The first real game in Aeros history was against the defending champion Atlanta Knights in October 1994. The Summit was rockin' that night. More than 15,000 were on their feet as the shootout started, and the Aeros and Knights needed a long tie-breaker to determine the winner.
Some of you may have been there in person, but I had to work that night and was not able to make it until the second game against the Denver Grizzlies. Atlanta went up, 1-0 before Clayton Young scored twice to tie the game for the Aeros and send the match to a shootout.
Below is a You Tube video from the shootout, and here is a list of Aeros "first" provided by then Chronicle Aeros beat writer Jody Goldstein:
On ice -- Astros baseman Jeff Bagwell, honorary Aero.
To carry flag -- Olympian Todd Reynolds.
To sing national anthem -- Patty Rayne.
Goal -- The Knights' Chris LiPuma at 14:25 of the first period.
Aeros goal -- Clayton Young at 13:02 of the second period, assisted by Carl Valimont and Mike Yeo.
Aeros power play -- 3:09 of first period, high-sticking by Cory Cross.
Aeros two-man shorthanded situation -- 13:16 of first period, after Darryl Olsen, was sent off for fighting.
Fight -- Aeros' Brian Pellerin vs. Knights' Jeff Buchanan.
Starting line -- Dave Tippett, Murray Eaves, Pellerin.
Starting defenseman -- Olsen, Carl Valimon.
In goal -- Troy Gamble.