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JohnsonsJerseys
11-24-2014, 01:54 PM
That's right folks - it's an event bigger than Black Jersey Friday and more important that Small School Saturday - it's a battle of two D-I hockey leftovers the day after the big feast. Watch all the football you want on Thursday, but the weekend belongs to hockey!

Tech needs to figure out a way to engineer two wins, but not over think the game plan - it's not rocket science. Freeze that canned cranberry gel crap nobody eats and then slice it into one inch thick pucks and let's have some Southern hockey hospitality in Huntsville. Maybe the cranberry streak left on the ice will look like the old FoxTraxx pucks of the 1990s...

I'll be attending in person to ensure Tech bounces back from their double "L" weekend and gets back in the "W" column. Hopefully they make it home in time for Cyber Monday with four points.

In the anals of history people are going to be talking about three things: the discovery of fire, invention of the submarine, and the Turkey Tussle. ~ Jackie Moon

Go Tech!
Ryan J

PS Can someone explain to me why the use of consecutive upper case letters is not allowed on this board???

ChargerPowerPlay
11-24-2014, 02:40 PM
In the anals of history...


I don't even want to know. I figure throughout all of history there have been a *lot* of anals.

You will be attending in person? Impressive. Is this the only thing that brings you to Huntsville? Perhaps attending the Big Southern Classic Turkey Tussle is a life long dream? Heard about the amazing food options at the VBC? Want to see the Chargers play in their very-nearly-almost-entirely-devoid-of-blue hockey sweaters?

Saturday's crowd will be much diminished. while you tried to allocate football to Thursday, in Alabama the only football that matters locally will be on Saturday night in Tuscaloosa. I wonder if they will announce the Alabama/Auburn score during the hockey game? I don't care myself but this is a place that advertises having the football game on for weddings in Sept/Oct/Nov and the like. Crazy!

cpp

UAH

manurespreader
11-24-2014, 06:30 PM
Huntsville eats things. I have this on good authority.

JohnsonsJerseys
11-24-2014, 06:40 PM
You will be attending in person? Impressive. Is this the only thing that brings you to Huntsville? Yes, hockey is all that matters... but I may find other things to do to occupy free hours on Saturday. With some new members in the WCHA now, it gives me the chance to road trip to some new venues.
Ryan J

huskyfan
11-26-2014, 11:18 AM
here are two other Tech fans attending. flew half way across the country. we like to visit all the WCHA arenas. realignment has us on the move again. we are dragging along two non hockey fan friends with us. Tech is holding an alumni gathering pre game on Saturday that is sold out. I've heard alum from within 500 miles of Huntsville are coming. Maybe we will outnumber the Charger fans?

stuckinwi
11-26-2014, 11:48 AM
here are two other Tech fans attending. flew half way across the country. we like to visit all the WCHA arenas. realignment has us on the move again. we are dragging along two non hockey fan friends with us. Tech is holding an alumni gathering pre game on Saturday that is sold out. I've heard alum from within 500 miles of Huntsville are coming. Maybe we will outnumber the Charger fans?

We debated the warm trip this year too... but after Thanksgiving last year was in Alaska... We decided we'd better stay home this year. We'll certainly be making the trip in the next few years.

ChargerPowerPlay
11-26-2014, 01:46 PM
here are two other Tech fans attending. flew half way across the country. we like to visit all the WCHA arenas. realignment has us on the move again. we are dragging along two non hockey fan friends with us. Tech is holding an alumni gathering pre game on Saturday that is sold out. I've heard alum from within 500 miles of Huntsville are coming. Maybe we will outnumber the Charger fans?

On Saturday you very well might. With the college football tussle down the road in Tuscaloosa, attendance will be light. As Geof has noted several times, Charger hockey attendance tends to improve after the end of college football season. Of course, that is dependent on actually having D1 home games in Jan-Feb. For those seasons out in the wilderness those were hard to come by.

Any Chargers people know if the pep band will make an appearance either night?

cpp

huskyfan
11-26-2014, 03:48 PM
oh wow. the team bussed down. that's ... what ? ... 1000 miles?

John J. MacInnes
11-28-2014, 08:04 PM
The guy who calls the games for UAH on WCHA.tv is hilarious. I can't wait to see how Blake "Polenta" plays tonight.

John J. MacInnes
11-28-2014, 08:05 PM
Interesting twist to UAH's intros - their starters actually leave the ice surface and re-emerge as they are introduced. I kinda like it.

stuckinwi
11-28-2014, 09:09 PM
He just spent a minute yelling at a guy outside the press box about his Koonitz? jersey. What the hell...

