St. Lawrence 5, Ohio State 4: Words and Pictures

Obviously I’m much happier with the outcome of tonight’s game (although I still lost the avatar bet, thanks to Brock McBride not outscoring Tommy Goebel). I figured my luck was turning when I walked into the NW entrance of the Schott, and before I could make my way to the ticket window, a generous stranger gave me a free ticket in club level. Thank you, kind sir, if you happen to read this.

Club level at the Schott isn’t all that special, unlike the fancy-schmancy club level at Nationwide, although it is the only place in the building you can buy and/or drink a beer. So I spent the first period up there with a Bud Light (another sign it was my night was showing the clerk my ID at the concession stand and having her declare I was 24…). John Hallas let in a soft goal early, and the Saints were kind of back on their heels for awhile. Then they tied it up on a strange sequence where play continued after what appeared to be a series of big saves by Joseph Palmer, but after the whistle, the play was reviewed and St. Lawrence was credited with a goal.

From that point on, the game was much more even. Really, it was hard to say either team dominated. They seemed pretty evenly matched, which I suppose, looking at their respective records, means they both suck. I moved down to ice level for the second and third periods, so as to take pictures without the netting interfering. St. Lawrence went up in the second, but OSU came back in the third, and the Saints couldn’t maintain much breathing room. It was close all the way ’til the end, but the Saints held on.

Not a bad turnout of St. Lawrence fans. There looked to be a couple dozen in the official alumni/parents section in 106, and maybe half a dozen or so more scattered around the building. Which is impressive for a school with 2,000 students at any given time, located 700 miles from the site of the game. I took a bit more stick from OSU fans tonight, mostly kids. Although some of the adults were really giving me the evil eye. I think people in Central Ohio really just can’t conceive of people not rooting for the Bucks, for any reason. Just imagine if I’d gone to Michigan…

And in the Guess They Don’t Teach Geography at OSU category: OSU band member heckled SLU by yelling “Go back to Canada!” (Of course, in matter of fact, St. Lawrence disbanded their Geography department around the time I graduated. Before that, it was the hockey player major.)

Something about seeing St. Lawrence play at the Schott instead of some CCHA team really made me more irritated than usual about the anodyne atmosphere of that place. The jumbotron, the dance cam, the t-shirts being thrown into the crowd — there’s as much corporate side-showness as any NHL game, but without the crowds or sense of import of an NHL game. I wish the students would start supporting the team better, because that’s really what kills the atmosphere, the lack of a loud and obnoxious student section. Less YMCA, more “Ug-ly Par-ents!”

In the end, this series didn’t count for anything, since it’s non-conference play and neither of these teams is ranked. But it was good to see St. Lawrence playing on my home turf. I assume this is a multi-year contract with OSU, although next year’s games would be in Canton. Hope I get to see them out here again in 2009. Or maybe I will make it up there. . .

And one final bit of luck for the night — my DVR had a brain fart and failed to record the Jackets’ game. Which, from the sound of it, is a good thing.

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The curtains were up again

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Player introductions

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Charlie Giffin takes on two Buckeye defenders

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Zach Miskovic tries to clear the puck

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Goal, SLU!

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Curran and Vermeulen turn up ice

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Brock McBride slips a check

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Jared Keller screens Joesph Palmer

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Kevin DeVergilio

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Tom Fritsche

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Palmer smothers the puck

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Sean Flanagan — his uncle is the head coach of the SLU women’s team

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Palmer looking through traffic

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McBride and McIlvane prepare to face off

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Coughlin clears the crease

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John Hallas is unhappy after giving up a goal

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Oh, when the Saints go marching in…

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Hallas holds on as the Buckeyes storm the net

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Saints line up to defend

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The referee mediates

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Saints’ net gets knocked off

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Shawn Fensel defends

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Saints hold on for the win!

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6 responses to “St. Lawrence 5, Ohio State 4: Words and Pictures

  1. Have to admit the curtains are a good idea. They should have been put up years ago. 2,500 in an arena that seats 17,500 is a rather pathetic showing.

  2. I don’t see them doing this, but ideally, OSU ought to take some of those millions the football team generates and build a 5,000 seat hockey-only arena on campus, have both the men’s and women’s teams play there. For games like Michigan or Miami that draw more than that, they can move them to the Schott. But for when the Lake Superiors, Nebraska-Omahas or St. Lawrences of the world are in town, a mostly full small building would be much better than an empty Schott.

    It’s crazy that OSU plays in an arena nearly twice the size of Minnesota, nearly three times the size of Michigan, when both those schools are long-running national powers in college hockey and are much more supported than OSU hockey.

  3. There are rumors of a hockey only arena. There’s plenty of room on west campus also. Gee and Smith have to pull the trigger and release the funds. It would be better for recruiting, better for team practices, and they won’t have to compete with the state wrestling tournament and end up playing at the ice rink in the playoffs. That was a disgrace that they had to play there last year. Well, they won’t be playing on home ice this year, they can’t even win in the CCHA at home.

  4. Dear Sarah

    Do you have an extra 2007-08 St.Lawrence men’s hockey media guide?

  5. Sorry, I haven’t been to Canton this year, so I don’t have any media guides.

    The hockey boosters sell them at the games…their website hasn’t been updated in a long time, so I don’t know if this e-mail still works, but it’s worth a try:

    contact@sluhockeyboosters.com

    If you can’t get an answer from them, you might try the SID, Wally Johnson:

    wjohnson@stlawu.edu

  6. Hi Sarah: I enjoyed seeing your photos of the SLU win over Ohio State. My son is the goalie John Hallas. As you know if you follow the Saints, John almost never gets to play. I wanted to print some of the pictures but the resolution doesn’t allow it. Is there anyway you could e-mail these photos in a better resolution that would allow printing?

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