When Bantam hockey players step onto the rink at Plymouth Ice Center for a weekend regional tournament, the surface they’ll skate on is very real. The ice is silky smooth as slippery to boot. It’s in the compressor room at the center where the R-22 refrigerant makes its magic.
T.J. Oshie scored four times in the shootout and got the winner in the eighth round, leading the United States past Russia 3-2 Saturday in the thrilling revival of a classic Olympic hockey rivalry. Cam Fowler and Joe Pavelski scored in regulation for the Americans in the marquee game of the preliminary round.
Ben Brushoff and Tony Carlson walked into Bolshoy Ice Dome for the men’s hockey game between the United States and Russia all decked out in stars and stripes. They didn’t have much company.
Icy stares, bone-crunching checks, even a skirmish or two in front of the net. The matchup between the United States and Russia on Saturday may have lacked the political tension that engulfed the game in 1980, but the Sochi version was still teeming with intensity on the ice.
If there is one group of people who can handle the cold, it would be Minnesotans.
Lou Nanne joined Dave Lee to analyze the current NHL lock-out on Tuesday.
A good majority of Minnesotans born and raised here strap on hockey gear and hit the ice. Being part of a league is just what the doctor ordered as this physical activity chips away the cold days of winter in the blink of eye.