With all of the photos I snapped, feel free to click on them to get a grossly larger view of the shot so you can soak in my amateur photography skills with a Kodak EasyShare 37mm Digital Camera.
Five megapixels up in your face!
Game one on Saturday afternoon featured home-standing UNH and North Dakota. Sure, UNH had the home ice advantage, but North Dakota didn’t have to look far to find some “hostile and abusive” local support. In fact, it was right across the street.
The best part of this sighting is that North Dakota was nicely represented amongst the fans on Saturday. Certainly with everything bad going on in Fargo and UND’s home of Grand Forks with the record flooding, there was not a high expectation that Sioux fans would turn out, but they were there and it was great to see them as well.
What you’re noticing there is that the end zone netting is rather high on the ends.
I mean, REALLY high.
I can’t recall being somewhere where even the folks in the upper level end seats were safe from errant pucks and thought this might be a bit of a viewing issue but as you can see from the above photo taken from my seats for the weekend it’s not bad.
UNH mascot Wild E. Cat always skates with his head up through the zone.
As for the game itself, it was a life affirmation of hockey for me as a fan. This game was speed, this game was extreme skill, this game was drama – personified. Some folks will see a 6-5 in OT score and think that it was sloppy defense or bad goaltending.
This game was firewagon hockey born anew. There was only one special teams goal scored in the game, a power play goal for New Hampshire’s Mike Sislo and it was the first goal of the game. There were 79 combined shots on goal in the game, a game that was played for 60 minutes and 45 seconds.
Bestill my heart, ye hockey gods.
That said when Pete LeBlanc’s rifle-shot one-timer zipped past Sioux goaltender Brad Eidsness for the game winner, some folks were a little hard up on the counting.
LeBlanc’s goal was his second of the game, then again, perhaps these UNH fans were just that excited that it blew their hats off on the ice.
Yeah, I’ll go with that.
I am disappointed that I was unable to get a shot of the traditional fish thrown on the ice on either night for New Hampshire’s first goal.
Whatever it was, salute to the winners of this true instant classic and a tip of the cap to the defeated, they’ve got nothing to be down about.
As for the second game of the night, well… It was a laugher. The difference being? I got a seating upgrade thanks to some friends in the BU section who said there was room to spread out.
As you can see, this seating did come with a bit of a visual impairment in the form of a goal judge.
The advantage of these seats, however is that they offer the ability to get some cool action photos, even on my crappy camera. At this point in the game while taking photos, Ohio State backup goaltender Cal Heeter was in the game because, well, it was 5-0.
Give ‘em the Heeter!
Even with only one BU player in front of the net it’s a bad idea to leave him there on his own.
BU’s Jason Lawrence working in Holmstrom’s office in front of the net.