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Thursday, April 11, 2013

View from the Pressbox - Aeros hang on for win over Rampage

Wanted to get something up real quick. John is going to provide some game notes and quotes from the players and head coach John Torchetti.

That is coming later, but I wanted to throw up some big picture stuff and thoughts on the team's overall play in the 4-3 win over San Antonio Thursday.

Bottom line? Two points is two points, but the Aeros had better be ready for a great counter on Saturday against a Rampage team that looked better as the third period wore on. Did they just magically start playing better? Well, no, but getting that second goal with three minutes left really helped.

The Aeros started to get sloppy, and a lot of the same defensive mistakes the team made early in the game, cost them two goals with time winding down.

But again, hard to complain too much about two points and a win, especially after how poorly the team competed Wednesday against OKC.

I thought Stephane Veilleux was very good all night. Energy, compete level, blocking shots; he did quite a bit toward a win. Zucker was again very good and creative. And the new goalie Mike Condon, from Princeton, was very good when he had to be.

He's a bit of a wanderer, but he got his first AHL win. We'll have more on him before the next game with the Rampage, but he's still writing papers. That's pretty cool to say while you're helping another team prepare for the postseason.

The Aeros magic number to clinch a playoff spot dropped to eight. They still control their own destiny with four games left, but things look really good right now for making the postseason tournament.

There is one home game left in the regular season. Hope to see you there on Saturday night.

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