Was it the energy of the Sunshine Kid in goal?
Was it the addition of so many newcomers?
Or the absence of some 'old' familiar faces?
Kassian gone, Genoway gone, Zucker, Coyle and Brodin gone Wild?
Matt Hackett being a "Knight of the soulful countenance"on the bench at the Wild?
|Connelly Nr. 1 *|
|Aeros Goal Connelly, Mara and Rau|
|Ruegsegger Nr. 26|
|Get outta my sight, Nr. 26!|
And what stops he made, despite some pesky Heat guy (Nr. 26) who kept himself real close to Kuemps. He also sat once for goaltender interference, although Kuemper did 'embrace' Ruegs with his stick, but got away with it... refs did not 'see' that and so no call on Kuemps for hooking:-). Because that's what it was - looked to me (alas no photo taken of that move;-)!.
With 12 assorted penalties called, the game was certainly hectic.
|Aliu on his way off the ice|
|What a safe by Kuemps!!|
|And another one|
Seemed to me the Aeros penalty kill talents went a notch higher,
using 5 power play to score 2 goals also showed improvement.
All in all a very exciting game...and the 5 fights or roughhousing had fans screaming and jumping! Yea.. old fashioned hockey for a change.
|The short striptease on the heat bench by Nr. 2 did not distract Aeros at all ;-)|
|Cuma on station|
Kolanos - Nr. 8 (it seemed to me) skated so smoothly it looked much slower.
He was not much on the ice during the first, but much more in the 3.
Did the coach save him for last ditch efforts?
maybe it worked, afterall Testwuide did get a goal in the last seconds;-)
|Barry Brust keeping an eye on the rebound?|
|BB and defense !|
Regretfully (for BB's ardent fans) Brust did not shine tonight, he let in 4 of just 24 sogs the Aeros threw at him, even though his defenders were there and trying hard.
|Nr. 2 * Kuemps..|
|Mara Nr. 3 * with 2 assists|