Saturday night brought the second of two games in which our great friends JoAnn and Brenda had given us extra tickets they’d earned as season-ticket holders for the Syracuse Crunch.
My dear wife Karen and I arrived to the Onondaga County War Memorial a bit late for the American Hockey League action against the hometown squad’s hot rival, the Utica Comets. We’d come straight from the Carrier Dome, where we’d just watched the Syracuse Orange’s brave but futile battle against Clemson, the top-ranked college football team in the country.
As we settled into our seats next to Robin and her husband Michael, whom Karen had given the other two tickets to the day prior, she explained how the Utica squad had outshot the Crunch throughout the first period, but it had remained scoreless.
A tight game it was, entering the last period tied 1-1, with Syracuse returning to shoot at the goal right in front of us.
With the Crunch on a power play, Matt Peca unleashed a wrist shot that beat goalie Joe Cannata. I was ready with my iPhone 6. That’s the puck in the goal at the bottom right of the photo.
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That goal stood up for the last 19 minutes for a 2-1 Crunch win.
Talk about great seats. Thank you, Brenda and JoAnn.
I flinched a time or two as pucks whizzed past the net and smacked into the glass a couple rows in front of us. Off to our right, one fan tapped hard on the glass as players skirmished on the other side in front of him. I thought that was bad form.
How close to sports action have you sat? Would a puck crashing into clear plexiglass make you cringe? Do you think fans should whack the glass as the game progresses?