Remember how 3 days ago we all felt like the Aeros would never score or win a game ever again?
Turns out we were totally wrong! How great is that?!
Sounds like it was a squeaker, but gosh, I'm just happy to see the Aeros put some pucks behind a goalie. Though Dov Grumet-Morris is not the most terrifying foe in the cage, they've certainly scored fewer goals on equally talented AHL goaltenders. Take it and run.
As for the Aeros side, I was surprised they started Hackett again, but I probably shouldn't have been. He's a terrific "bounce back" goalie and maybe that's what they needed yesterday.
And indeed, he was terrific, stopping 33 shots, including 14 in the third, a period during which there wasn't a single penalty called. Refs must have been Broncos or Steelers fans?
Joel Broda scored twice, including the game winner, while Foucault and DiSalvatore potted a couple of power play goals (I know, right!?! Power play goals!!)
San Antonio has a couple of beasts in Barlow and Rallo though. Barlow had 2 goals and an assist while Rallo had 3 assists. Their offense just hangs off those guys.
If you missed Torchetti talking to Joe pre-game, it was interesting. He lit into the guys for playing soft because they don't want to get hurt and miss a call-up chance. As the frail human and wiener that I am, I get that mentality, but I do not get it from these guys. Especially the veterans, and if those guys can't get it together, there isn't much hope for this team.
Back to Torch, he said, from the veterans to the goaltender to everybody else, he said he couldn't find anything good about anything they did in the two prior games. Woosh.
The funny thing to me is that he said it actually bothers him less that the WHOLE team is stinking, rather than if it's just 4-5 guys who aren't on the same page. He knows if it's the whole team, they'll eventually pull themselves back up again as a group.
So, we'll see. They're back at it in Grand Rapids on Wednesday night, traveling tomorrow.