Friday Forecast - Dec. 28
Aeros Stop Slide With OT Win
Houston Aeros defenseman Kyle Medvec jammed home a loose puck for the overtime winner against the Texas Stars on Wednesday for his first goal of the season. The Aeros beat the Stars in dramatic fashion, 4-3, and ending a two-game losing skid.
In the win, forwards Mikael Granlund (1-1=2), Charlie Coyle (1-1=2), Jason Zucker (0-2=2) and Nick Palmieri (1-1=2) all posted two-point games. Goaltender Matt Hackett made 27 saves, improving his record to 12-8-2.
Houston improved its home record to 9-4-1-2 on the season (15-10-1-3 overall) and moved into a third-place tie (34 points) with the Oklahoma City Barons in the South Division.
Tonight is Ugly Holiday Sweater Night at Toyota Center as the Aeros host the Charlotte Checkers at 7:05 p.m. It's the fourth of eight meetings between the two teams this season. Charlotte has taken all three of the previous meetings. Houston will travel to San Antonio on Saturday, Dec. 29, prior to returning home on New Year’s Day. The club rings in the New Year against the Oklahoma City Barons.
Solar Bears Finish Interstate Battle
The Orlando Solar Bears, the Wild’s ECHL affiliate, are on a two-game win streak, both coming against the interstate-rival Florida Everblades.
The two teams are amidst a five-game series, which concludes tonight in Orlando. The Solar Bears have taken three of four in the set, thus far.
Last night, the Bears beat the Everblades in a tight-checking game, 2-1. Orlando took a two-goal lead in the second period on goals from Dan Gendur and Scott Tanski. Netminder John Curry stopped 12 of 13 shots in the final frame to give the Solar Bears the victory.
Canadian Hockey League
LW Raphael Bussieres - Baie-Comeau (QMJHL)
Friday, Dec. 28: at Quebec
Sunday, Dec. 30: vs. Chicoutimi
D Mathew Dumba – Red Deer (WHL)
Friday, Dec. 28: vs. Edmonton
Sunday, Dec. 23: vs. Brandon
C Tyler Graovac – Ottawa (OHL)
Saturday, Dec. 29: at Peterborough
Sunday, Dec. 30: vs. Kingston
D Colton Jobke – Regina (WHL)
Saturday, Dec. 29: at Moose Jaw
Sunday, Dec. 23: at Saskatoon
D John Draeger – Michigan State (CCHA)
Saturday, Dec. 29: vs. Western Michigan
Sunday, Dec. 30: vs. Michigan/Michigan Tech
Both games at the Great Lakes Invitational in Detroit.
RW Adam Gilmour – Muskegon (USHL)
Friday, Dec. 28: at Dubuque
Saturday, Dec. 29: at Green Bay
LW Erik Haula – University of Minnesota (WCHA)
Saturday, Dec. 29: vs. Air Force
Sunday, Dec. 30: vs. Boston College
Both games at the Mariucci Classic
LW Mario Lucia – Notre Dame (CCHA)
Sunday, Dec. 30: vs. Canada
No games scheduled with Notre Dame. Skating with the U.S. National Junior Team at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia. Team USA skates against Team Canada on Sunday, Dec. 30 and the game will be broadcast live on the NHL Network and live-streamed on NHL.com.
G Stephen Michalek – Cedar Rapids (USHL)
Friday, Dec. 28: at Des Moines
Saturday, Dec. 29: vs. Waterloo
LW Louis Nanne – Penticton (BCHL)
Friday, Dec. 28: vs. W. Kelowna
Saturday, Dec. 29: at W. Kelowna
D Nick Seeler – Nebraska-Omaha (WCHA)
Saturday, Dec. 29: at Quinnipiac
Sunday, Dec. 30: vs. Quinnipiac
RW Christoph Bertschy – SC Bern (Swiss)
Sunday, Dec. 30: vs. Finland
No games scheduled with Bern. Skating with the Swiss National Junior Team at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.
Friday, Dec. 28: vs. MODO
Sunday, Dec. 30: at Brynas IF