Houston Aeros 2012-13 Record: 0-2-0, 0 points, Fifth Place in South Division
The Houston Aeros dropped back-to-back games in its first weekend of play in the American Hockey League’s 2012-13 regular season. Houston hosted Charlotte for the season opener Saturday, as the Checkers claimed a 3-1 victory with the help of an empty-net goal. Defenseman Jonas Brodin scored the Aeros’ lone goal, his first point in North America, while Matt Hackett stopped 35-of-37 shots in net. The Aeros made the road trip to San Antonio for Sunday’s contest with the Rampage, but again fell in a one-goal game, 3-2. The game saw a line of Wild prospects earn their first career AHL points: Charlie Coyle (1-1=2), Jason Zucker (1-1=2) and Mikael Granlund (0-1=1), while Hackett made 25 saves in the loss.
This week, Houston begins three straight nights of play on Friday hosting the Texas Stars at 7:05 p.m. CDT, before completing the home-and-home set Saturday in Cedar Park at 7 p.m. The Aeros finish off the weekend with a home game against Milwaukee Sunday at 5:05 p.m.
Wild Prospects Update
Canadian Hockey Leagues
LW Raphael Bussieres - Baie-Comeau (QMJHL): The Wild’s second-round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft registered two assists in three games for Baie-Comeau last week. Through nine games, he has totaled five points (2-3=5).
D Matt Dumba - Red Deer (WHL): Went scoreless in three games last week, but Minnesota’s first-round selection in this summer’s Draft leads the Rebels and is T-11th among all WHL defensemen with seven points this season. The physical blueliner has also racked up 25 PIMs this year.
C Tyler Graovac - Ottawa (OHL): Totaled six points (4-2=6) and a +2 rating in three games last week and now has nine points (5-4=9) in his last five games. He is tied for the OHL lead with nine goals this season. Leads Ottawa and ranks T-10th among all league skaters with 13 points through nine games this season.
D John Draeger - Michigan State (CCHA): The Wild’s third-round selection in this summer’s NHL Entry Draft started his collegiate hockey career as Michigan State dropped two games to the Gophers in Minneapolis last weekend.
RW Adam Gilmour - Muskegon (USHL): Minnesota’s fourth-round pick in June’s Draft registered his first goal of the season with the game-winning tally Tuesday. In six games, he has four points (1-3=4).
RW Anthony Hamburg - RIT (AHA): Began his first year with the Rochester Institute of Technology with a split of games in Ann Arbor, Mich. last week. He was held off the score sheet on the weekend.
LW Erik Haula - University of Minnesota (WCHA): Totaled three points (2-1=3) and a +4 rating as Minnesota opened the season with 5-1 and 7-1 victories vs. Michigan State. The Gophers are the top-ranked team in the country. Haula is the Wild.com featured prospect this week, and you can read more about the Junior forward, here.
LW Mario Lucia - Notre Dame (CCHA): Suffered a broken leg before the start of his first season with the Irish and is out indefinitely.
LW Louis Nanne - Penticton (BCHL): Notched two assists in two games last week. He recorded a hat trick in a 7-2 win vs. Trail Smoke Oct. 6. Through 10 games, Nanne has 11 points (4-7=11). Penticton remains the top-ranked team in the BCHL with a record of 10-2-0-1.
D Nick Seeler - Nebraska Omaha (WCHA): Began his freshman season with the Mavericks last weekend, totaling two points (1-1=2) and a plus-2 rating in a win vs. Army and a loss vs. Notre Dame.
RW Christoph Bertschy - SC Bern (Swiss): Recorded 2 penalty minutes in two games with Bern last week. Has been held pointless in 10 games on the year.
D Daniel Gunnarsson - Lulea HF (SEL): Notched an assist and 2 penalty minutes in two games with Lulea last week. Through 12 games, the defenseman has two goals and two assists.
Johan Gustafsson - Lulea HF (SEL): Allowed two goals in one loss last week. He ranks third in goals-against average (1.49 GAA) among Swedish Elite League goalies and eighth in save percentage (.928 SV%).
Stephen Michalek - Harvard (ECAC): Set to begin his sophomore season after being named to the ECAC All-Rookie Team during his first campaign. Harvard opens the season with an exhibition against McGill on Oct. 19.
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