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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Aeros stun Checkers with late comeback, win 3-2

Sorry, gang. Had company over last night and couldn't listen to the game. In fact, one of my friends who was over was looking at her iPhone and said, "Hey, the Aeros won 3-2!"

Oh, right! The Aeros!

And while it was a good evening, the game sounded like one that was worth seeing or at least hearing.

Here's the write-up from the Charlotte paper: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/10/22/2712826/checkers-crumble-in-final-10-minutes.html

Deflated Chubby. Awww.
Judging from a Charlotte-based friend's tweets, it was a pretty chippy affair, too.

But the gist is that the Checkers were up 2-0 on power play goals by Zach Boychuk, until the final 10 minutes of the game. Then Casey Wellman broke the seal with a power play goal of his own, and Checkers goalie Justin Peters was injured trying to make the save.

So Mike Murphy came in cold at 9:59 in the third and surrendered the tying goal just 9 seconds later to Dave McIntyre.

And then with 4 seconds left in the game, ya'boy Jeff Taffe scored his first of the season for the victory. Taffe led the team in shots on goal with 5.

Judging by the shot count, Charlotte came out strong, with 16 shots in the first period, but the Aeros finished stronger with 17 shots in the third. Final shots were 38-35 for Houston.

Penner got the scratch for Bagnall's return. Don't know if he's injured or a healthy scratch. Mike Bartlett also made his Aeros debut in McMillan's stead.

Back at it again tonight in Charlotte, before heading back to Houston Sunday morning for an afternoon game at the Toyota Center. Woof.


Forecheck said...

The Aeros offense looked lost the first 40-50 minutes. The game was a snoozefest most of that time.

I hope this doesn't set a precedent, that the guys think they can coast for 50-55 minutes and win it at the end.

We had enough of that during the Contstantine era.

I'm glad they won, but the slow starts the last three or four games is disturbing.

Word verification "steral". The Aeros offense in the first two periods last night.

ICEVET said...

The Team appears to be moving in the right direction, earning 7 (out of 10) points in the opening 5games.

The road loss to OKC is the only dissapointment, at the end of a 3-3, shutout by Yann Danis, a capable 30-yr old netminder with an NHL shutout on his resume. OKC (last season's patsy) will be tough to beat with Danis in net.

Casey Wellman's 5 goals and David McIntyre's 3 goals, thus far, are positives. Also good to see Jeff Taffe come out of hibernation.

Go Aeros!