Another 'American Experience' accrued on my belt. This time the Harvard-Colgate Hockey game at Harvard Stadium. You might remember that I went to the Harvard-Yale Football game back in November. It was a forgettable experience - cold, slow and not particularly interesting. So my expectations of hockey weren't too great. I had been warned that I wouldn't be able to see the puck, I expected unnecessary violence and I anticipated leaving at half time.
BUT, I was wrong. I actually really enjoyed the game. The rules, once I figured them out, were not that dissimilar to field hockey, only modified for ice. They do throw each other against the walls of the rink, although when you watch the game you begin to understand why. They skate so fast toward the flying puck that there is often no time to stop. Although I will admit that the players do take advantage of this situation to add a bit of 'spice' to the game.
Final result: Harvard wins by a goal (3-2), in the final two minutes of the game. And I have finally found an American sport that I like.