Houston Aeros 2012-13 Record: 13-7-1-2, 29 points, Second Place in South Division
Houston continued its hot streak, winning two of three games during the last week, and moving into second place in the AHL’s South Division. The Aeros have won seven of their last eight contests.
The Aeros visited Cedar Park Friday, earning a 2-1 overtime victory to claim their sixth straight win. Goalie Matt Hackett stole the show with 35 saves, while blueliner Kris Fredheim scored his first goal of the season before leading-scorer Jason Zucker netted the OT winner. The game also marked the return of center Mikael Granlund, who rejoined the lineup after a 12-game absence with an ankle injury.
Houston returned home but saw their win streak come to an end Sunday with a 3-2 loss to Peoria. Forward Charlie Coyle and defenseman Chay Genoway scored for Houston, while Hackett made 21 saves in his first loss since Nov. 16. The Aeros quickly returned to the win column with a 5-1 matinee victory versus San Antonio Tuesday. Forwards David McIntyre, Jarod Palmer and Nick Palmieri each netted a goal and assist, while Hackett stopped 20-of-21 shots to earn the win.
The Aeros play three games in three days this week, visiting Charlotte for a 6 p.m. CT matchup Friday and an 11 a.m. meeting Saturday, before returning home to host Oklahoma City at 5:05 p.m. Sunday.
Wild prospect Granlund recorded a feature video on the Aeros' website, showing off some of his slick puck skills. Wild.com breaks down the video with a running diary.
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 three points (1-2=3) and a plus-4 rating in three games last week. In 32 games, he has 40 points (18-22=40) and is plus-17.
D Mathew Dumba - Red Deer (WHL): Minnesota’s first-round pick in this summer’s NHL Entry Draft totaled two points (1-1=2) and a +2 rating in three games with the Rebels last week. The blueliner has 17 points (7-10=17) and 41 PIM in 31 games this season. Named to the roster for Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp, which started yesterday.
C Tyler Graovac - Ottawa (OHL): Notched an assist in one win last week, topping his full-season points total from last season (27). He now has 28 points (18-10=28) in 24 games. Is attending Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp, which began yesterday.
D Colton Jobke - Regina (WHL): Did not play for Regina last week after undergoing surgery to repair severed tendons in his left hand after being injured Nov. 9. Before the injury, Jobke had 13 points (1-12=13) and 42 PIM in 15 games.
D John Draeger - Michigan State (CCHA): Recorded a +1 rating and 2 PIM in two weekend losses at Notre Dame. The freshman blueliner has one goal and four assists in 16 games.
RW Adam Gilmour - Muskegon (USHL): Minnesota’s fourth-round selection in the June’s NHL Entry Draft tallied a goal, assist and +1 rating in two games this weekend. Through 23 games, he has 17 points (7-10=17) and is plus-6.
LW Erik Haula - University of Minnesota (WCHA): Recorded three points (1-2=3) in a win and tie at Colorado College over the weekend. Leads the Gophers in points (22) and assists (14), tied for the team lead in goals (8). The Gophers are ranked No. 4 in the country.
LW Mario Lucia - Notre Dame (CCHA): Named the CCHA Rookie of the Week for the second consecutive week after totaling three points (1-2=3) and a +1 rating in a weekend sweep at Michigan State. Lucia has eight points (5-3=8) in eight games since returning from a broken leg. Named to the U.S. National Junior Team Preliminary Roster, which starts its camp on Dec. 16.
LW Louis Nanne - Penticton (BCHL): Totaled four goals in two victories with the Vees last week, including his second hat trick of the season in a 7-1 win against Merritt Friday. Penticton is the No. 1 ranked team in the BCHL with a record of 20-7-0-3. Nanne has 12 goals and 10 assists in 24 games.
D Nick Seeler - Nebraska Omaha (WCHA): Skated in the Mavericks’ weekend split at St. Cloud State after missing last weekend with an injury. Nebraska-Omaha is ranked No. 14 in the country. Seeler has six points (2-4=6) in 14 games this season.
RW Christoph Bertschy - SC Bern (Swiss): Recorded 2 PIM in two games with Bern. Named to the roster for Switzerland’s World Junior Championship Selection Camp. Has two goals and two assists in 27 games with Bern.
D Daniel Gunnarsson - Lulea HF (SEL): Registered a minus-2 rating in two games with Lulea. In 31 games, the defenseman has five goals, five assists and a plus-5 rating.
Johan Gustafsson - Lulea HF (SEL): Allowed three goals in a loss with Lulea last week. Leads all Swedish Elite League goalies in goals-against average (1.68 GAA) and ranks second in save percentage (.930 SV%), having stopped 450-of-484 shots.
Stephen Michalek - Cedar Rapids (USHL): Allowed seven total goals in a win and loss with Cedar Rapids last week. In four games, has posted a 1-2-1 record, 4.17 goals against average and .852 save percentage.