In front of the largest playoff crowd (8,018) since Game 5 of the 2003 AHL finals, the Aeros rallied with there third-period goals en route to a 3-1 win Friday night at Toyota Center.
The Ortmeyer-Peters-Gillies line was (by far) the best unit on the ice. Period.
(Hope you enjoy these two amazing photos by Chris Jerina, who went through travel hell to get here in time for Game 1.)
Other than a poor decision by Matt Hackett that led to the game's first goal, the Aeros systematically shut down the Senators' attack. The highest scoring team in the playoffs lost a game in which they scored first and they lost a game in which they led after two periods.
The Aeros found a new gear in the third period and other than a few tense moments late in the game, really outplayed the Senators, who were playing their first game in nine days.
The Aeros are not 3-0 in championship-round Game 1s. Tomorrow, they will get a chance to win a Game 2 for the first time every. Senators coach Kurt Kleinendorst was pretty upset in the post game presser. Basically he said he had no IDEA which team that was.
I expect part of this to be fatigue, but this is the kind of game the Aeros play when the game is close in the second and third period. They never give up and they will come at you until the final horn sounds.
If you thought Game 1 was intense, just wait until tomorrow night.