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0:00: And we’re underway. The joint is about 60% full.

2:34: State’s Graham goes off for tripping, and Maine has a golden opportunity right off the bat. With Lerg down and out, Leveille’s shot at an open net hits a body in front and then caroms off the crossbar.

4:34: Penalty over. Maine 0-2 on the power play.

5:11: The Spartans take the lead. A scramble in front of the Maine net allows Nick Sucharski to scoop up a loose puck and roof it over a sprawled Bishop. 3-2 State.

9:46: Could be a backbreaker. The Spartans Jim McKenzie knocks a rebound out of the air and beats Bishop glove side. 4-2 Michigan State.

9:46: After each goal, rather than immediately putting the replay on the big screen, the crowd is treated to various “celebration” clips, including dancing penguins, Family Guy hilarity and a scene from “Little Miss Sunshine”. Just show us the damn goal.

12:48: The announced attendance is 18,857, the second largest in NCAA history. Not that many fannies in the seats, however.

14:50: Time is running out on the Black Bears, who unofficially have three shots on goal so far this period.

19:35: Time out Black Bears. The Maine net is empty.

20:00: Sparty wins and will play Saturday. Tough game for the Black Bears as they get two goals in the first 3:24 and never score again. Final shots were 33-31 Michigan State

  • UnionFan

    OK. Now you can put Yale and Cornell in your ratings column.

  • unomavfan

    It’s not an artificial fish it’s a real fish!

    • Anonymous

      Yup, it’s a real carp and I believe they are supplied for the purpose from Joe Tess restaurant here in Omaha, where carp is a big part of the menu. This tradition goes back over a decade and is a veiled reference to the opposing team’s goalie having to “fish” the puck out of his own net after UNO’s first score of every game. The fish is usually on the order of 10+ lbs. too. The guy that does this sits in the same section as my season tickets.

      Macabre episode last season early on. The Mavs scored and the fish went over the dasher boards, hit the ice, and promptly shattered. It was frozen stiff! It put a hole in the ice that had to repaired for play to continue and all the fish pieces had to be cleaned up as well. It was obvious this was like picking up broken glass on the ice, that’s how frozen the fish was! Every chick sitting around us was grossed out and my wife, who loves fish, said she’d never eat it again! LOL. It was hilarious.

      UNO played Northern Michigan on 11-15-03 and when the fish went on the ice, they took major umbrage with that in an incident that is now known as “Fishgate” here in Omaha. You can find video of this quite easily on You tube.