Houston Aeros Fall 5-4 to Admirals in OT

The Houston Aeros had their modest two-game winning streak snapped on Sunday when they fell 5-4 to the Milwaukee Admirals in overtime.  It was the third game in a row for the Aeros and fatigue may have been a factor given the hectic schedule as evidenced by the Admirals lopsided shot count in the first period.

Matt Hackett faced a total of 16 shots in the first twenty minutes and miraculously he gave his club a 2-1 lead thanks to goals from Chay Genoway and Kris Foucault.

The second frame didn’t prove to be much better for the Aeros as they mustered just 4 shots on the Admirals keeper and this time they were outscored in the period as the Admirals tied the game with the lone goal of the middle twenty minutes.

Houston would find their game in the third, outshooting Milwaukee 12-9 in what turned out to be a wild and crazy final frame.

The Aeros would take the lead on a Jonas Brodin tally, only to see the Admirals pop two within a minute to take their first lead of the game.  Nick Palmieri would send 4,623 fans into a frenzy with his game-tying goal with under a minute to play what would send the game to overtime.

It was there that the first powerplay goal of the game was scored when Chad Rau was penalized for delay of game when he accidentally shot the puck over the glass.  The Admirals capitalized and ended the game quickly, scoring just 51 seconds into the extra frame.

It is somewhat ironic that the Aeros lose the same way they had been so successful over the previous two games.  Houston’s power play has been on fire lately scoring at least one goal with the man advantage in each of their first four games.

The loss gives the Aeros a record of 2-2-1 as they gain a point for the OT loss.  Houston’s next action will be Friday when they travel to Oklahoma City to take on the Barons, the affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers.  Young stars Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall are all playing in OKC and this should be an entertaining game given all the elite talent.

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