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Friday Forecast - Dec. 28

Friday, 12.28.2012 / 10:17 AM CT / News
By Mike Doyle  - Manager of Digital Content
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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

College/Junior Hockey

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

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.

D Daniel Gunnarsson and G Johan Gustafsson – Lulea HF (SEL)

Friday, Dec. 28: vs. MODO

Sunday, Dec. 30: at Brynas IF

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