Wild Affiliates Look For First Wins

The Houston Aeros, the Wild’s American Hockey League affiliate, look to capture its first win of the season against interstate rival Texas Stars tonight at home tonight. The contest marks the first of a three-in-three weekend for the Aeros. The club will embark on a three-hour bus ride to Cedar Park, Texas for a road game against the Stars on Saturday and follows that up by hosting the Milwaukee Admirals on Sunday.

The Stars come into Houston 2-0-0-0 after edging out two close wins last weekend against the San Antonio Rampage, 2-1, and beating the Charlotte Checkers in a shootout, 4-3.

Thus far, Milwaukee has played only one game on the season, a come from behind road win against the Grand Rapids Griffins, 3-2. The Sunday matchup against the Admirals will be an early test because puck drop is 5:05 p.m.

“It’s never easy coming back and playing the third game of the weekend at five o’clock,” Fridley-native Jarod Palmer told Aeros broadcaster Joe O’Donnell on the team’s website. “It’s a tough battle for everybody. The team that wins on the third night of the weekend is usually the one who works harder and is in better shape.”

Last weekend, the Aeros suffered two losses, but both we close contests. With so many new faces on the roster, the team is still gelling, but is ready for the weekend challenge.

“After those two losses, we ought to be hungry and pretty ready to go,” Palmer said. Click here for the full Palmer interview. O’Donnell also sat down with goaltender Matt Hackett and that interview can be seen, here. For tonight’s Aeros.com game preview, click here.

The Wild’s ECHL affiliate, the Orlando Solar Bears are going to quickly develop a rivalry with fellow Floridian team, the Florida Everblades. The Solar Bears play a home-in-home series against the Everblades this weekend, after kicking off its season with two games at Florida’s home barn last weekend.

Orlando is also trying to claim its first win on the year. The expansion team went 0-1-1-0 against the Everblades last weekend. Saturday’s game will be the Solar Bears’ home opener in its inaugural “Coming Out of Hibernation” season. To go to Orlando’s website, click here.

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