The U.S. Hockey League held their first ever outdoor hockey game today at the TD Ameritrade Park baseball field in Omaha, Nebraska. The Omaha Lancers defeated the Lincoln Stars 4-2, but it seems the real loser in all of this was the ice.
It's a crisp 48 degrees in Omaha right now. So here's what the ice looked like after the USHL game:
Brutal ice at end of USHL game pic.twitter.com/qzrluxh8— Schlossman (@SchlossmanGF) February 9, 2013
It looks like someone spilled their blue raspberry Sonic slushie all over the ice. Problem was, the University of Nebraska-Omaha and the University of North Dakota were scheduled to play in the Mutual of Omaha's "Battles on Ice" game immediately afterwards.
The ice troubles caused a game delay while a zamboni sped across the ice trying to freeze the water before play (never a good sign). And then it got ugly:
Here's a picture of coolant coming up onto the ice. http://twitpic.com/c2bjee Another chapter in #BattleVStheIce— David Folske (@davidfolske) February 9, 2013
And now there are reports of rain. For an outdoor hockey game this is what we would call a "nightmare" scenario.