JohnsonsJerseys
11-29-2014, 06:57 PM
Overall I really liked the facility. Of course UAH could use some more fans, but there is no better example than Tech to show that a few wins will put butts in the seats. I loved the tables and chairs around the glass. Great place to have a more social time at the game over a few beers. Tech was caught sleeping last nighton the shorty to open the game but seemed to carry the play after that point. However not until the empty net goal did MTU really put the game away and UAH certainly had their chances. I hope Tech can get an early lead tonight and save on my Rolaids budget a bit. Nice to meet some Southern Tech fans last night as well. I'll be sporting the black #20 Hietila jersey tonight and will be around the glass somewhere. Stopby and say hi - always nice to meet fellow posters.
Ryan J

huskyfan
11-29-2014, 11:05 PM
Overall I really liked the facility. Of course UAH could use some more fans, but there is no better example than Tech to show that a few wins will put butts in the seats. I loved the tables and chairs around the glass. Great place to have a more social time at the game over a few beers. Tech was caught sleeping last nighton the shorty to open the game but seemed to carry the play after that point. However not until the empty net goal did MTU really put the game away and UAH certainly had their chances. I hope Tech can get an early lead tonight and save on my Rolaids budget a bit. Nice to meet some Southern Tech fans last night as well. I'll be sporting the black #20 Hietila jersey tonight and will be around the glass somewhere. Stopby and say hi - always nice to meet fellow posters.
Ryan J

I didn't read this until after the game or I would have come by. I agree nice arena, nice set up. not sure Dirk would agree, the press box is way up there, they may need binoculars to see the ice. more beer/wine/drink vendors than food. :) no band or students so atmosphere was a little staid. bet when its full the place really rocks. Von Braun is attached to the Embassy Suites by a walkway, so no parking problems. Huntsville is a cool town. I wish we could stay here longer so we could eat at more places. I'm very glad they are in our league and want to visit again. (is this USCHO or Trip advisor??? I forgot)

gfmorris
11-30-2014, 04:07 AM
Overall I really liked the facility. Of course UAH could use some more fans, but there is no better example than Tech to show that a few wins will put butts in the seats. I loved the tables and chairs around the glass. Great place to have a more social time at the game over a few beers. Tech was caught sleeping last nighton the shorty to open the game but seemed to carry the play after that point. However not until the empty net goal did MTU really put the game away and UAH certainly had their chances. I hope Tech can get an early lead tonight and save on my Rolaids budget a bit. Nice to meet some Southern Tech fans last night as well. I'll be sporting the black #20 Hietila jersey tonight and will be around the glass somewhere. Stopby and say hi - always nice to meet fellow posters.
Ryan J

Dang, I spotted you but didn't know that it was you because I never read these series threads. We didn't really do them in the CHA, and then when we were independent, well ... anyhow, I spotted you on the glass and wondered who you were. Alas.

I look forward to some of y'all being down the next two seasons. I hope that you enjoyed your time in our town, especially since you got four league points. You caught our crowd at the worst time: our students were at home with their families, and then everyone was at home to watch the Iron Bowl. (It really was just about everyone. I went to Phil Sandoval's at 9:45 p.m., and the only three dinner guests were me and the two friends that I was with. The handful of staff were there watching the game with one patron at the bar.)

Hopefully next time y'all will come down here in early February and will be wanting to escape the UP and/or whatever other Northern climes you're inhabiting these days. I love my city, and I'd be happy to show it off to you a little. I do need to do a better job when WCHA teams come to town of getting posters together for lunch on Saturday.

GFM

stuckinwi
11-30-2014, 11:47 AM
Dang, I spotted you but didn't know that it was you because I never read these series threads. We didn't really do them in the CHA, and then when we were independent, well ... anyhow, I spotted you on the glass and wondered who you were. Alas.

I look forward to some of y'all being down the next two seasons. I hope that you enjoyed your time in our town, especially since you got four league points. You caught our crowd at the worst time: our students were at home with their families, and then everyone was at home to watch the Iron Bowl. (It really was just about everyone. I went to Phil Sandoval's at 9:45 p.m., and the only three dinner guests were me and the two friends that I was with. The handful of staff were there watching the game with one patron at the bar.)

Hopefully next time y'all will come down here in early February and will be wanting to escape the UP and/or whatever other Northern climes you're inhabiting these days. I love my city, and I'd be happy to show it off to you a little. I do need to do a better job when WCHA teams come to town of getting posters together for lunch on Saturday.

GFM

We will probably hit you up next year as I'm guessing Huntsville will be our road trip. Couldn't leave two thanksgivings in a row :)

gfmorris
11-30-2014, 01:32 PM
We will probably hit you up next year as I'm guessing Huntsville will be our road trip. Couldn't leave two thanksgivings in a row :)

That's understandable!

