Sunday, November 30, 2008

Aeros v. San Antonio Rampage - Game 20; more love for Cal

I'll be honest: I opened up a Word doc at 7 p.m. last night and it sat blank for the next 2 hours while I didn't take a single note on the game. What can I say? The Wild and Aeros were playing at exactly the same time, and I just didn't have the multi-tasking chops to watch two games and take notes.

But the Aeros looked good against a very, very bad San Antonio Rampage team, who are on a 13 game losing streak. So, I'm not sure how much of that looking good was relative, but my mama told me to never look a gift horse in the mouth.

Low-lights from the game included Jeff Hoggan running Brandon Rogers awkwardly into the boards where his face hit the dasher and he was bleeding rather profusely, apparently. He went off during the second, and was back on the bench in the third but didn't play, from what I understand. No penalty for Hoggan, so I'd hope to see some payback for that at some point this season.

Also, I believe it was Valette who basically stopped a slapshot from the point with his glove. Um. OUCH. Hopefully he's still in one piece.

Highlights include, as mentioned in my previous post, Rosa playing much better, taking shots more quickly, and doing so paying off after he shot from the top of the circle on a power play and Olvecky tipping it in the net. Atta boy! Also nice for Olvecky to get a goal after being quiet offensively so far this season.

Kassian nearly got himself a goal. Kinda weird to see him getting 3 shots on goal and someone like Lundbohm getting none. But I like it. Can't score if you don't shoot.

Scratches were Love, Falk, and Madsen. I'm guessing the d-men were healthy scratches but not sure about Madsen.

Back to the Toy Box again today for the Milwaukee rematch. I'd like to talk to Constantine after as I'm feeling a PHN story coming on but I'll have to jet as soon as the game ends to get to my own game in Willowbrook. In the meantime, I need to walk the dog and then sew the thigh boards back into my pads and try to figure out how to make them work.

Here's an interview by Tom Reid with Cal from last night's game in Nashville where he was (as yet inexplicably) scratched.

Also, apparently, the team has told him to find a place to live in MN. Has anybody ever gotten more mileage out of leaving their car at the airport? Also, does Cal strike you as a Mercedes type? I had him pegged for something sportier. Plus, I was just amazed to learn there's a Benz available for less than $40k. Tells you the last time I shopped for a car was back in 2000 and the $30k I spent was WAY more than I should have for the money I was making then. Suze Orman would have wrung my neck.


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