Make it two straight wins for the Houston Aeros after they completed a home and home series sweep with the Texas Stars thanks to a 5-3 win Saturday night in Cedar Park, TX.
The Aeros opened the scoring for the second straight night when Nick Palmieri tipped in his first of the campaign. The lead was short lived when Texas tied the game three minutes later when Tomas Vincour beat Aeros’ goaltender, Darcy Kuemper.
But Mikael Granlund would start his big night in fashion, popping his first of the season a minute later in what would be the first of four points on the night.
The second period belonged to Houston, scoring three times including two on the power play, one from Palmieri and two from Granlund to give the Aeros a 3-1 lead after forty minutes.
Texas would cut the lead to one before Kris Foucault restored the three goal Houston lead, another power play marker. Texas would get a Cody Eakin shorthanded goal late in the game, but the contest was well out of reach at that point.
Make the final, 5-3, Aeros win for the second straight night.
The win gives the Aeros an even record of 2-2 and enforces their stance as a potential contender in the AHL this league. Granted it’s still early, the Aeros have a young, talented roster that most teams would drool over as evidenced by Granlund’s outburst and Jason Zucker’s two point night.
It’ll be a quick turn around for the Aeros as they host the Milwaukee Admirals on Sunday afternoon, game time is set for 5:05. It’ll be the third game in three days for the Wild affiliate and a win tonight would be a huge confidence boost.