Monster truck pulls pull Jacks, Providence off ice

January 25, 1993|By Scott Pianowski | Scott Pianowski,Contributing Writer

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — PROVIDENCE, R. I. -- When is the last time you heard of an ice hockey game being postponed by mud?

It happened last night, as the American Hockey League game between the Baltimore Skipjacks and Providence Bruins was postponed because of unplayable ice conditions at the Providence Civic Center.

Two monster truck pulls were held at the arena Friday and Saturday night, and as a result the ice surface for last night's game was a sea of mud, dirt, and slop.

The contest has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 17, with faceoff set for 7:05 p.m.

"When we come back in February, they should bill it as Mud Bowl 2,' " quipped Skipjacks coach Barry Trotz.

When Trotz and the rest of the Skipjacks arrived at the arena late yesterday afternoon, they knew that playing on the ice would be doubtful. Civic Center officials tried diligently to get the ice ready by 8:30 -- 90 minutes after the original starting time -- but the task proved impossible.

Both teams took to the ice around 8:15 for a trial skate, but referee Steve Walkman, Trotz and Providence coach Mike O'Connell quickly agreed that the game would have to be -- pardon the pun -- scrubbed. An announcement was made at 8:25, much to the dismay of some 10,000 patient fans.

"The officials and the Providence Bruins did the right thing by trying to get [the game] going, but it just wasn't going to be tonight," Trotz said.

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