Monday, February 27, 2012
Des Moines Bucs
When someone gives you free tickets to go see something, you go. You don't ask who or what, you just go. Well unless you suspect the person's idea of fun might be a quilting show in which case you might ask who or what before accepting the tickets. But my wife's boss doesn't roll like that and so we took the free tickets which turned out to be for a Des Moines Buccaneers hockey game.
Although this isn't my first hockey game that I have been too, it was my first in Des Moines and thus I really didn't know where they played at. But about halfway to the general vicinity, I saw a car with several Bucs logos plastered all over it so I just followed it right to the arena. As we sat down beside an older couple with someone I presumed was their grandson, I asked if they came to these games often and if they knew if the Buccaneers were any good. They sadly shook their head and said that they had a 15 and 21 record this season and were playing the number 2 team in their league that night. It didn't look good.
In fact, it didn't look good for awhile after the opposing team quickly scored the first goal but soon the Bucs started staging a comeback and soon they were up 5 to 2. The last period started dropping off most of the time and then the penalties started. One by one, three of the Bucs were sent to the penalty box meaning that it was five players to the Buc's two players out on the ice and the opposing team quickly scored another pair of goals. Then the opposing team exchanged their goalie for another offensive player and it was six to two for the last 45 seconds. It certainly was a nail biter but the Bucs held their own and pulled out the victory. You couldn't have asked for a better evening to see a Buccaneers game in the urban jungle. It beat a quilting show any day!