It was very nice to take in a couple periods back at Yost earlier this evening. Red and crew took care of the University of Windsor 6-2 in the exhibition. The official attendance is listed at just under 6,000 but the old arena was about 2/3 empty.
The action got a little chippy as the teams tallied 14 penalties including a 10 minute misconduct at the end of the second period for the Windsor goalie.
I left early & listened to the WKTA radio coverage for the third period, and captain Chris Summers was interviewed during the action. Interesting–he talked about some challenges last season serving most the season as team captain as a junior, hinting that there may have been some issues between he and the seniors. He stressed that this squad is more of a unified team.
While we won’t have player interviews during the game action this season, the radio team did note that they’ve set up a microphone in the lockerroom and will talk to Summers in between periods.
Ed. 10/5: Speaking of getting back to Yost, lifelong diehard Michigan fan Steve Sapardanis was in the stands. He actually skated against his beloved Wolverines back in 1982 as a freshman netminder for Windsor – the first game of his career at Windsor! He was peppered with 48 shots that night (21 in the first period alone) but more than held his own. His Lancers were defeated but for his exploits Sapardanis was named the first star of the game! Respect.
Check him out in action, daring the pep band to play The Victors again!
* The Blog that Yost Built breaks it down.