We all know the boys and the girls are doing it
From today's Grand Forks Herald comes news of an interesting match-up on the ice:
The U.S. Olympic women's hockey team faces off against the Warroad High School boys' hockey team tonight in Warroad.
A capacity crowd of nearly 25-hundred is expected for the game at The Gardens Arena in Warroad, a hotbed of hockey near the Canadian border.
The game will count as one of the Warriors' regular-season games. It'll be played under Minnesota State High School League rules, with one exception -- no checking allowed.
That is one very important exception. While playing the body is still part of the gal's game (no check most certainly does not mean no contact), there's a big difference between angling someone off into the boards and full check hockey. I would imagine that this will be a tough adjustment for the Warroad boys and I would expect them to come out playing tentatively. With their speed and stick handling skills, this might allow the Olympic women to open up a lead early on.
Playing on a smaller rink under the Minnesota high school rulebook should help Warroad. Since the game does count, they will have an incentive to win. More than just not wanting to get beat by a bunch of girls.
The puck drops at 7:30 tonight.