I bring this up because I'm convinced there's a black cloud of bad luck hanging over Toyota Center whenever the Aeros are playing there. Like tonight where, once again, the Aeros lost a game in the shootout. The Aeros have won just one game in the shootout this season, and that win came on the road, in Peoria. This time, the Aeros lost 4-3 in the shootout, but unlike in games past, the Aeros actually were able to make shots in the shootout -- Casey Wellman and Kris Foucault were able to hit their shots -- but the San Antonio Rampage were able make three, including one that went through the net and was originally called a no-goal but, after consultation, was changed to a goal.
John Torchetti wasn't too sure about the call however, and after the game, he stormed out of the locker room to the ice, where he had them bring him the net for his own personal inspection. He then had a nice, calm chat with the officiating crew -- way, way, way more calmer than the little discussion that Lane Lambert had with them after Game Five last season.
So of course we asked him about that goal, and about losing again in the shootout.
"You know what, it’s over," he said. "That’s it. I can see a puck going through the net on a point shot, but on a shoot-out, there’s no velocity? It’s hard to do. I can see if [the netting's] loose, but I just wedged it to get through a puck. But whatever, it’s a point."
[For what it's worth, when we asked him, Matt Hackett said it was a goal, and the TV replays we were able to see off of the San Antonio TV replay monitors also seemed to indicate that it was a goal.]
The shootout wouldn't have mattered if the Aeros would have been able to hold on to their 3-1 second period lead. But they couldn't. There were multiple special teams breakdowns, and for a while, it seemed as if the Aeros were just content to let Casey Wellman do all of the offensive damage -- and welcome back Mr. Wellman.
And thus ended another three-in-three weekend. The Aeros were unable to get a single win, but they were able to get a point in each game. All three games went into overtime, and the Aeros were mixing and matching the roster at all times due to the Friday morning Wild call-ups. And Torchetti offered up praise for the play of some of the newbies.
"Kids that come up, they want to come up," he said. "[Chris] Clackson’s got a brother that plays in
And as for the return of Wellman, Torchetti once again gushed with praise.
"He just plays hard. He’s just come down and he’s accepted his role being sent back, and he’s just gone back to where he was. And that’s kudos to him. It shows you what kind of character he has as a person."
But in the end, the point is that the Aeros were only able to get a point out of a game where they appeared set to get two points. It's a game where, once again, they failed to get the win at home. Maybe this is just their Schleprock season when it comes to playing games at home. Yet things could be worse. They're still getting points after all. Not two points, but one. And one's better than none.
This was the seventh straight Aeros game decided by one goal, and the fourth of sixth games to go into overtime. They are 3-1-1-2 for this seven game stretch.
Marco Scandella appeared to take a shot off of his knee late in the third period. He was barely able to make it back to the bench, and immediately went to the locker room from which he did not return. We asked Torchetti about his status after the game, but it was still too early to know anything.
And for the curious, Cody Almond is suffering from a lower body injury and Jeff Penner is suffering from an upper body injury.
Yes, this game was on television. San Antonio television, so it was probably available on one of the various Fox Sports Southwest channels. No, I don't know why it wasn't being televised here, and no, I don't know why Aeros games seem to have vanished from that thing known as a television. The only games that make it on TV are those when they play San Antonio, and that means getting the San Antonio call of the game.