As often as we have pork for the press meal, I was surprised to see roast beef (albeit quite tasty) on the menu. But the Aeros cooked up a big mess of IceHog tonight in their 8-1 win. Mmm, bacon tastes good (if you're sensitive to eff bombs, don't click that link).
Per usual in a lopsided game, it got nasty later on with Wade Brookbank basically headhunting and finding a victim in Robbie Earl, who told us that he knew it was coming. He was smiling and seemed fine though. A 7 point margin of victory will do that for a guy. Here's the score sheet if you want the laundry list of penalties Brookbank racked up with that.
Anyway, I asked Coach Yeo if the team owes Hackett a steak dinner after that lousy turnover that led to the Hogs lone (shorthanded unassisted) goal and ruined Hackett's shutout.
Yeo nodded, "and I do to. At that point, it's about sending a message," referring to the goonery and headhunting the IceHogs were up to, and his decision to just keep putting the top PP guys out to make them pay for it. "If you guys want to keep doing this, we're going to try and put another on the board, too."
"I don't appreciate that and I don't think that there's any place in the game for that stuff right there, in pro hockey," Yeo said. "You've got Brookbank going after Robbie and then every time one of them comes on the ice they're trying to fight somebody else."
"Get on with it. If you want to play hard and you want to try and hit somebody, that's fine. I've got no problem with that. I...." and at this point I just have to draw you a picture because, while I think he could have continued on a mighty rampage, he could see his PR guy starting to sweat. So he just shook his head and kept his mouth shut.
Anyway, solid win for the boys who have a light day tomorrow before a tough 3 in 3.