It didn’t tie any records for the fastest overtime goal in league history, but Jason Zucker‘s twelfth goal of the season was the game winner that extended the Houston Aeros winning streak to six games. The overtime winner came just over three minutes into the extra frame and gave the Aeros a 2-1 win over the host Texas Stars (affiliate to the Dallas Stars).
Zucker continues to impress all that come out to watch him this season and adding game winners like there is nothing to it will only increase his chances of making the Wild if and when the NHL season should start up again this year. Even if a full season is lost, Zucker will get plenty of seasoning in the minors this year and will stroll right into camp next fall with even more experience and poise, ready to make the big club.
It was a game that the Aeros didn’t really deserve to win to be honest. They were badly outshot in the first and third periods and when the winner was popped, the totals on the shot clock heavily favored the Stars by a 36-20 margin.
Matt Hackett was the game’s first star and with good reason given he turned aside 35 shots and for the record has been in net for all six straight victories. He’s turned his performance in the crease around since he was pulled and lost playing time to the Aeros backups roughly a month ago. Hackett, like Zucker are proving they may be ready to crack the Wild lineup and given Josh Harding‘s recent diagnosis of MS, Hackett could be viewed as the new backup.
Kris Fredheim had the other tally for the Aeros who are back in action on Sunday night when they return home to take on the Peoria Riverman. Game time is 5:05 CST.