By Adam Stio – firstname.lastname@example.org
Many teams checked-in today and had practice. Most of the teams skated, worked on passing and tried to get a feel for the rink here in Middleton. USC, a division 2 team, made the trip from California and skated for almost 2 hours. East Carolina and North Texas paced themselves through light workouts and special teams time. UCONN, Miami, West Chester and Metro State all had a shared rink practice. The NCRHA and building staffs are putting the finishing touches on the second rink. This made it a little difficult for all teams that wanted rink time to get some. All of the teams made it work. West Chester and Metro State not only shared the rink, but met at center during their respective skate to ask about a possible light scrimmage. Both teams skated themselves through the motions and didn’t really give it their all. I know both teams are ready for tomorrow. UCONN and Miami worked it out before they skated and went at it almost from the start. UCONN tried to play a pace, but the Division 2 Miami team decided to turn it up at times. One thing that has thrown some teams for a loop is the size of the rinks. Most of the teams I spoke with are used to rinks a little smaller. Some teams are looking to change their strategy. Is now the time?