Houston Aeros 2012-13 Record: 36-24-5-5, 82 points, Third Place in South Division
The Houston Aeros, the Minnesota Wild’s American Hockey League affiliate, went 3-0-0 last week to move back into third place in the AHL’s South Division and fifth in the Western Conference.
The Aeros rallied for a dramatic, 3-2 overtime victory versus San Antonio Thursday. LW Jason Zucker used a third-period goal to tie the game before netting the extra-session winner. C Chad Rau also scored for the Aeros, while G Cody Reichard made 15 saves in the win. Houston used four, second-period goals Friday to top the visiting Chicago Wolves, 5-2. Zucker again led the offense for Houston with two goals and an assist, while Reichard earned the victory with 22 saves. The Aeros completed the week with a 2-0 shutout of Hamilton Sunday. G Jeff Deslauriers stopped all 22 shots he faced in his Aeros debut,wingers Nick Petersen and Dan DaSilva potted the goals.
Wednesday, Zucker was one of three forwards named to the AHL’s All-Rookie Team by coaches, players and media from all 30 AHL cities. He ranks third amongst all AHL rookies in goals (24), tied for third in points (48), first in power-play goals (12), second in power-play points (23), first in shots (196) and first in game-winning goals (8). Overall, Zucker is tied for the AHL lead in game-winning goals.
Houston completes its 10-game homestand this week, hosting Oklahoma City Wednesday and San Antonio on Thursday and Saturday.
Canadian Hockey Leagues
LW Raphael Bussieres - Baie-Comeau, (QMJHL): The Wild's second-round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft is T-8th in playoff scoring with 13 points (3-10=13) in seven games. Baie-Comeau swept Sherbrooke and leads Victoriaville, 3-0. In 60 games this season Bussieres has 68 points (29-39=68) and is plus-27.
D Mathew Dumba - Red Deer (WHL): Minnesota's first-round pick in June's NHL Entry Draft has four points (2-2=4) in eight playoff games as the Rebels swept Prince Albert and are down three games to one to Calgary. In 62 games this season Dumba has 42 points (16-26=42) and is plus-10.
C Tyler Graovac - Ottawa/Belleville (OHL): Signed an entry-level contract with Minnesota April 2. Graovac is T-2nd in OHL playoff scoring with 15 points (4-11=15) in nine games. The Bulls topped Mississauga seven games, and lead Sudbury, 3-0. Graovac finished the regular season T-9th in the OHL with 38 goals and had 73 points (38-35=73).
D Colton Jobke - Regina (WHL): Finished his second season with Regina. In 31 games, Jobke has 18 points (3-15=18).
D John Draeger - Michigan State (CCHA): Finished his freshman season at Michigan State after the Spartans dropped their CCHA Quarterfinal series at Miami in three games. In 42 games, Draeger had 10 points (1-9=10).
RW Adam Gilmour - Muskegon (USHL): Minnesota's fourth-round selection in June's NHL Entry Draft tallied an assist in two games last week. Gilmour leads Muskegon in assists (26), points (19-26=45), and plus/minus rating. (plus-16).
LW Erik Haula - U. of Minnesota (WCHA): Signed an entry-level contract with the Wild Sunday. Haula led the Gophers in points (16-35=51), assists (35), and finished second in goals (16).
LW Mario Lucia - Notre Dame (CCHA): Helped Notre Dame to the CCHA Championship and was named to the CCHA All-Rookie team. In his freshman season for Notre Dame, Lucia tallied 23 points (12-11=23).
LW Louis Nanne - Penticton (BCHL): Nanne leads the Vees in all playoff scoring. Topped West Kelowna and will face Surrey in the Fred Page Cup Finals. In 45 games this season, Nanne has 41 points (19-22=41) points.
D Nick Seeler - Nebraska-Omaha: Seeler finished his freshman season as Nebraska-Omaha fell to Minnesota State in three games in the first round of the WCHA Playoffs. Seeler played in 31 games recording 9 points (2-7=9) and was plus-7.
RW Christoph Bertschy - SC Bern (Swiss): Has two goal in 17 playoff games with Bern. For the season Bertschy has played in 41 games with four goals and two assists for a plus-1 rating.
D Daniel Gunnarsson - Lulea HF (SEL): Topped Frolunda and Farjestad in the playoffs and next faces Skelleftea. Gunnarsson has 17 points (6-11=17) in 53 games.
Johan Gustafsson - Lulea HF (SEL): Topped Frolunda and Farjestad in the playoffs; next faces Skelleftea. Gustafsson finished the regular season ranked fourth amongst all Elite League goalies in GAA and fifth in SV%, having stopped 787-of-847 shots.
Stephen Michalek - Cedar Rapids (USHL): Did not play last week. Has a 3.09 goals-against average, .900 save percentage, and a 7-6-3 record.