GFM

JohnsonsJerseys
11-30-2014, 02:05 PM
During the second period I was shooting down near the visiting team's entrance. Every few minutes a would hear loud cheering (not coming from the rink). I wandered back under the seating area to see what the noise was all about and found about 20 people with a TV tuned to the Alabama v Auburn football game. So as it turns out, even the people at the hockey game were not watching the game.

The guy who does the rink (or is it ring??) announcing sounds just like one of the old WWF announcers. Sorry, I don't recall his name but if you were at the game I'm sure you can help me out (Jim Ross maybe?). Tough task to fill that arena with sound with no students present (for either team as far as I could tell). He does his best to generate excitement and entertainment, but as soon as the music / announcement stopped, it got stone quiet. II could hear Mel coaching from across the rink.

Also props to the company that has the mobile cupcake truck (SugarBelle?). They sponsored all the icing calls, very clever.

The hardest part of the trip was the drive since I flew into/out of Nashville. Staying at the Embassy Suites was awesome as it's connected to the rink. Visited the US Space and Rocket Center Saturday afternoon. Might not be a great stop in February, as most of it was outdoors, but it was in the 50s this weekend so quite nice to be outside. Despite being used before my time, the Saturn V display certainly appealed to this engineer. I honestly didn't put 2 and 2 together and realize who the VBC was named for until I got to the Space Center. I guess I'll have to watch October Sky again.

UAH will certainly benefit from being a WCHA member. Last season was a low point for sure, but being a conference member is going to help them draw talent and they already look like a much stronger team than last season. They are going to have a legit shot to make the playoffs this season and they are not a sure win for any team. Both games could have gone the other way with another lucky bounce or two for UAH. Tech did control the play for the majority of both games, but UAH just kept hanging around and both games had an empty net goal. Things were much more tense than the final scores might indicate.

Overall a great trip, that I was glad I made and of course nice to see Tech pick up four points. So I guess I'll just enjoy 1st* for the time being. Although they are in first in the WCHA on paper, in theory we are chasing Mankato because they have two games in hand and currently have the tiebreaker.

Ryan J

gfmorris
11-30-2014, 07:53 PM
Ryan, you will have to come back so I can show you some things. :) The PA is actually done by two people. Straight-up PA is done by the guy in the scorer's box, who sounds a lot like the guy who did all the video stuff during intermissions. God bless Brian Massey for working his tail off this weekend with no one in the building.

GFM

The Rube
11-30-2014, 10:15 PM
During the second period I was shooting down near the visiting team's entrance. Every few minutes a would hear loud cheering (not coming from the rink). I wandered back under the seating area to see what the noise was all about and found about 20 people with a TV tuned to the Alabama v Auburn football game. So as it turns out, even the people at the hockey game were not watching the game.

The guy who does the rink (or is it ring??) announcing sounds just like one of the old WWF announcers. Sorry, I don't recall his name but if you were at the game I'm sure you can help me out (Jim Ross maybe?). Tough task to fill that arena with sound with no students present (for either team as far as I could tell). He does his best to generate excitement and entertainment, but as soon as the music / announcement stopped, it got stone quiet. II could hear Mel coaching from across the rink.

Also props to the company that has the mobile cupcake truck (SugarBelle?). They sponsored all the icing calls, very clever.

The hardest part of the trip was the drive since I flew into/out of Nashville. Staying at the Embassy Suites was awesome as it's connected to the rink. Visited the US Space and Rocket Center Saturday afternoon. Might not be a great stop in February, as most of it was outdoors, but it was in the 50s this weekend so quite nice to be outside. Despite being used before my time, the Saturn V display certainly appealed to this engineer. I honestly didn't put 2 and 2 together and realize who the VBC was named for until I got to the Space Center. I guess I'll have to watch October Sky again.

UAH will certainly benefit from being a WCHA member. Last season was a low point for sure, but being a conference member is going to help them draw talent and they already look like a much stronger team than last season. They are going to have a legit shot to make the playoffs this season and they are not a sure win for any team. Both games could have gone the other way with another lucky bounce or two for UAH. Tech did control the play for the majority of both games, but UAH just kept hanging around and both games had an empty net goal. Things were much more tense than the final scores might indicate.

Overall a great trip, that I was glad I made and of course nice to see Tech pick up four points. So I guess I'll just enjoy 1st* for the time being. Although they are in first in the WCHA on paper, in theory we are chasing Mankato because they have two games in hand and currently have the tiebreaker.

Ryan J

Jim "JR" Ross is correct:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G90NjYNQ1RA

He's awesome, although I don't follow wrestling anymore.