The one hiccup anybody might actually level to was the Huskies hoisting the event trophy on the finish as an alternative of the Bulldogs.
Minus that minor element, the twenty first version of school hockey’s season-opening showcase drew rave critiques from everybody concerned, from the groups and followers to the parents who handle the event at School Hockey Inc. and the Hockey Commissioners Affiliation.
Jeff Stark, the venue operations director on the DECC and Amsoil Area, stated even subsequent yr’s Ice Breaker host, Mercyhurst, was impressed after flying in to see this yr’s event.
The Lakers will host Notre Dame, Windfall and Miami within the twenty second version subsequent fall in Erie, Pa.
“Mercyhurst principally advised us it was a troublesome act to comply with,” Stark stated. “Numerous the credit score goes to the college. Josh (Berlo) and his employees did just about the lion’s share of the heavy lifting and the work so far as getting that stuff organized and the sponsors — Go to Duluth and all of the lodge companions. All of the issues to get this pulled in the identical path was essential in making this occur.”
The 4 video games over two days at Amsoil Area recorded an introduced attendance of thirteen,083 followers with a bought-out crowd of seven,203 — prime-5 in Amsoil Area attendance — displaying up Friday, Oct. 6, when the Bulldogs beat the Gophers four-three in extra time. Solely 5,880 confirmed up Saturday, Oct. 7, to see the Gophers beat Union 2-zero for third place and Tech prime the Bulldogs four-three within the championship recreation.
Berlo, UMD’s athletic director, stated preliminary numbers confirmed at the very least 1,000 tickets have been bought to followers from the three visiting groups, which helped accomplish the event’s aim of elevated income for native resorts, eating places and different companies.
The college got here out on prime as nicely with preliminary numbers displaying the occasion grossed roughly $300,000 in ticket gross sales, Berlo stated.
“The establishment does see a monetary profit — we’re not able to do occasions that do not at the very least break even — and this definitely did higher than break even,” Berlo stated. “It is thrilling. It is enjoyable. It provides us an opportunity to showcase our nice facility, our nice program, our nice college and our superb group.”
Berlo stated the college needs to go after extra massive school hockey occasions — reminiscent of a males’s regional if the principles have been to ever change on that — with the WCHA Remaining Faceoff and NCAA Ladies’s Frozen 4 presently in play. UMD final hosted a Ladies’s Frozen 4 in 2012, which can also be the final time a WCHA…