The Road Warriors

Not only the greatest tag team ever in pro wrestling history, but also the Houston Aeros this weekend. I’m not sure who Hawk or Animal would be, but I suppose that makes Head Coach Mike Yeo manager mastermindPaul Ellering and Joe O’Donnell whoever the announcer guy is in the picture below.

It might seem easy enough to get from Houston to Cleveland and then to Toronto, but then you have to factor in flying commercial, ferrying all the gear, riding the bus and then of course weather. It ain’t fun.

After Friday’s win at home, the team had a nice meal at Toyota Center and then got on the bus. An early morning wakeup call, off to IAH and on to Cleveland. The team got in around 2:30 p.m., had their pre-game meal and went to the rink, where they beat the Lake Erie Monsters. Then it was back on the bus, through the snow and on to Toronto, where they arrived around 5 a.m. and then played at 5 p.m. Eastern. What a whirlwind.

So it’s not a shock to see the team was tired midway through Sunday’s game. Toronto got the last six or seven shots of the second period and then took the lead in the third period. The Aeros took three penalties in the third and killed off a 5-on-3, only to give up the go-ahead goal about a minute and a half later. Tired legs and bad penalties? Could have been. But it’s frustrating to see Robbie Earl get hauled down on a great scoring bid, not draw a penalty, and then see a penalty (or two) called the other way.

That said it’s been a solid run for the Aeros and first place is still within reach.

Game recap will be up over at AEROS.COM in a bit. Next up is Syracuse on Wednesday.

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