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Friday, February 25, 2011

View from the Pressbox - Aeros beat Stars in OT

The Aeros really surprised me tonight in two areas Friday, and I think this is the main reason why they were able to beat the Stars for the ninth time in 10 tries this season.

First, after Anton became disoriented in the first minute of the game and allowed a soft goal by Francis Wathier, the Aeros played arguably one of their best periods in a long time. Rebounding from that awful play was key. They grabbed the lead on goals by Nate Prosser and Jon DiSalvatore.

Then, after Jordie Benn scored a very pretty goal in the third to give the Stars its second lead of the game, the Aeros, again rebounded, and dominated the rest of the contest. I didn't see who did it, but one of the Stars crushed Patrick O'Sullivan with a great hit near the blue line. Moments after that, Sully started the play that is definitely one of the Aeros' five prettiest goals of the season. He fed Wellman, Wellman flicked a backhander between the legs of the defense, and DiSalvatore buried the one-timer to tie the game.

I guessed that the Stars would snap their losing streak against the Aeros Friday, but I got that wrong as the line of Wellman, DiSalvatore and O'Sullivan dominated Texas to the tune of eight points.

It was a big night in the division, too, with all eight teams in the division playing. The two teams ahead of the Aeros both lost, so they are back in second place. And Oklahoma City got a 3-2 win over San Antonio and jumped ahead of them in the standings. Below is an updated look at the standings after games Friday.

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Forecheck said...

Despite the guys’ best efforts to give this one away, Texas didn’t take it at the end of the night.

The game seemed to evolve in a unique way:

Texas Goal #1 – Bad goaltending
Texas Goal #2 – Bad goaltending and bad defense
Texas Goal #3 - Bad defense (PK defense, that is)

The first minute of the game seemed like another “Dear Anton” letter. Anton seemed to lose sight of the puck despite looking right at it. Kind of like in the morning when I can’t find the car keys I walked past five times……

The boarding call on Kass was horrible, as was the “hooking” call on DiSalvatore, but otherwise a fairly clam night for Koharski. I won’t go into what he missed.

OK, what set off Lukowich at the end of the second?

Wellman’s goal? Are we sure? Looks like it was tipped.

Who was it that said Sully would make Jon look good? Three goal night for that line. After 17 games, Sully is 8th on the team in scoring with 22 points (11+11). Assuming a “full” season is 70 games played, that works out to about 90 points – Wiseman/Law territory. Fourty-five goals – Déjà vu all over again.

The 1981 U.S. Olympic Team??? “Roudiest Fan of the Game?”??? What was that I said Thursday about “amateurish”?

OK, guys – think “Six point weekend”.

ICEVET said...

A Win is a Win, even if Texas salvaged a point by extending into OT. AND the Aeros success in extra inning affairs continues.

. Anton Khudobin (guilty of "bad goaltending", at times) managed to outlast his opponent and improve his Texas head-to-head record to 7-0 with 33 stops.

. Casey Wellman is BACK...and what a pleasure to watch this young man perform. His speed, puck control, and ability to anticipate where the puck "is going to be" makes him an offensive threat on every shift. He also won most of his face-offs, tonight.

. Finally, tonight's scoreboard just reconfirms why the West Division is so competitive:

...MIL loses a home game to the Wolves on a short-handed goal.

...PEO loses a home game to the "spoiler" IceHogs.

...SA loses a road game to OKC (who were earlier predicted to "fade down the stretch"), with Matt Climie pulled in the second period.

Let's hope Matt Hackett and the Team can extend their perfect OKC-ice record against the Barrons, tomorrow night.

Go Aeros!!