Best Aero(s) (2008)

Nolan Schaefer and ­Barry Brust

The saying is that a good defense will always beat a good offense. And last season the Houston Aeros didn't have a good offense. The fact that the Aeros made the playoffs can be attributed to their good defense, led ­primarily by goalies Nolan Schaefer and Barry Brust. The two accounted for ten shutouts, and they allowed the fewest points in the American Hockey League. Due to injuries and call-ups to the National Hockey League's Minnesota Wild, Schaefer and Brust split their time in the crease, and it was as if neither wanted to let the other down. But more importantly, these guys didn't want to let their coaches or their teammates down. After a game, no person was more desolate after allowing a goal than Schaefer or Brust. Luckily, they weren't desolate very often.


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