From: Patrick Armstrong
, Director of Communications
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, Communications Manager
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December 17, 2008
BRUST STOPS 26 OF 27 FOR AEROS IN SHOOTOUT LOSS
HOUSTON, Texas – The Houston Aeros were defeated by the Milwaukee Admirals 2-1 in a shootout Wednesday night at Bradley Center. Aeros’ goaltender Barry Brust stopped 26 of 27 shots in regulation before being replaced by Nolan Schaefer in the shootout. Schaefer stopped three of five shots, but only one Aero was able to score on five chances in the shootout. Mike Hamilton netted the lone goal for the Aeros and Alexander Sulzer scored the Admirals’ only tally in regulation. The Aeros extended their point streak six games with the shootout loss (3-0-0-3).
The Aeros continue their four-game road trip Friday night in Rockford where they will take on the IceHogs for the first time this season. Houston plays 13 of their next 15 games on the road. Tickets and special packages for the Aeros December 26th game and December 30th game are available by calling (713) 974-PUCK or visiting AEROS.com.
Hamilton tallied his first American Hockey League goal on the power play at the 16:03 mark of the first period when he shoveled in a rebound after a Corey Locke shot. Morten Madsen earned the second assist on the play and the Aeros took the 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
The Aeros earned six power play opportunities through the first half of the game but only converted on the Hamilton goal in the first period. Houston would not receive another man advantage for the rest of the game. At the 16:03 mark of the second period, Sulzer blasted a shot from the point that snuck behind Brust through a screen. It marked Milwaukee’s only power play goal of the game on seven chances. Milwaukee out shot the Aeros 9-6 in the second period and the teams entered the third tied at one goal apiece.
After back-and-forth action in the third period, the Admirals were given a golden opportunity late in the period when two Aeros were whistled for penalties giving the Ads a two-man advantage for 1:33. Houston used three defensemen for the entire five-on-three advantage and killed both penalties to force the game into overtime.
Milwaukee controlled much of the pace in the overtime, but couldn’t score on their three shots and the game went to a shootout. Aeros' goaltender Nolan Schaefer replaced Brust in the shootout after Brust had lost the previous three shootouts. Schaefer stopped the first two shooters, but allowed two goals on the next three shots. Locke netted the only shootout goal for the Aeros and the team moved to 0-4 on the season in shootout situations. Schaefer was given the shootout loss although he didn’t play one second in the game.
- Corey Locke’s assist on the Aeros first period goal extended his point streak to a team-high six games. Locke has 11 points in the six games on five goals and six assists and has tallied an assist in each of the games.
- Aeros’ goaltender Barry Brust has allowed just one goal in each of his last four starts but has a record of 2-0-0-1. Brust has stopped 190 of 199 shots in his last seven starts for a save percentage of .955 and goals against of 1.27. He is 4-0-0-2 in those seven starts.
- The Aeros are still undefeated against the West Division this season going 10-0-1-1, and the team is 8-0-0-0 against teams other than Milwaukee.
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