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Saboteur
04-10-2010, 07:04 PM
The Wisconsin Badgers are in the NCAA Ice Hockey Championship game right now.

(I'm an alum... :-))

Puck 'em Bucky! WoooooOOOOO!

lilith
04-12-2010, 11:39 AM
Well?!?!?

How'd they do?

Anyone watch golf yesterday?

Saboteur
04-12-2010, 01:28 PM
They got their butts handed to them. BC scored 4 in the 3rd period (including 1 empty netter w/ 5 mins left) to win 5-0.

BC played the better game - their speed and conditioning overcame the Badger's size/strength and conditioning.

The ice was a joke, however. They played the game in Ford Field in Detroit. (Yes, the football stadium.) They made temporary ice that was not of a quality that you'd like to see a championship game played on. One time a Badger had a breakaway and the puck just bounced up and went back over his stick leaving him to whiff at the air.

That said, both teams had to deal with the ice and BC played the better game. Congrats to them, and to both teams for great seasons!

Ninjahedge
04-12-2010, 03:10 PM
Maybe they got the Olympic ice machines cheap......

Saboteur
04-12-2010, 03:37 PM
They had the NHL's "ice doctor" working on this setup and the announcers on ESPN were taking great pains to say how good the ice was. When they'd ask the players about it during interviews between periods, all they'd say was "both teams have to deal with it". In seeing postings on the college hockey websites from fans who attended the game, they said it was really bad too.

The coolant truck had to be very far away from the actual ice surface because of the geography of Ford Field, and they had long, long runs of PVC pipes running through a corridor onto the field area.

Playing ice hockey on a football field might be a fun thing to do for an exhibition game in mid-winter (as was done last year at the Green Bay Packers' Lambeau Field and this year at Wisconsin's Camp Randall Stadium), but playing a championship game on a cobbled-together one-time setup is unfair to the teams, the sport and the fans.