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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Aeros 4, Chicago 1 - View from the press box

OK, before we all get too excited, remember this. That was just one game, a season opener at that. The Aeros are about .500 in season openers, and usually they are crap shoots. Our old friend Kevin Constantine used to tell us that there are very few games that you don't have at least a feel for. Opening night, especially when they are at home, is among those conditions.

But it real hard not to get excited. The penalty kill was aggressive, true to form and Matt Hackett was a stud early in the game and in the third period when the Aeros were outshot 12-4. Koharski and Croft called a good game; both teams were penalized for the mistakes they made, and you could definitely tell that this was an early-in-the-season game.

(I do think both refs missed an obvious high-sticking call on Ortmeyer with time running out, but that was the only real bad miss for the guys in stripes)

It's good to get the first two points out of the way, and next weekend will be the real test with the first three-in-three (all in three different cites, two on the road).

Man, and it will be hard to top the goal by Ortmeyer. That. was. beautiful. We may got 37 more home games and not see anything close to that. Spin-o-rama pass by Foucault, backhanded centering pass from Peters and a one-time snipe from Ortmeyer ... looked like they've been playing together for years.

After the game, Wellman said to keep an eye on that line. I believe we will ...

That is all from me for now ... What are your thoughts on the game?


Forecheck said...

{{Koharski and Croft called a good game}}

You're - joking - right? It looked to me more like they were in mid season form. Like that last tripping on Macker? Barely toudhed the guy.

Overall, a good game by the boys, but still plenty to work on. Like two too many men penalties, meaning not everyone is on the same wavelength right now. In the first, I saw a lot of guys doing the right things on offense, but not in any sort of coordinated fashion. That got better as the game went on .

The defense had the Wolves frustrated most of the night.

Four good days of practice to get the kinks worked out.

TexasCajn said...

The puck control was awesome in the first two periods. This team really was doing a good job clogging up the neutral zone. Penalty kill was incredible. Got back on their heels in the third period but held on well. Early in the season, but they played with a certain confidence and swagger. This team could be a lot of fun to watch if they keep going this way.

ICEVET said...

What Aero Fan can forget the 4 goals scored by Casey Wellman (including a natural hat trick in the 1st period) against Matt Climie on December 10, 2010 at TC.

After the first 2 goals and a near-miss on a turnaround effort in the 2nd period, one would have thought that history was about to repeat itself. Indeed, Matt Climie might be forgiven if he fails to answer the bell for the remaining 3 games with the Aeros, this season.

To be sure, this talented Team should provide Fans with another exciting season of hockey.

Go Aeros!

artandhockey said...

Well, Peters and Ortmeyer have done some time, but Foucault fitting in so nicely was icing (not that call) of the cake.
And how rewarding for the fans who
'floated'tp the TC!