I meant to write about this the other day, but crap happens.
The Aeros needed two extra players Saturday because of a hip flexor injury to Fraser (he could/should be ready to go this weekend) and the suspension of Gillies. They literally picked up two players on their way to Grand Rapids.
Here is the story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune from the backup Wild beat writer:
[The Cyclones had a game that night in Kalamazoo, Mich., which happens to be on the way to Grand Rapids -- Houston's opponent Saturday -- from Milwaukee. A plan was set to pick up Pierce at a local hotel, and have him in an Aeros uniform 15 hours later.]
As for the two players, Matt Pierce and Brock Sheahan, they both did their jobs and played well in the Aeros' come-from-behind win. Constantine told me those players were in a tough situation, but got through the game holding their own. He was very complimentary of both.
On a side note, with Ryan Nie (K-Wings goalie) having to back up Brust in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo got into a bad situation Saturday night. Their backup (Jeremy Duchesne) was having a bad game, but with the emergency guy backing him him, he had to stay in the game and take one up the you-know-where ... Duchesne gave up 10 goals to the (appropriately named) Wheeling Nailers.