The high school portion of Hockey Day Minnesota – three Saturday, Jan. 21, games originally scheduled to be played on Lake Minnetonka’s Excelsior Bay – have been moved indoors to the Pagel Activity Center in Minnetonka.
According to a story on the FoxSportsNorth.com, the games were moved indoors, “Due to unusually warm weather in recent weeks, and more above-normal temperatures forecast for next week, the outdoor ice that was being prepared at Lake Minnetonka will not be able to be ready in time to provide a safe, playable surface of the quality necessary for the three consecutive high school varsity games scheduled.”
White Bear Lake and Grand Rapids are scheduled to play at 10 a.m. and top-ranked Duluth East will square off against No. 2 Minnetonka at 1:30 p.m. A girls game between Hopkins and Minnetonka is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
The is the first time in the six-year history of the event, which his been held in Baudette, St. Paul, Hermantown and Moorhead, that any of the games were moved indoors.
Minnetonka coach Brian Urick said he was notified on Thursday the games had been moved to the Pagel Activity Center.
“That stinks,” Minnetonka junior defenseman Tommy Vannelli said about the news. “It will still be a great game, though.”