The Aeros' only Monday night game this season sure felt every bit like it was a Monday. Starting the day off losing Palmieri's offensive punch, also losing Bagnall to injury (after just 2 games back), and then adding New Guys #3 and #4 to a line-up that already doesn't know which way is up half the time.
Oh and then bring back Jed Ortmeyer on the OTHER team and have him score 2, including the game winner, on a "gift-wrapped" goal
Fuck you very much, Monday.
Torchetti was even-keeled about the state of his team, however, saying he was proud of the battle the guys showed, pressuring well to the end of the game, making some adjustments on the PP that helped, and generally getting some good chances.
I got the feeling he wasn't too happy with Hackett's performance (or at least he made a face when I asked about him that I've never seen him make before). I don't think it's because there were a lot of bad goals but because the one really bad one was the turning point of the game, and the game winner.
"Goaltending is going to have to carry us," he told us after the game, and I don't know about you guys, but that's a little worrisome. Not a lot, but a little. I just don't think the Aeros have the maturity in net right now (and I mean that in terms of just straight up experience weathering the storm as a pro) to really pull that off.
Torchetti said, "It's going to come down to the last week." He said he can just feel it happening, and it's hard to argue. The Aeros are just keeping afloat, really.
I think a road trip will help, though. And after this weekend, they'll have much of a week at home to practice, with no travel and no games. That is something they sorely need if the new guys are sticking around for a while, so they can get up to speed.
Here's hoping most of you got your fill of hockey this weekend. They don't play at home again until Feb. 23. Then they're off again until March 14 (vs. Brusty's Abbotsford, so you know that's circled in a big red heart on my calendar).
I'm told I still have to pay attention to them while they're on the road, so I'll try not to be a huge slacker on here, but it probably won't work and I'll just hope Andrew posts a bunch. Enjoy your February, everybody!