I don't have any problem at all with how the Aeros played Sunday in the 3-2 loss to Grand Rapids. I know the coaches and players are not going to make excuses, but I will. The schedule won Sunday, and that is that.
If you want to break down every little piece of the game, sure they blew two 2-0 leads, and yes, they did look really, really bad on that five-minute power play. To me, that was the turning point. I know a lot of you pointed that out on here, but I wrote about that in my story for the Chronicle and got a pretty decent quote from Yeo about it.
Hackett (pictured here in a photo by John Royal), who for the second time in as many weeks chopped his stick up against the boards in frustration, literally saved the Aeros from losing both points in the game. He was great when he needed to be, and I am sure the one he'd love to have back is the slap shot shootout goal. He got a piece, but not enough to keep it out of the net.
I was really disturbed with the way their goalie ran off the ice with double fist pumps. I mean, yeah, they won on the road with a fairly crappy lineup, but Mr. Pearce, save that for a night when you don't get undressed four times. Had the Aeros not been playing their fourth game in less than five days, this score probably would have been 5-1 or so.
Blowing a 2-0 lead in the shootout is rare, make no mistake about that, but the hockey gods were just evening things up from Friday, when the Aeros should have lost in overtime to the Wolves. The referee made a mistake by saying the goal was kicked it, and hats off the Aeros for taking advantage of that.
The Aeros will get a good week of practice time and then they'll host the Texas Stars on Friday.