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Ice coolant spill, rain threaten outdoor hockey game

Oh, the perils of outdoor hockey.

@davidfolske

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:

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:

And now there are reports of rain. For an outdoor hockey game this is what we would call a "nightmare" scenario.


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