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Friday, December 21, 2012

Aeros falter late, lose to Monsters in Cleveland

Lake Erie Monsters Photo
CLEVELAND - An atrocious penalty kill, a bad turnover and a bad injury to a key player all adds up to a bad night at the office for the Aeros.

Now, in their last five "before Christmas" games, the Aeros are 0-5, and it looks like Torchetti and his staff need to figure out how to motivate the boys before the holidays.

Thursday's loss dropped the Aeros percentage points behind the Texas Stars, who have been red-hot since a bad start.

Marco Scandella was hurt on a vicious hit from behind early in the game. The PK unit gave up half the goals and Chay Genoway was the goat with just over a minute left in the game when he gift-wrapped the game winner by Monsters rookie Andrew Agozzino.

There were a few positives. The Aeros were not affected by Winter Storm Draco and made it to Cleveland well ahead of the game. They also wore their green jerseys, which are tremendously more attractive than anything they wear at home. The Aeros also came back from two goals down, just like they did the last time they played a horrible game against a weak Lake Erie team.

I am going to keep this one short, because there are tons of people out there celebrating that the world didn't end this morning. Well folks, there are still 14-plus hours left in the day. I still have to stock up my Chinese made rolling, tsunami-repelling bomb shelter.

I expect the Aeros to rebound on Saturday and come home with two points. This group has been pretty good about rebounding from bad results, and I know no one feels worse than Chay Genoway right now. The second-year player has followed up a strong rookie campaign with some decent numbers, and his plus-minus is respectable.

8 comments:

asimplechord said...

They also wore their green jerseys, which are tremendously more attractive than anything they wear at home.

LOL, NO.

Any update on Scandella?

Andrew J. Ferraro said...

No update yet ... I am going to try to listen to the pre-game comments by Joe O'Donnell before the game tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

This is twice in three road games that we have lost crucial points at the very end.
Maybe this hasn't sunk in yet.
Hate to beat dead horses but tomorrow is a big game.
Really feel sorry for Scandella as it appeared he was just beginning to get his game back.

Forecheck said...

Apparently no suspension either.

Dirty hit.

So many errors, so many people who need to be flogged, so little time today.

Anonymous said...

Andrew said: Now, in their last five "before Christmas" games, the Aeros are 0-5, and it looks like Torchetti and his staff need to figure out how to motivate the boys before the holidays.

Maybe I'm missing something, but didn't we beat Oklahoma on Dec. 16?

Ms. Conduct said...

Christmases past, not the previous 5 games this season (is my understanding).

Forecheck said...

Good to hear Marco is not experiencing "flu-like symptoms" AKA "the C word".

Forecheck said...

It took them freeking long enough, but the AHL finally got around to suspending Heard.

Fortunately for him - he would have been a marked man tonight.

AHL announces suspension



December 22, 2012


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League today announced that Lake Erie Monsters center Mitchell Heard has been suspended for two (2) games as a consequence of a boarding incident in a game vs. Houston on Dec. 20.

Heard will miss Lake Erie’s games tonight (Dec. 22) vs. Houston and Wednesday (Dec. 26) at Rochester.