Hockey! Photography! Victory!December 20, 2009 at 4:04 pm | Posted in CUUUUUUUUUUTE, Hockey, I was there!, Minda's Take, Nerdery | 1 Comment
Tags: CCHA, Hockey, I LOVE SPORTZ, Mavs hockey, Minnesota State Mavericks, photography, Spirit of the Maverick, UNO Mavericks
I’m having shoulder surgery tomorrow. Yes, right before Christmas. Yes, the first day of winter break. That was intentional.
Because I’ve had surgery on this shoulder before, I know I should enjoy using both arms while I can, because it will be a while before I have that privilege again. That, and I just like going to hockey games, so two of my brothers and I went to a UNO* game.
*That’s University of Nebraska at Omaha…not, like, New Orleans. Go Mavs!
Before the game, in the living room:
Obviously, none of the hockey pictures are perfect. We were about 8 rows back, so the posts in the glass were in the way of approximately everything. And the camera desperately wanted to focus on the marks on the glass instead of what was beyond the glass. But still. I had fun. Moving on…
At the Qwest Center, introducing “Your…UNO….Mavericks!”
Minnesota State took an early 1-0 lead. Oh look, that’s the puck in the net.
Minnesota State JUUUUUST missed another goal, a bit later.
Omaha’s goalie John “Not to be Confused with William” Faulkner earned his keep. Here’s a save.
The game was tight, so quite a few players had words with one another.
During the second intermission, a dad and his kid show that college hockey is fun for the whole family.
Neither team scored in the 3rd period, so we went in to sweet, blessed overtime. It didn’t take long for Rich Purslow to score the winning goal. Click on this picture to see a bigger version and check out all the fans’ faces across the ice. THAT is why sports are awesome.
And since that goal was scored RIGHT IN FRONT OF US OH MY GOSH, the celebration was also right there. Hellooooo, Mavs.
So that was fun. Since both teams are the Mavericks, the winning team every year gets the “Spirit of the Maverick” trophy. It’s good to have it back in Nebraska, where it belongs. Go Mavs! (our Mavs, not theirs.) And, thanks to both teams for providing one last fun thing to do before I go under the knife tomorrow.