First a little background -- The Aeros are a great first-period team and they are a hard-working lot that have gone from worst to first in about six weeks. Now, thanks to their Achilles heel, they are set in fourth-place in the crazy West Division standings.
Their biggest weakness this year is closing out games they shoulda-coulda won. Eight times this year they have either led 2-0 at some point in the game or lost a game in which they were up going into the third period. That means, though 49 games, they are on pace to do that five more times this year.
(Please stop reading now if you don't have a sense of humor. Thanks.)
So now, featured on the right side of the page of this blog, is the ACME blown two-goal or third-period lead tracker. I am doing an experiment to see if I can change the future and stop the team from doing this five more times this year. I figure I can change the future just by getting enough people inside the organization to be aware of this ghastly trend.
Some notes from the ACME blown two-goal or third-period lead tracker:
- The Aeros have been outscored 15-0 in the third periods of these games.(15-0!!!!!)
- In seven of the eight games, the Aeros were either playing their third in three days or their fourth in five.
- Seven of these eight games have come against the very weak North division. Beyond Manitoba and Hamilton, this division is light.
- Six of the games have been on the road, two have been at home
- In the eight third periods in question, the Aeros have drawn just eight power plays.
- They have been shorthanded 14 times in these eight third periods.
- In the five games where the Aeros had a 2-0 lead, the opposition scored its first goal less than five minutes later three times. In two of those cases, it was less than three minutes later. Twice, it was more than 23 minutes later.
- Matt Hackett has been the loser in five of these games. Khudobin in the other three
- In the three games that were decided in regulation, the opposition scored the game-winner twice in the first 10 minutes of the third, twice in the second 10 minutes of the third and once (against Lake Erie) in the second period.
- In three of the games, referee Ghislain Hebert was one of the on-ice officials. In two more, either Jamie or Terry Koharski was involved.
But, as I have said all along, if they can survive through February, they have a very nice home schedule ahead. They do not leave Texas ONCE in March...