Photo credit: Morris Molina/Houston Aeros
1. CONNOLLY HAUNTS HEAT: Former Heat blueliner Brian Connelly put the home team up with a pair of power play markers in the opening 30 minutes of play. Connelly’s two goals had the Houston up 2-0, and brought the crowd of 6,339 to life. It was a hole the visitors couldn’t escape from as Darcy Kuemper made 33 saves to hold the Heat to a single goal. Connelly was appropriately named the game’s first star.
2. FRUSTRATING FINAL FORTY: The Heat out shot the Aeros 29-12 from the drop of the puck in the second period until the end of the game. Typically, that kind of shot margin would be enough to outscore the opponent, but not on this night, as the Heat finished 0/7 on the power play and three-for-five on the penalty kill.
3. TESTWUIDE’S HANDS AND FISTS : Mike Testwuide has had an eventful 30-some hours. The big winger who was acquired for Mitch Wahl got in a scrap for the second time in as many games, and added the lone Heat tally with just 14 seconds remaining. Testwuide’s goal saw the power forward dangle through neutral ice before blasting a shot past Darcy Kuemper’s blocker at into the Houston net. Fists AND hands… Nice!