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Friday, December 9, 2011

View from the Press Box - Kuemper records first pro shutout

Wow ... are you tired?
That is one of the questions Torchetti asked us after that game.
For the record, he said he was tired ... and I can see why.

The Aeros worked their (you know whats) off Friday, and earned two points in the every-so-tough Western conference. OKC just keeps on winning, so the Aeros needed every one of Kuemper's saves just to get out of the building with a win.

Even though they only scored one goal, I thought the offence was much better than it was the day before. I counted two posts and three REALLY good saves by Jacob Markstrom. Friday just might be the first of many good battles between those two over the next couple of years. That kid is really good, too.

Players blocked shots, and when they didn't Kuemper get the scrambly plays from making too big a difference. The Rampage has to be frustrated. They played about 100 times better than they did Tuesday and still got no so soup.

After losing 6-1 Tuesday, you knew San Antonio would come out flying. They did, and the Aeros survived the first period and won because of Kuemper and a pretty Justin Fontaine power play goal.

The Aeros get some much needed rest before Peoria visits on Sunday. That game will be a real test. The Rivermen loaded up on a bunch of high scoring vets and really haven't done anything with that talent. It will be interesting to see where their give-a-damn is after a 3-1 loss tonight in OKC.

Peoria is slumping big time right now, and they should be way better than they are. Will nice to finally be able to see them up close in the team's first meeting since last year's playoffs.

Enjoy the weekend, folks ... we'll talk more on Sunday.

1 comment:

ICEVET said...

It appears that only 8 members of that Calder Playoff 2010-11 team are on the current roster, with 5 of their top 7 scorers newly acquired or taken off "injured reserve" with the parent team (as you suggested).

The most obvious problem is Peoria's lack of defense (3.18 GA) and proclivity to take penalties (18 PIM/g)...for example, their No. 2 scorer, Brett Sterling, is also No. 2 in PIM.

Playing the last game of a 3-3, the Aeros may see Jake Allen, again (4.20 GA) who they duly dispatched in the Playoffs.

If the Aeros defensemen can avoid blowing tires and running into each other, Darcy Kuemper should be the difference in another home win.

Go Aeros!!!