Now that is more like it ...
The Aeros had two days to stew over the disappointing set-back from Sunday and were just one-goal away from breaking their franchise record of eight goals in a game.
Look, let's be real; Rockford tanked after the Aeros scored that third goal. They literally stopped playing for about 30 minutes. It was good to see the Aeros climb the ladder with a franchise record six power play goals, and they got a win against a team that they probably should have beat twice.
Wednesday's game was a treat for those that braved the weeknight to attend.
Heather will have some more stuff for you later about how the team felt about Rockford resorting to cheap shots with the game out of hand.
But for now, I have to mention that the Aeros are down yet another defenseman after Jamie Fraser got hurt in this game. The AHL deadline is Monday, and if the Aeros want to make a run, they will need to add a veteran blueliner that doesn't already have a serious injury.
While I think trading Anton was the absolutely right thing to do, especially for Anton, I am disappointed that all he could fetch was a skilled forward that will never play here and an injured blueliner. In case you were wondering where Penner was tonight, he is out with an upper-body injury and it does not sound like he is close to playing.
We'll see how things look in a week to 10 days when the Wild and Aeros start to get a bit healthier, but until then, it's going to be an interesting weekend.
As for the standings, the Aeros held their own with the win. San Antonio beat Abbotsford and Milwaukee earned an OT point in Hamilton. This weekend, there will be more division games, but don't expect too much separation at this point. This season is literally going to go down to the last 10 days, and the Aeros better find a way to get a six-point cushion or more on the fourth place team.
Here is a look at the updated standings with games remaining. Please click on the image for a closer view.