Houston Aeros 2012-13 Record: 5-3-1-1, 12 points, Second Place in South Division
The Houston Aeros saw its five-game point streak come to an end over the weekend, going 1-1-0-1 during three straight nights of play. The Aeros started the weekend with a 4-3 loss in Oklahoma City Friday night, coming up short after a three-goal comeback and losing top Wild prospects Mikael Granlund and Jonas Brodin to injury. Houston again saw a three-goal deficit in Oklahoma City Saturday, but used three, third-period tallies to force extra time before Zack Phillips netted the winner in a 4-3 shootout victory. The Aeros returned to Houston and suffered a 2-1 shootout loss to Grand Rapids Sunday. Chad Rau notched the only marker for the Aeros, while Matt Hackett stopped 31-of-32 before allowing two goals in the shootout.
Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher announced that Granlund will miss two to four weeks with a lateral ankle sprain, while Brodin will be sidelined eight to 12 weeks after undergoing successful surgery for a broken clavicle.
This week, the Aeros play three home games in four nights. Houston hosts Toronto Thursday at 7:05 p.m., Lake Erie at 7:05 p.m. Friday and 5:05 p.m. Sunday against the Texas Stars.
The Aeros will host the Rockford IceHogs at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 at Xcel Energy Center. For information about tickets, click here.
The Wild is offering a Road Trip to Rockford to watch the Aeros play at BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockfold, Ill., on Friday, Nov. 16. To learn more about the trip, click here.
Wild Prospects Update
Canadian Hockey Leagues
LW Raphael Bussieres - Baie-Comeau (QMJHL): The Wild’s second-round pick in this summer’s NHL Entry Draft totaled two assists and a +3 rating in two games with Baie-Comeau last week. He now has 15 points (6-9=15) in 17 games.
D Matt Dumba - Red Deer (WHL): Minnesota’s first-round pick in June’s Draft earned a minus-2 rating in three games with Red Deer last week. He was named to the WHL roster for both games of the CHL’s Subway Super Series vs. Russia Nov. 14 and 15. In 19 games with Red Deer, Dumba has 11 points (3-8=11) and 29 PIM.
C Tyler Graovac - Ottawa (OHL): Recorded five points (4-1=5) in three games with the 67’s. Leads all OHL players with 18 goals and ranks T-9th with 25 points this season. Named to the OHL roster for both games of the CHL’s Subway Super Series vs. Russia Nov. 8 and 12.
D Colton Jobke - Regina (WHL): Totaled two assists, a +1 rating and 7 PIM in two games for the Pats last week. In 13 games, he has a goal, 11 assists and 30 PIM.
D John Draeger - Michigan State (CCHA): The Wild’s third-round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft totaled a minus-1 rating in two games as Michigan State split its weekend series with Bowling Green. The freshman has four points (1-3=4) in eight games with the Spartans.
RW Adam Gilmour - Muskegon (USHL): Minnesota’s fourth-round selection in the 2012 Draft recorded a goal and an assist during a weekend split with Dubuque. In 12 games, the forward has 7 points (3-4=7) and a plus-1 rating. He is this week's Wild.com featured prospect. Read "Gilmour's Hockey Journey A Family Affair," here.
RW Anthony Hamburg - RIT (AHA): Notched an assist and a plus-2 rating as RIT earned a win and tie vs. American International. In seven games with RIT, he has a goal and two assists.
LW Erik Haula - University of Minnesota (WCHA): Totaled four points (1-3=4) in split with Minnesota State over the weekend. Leads the Gophers with eight points and tied for the team lead with four goals this season. The Gophers are ranked No. 2 in the country.
LW Mario Lucia - Notre Dame (CCHA): Suffered a broken leg before the start of his first season with the Irish and is out indefinitely. Notre Dame is ranked No. 8 in the country.
LW Louis Nanne - Penticton (BCHL): Recorded an even rating in a loss to Chilliwack last week. Penticton remains the top-ranked team in the BCHL with a record of 13-3-0-2. Nanne has recorded 13 points (4-9=13) in 12 games this year.
D Nick Seeler - Nebraska Omaha (WCHA): Recorded a plus-1 rating and 4 PIM in two victories at Michigan Tech over the weekend. Has four points (1-3=4) and is plus-5 in six games as a freshman.
RW Christoph Bertschy - SC Bern (Swiss): Totaled a plus-1 rating and 2 PIM in two games with Bern last week. Has one goal in 17 games on the season.
D Daniel Gunnarsson - Lulea HF (SEL): Recorded a minus-1 rating and two PIM in two games with Lulea last week. In 19 games, Gunnarsson has four points (2-2=4) and is plus-6.
Johan Gustafsson - Lulea HF (SEL): Allowed one goal in a victory with Lulea last week. Ranks second in goals-against average (1.52 GAA) amongst Swedish Elite League goalies and fourth in save percentage (.935 SV%), having stopped 214-of-229 shots.
Stephen Michalek - Harvard (ECAC): Did not play in Harvard’s weekend meetings with Brown and Yale. Begins his sophomore season after being named to the ECAC All-Rookie Team during his first campaign. Harvard is ranked No. 13 in the country.