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Monday, February 18, 2013

Hackett/PK lead Aeros to fifth win in six games

Let's be frank. The Aeros had no business skating out of Toronto with two points, but they did thanks to a strong penalty kill (5-for-5) and Matt Hackett's goaltending.

Chad Rau converted one of the Aeros two shots in the third period, and somehow the boys in green survived OT (Hackett). After that, Hack stopped four of the five shots he saw in the shootout, and Dave McIntyre and Nick Petersen scored to clinch the extra standings point.

Hackett with his best save - photo by Graig Abel
The Aeros have won five of the first seven games of the road trip, and that is certainly nice ahead of Friday's trap game in OKC. Several coaches I have worked with over the years lament the last game of a long road trip, especially one that has been successful.

The Aeros will play a home and home series this weekend with the Barons and a chance to keep things rolling, even without several key players in the lineup.

Rau has played well lately, and even though Marco Scandella is injured (again) the defense continues to roll along. And we can't say enough about Hackett, especially since Kuemper got the call to the Wild. In his last five games, Hackett is 4-1 with a .929 saves percentage, and he is allowing just 1.56 goals per 60 minutes.

The Aeros were out-shot 11-2 in the last 25 minutes, and Hackett, named the game's first star, stopped 10 of them to give the Aeros a chance to win in the shootout.

During the last homestand, Torchetti said the team would have to start winning games 2-1. Well, since January 23, the Aeros are 9-4 and have score more than three goals just twice. In the other seven wins, the Aeros have won four times with two goals or fewer.

Checking mentality, indeed.


Anonymous said...

Truly gut checking time for these guys.
Glad to see Matt show what he is made of.
On a way these type of games might be a blessing as for the most part this is playoff hockey.

Anonymous said...

PK has been great as of late. McMillan and Dowell are getting the PK ice time they deserve
. Fontaine + McIntyre+McMillan = outstanding play
And great job by Hackett!

ICEVET said...

Since January 23, the (9-4) Aeros have potted AT LEAST 3 goals in FIVE of their 9 wins (5-0 when doing so).

During that same stretch, when scoring FEWER THAN 3 goals, the Aeros have broken even (4-4) with TWO of their 4 Wins coming off Kuemper Shutouts.

During this recent surge, the TEAM's cability to pot at least 3 goals and/or shut out the opposition has been responsible for 7 of the 9 wins.

This fan sincerely hopes that Matt Hackett can continue his gritty, improved performance of late.

Go Aeros!

John Royal said...

Forecheck, my fat fingers on the iPhone screwed up and deleted instead of published your road warrior joke. I know, I'm an idiot. Please send it again, or else just spew profanities at me like everyone else.

Forecheck said...

Well, these guys really are road warriors after all.

We just need to find a way to keep them out of Houston all the time. Ooops! Let me restate that...