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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