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Carson McMillan scored the lone goal from the Aeros, who are fading quickly.
There is no shame in losing to a better team, but what is most disappointing about this set-back is how the Aeros wasted a very favorable schedule. Chicago was playing its third game in four nights, and the Aeros, fresh with new blood from the NHL, did not take advantage.
The Aeros gave up another short handed goal, this time when the opposition made them pay while sitting for a double minor. The laziness that led to that goal was mind-boggling. Let's hope that was just rust, as the Aeros will try to snap their overall and road losing streaks today at Peoria. The dagger was a game-winning power play by the Wolves in the final minute of the second period. For a team, whose confidence is fading rapidly, a goal like proved to be insurmountable.
Jason Zucker (minus-2), who along with Charlie Coyle (minus-2) continue to prove invisible during this slide, had several good looks for a chance to tie the game. Steve Kampfer, pictured above, continues his atrocious play and finished minus-2 in the game.
A quick look at his game-by-game reveals a far-too embarrassing trend. In his last 12 games played (keep in mind he was injured in the middle of them, he has been been on the wrong side of zero 11 times. Eleven times! And in seven of those games, he's been minus-2. Add it all up, and in just 12 games, he's minus-18. Kampfer is minus-18 in 12 games.
I keep repeating his name (Kampfer, Kampfer, Kampfer) in hopes that someone, maybe he, his agent or a family, has a Google alert set up for him and will sign in as anonymous and will defend him. I can see a bad stretch here or there, but this guy is on the ice for just about every opponent goal since the beginning of December.
John Torchetti sent the media subliminal messages about Kampfer and a few other players after their most recent home games, but he refuses to name names. Injuries on the blue line continue to be one of the main reasons why Kampfer has to play.
I guess one way to look at it is that it can't get much worse for Kampfer.