The NAHL Robertson Cup gamse are being held in Frisco, TX, and I happen to be here. There isn’t a lot to say about the games, mostly because I don’t know the teams or players well. But I did want to throw some photos up for you to enjoy.
The Robertson Cup format is a bit like the Memorial Cup of the CHL. 6 teams (5 division winners and the host city team) are invited, play a round robin, and the top 4 go to the semifinals. Those were today.
I will say that the first period of the first game (St. Louis Bandits vs. the Amarillo Bulls) was some of the hardest hitting hockey I have ever seen, while the overtime period of the last game (Texas Tornadoes vs. the Fairbanks Ice Dogs) was some of the sloppiest hockey I have ever seen. And the Tuesday final game should be a good time.
On to the photos:
This is what they are playing for. No, it’s’ not as pretty as the Stanley Cup (note some of the dents on the top), but it’s what they have, and it’s what they are playing for.
First up, some of the images from the St. Louis vs Amarillo game. The players for Amarillo had these blonde mohawks that looked…. douchy. I have no other way of describing it.
I didn’t have a favorite team, but between the mohawks and the fans constantly beating on the glass, I was pulling for St. Louis pretty early.
They used pucks and rings to make the most noise possible. This guy was double-fisting it.
Scary moment when a big check kept one of the Bulls players on the ice for a while. He eventually skated to the bench, and played a shift soon after, which drew heckling from the St. Louis bench.
St. Louis pulled it off, ending the Bulls season.
Lots of sad faces. Oh well, on to the next game.
I got very few pictures of the second game, as I was talking to a guy who played in the Federal Hockey League. And you don’t pass up a chance to find out how crazy that is. But the Tornado pulled off a surprise victory over Fairbanks in overtime.
Sending the Fairbanks, AK fans home sad.
Also, I’m not a fan of this camera. Back to the other one tomorrow. And… more tomorrow.