Every now and again, we get surprised with something.
As Craig Biggio used to say over and over and over about baseball ... "that's hockey."
To me, the best part about getting to cover the team, is the surprises that pop up every now and again.
I am a pretty emotional dude, and yes, there have been times when I've teared up during a great comeback or when the crowd sang Happy Birthday to Anton after that playoff win two years ago.
To me, the first big surprise of the season is how well Brock McBride filled in during his month-long stint with the Aeros. He was sent back to Elmira and played in Sunday's 6-2 loss to Florida (link includes some decent pics of Brock in the game), but while in Houston, filling in for Zingoni and all the other guys that have been called up, he notched six points (three goals, three assists) in 16 games.
The 5'10" f0rward played for St. Lawrence University and, more recently, in the AHL with Syracuse and Hartford.
I was impressed with his tenacity and overall offensive awareness. That goal he score in Friday's loss to San Antonio was a beaut .... He held his own up here, and I wish him nothing but the best.
I think he will be back in the AHL before too long, but I don't know that we'll see him again in Houston. With how well he played for the Aeros, he may get snatched up before his services are needed here.