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Friday, May 20, 2011

Aeros lose 4-2, series heads back to Houston for G6

This one's for Icevet:

Lost again. One more chance, then do-or die.

Go Aeros!!!

(For a proper game write-up, see my story on PHN.)


Anonymous said...

Maybe they will put Earl, one of best players I have seen in 10 years. I followed him at Wisconsin and he makes Joe Pavelski, Ryan Suter, Danny Heatley and a whole bunch of Wisconsin and WCHA players look like they suck be combined with Daost and Rau. They have the most potential. If they make that the number 2 line the Aeros will win!!

Forecheck said...

I hate to disagree with Yeo, but momentum does carry from game to game in other sports and in life in general, so why not hockey, too?

As I said before, this game was about nullifying all the momentum the Dogs gained in Game 4 when the Aeros squandered all of theirs with a horrible effort.

Unfortunately, the Aeros only partially succeeded.

The first period was a somewhat less horrible version of Game 4, although the first ten minutes was about as bad.

The second was reasonably good.

The third, the Dogs reasserted themselves. After the Ortmeyer goal, they shut the Aeros down for a good 5+ minutes without much in the way of a SOG.

Hackett was better, good but not as good as needed.

Right now the Dogs have the momentum, and there is much more pressure on the Aeros - pressure to avoid making AHL history and forcing the fans back home to endure another epic Houston sports team choke (the Aeros being an exception in not having done this to us before).

If we are lucky Sunday, the hot arena and bad ice (hint, hint) will allow us to go to OT and get lucky in a game that never should have been played, otherwise, it's on to Game 7. This franchise has rarely done things the easy way. And they only have themselves to blame.

Apart from momentum, on the flight tomorrow, Yeosy needs to come up with a counter to Hamilton's counter of "the system" which is forcing the Aeros to play how Hamilton wants. A good part of this is that the Aeros seem unable to counter the Dogs increased physical play.

Unless somethign changes, it's looking more and more like Hamilton in seven.

ICEVET said...

The Aeros will move on to their next opponent, with a win on Sunday or Tuesday.....no one ever said that this Series would be easy.

Go Aeros!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the overview, Forecheck. I didn't get to see the game and I've been waiting and watching for a critique of the way the team played and what needs to happen in game 6. I can't believe the Aeros are going to let a 3-game lead get away.

CatTrick said...

Ditto. Thanks Forecheck. IMO, this is going to go to a game 7 OT. No, they don't ever make things easy. Annonymous, what's the interest in Wisconsin hockey players about? I'm curious because I went to UW-Madison. Go Aeros!!!

B2Bomber said...


Anonymous said...

I think Yeo is overplaying some players, and they're exhausted. The same guys are out there all the time - 5 on 5, 5 on 4, 4 on 5 etc etc. In the game before the blow out, it was like he shortened the bench to 2 lines. Lines 3 and 4 hardly saw the ice. No wonder the first 2 lines had nothing left to give in game 4. This team has enough depth - we need to be playing all the lines to spread the load. You don't win championships by playing only two lines.

ICEVET said...

Excellent game write-up at your PHN link!

Shorties are always "a dagger in the heart", and, usually, game-changers at the most inopportune times (leading off GAME 4 and in the Third in GAME 5). Sadly, the PP entry has been an Achilles Heel for the Aeros throughout the season.

Mike Yeo will find solutions, and the Aeros will advance to the Final Series.

Go Aeros!!!

Forecheck said...

I wish I could find your confidence, ICE.

Word verification "gnabdati" - A new word to use instead of swearing. As in "The Aeros just gave up another gnabdati shortie!"

Anonymous said...

I would agree with one of the earlier anonymous comments. Yeo seems burning out some of his players. Can't win with same guys on pp, pk, etc.
Thought the 4th line of Kassian, Palmer, & Daoust was probably the Aeros best line in game 5 and yet did not get a lot of ice time. they had lots of jump when other guys had none.
Also, why not give Kassian, who looked solid, more ice so his physical presence matches the Bulldogs?

B2Bomber said...

The Aeros have lost their mojo. Hamilton in 7.