Boy, if the Aeros ever figure out how to not get a bazillion penalties, it looks like they'll be sitting pretty.
But like Sunday's season opener, the guys got lots of penalty kill practice against the Stars tonight with 7 power plays in Texas' favor. That included a couple of 5 on 3s.
Add to that Warren Peters' 10 minute misconduct for unsportsmanlike conduct (abuse of an official, I hear), and the boys really racked up the PIM. Took a couple of seasons but these teams seem to have a solid dislike for each other. And this is just the first of 12 games against our friends in Austin.
Anyway, what matters is the scoreboard and you wouldn't know the team spent seemingly half the game short handed.
Newcomer Dave McIntyre scored twice in the outing to record his first two goals as an Aero, while Peters got his first of the season picking off a turnover and scoring unassisted with a bomb early in the second.
Wellman got his third goal in two games, while Ortmeyer nailed the empty netter to seal the deal in the closing seconds.
All the Aeros goals came at even strength, while both Stars goals came early in the first and second periods on power plays.
They say your goalie has to be your best penalty killer, and Hackett certainly seemed up to the task tonight and probably should have gotten a star for his 34-save effort.
I only listened to Joe on the radio because I'm not ready to give AHL Live my money just yet, but it sounded like, yet again, the only major kink in the works is all these penalties. But hey, a W is a W.
The Aeros will bring that 2-0 record home tomorrow night against San Antonio at the Toyota Center. Should be pretty neat getting to see the Western Conference Championship banner unveiled. I'll be wearing waterproof mascara. :)
If you want some fun reading, check out AGirlInTheSouth's first post on learning to love hockey: http://aeryssports.com/intermission-report/agirlinthesouth-talks-about-her-first-time/
She's a baseball nut and writes about the Astros for Aerys Sports, but needs something awesome to watch in the off-season, so she's learning hockey and writing about it from a new-to-the-game perspective.
Should be good stuff all season long! I'm sure she'll be addicted by April...