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 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.