Well, they can't blame the bus legs.
The Kitchener Rangers received first class treatment and arrived in Sault Ste. Marie by plane ahead of Game 5 of their Ontario Hockey League western conference final Friday night.
The host Greyhounds didn't have that luxury.
The blue collar bunch spent parts of two days trekking from Kitchener to the Soo on the team bus and didn't pull into town until Thursday.
By then, the Rangers were well rested.
But it was the 'Hounds that had the jump in Friday's affair.