Looking to go two games over .500, the Aeros played a great road first period and followed that with an ever better second period ... until the last seconds when they allowed the game-tying goal.
Early in the third, Stephane Veilleux got an unsportsmanlike penalty that eventually led to a 5-on-3 and the game-winning goal for the Rampage.
There is no question that the fresh legs prevailed, but the penalty by Veilleux just continued a sequence toward defeat that started with the McMillan,/Fontaine/Granlund line allowed the tying goal with under 10 seconds left in the period.
That sealed at least a point for the Rampage, and the third-period penalties was the dagger.
Thursday, the Aeros will start a three-in-three against Charlotte. Friday, they're in OKC before coming back home to start a 10-game homestand against the Rochester Amerks.
The Aeros are seven points back of Charlotte with a pair of games in hand. It seems very unlikely that they'll catch them for the No. 4 seed and home ice advantage. But win the game Thursday, and things could get interesting down the stretch.
Thursday is a big game; hope to see you at the rink.