The second period was not so good, as the Aeros allowed three straight goals in 11 minutes to give up the lead.
I have not had a chance yet to talk to Mike Yeo, but I bet they had an nice little chat after the second 40 minutes. The result? They out-shoot the home team 19-4 in the final frame, tie the game early in the period on DiSalvatore's 11th goal and then Robbie Earl wins it in OT with a one-timer that deflected off the stick of a Crunch defenseman.
So they come home with four of six points and remain right in the middle of a very tough West Division race.
They have one more game before the All-star break and a win will give them 60 points. I don't know if you remember the last time the Aeros had a home game right before some time off. But I do, and I know Mike Yeo does. The Aeros played their worst game of the season in a 5-0 home loss to the Hamilton Bulldogs. I really hope the importance of this game is stressed to the team.
Since that loss to Hamilton, the Aeros are 11-4-0-1. That is good stuff. They have lost back-to-back games just once since then and have had a balanced scoring attack and decent goaltending. They have held strong in this, their toughest stretch of the season ... and the rest of their schedule is very favorable. Five of their next nine games are on the road, but after that, they only have to cross the state line twice, and one of those trips is to OKC.
The Heat don't score, but they have great goaltending, and they hit the hell out of teams. If you can get to two goals, you've pretty much got a point. If you get three, it's a "W" ... If the Aeros can grab that two goal lead, they'll be in good shape, but if they allow the first two goals, they'll have to wait until next week to rebound.