Sorry for the late report on the weekend but I didn't watch or listen to the games. Just hit refresh a million times on the score sheet in order to try and beat Joe O'Donnell with T3I's Twitter updates. :)
Also, it's been sorta nice having a bit of a life while the boys are out of town. It's just that time of the season. Resting up for a long playoff run, perhaps? At least the Wild seem to be stinking their way out of the playoffs, which means the Aeros would have a full roster.
So, if you're not a Wild fan, that's nice. If you are a Wild fan, *hugs* there there... I know. Let it out.
Anyway, Grand Rapids was good to the Aeros this weekend as they were able to come from behind Saturday night to sweep the weekend.
But let's start with Friday night, where Houston just walloped the Griffins 5-1, racking up 3 goals (Taffe, Fontaine (PP), Foucault) in the first period, and two more in the third (McIntyre, Almond).
Hackett was tremendous, stopping 38 of 39 (Aeros had 31 shots) for first star honors, and it appears to have been a somewhat chippy affair with 64 minutes of penalties between the teams, including three 10-minute misconducts.
Smarting from Friday's loss, Grand Rapids came out swinging in Saturday night's rematch, putting the Aeros in a 3-1 early in the second (Aeros goal by Scandella).
But an unassisted goal by Jed Ortmeyer midway through the second pulled the Aeros within one and the boys went into the room for the 2nd intermission knowing a good bounce here or there could tie it up.
And indeed, Foucault tied it up just a couple of minutes into the third period, and McIntyre (who fought Brendan Smith a couple of minutes before Ortmeyer's goal) scored to take the lead 6 minutes later.
But with goalie Tom McCollum pulled for the extra attacker, the Griffins tied it up with 46 seconds remaining, and it looked like OT was inevitable.
Jon DiSalvatore had other ideas, and with just 26 seconds left in regulation, he put one in the back of the net to secure the win.
Not a single goal in Saturday game came from special teams, partly because there were only 7 PP opportunities between the two teams. Still unusual to see 9 goals on the board and not a single one on the power play.
As you may have seen by now, Brad Staubitz was waived by the Wild, has cleared waivers and been assigned to Houston. He did not play in last night's game, however.
The team heads to Milwaukee now for a Valentine's Day match-up on Tuesday and hopefully the scoring confidence of 10 goals in 2 games carries with them for a while, because I wouldn't expect the goals to come as easily for the rest of the road trip.
Enjoy what remains of your weekend!