Really the only sad part of the story is that the Aeros incredible run against the Grand Rapids Griffins almost seems too good to be true. Sunday, after tonight's dominant performance, the Aeros have a chance to go 6-0 and sweep the season series from their long-time rivals.
I could not have been more wrong about the Aeros and playing their first home game in more than a month. There was no feeling out or anything of the like. The Aeros dominated the game from the start, scoring three times in the first period and never looked back.
Jon DiSalvatore scored two more goals, Taffe had his first four-point game as an Aero and Joe Fallon kept the offensively potent Griffins off the scoreboard until the game was well in hand.
There was tons of scoring, lots of fights and a blowout win - all of which should make for a very interesting rematch Sunday afternoon.
The power play good great, led by the veterans, and the penalty kill (the third worst in the league) slammed the door when the Griffins did get a chance with the man advantage.
It was great to see the Aeros play live again. It was even a treat to have Torchetti take a crack at my balding dome during the post game scrum. Heck, I might have more hair if he could get his team to play a few more like they did tonight.
Enjoy this one while you can. Despite the win, the Aeros did not make up any ground in the standings. They are still ninth, but they are just two points out of fourth. I know there are many arguments about the three point games, but this is one of the positives - Just 11 points separate the No. 2 seed from the No. 11 seed.
Most teams have a shot at getting in. The next five weeks should be great for Aeros fans and scoreboard watchers.