Houston Aeros: 11-6-1-2, 25 points, T-2nd Place in South Division
Houston earned a pair of victories last week, sweeping Oklahoma City and moving the Aeros’ win streak to five straight victories since starting the run with a 3-2 win versus Rockford in Saint Paul on Nov. 18.
The Aeros earned a 2-1 shootout victory against the Barons Thursday in Houston. Winger Nick Palmieri scored for the Aeros in regulation, before Kris Foucault tallied the final shootout goal. Goalie Matt Hackett made 23 saves in regulation before stopping 4-of-6 shots in the shootout to earn the victory.
The Aeros again hosted Oklahoma City Friday, earning a 4-3 win to sweep the back-to-back series. Winger Jason Zucker totaled two goals and added an assist to lead Houston, while Johan Larsson netted a goal and assist and leading scorer Justin Fontaine netted a marker to stretch his goal scoring streak to four games. Hackett made 24 saves in the win.
Zucker’s 11 goals lead Houston and are T-6th for most among all AHL players, including six power-play goals – tied for most in the league. Among all AHL rookies, Zucker ranks T-1st with 11 goals and third in scoring with 18 points.
This week, the Aeros visit the Texas Stars in Cedar Park Friday at 7:30 p.m. before hosting Peoria at 5:05 p.m. Sunday.
Wild Prospects Update
Canadian Hockey Leagues
LW Raphael Bussieres - Baie-Comeau (QMJHL): The Wild’s second-round pick in June’s Entry Draft netted one goal and 2 PIM in two games last week, seeing his 13-game point streak (11-15=26, Oct. 28-Nov. 25) come to an end Nov. 30. Named QMJHL’s No. 2 Star of November after netting 23 points (10-13=23) and plus-11 rating in 13 games, tying a team record for consecutive games with a goal (8, Nov. 9-23). In 29 games, Bussieres has 37 points (17-20=37) and a plus-13 rating.
D Mathew Dumba - Red Deer (WHL): Minnesota’s first-round pick in this summer’s NHL Entry Draft tallied an assist, a +1 rating and 2 PIM in two games with the Rebels last week. Named to the roster for Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp. The blueliner has 15 points (6-9=15) and 37 PIM in 28 games with Red Deer.
C Tyler Graovac - Ottawa (OHL): Returned from an upper-body injury, playing in two games last week. Has already matched his OHL full-season high with 27 points (18-9=27) on the year. The forward was named to the roster for Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp.
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. In 15 games, Jobke has 13 points (1-12=13) and 42 PIM.
D John Draeger - Michigan State (CCHA): Tallied an assist in the Spartans’ weekend losses versus Ohio State. In his freshman year, he has 5 points (1-4=5) in 14 games.
RW Adam Gilmour - Muskegon (USHL): Minnesota’s fourth-round selection in the 2012 Draft tallied an assist and a plus-1 rating in Muskegon’s win against Team USA. In his first year with Muskegon, Gilmour has six goals and nine assists in 21 games.
RW Anthony Hamburg - RIT (AHA): Did not play in RIT’s overtime loss at Air Force. Hamburg has played in 11 games, totaling a goal and three assists.
LW Erik Haula - University of Minnesota (WCHA): Recorded three points (1-2=3) in a weekend split with Nebraska-Omaha. Leads the Gophers in points (19) and assists (12). The Gophers are ranked No. 5 in the country.
LW Mario Lucia - Notre Dame (CCHA): Named CCHA Rookie of the Week after totaling three goals in two wins vs. Lake Superior this weekend. Named to the U.S. National Junior Team Preliminary Roster. In six games since returning from a broken leg on Nov. 15, Lucia has five points (4-1=5) and a plus-1 rating. Notre Dame is ranked No. 4 in the country.
LW Louis Nanne - Penticton (BCHL): Recorded 4 PIM in a win and overtime loss with the Vees last week. Penticton is the No. 2 ranked team in the BCHL with a record of 18-7-0-3. Nanne has played in 22 games, registering 18 points (8-10=18).
D Nick Seeler - Nebraska Omaha (WCHA): Did not play in the Mavericks’ weekend split in Minnesota due to injury. Nebraska-Omaha is ranked No. 14 in the country. In his freshman year at UNO, Seeler has a goal, four assists and a plus-5 rating in 10 games.
RW Christoph Bertschy - SC Bern (Swiss): Tallied an assist and a plus-1 rating in three games with Bern. Named to the roster for Switzerland’s World Junior Championship Selection Camp. In 25 games with Bern, Bertschy has four points (2-2=4). To learn more about the Wild.com featured prospect of the week, click here.
D Daniel Gunnarsson - Lulea HF (SEL): Totaled a goal and assist in two games with Lulea. In 29 games, the defenseman has 10 points (5-5=10) and a plus-7 rating.
Johan Gustafsson - Lulea HF (SEL): Allowed three total goals in a win and loss with Lulea last week. Leads all Swedish Elite League goalies in goals-against average (1.61 GAA) and ranks third in save percentage (.932 SV%), having stopped 427-of-458 shots.
Stephen Michalek - Cedar Rapids (USHL): Earned a loss and overtime loss in his season debut with Cedar Rapids. Started the season with Harvard but did not appear in a game after being named to the ECAC All-Rookie Team during his freshman year last season. In two games, Michalek has a 4.97 GAA and .811 SV%.