I took in some out of town college hockey last night, paying a visit to the BGSU Ice Arena for the tilt between the BGSU Falcons and the Western Michigan Broncos.
The Ice Arena is a small building and fairly old (1967, according to a cornerstone). It’s pretty utilitarian in design, as most buildings of that era are. The building wasn’t full, but there was a good crowd. The student section was full and loud all night, and the team seems to get lots of support from the town as a whole. Basically it was good old smalltown Saturday night hockey. The atmosphere reminded me a fair bit of being at Appleton. So I was obviously smitten. I’ll need to make this trip again.
The game itself was a wild one — BGSU went up 2-0 after one period, completely dominated play in the second and added two more goals. It looked like game over, but despite dominating possession and SOG in the third, the Falcons gave up four unanswered goals, including the GTG with 10 seconds to go, before pulling it out in OT.
Certainly a fun game to watch in a fun atmosphere, even for a neutral (relatively-speaking — I do tend to cheer for all the Ohio-based teams in college hockey).