There have only been two or three games at Toyota Center with two refs.

Forecheck said...

@ Ms - the league can also take retroactive action so check the wires.

@ Anon - The agrrement (which has the NHL footing the bill)is :

2010-11 25% of games two ref
2011-12 50% two refs
2012-13 75% two refs
2013-14 - 90% two refs

Word verification "rambower" - A person who makes a living tying bows on rams.

Anonymous said...

@ Anon - The agrrement (which has the NHL footing the bill)is :

2010-11 25% of games two ref
2011-12 50% two refs
2012-13 75% two refs
2013-14 - 90% two refs

Thanks for the clarification, Forecheck.