From: Patrick Armstrong
, Director of Communications
713.361.7920 (Direct Line) Scott Henninger
, Communications Manager
713.361.7930 (Direct Line)
Friday, February 22, 2008
AEROS OVERCOME THREE-GOAL DEFICIT TO DEFEAT SYRACUSE 5-4 IN SHOOTOUT
HOUSTON, Texas –
The Houston Aeros
overcame a three-goal deficit to defeat the Syracuse Crunch 5-4 in a shootout in front of 5,188 at War Memorial at Oncenter. The deficit was the largest the Aeros (28-22-2-3) have overcome so far this season snapping a three-game losing streak to the Crunch (26-26-2-4). LW Ryan Hamilton
netted the shootout-winning goal in the first shootout attempt. BOX SCORE
Houston centerman Marco Rosa
and defenseman Clayton Stoner
each recorded their first two-point game of the season. Syracuse right wing Mark Rycroft
recorded two assists to lead the Crunch in points. Winning-goaltender Barry Brust
stopped 32 of 36 shots plus all four attempts in the shootout, his first shootout win this season. Dan LaCosta
stopped 42 of 46 Aeros' shots and allowed two of four shootout attempts tin the net.
The first period was highlighted with three special teams’ goals including two short-handed markers by the Crunch. Syracuse got on the board first at 10:28 of the first as LW Joakim Lindstrom
netted a short-handed marker. D Duvie Westcott
and C Zenon Konopka
earned the assists. C Derek MacKenzie
also recorded a short-handed goal at 14:34 in the early frame assisted by Rycroft. LW Peter Olvecky
ended the Aeros’ scoreless drought of 158:16, dating back to February 13, by scoring a power-play marker at 15:35 to end the first period scoring.
The second period mirrored the first as the Crunch recorded two goals to the Aeros’ one, this time all at even-strength. RW Adam Pineault
and RW Derek Dorsett
recorded the goals for the Crunch at 10:32 and 16:32 respectively. Ryan Hamilton set up a good play allowing Joel Ward to take advantage and bury the puck in the goal at 17:29 of the second period.
Stoner brought the Aeros back within one as he recorded his second goal of the season at 5:04 in the final period. D Brandon Rogers
and Rosa recorded the assists. Aero LW Benoit Pouliot
netted a power-play marker tying the game at 8:42 in the third period. Erik Reitz
and Steve Kelly
assisted on the marker that tied the game at four apiece and eventually taking the game to overtime.
The game couldn’t be decided in the overtime as the Aeros were out-shot 3-1 in the extra session. In the shootout Brust knocked aside all four shots faced as Hamilton and Pouliot recorded goals for the Aeros’ 5-4 shootout victory.
The Aeros play again on the road Saturday and Sunday nights so tune in to Jason Shaver on AM-1070 KNTH or on the B2 Networks
to stay on top of the play-by-play action. Houston returns home on March 4 for a home-heavy month with lots of promotions and ticket specials going on. Click here
to learn more about what the team is offering during the month of March. Notes
- Houston’s 47 shots on goal are the most the team has recorded since they had 57 on 11/21/06 last season in San Antonio, a span of 116 games.
- In the two games played between the Aeros and Crunch the team trailing after two periods has won each game. Syracuse recorded the only regulation-win against the Aeros this season when Houston was leading through two periods.
- The three-goal deficit at 4-1 was the largest the Aeros have overcome to win so far this season.
- Clayton Stoner
scored a goal and an assist and Marco Rosa
tallied a pair of helpers tonight for their respective first two-point game of the season.
- Erik Reitz
earned his 150th professional point on an assist at 8:42 in the third period to tie the game. The 150th point came in his 363rd pro-game, six with the Minnesota Wild and the rest with Houston. All his points were recorded with the Aeros.-- HOUSTON AEROS --