When last we left the Aeros, they’d just lost a two-game weekend series to their cross-state rivals the San Antonio Rampage. The team was going into a freefall, having lost four straight games and having gone from fighting for home ice advantage in the playoffs to being the ninth team in an eight-team race.
That brings us to this weekend and a two-game series with the Quad City Flames. This game is of importance for several reasons. First there is the basic fact that the Aeros need wins. Second is the fact that Flames are the eighth-place team in the playoff hunt, and are also the sixth-place team in the West Division, one point in front of the Aeros. If the Aeros can sweep the Flames this weekend, they’re back in the playoffs with over two months still remaining in the season.
Both games, tonight and Saturday, start at 7:35 p.m. and are at the Toyota Center.
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Some good news is that with 48 points after 44 games, the Aeros are six points better than they were at the same point last season.
The Aeros are 20-9-2-2 when either leading or tied after the first period. They are 17-3-1-2 when they score the game’s first goal. They are 15-1-0-1 when leading after two periods.
Center Morten Madsen was assigned to the Texas Wildcatters yesterday. The Wildcatters are an affiliate club of the Aeros.
Goalie Nolan Schaefer played the second period for the Canadian team in Monday’s AHL All-Star Game. He allowed four goals on 11 shots. Defenseman Erik Reitz, who played for the U.S. team, did not get a goal or an assist. – John Royal