Pucking Around

By Macy Griffin

Iowa State has an athletic team that is ranked number one nationally. Can you guess what it is? No, it isn’t football, basketball, pickleball, or anything else that involves a ball. It’s something much cooler. Literally.

The Iowa State men’s division one hockey team is currently number one in the nation. Mark Wishman, the division 3 captain and a senior at Iowa State, is very excited for the hockey teams.

“It is pretty exciting for the program.” Wishman says, hopeful about the national ranking.

The hockey team has been chosen to air a game on ESPN. “It’s going to be a lot of fun. I think it’s really cool and it will be good publicity for the program.” says Wishman.

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DIII practice on the ice.

The men’s hockey team is full of hard working athletes. Multiple times a week, almost daily, they will go to the rink to practice and work on their skills. Their hard work has clearly paid off for them.

Amanda Moore, the recreation coordinator for the ice rink, is excited for the students to return. “The start of the school year is more stressful, but the days go faster and I enjoy planning.” Moore says.

The rink is currently open, offering a student discount on Wednesday nights, but attendance at the rink is expected to incline the colder it becomes. The rink offers hot cocoa for warmth and happiness

Besides the hockey games, there are other things to be excited about. At the rink’s concessions stand, they offer the classic choices like hot dogs, pizza, and cappuccinos but have added pulled pork sandwiches. Even though it’s average at the rink is 60 degrees, they also offer blue and red slushies.

“There is something here for everybody.” Moore says.

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The DIII team’s shoes outside of the hall.

The Wednesday night deal for students to get in free to the rink is the most popular deal with other students. It is from 8 – 9:30 for the rest of October. It can be a nice place for a study break or just a way to prepare for what’s to come later this season.

If you are too cold to come to the rink but still want to support the team, the game will be broadcast on ESPN October 14 at 6 pm.

If you have experience with skating, figure or hockey, check out the rink’s schedule to find a time you can join in on a club.

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