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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Aeros cool the Heat, win 1-0 in the shootout

With Houston and Abbotsford tied in the standings, this was as close to a playoff game as you can get in the regular season. Both teams played a careful game, which translated to super-defense and no scoring in regulation and overtime.

The sleepiness of the game was maybe a surprise after 44 minutes of roughing and fighting penalties in Tuesday's match-up, but these were some of the biggest 2 points the teams have played for so far this season.

Both goalies were fantastic, but Fallon in particular saw 15 shots in the third period and a whopping 6 in OT. He made a handful of game-changing necessary saves and you can see the trust he is earning from the guys in front of him. This has to be one of the best, most important games in his AHL career. There's no way the Aeros do this with a goalie whose head isn't in it right now.

And McIntyre, who's been fairly quiet on the score sheet the last couple of months, was super clutch scoring the lone shootout goal in 6 rounds of shooters.

It certainly wasn't the Aeros' best game recently. Loads of turnovers and just unable to keep pressure in the offensive zone, but they won the battles down low in the defensive end, swept away lots of scary rebounds, and just generally honey badgered their way out of it.

If I had to pick one thing that has really gotten this team back on track is simply consistency in the lineup. The Wild have stabilized in their suckitude and call-ups are less frequent or enticing. The focus in Houston is now HOUSTON and less about the parent club and their needs.

It's that time of the season, thank god, where the Aeros can kinda get out of the Wild's dismal shadow and bloom a little. At least I hope that's what's happening. They may lose 6-0 tomorrow and I'll feel like an ass for being so optimistic. But that's the fun of fandom, isn't it? I mean, unless you're Forecheck. :)

Anyway, fun night tonight.... eventually. Nothing like a little history being made.


Forecheck said...

The first period was a snooze-fest, apart from the 5 on 3 PK, but the second was downright worrisome. I was thinking, no shouting, to myself "GOOD GRIEF, AEROS, EAT A SNICKERS BAR, YOU'RE PLAYING LIKE BETTY WHITE!". It looked way too much like the third period Friday.

It was clear that Torch wanted to win this one 1-0 or 2-1, even if it took extra hockey to do it. They were clearly playing not to lose, rather than playing to win. That's real frustrating for those of us paying customers, and usually not a good strategy IMHO.

And where was all that energy we've seen at the begining of games? My goodness, in the first few minutes of the last two games it was almost like the honey badgers were thinking of coming back.

Anyway, two points is two points, I hope the one we gave up doesn't come back to haunt us on Apirl 15th.

Anonymous said...

Kudos to Fallon! Granted, except for a couple of exciting moments like McMillan's breakaway, the game was kind of boring. The shootout was nerve wracking, especially on the Heat's last shot. But thankfully the Aeros prevailed. A win today would be more than fantastic. I hope those 9 shootout losses don't come back to haunt us on April 15.