A cold, windy, snowy practice

It was snowing and windy when the team hit the ice at Riverside Park this afternoon for an unconventional outdoor practice.

The team was on the ice for about 45 minutes scrimmaging and doing a drill, while several fans stopped by to watch.

For a full story on the practice, including some great photos from Eric Hylden, check out the Herald site here. How can you not love the classic photo of Clarke Saunders returning back to The Ralph from practice?

The temps will be vastly different in Omaha this week. In fact, the forecast is for upper 40s on Saturday. How will that affect the game and the ice?

According to the president of the Omaha Sports Commission, it will not. But the potential of rain is something to watch. This story details how weather could affect the game and what the backup plan would be in case of a downpour. Read it here.

A couple notable things people have asked about:

  • Alcohol will be served at the game.
  • Fans will be allowed to tailgate in the parking lot at the stadium.
  • Much of the lower deck is actually covered by the upper deck, so if there is a drizzle, you will be covered. Watch the weather forecast as it could change (and already has since yesterday).
  • Fans will be allowed to leave the stadium once per game.
  • There will be special merchandise for the game.
  • If you have any other questions let me know and I will try to get them answered.

UND practicing outdoors today

UND will be practicing outdoors today to prepare for Saturday’s outdoor game against Nebraska Omaha at T.D. Ameritrade Park.

The practice is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. at University Park. Fans in the area will be able to stop by and have a look. The Herald also will be there with full coverage of the practice.

UND coach Dave Hakstol has said that he wants to have the outdoor practice, especially for the sake of the goaltenders. Hakstol said their sightlines will be different outdoors and he hopes this will help them adjust.

UND will take on Nebraska-Omaha on Friday night indoors at CenturyLink center. Then, UND is expected to have a morning skate Saturday to test out the ice at T.D. Ameritrade Park, home of the College World Series.

The outdoor game will be played at 4 p.m.

A United States Hockey League game between the Lincoln Stars and the Omaha Lancers will be played at 12:30 p.m., preceding the UND-UNO game.

Midco to broadcast the outdoor game

Good news for fans in the area who are not making the trip to Omaha.

The outdoor game next Saturday will be broadcast by Midco Sports Network. The game begins at 4 p.m. Friday night’s game starts at 6:37 p.m. and will be on NBC Sports Network.

They have started work on putting up the outdoor rink and look for a bunch of stories to come on that game soon.

I’ve talked to a lot of fans who say they are making the trip, so there should be a large contingent of UND fans there. I’ll try to get some details on where to tailgate, etc., early next week.

Outdoor game announcement official

Today, the official announcement was made regarding the outdoor game between UND and Omaha. Here are the quick facts:

Date: Feb. 9, 2013
Place: T.D. Ameritrade Park (Home of the College World Series).
Of note: It will be Game 2 of the series. Game 1 will be played in CenturyLink Arena, Omaha’s regular home.
Day of hockey: The event will start with a game between the Lincoln Stars and the Omaha Lancers. That game will start at 12:30 p.m. The UND-Omaha game will start at about 4 p.m.
Also of note: Former Grand Forks Central standouts and UND commits Luke Johnson and Paul LaDue are expected to be playing for the Stars.
Cost: $30. Ticket gets you into both games.
Tickets go on sale: Oct. 1, 2012.